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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
Gale Japanese for Gale (kyoufuu) kyoufuu
Gambler Japanese for Gambler (shoubushi) shoubushi
Garden Japanese for Garden (niwa) niwa
Garden Japanese for Garden (teien) teien
Gardenia Japanese for Gardenia (kuchinashi) kuchinashi
Gathering of Good Omens Japanese for Gathering of Good Omens (zuikishuumon) zuikishuumon
Geisha Japanese for Geisha (geisha) geisha
Gemini Japanese for Gemini (futagoza) futagoza
General Japanese for General (shougun) shougun
Genesis Japanese for Genesis (souseiki) souseiki
Genius Japanese for Genius (tensai) tensai
Gentle Japanese for Gentle (onwa) onwa
Gift Japanese for Gift (zoutou) zoutou
Girl Power Japanese for Girl Power (meriki) meriki
Gladiator Japanese for Gladiator (kentoushi) kentoushi
Glen Japanese for Glen (kyoukoku) kyoukoku
Glory Japanese for Glory (eikou) eikou
Go For It Japanese for Go For It (ganbatte) ganbatte
God Japanese for God (kami) kami
God Bless You Japanese for God Bless You (kami no kago) kami no kago
God is Great Japanese for God is Great (kami wa idai) kami wa idai
God Judges Japanese for God Judges (shinsai) shinsai
God of Death Japanese for God of Death (shinigami) shinigami
God of Wine Japanese for God of Wine (shushin) shushin
God Saves Japanese for God Saves (shinkyuu) shinkyuu
Goddess Japanese for Goddess (megami) megami
God's Gift Japanese for God's Gift (shinzou) shinzou
God's Grace Japanese for God's Grace (shinkei) shinkei
God's Oath Japanese for God's Oath (shinsei) shinsei
Gods of Heaven and Earth Japanese for Gods of Heaven and Earth (tenchishinmei) tenchishinmei
God's Will Japanese for God's Will (shin'i) shin'i
Goju-ryu Karate-do Japanese for Goju-ryu Karate-do (goujuuryuu karatedou) goujuuryuu karatedou
Gold Japanese for Gold (kin) kin
Golden Japanese for Golden (ougon) ougon
Golf Japanese for Golf (gorufu) gorufu
Golfer Japanese for Golfer (gorufa-) gorufa-
Good Heart Japanese for Good Heart (ryoushin) ryoushin
Good Luck Japanese for Good Luck (kouun) kouun
Grace Japanese for Grace (megumi) megumi
Graceful Japanese for Graceful (shitoyaka) shitoyaka
Grandchild Japanese for Grandchild (mago) mago
Granddaughter Japanese for Granddaughter (magomusume) magomusume
Grandfather Japanese for Grandfather (sofu) sofu
Grandmother Japanese for Grandmother (sobo) sobo
Grandson Japanese for Grandson (magomusuko) magomusuko
Gratitude Japanese for Gratitude (kansha) kansha
Great Japanese for Great (idai) idai
Greed Japanese for Greed (gouyoku) gouyoku
Ground Japanese for Ground (chi) chi
Guardian Angel Japanese for Guardian Angel (shugotenshi) shugotenshi


(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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