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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.

To begin, select the first letter of the Japanese word or phrase:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PQ, R, S, T, UV, W-Z

English Word Japanese Kanji Japanese Word
Fair Japanese for Fair (kouhei) kouhei
Fairy Japanese for Fairy (yousei) yousei
Faith Japanese for Faith (shinnen) shinnen
Faith Japanese for Faith (shinkou) shinkou
Faith and Love Japanese for Faith and Love (shin'ai) shin'ai
Faithful Japanese for Faithful (chuujitsu) chuujitsu
Falcon Japanese for Falcon (hayabusa) hayabusa
Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight Japanese for Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight (nana korobi ya oki) nana korobi ya oki
Family Japanese for Family (kazoku) kazoku
Family Bonds Japanese for Family Bonds (kizuna) kizuna
Famous Japanese for Famous (yuumei) yuumei
Famous Warrior Japanese for Famous Warrior (meisenshi) meisenshi
Fantasy Japanese for Fantasy (kuusou) kuusou
Father Japanese for Father (chichi) chichi
Father and Child Japanese for Father and Child (fushi) fushi
Father and Daughter Japanese for Father and Daughter (chichimusume) chichimusume
Fatherhood Japanese for Fatherhood (fusei) fusei
Father's Love Japanese for Father's Love (fuseiai) fuseiai
Fearless Japanese for Fearless (daitanfuteki) daitanfuteki
Feng Shui Japanese for Feng Shui (fuusui) fuusui
Fighter Japanese for Fighter (toushi) toushi
Fighting Spirit Japanese for Fighting Spirit (toukon) toukon
Fighting Will Japanese for Fighting Will (toushi) toushi
Fine Art Japanese for Fine Art (bijutsu) bijutsu
Finland Japanese for Finland (finrando) finrando
Fire Japanese for Fire (hi) hi
Fire Born Japanese for Fire Born (kasei) kasei
Firefighter Japanese for Firefighter (shouboushi) shouboushi
Firefly Japanese for Firefly (hotaru) hotaru
Fireworks Japanese for Fireworks (hanabi) hanabi
Firm Commitment Japanese for Firm Commitment (kakuyaku) kakuyaku
First Know Yourself Then Know Others Japanese for First Know Yourself Then Know Others (mazu onore wo shire shikashite ta wo shire) mazu onore wo shire shikashite ta wo shire
First Love Japanese for First Love (hatsukoi) hatsukoi
Fisherman Japanese for Fisherman (ryoushi) ryoushi
Five Elements Japanese for Five Elements (godai) godai
Flame Japanese for Flame (honoo) honoo
Flight Japanese for Flight (hikou) hikou
Flower Japanese for Flower (hana) hana
Fly Japanese for Fly (hae) hae
Focus Japanese for Focus (kime) kime
For the Sake of the Children Japanese for For the Sake of the Children (kodomo no tame ni) kodomo no tame ni
Forbidden Love Japanese for Forbidden Love (kin'ai) kin'ai
Forbidden Love Japanese for Forbidden Love (kinjirareta ai) kinjirareta ai
Forest Japanese for Forest (shinrin) shinrin
Forever Japanese for Forever (eikyuu) eikyuu
Forever in My Heart Japanese for Forever in My Heart (eien ni kokoro no naka ni) eien ni kokoro no naka ni
Forever in My Heart Japanese for Forever in My Heart (eien ni watashi no kokoro ni) eien ni watashi no kokoro ni
Forever Young Japanese for Forever Young (eien no wakasa) eien no wakasa
Forgiveness Japanese for Forgiveness (yousha) yousha
Form Japanese for Form (kata) kata
Fortitude Japanese for Fortitude (kennin) kennin
Fortress Japanese for Fortress (yousai) yousai
Fortune Comes To Those Who Smile Japanese for Fortune Comes To Those Who Smile (warau kado ni wa fuku kitaru) warau kado ni wa fuku kitaru
Fortune Favors The Brave Japanese for Fortune Favors The Brave (yuusha wa kouun ni megumareru) yuusha wa kouun ni megumareru
Fortune Smiles on Me Japanese for Fortune Smiles on Me (un ga muku) un ga muku
Fortunes of War Japanese for Fortunes of War (buun) buun
Four Virtues of Tea Japanese for Four Virtues of Tea (wakeiseijaku) wakeiseijaku
Fox Japanese for Fox (kitsune) kitsune
Fragrance Japanese for Fragrance (kouki) kouki
France Japanese for France (furansu) furansu
Freedom Japanese for Freedom (jiyuu) jiyuu
Friend Japanese for Friend (tomo) tomo
Friends Forever Japanese for Friends Forever (eien no tomo) eien no tomo
Friendship Japanese for Friendship (yuujou) yuujou
Frog Japanese for Frog (kaeru) kaeru
Fruitful Japanese for Fruitful (housaku) housaku
Full Moon Japanese for Full Moon (mangetsu) mangetsu
Future Japanese for Future (mirai) mirai


(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.

Select the first letter of the name:

Recommended Books/CD:

Learn Japanese Calligraphy Lessons 1 - 6 by Eri Takase

Learn Japanese Calligraphy by Eri Takase is a unique Japanese Calligraphy course on CD-ROM. With these CD's you can learn Japanese Calligraphy by actually seeing the characters being brushed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Japanese Calligraphy is all about movement and you simply cannot learn the proper movement from a book. These CD lessons actually shows videos of Master Takase brushing the characters - and you can learn proper technique by seeing it over and over again. We also show videos of common student errors and how to correct them. Along with the videos are samples with stroke order that can be printed as well as detailed step by step instructions. Learn Japanese Calligraphy is a great learning tool by itself or to complement your current studies.

The first CD includes topics on tool selection, posture, how to hold the brush as well as the basic strokes of the block font. Each lesson covers the stroke order with examples that can be printed. Combined with our Japanese Calligraphy Sets you will have all you need to begin your study of Japanese Calligraphy.

Or order directly from us and save at Shodokai - Learn Japanese Calligraphy with the first CD at $15.95 - you save over six dollars!

Japanese Kanji & Kana Revised Edition: A Guide to the Japanese Writing System (Tuttle Language Library) by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn

This is an excellent reference and is perfect for learning the stroke order of kana and kanji.

This book shows all modern kanji along with the stroke order and direction. This is the perfect companion for the serious student.

The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary by John H. Haig, Andrew N. Nelson

For more advanced needs this is the best English Language Japanese-English kanji dictionary you can buy.


カタカナから引く外国人名綴り方字典 (Guide to Spellings of Foreigner's Names in Kana Orders) - Find the original non-Japanese name given the Japanese translation.

United States Census - 1990 - The top 2400 male and female names from this US government publication are covered in our list.

BabyNamer - Produced by Oxygen Media this is a good source for the meaning of names.

The Etymology of First Names - This site is our second choice when researching the meaning and pronunciations of given names.

StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy Over 9000 names translated to Japanese. This is a searchable site giving much more information about each name than we show here. Many names also have original, hand-lettered designs for personal use like a tattoo and for professional use such as for wedding invitations or as part of a logo design.

Jeffrey's Japanese<->English Dictionary Server - An on-line dictionary that does not require Japanese fonts. This dictionary is terse so it is easy to misinterpret. Its value for name translations is limited as it does not give the pronunciation.

Goo Jiten - A good on-line English/Japanese dictionary. Japanese fonts are required.

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