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List of Japanese Words - I

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
I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul    
I came, I saw, I conquered Japanese for I came, I saw, I conquered (kita mita katta) kita mita katta
I Control My Destiny Japanese for I Control My Destiny (unmei wo seisu) unmei wo seisu
I Love You Japanese for I Love You (aishiteru) aishiteru
Iaido Japanese for Iaido (iaidou) iaidou
Iaijutsu Japanese for Iaijutsu (iaijutsu) iaijutsu
Idol Japanese for Idol (aidoru) aidoru
If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Promptly Japanese for If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Promptly (zen wa isoge) zen wa isoge
If three people gather, the wisdom of Monju Japanese for If three people gather, the wisdom of Monju (sannin yoreba monju no chie) sannin yoreba monju no chie
Imagine Japanese for Imagine (souzou) souzou
Immortal Japanese for Immortal (fumetsu) fumetsu
Impermanence Japanese for Impermanence (hakanai) hakanai
Impermanence Japanese for Impermanence (mujou) mujou
Improvement Japanese for Improvement (kaizen) kaizen
In Memory Of Japanese for In Memory Of (tsuioku) tsuioku
In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth Japanese for In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth (hajimeni kami wa ten to chi wo souzou sareta) hajimeni kami wa ten to chi wo souzou sareta
Independence Japanese for Independence (dokuritsu) dokuritsu
India Japanese for India (indo) indo
Industrious Japanese for Industrious (kinben) kinben
Infinite Japanese for Infinite (mugen) mugen
Infinite Love Japanese for Infinite Love (mugen ai) mugen ai
Inner Strength Japanese for Inner Strength (kiryoku) kiryoku
Insanity Japanese for Insanity (kyouki) kyouki
Insight Japanese for Insight (ganriki) ganriki
Instinct Japanese for Instinct (honnou) honnou
Integrity Japanese for Integrity (shoujiki) shoujiki
Intuition Japanese for Intuition (chokkan) chokkan
Invention Japanese for Invention (hatsumei) hatsumei
Invictus Japanese for Invictus (fukutsu) fukutsu
Invulnerable Japanese for Invulnerable (fujimi) fujimi
Ireland Japanese for Ireland (airurando) airurando
Iris Japanese for Iris (ayame) ayame
Ironman Japanese for Ironman (tetsujin) tetsujin
Islander Japanese for Islander (toumin) toumin
Issa - A world of grief and pain, Flowers bloom, Even then Japanese for Issa - A world of grief and pain, Flowers bloom, Even then (ku no shaba ya sakura ga sakeba saita tote) ku no shaba ya sakura ga sakeba saita tote
Issa - In this world of ours, We walk above hell, Gazing at flowers Japanese for Issa - In this world of ours, We walk above hell, Gazing at flowers (yo no naka wa jigoku no ue no hanami kana) yo no naka wa jigoku no ue no hanami kana
Issa - Snail, ever so slowly climb, Mt Fuji Japanese for Issa - Snail, ever so slowly climb, Mt Fuji (katatsuburi sorosoro nobore fuji no yama) katatsuburi sorosoro nobore fuji no yama
Issa - The bitter part, eaten by the mother, mountain persimmon Japanese for Issa - The bitter part, eaten by the mother, mountain persimmon (shibui toko haha ga kui keri yama no kaki) shibui toko haha ga kui keri yama no kaki
Issa - This dewdrop world, is a dewdrop world, and yet Japanese for Issa - This dewdrop world, is a dewdrop world, and yet (tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara) tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara
Issa - Were my father here, At dawn we would gaze, Over the green fields Japanese for Issa - Were my father here, At dawn we would gaze, Over the green fields (chichi arite akebono mitashi aotabara) chichi arite akebono mitashi aotabara
Isshinryu Karate-Do Japanese for Isshinryu Karate-Do (isshinryuu karatedou) isshinryuu karatedou
It Can't Be Helped Japanese for It Can't Be Helped (shiyou ga nai) shiyou ga nai
It Can't Be Helped Japanese for It Can't Be Helped (shikatanai) shikatanai
Ivy Japanese for Ivy (tsuta) tsuta

Notes:

(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:
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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.


References:

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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