Fine Japanese Calligraphy by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

Fine Japanese Calligraphy
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

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Japanese calligraphy of words and sayings make beautiful works of art. Whether art suitable for framing for your home or office - or more personally artwork on your body  - we have thousands of designs personally created by Master Takase and each meticulously translated and documented. We give you all the information so you can easily verify the translations for yourself so you can be as happy with the translation as you are with the beautiful art.

This is a list of common Japanese words and phrases  - many of which are used in this website. Most of these Japanese words are available as hand-brushed Japanese Calligraphy Designs suitable for tattoos, craft, and commercial use. Each design was hand-lettered by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase and professionally scanned and documented. Links to independent sources, including Japanese/English dictionaries, are given so you can be absolutely sure the translations are correct. To see the complete catalog of Japanese Words visit our on-line catalog at StockKanji - Catalog of Japanese Words.

Japanese Kanji Symbols You Can Trust - Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase has been creating custom designs for over fifteen years with thousands upon thousands of satisfied customers. You have probably even seen Master Takase's work in movies, on TV, or in print or even on a favorite product. Now you can have beautiful Japanese Calligraphy as a part of your own personal expression whether it be for art, body art, crafts or for commercial use.

English Word Japanese Kanji Japanese Word
Daisy Japanese for Daisy (hinagiku) hinagiku
Dance Japanese for Dance (mai) mai
Dance Japanese for Dance (dansu) dansu
Dance Japanese for Dance (buyou) buyou
Dancer Japanese for Dancer (buyouka) buyouka
Dancer Japanese for Dancer (dansa-) dansa-
Dark Night Japanese for Dark Night (an'ya) an'ya
Daughter Japanese for Daughter (musume) musume
Dawn Japanese for Dawn (akebono) akebono
Dear Japanese for Dear (shin'ai) shin'ai
Death and life have their determined appointments - Riches and honors depend upon heaven    
Death Before Dishonor Japanese for Death Before Dishonor (fumeiyo yori shi) fumeiyo yori shi
Dedication Japanese for Dedication (kenshin) kenshin
Deer Japanese for Deer (shika) shika
Defense Japanese for Defense (bougyo) bougyo
Defiance Japanese for Defiance (chousen) chousen
Delicate Japanese for Delicate (yuubi) yuubi
Demon Japanese for Demon (akuma) akuma
Desert Japanese for Desert (sabaku) sabaku
Design Japanese for Design (ishou) ishou
Desire Japanese for Desire (yokubou) yokubou
Desperate Fight Japanese for Desperate Fight (akusenkutou) akusenkutou
Destiny Japanese for Destiny (unmei) unmei
Determination Japanese for Determination (ketsui) ketsui
Determination Japanese for Determination (kesshin) kesshin
Devils Go Out Fortune Come In Japanese for Devils Go Out Fortune Come In (oni wa soto fuku wa uchi) oni wa soto fuku wa uchi
Dew Japanese for Dew (tsuyu) tsuyu
Dinosaur Japanese for Dinosaur (kyouryuu) kyouryuu
Discovery Japanese for Discovery (hakken) hakken
Disillusionment Japanese for Disillusionment (genmetsu) genmetsu
Divine Japanese for Divine (shinsei) shinsei
Do not regret what you have done Japanese for Do not regret what you have done (ware koto ni oite koukai sezu) ware koto ni oite koukai sezu
Do One's Very Best Japanese for Do One's Very Best (isshoukenmei) isshoukenmei
Doctor Japanese for Doctor (isha) isha
Dog Japanese for Dog (inu) inu
Dog Lover Japanese for Dog Lover (aikenka) aikenka
Dojo Japanese for Dojo (doujou) doujou
Dragon Japanese for Dragon (tatsu) tatsu
Dragon Japanese for Dragon (ryuu) ryuu
Dragon God Japanese for Dragon God (ryuujin) ryuujin
Dragonfly Japanese for Dragonfly (tonbo) tonbo
Dream Japanese for Dream (yume) yume
Dreamer Japanese for Dreamer (kuusouka) kuusouka
Dreams Come True Japanese for Dreams Come True (yume ga kanau) yume ga kanau
Duck Japanese for Duck (kamo) kamo
Duty Japanese for Duty (giri) giri


(1) Indicates a word created for its meaning. These will not be found in the dictionary but intended for use a literal translations of names and used in Names in Japanese.

(2) The kanji for some common Japanese words are strange. These exceptions are now often written in katakana rather than in kanji. For example, Fern is shida which has the kanji which literally reads "sheep teeth". Dolphin is another example which is iruka and has the kanji which literally reads as "ocean pig".  

(3) Indicates a Japanese name.