Fine Japanese Calligraphy by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

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by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

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This is a catalog of over ten thousand names meticulously translated to beautiful Japanese Calligraphy. Each name was carefully researched and documented and then Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase turned these translations into beautiful works of art.

Whether your are looking for art suitable for displaying in your home or office or as a gift - or more personally an individualized Japanese tattoo design - we have thousands of names in Japanese designs to choose from.

To learn more read on as we describe the translation process and the information we provide with each design. Or if you want to get started looking for a name in Japanese click on the letters below.

To begin, click on the first letter of the name you are looking for:

Amanda in Japanese with the meaning love
with the meaning Love (ai)

On the right is a translation of the name Amanda (ah-man-dah, amanda) to Japanese katakana written horizontally just below the meaning of the name Amanda which is Love (ai) which is the main character in this design.

How Can I Be Sure This Is Correct? This is an important question and we have gone to great lengths so you can be completely confident with our translations. We do this by providing links to several reliable and independent sources including dictionaries, popular foreign movie sites, university research and when available Japanese Wikipedia links.

For example, if you visit our order site Amanda (ah-man-dah, amanda) you will see links to an independent dictionary confirming the translation. We also show five celebrities currently using this translation and include links to the most popular Japanese movie website Movie Walker. With each name we provide as much support information as we can - we want you to be completely comfortable with the translation. And if you have any questions about any name you can always contact us with your questions.

As a specific example, here in an excerpt for Amanda from our order site

Translations You Can Trust Look up Amanda in Jeffrey's J/E Dictionary at Amanda. People using this exact same translation are Amanda Donohoe (アマンダ・ドノホー), Amanda Gronich (アマンダ・グロニッチ), Amanda Peet (アマンダ・ピート), Amanda Schull (アマンダ・シュール) and Amanda Tapping (アマンダ・タッピング). The popular Japanese site Movie Walker also has at least one celebrity named Amanda that uses this translation to Japanese.

Literal Translation To Kanji: The other fact that we stated is that the name Amanda means Love. Many times people already know the meaning of their own name but we provide links to independent sites and book references where you can confirm the meaning of the name and much more. Again, here is the excerpt for Amanda from

The meaning of the name Amanda is from the Latin for "Love". Confirm the meaning for yourself at Amanda on BehindTheName. Amanda's meaning can also be confirmed on page 296 in The Comprehensive Dictionary of English & Hebrew First Names by Alfred J. Kolatch - a book we highly recommend.

As you can see, we have gone to great lengths to provide accurate translations and we give you the resources to easily confirm the translation.

With My Order What Exactly Do I Get? To see, click on the design on the left. This is an actual design for Amanda with the meaning of Love. You will notice that this is a high resolution image of Eri Takase's hand-brused art. The line art is vectorized so you can increase or decrease the size and the line art will remain crisp.

These designs are so detailed people print the artwork on good paper and frame it! The uses of these designs are limitless! Each design can be ordered in a variety of formats. For tattooo designs we have the Adobe PDF format. For personal use in crafts and for commercial use we offer the design in 72, 300 and 600 dpi JPG format. And we also over each design as original hand-brushed art that is personally created by Master Takase when your order is placed.

If you are looking for your name in Japanese for crafts, for your business or marketing, or for something as important and lasting as a personal tattoo design, then you will find no better source anywhere.

For a list of names select the first letter of the name:

The name translations to Japanese use a phonetic translation to katakana which is the standard way names are translated to Japanese. This is the way non-Japanese names appear in dictionaries, newspapers, and encyclopedias.

We also include translations of the meaning of the names to kanji. We call this a literal translation and this works especially well for names like Faith and Joy and for names with well accepted meanings. For more information on how names can be translated to Japanese read Eri Takase's article How to Write Names in Japanese which first appeared in her monthly column in Martial Arts Insiders Magazine.

One word of caution though: A name can have several different pronunciations and it is essential to know which pronunciation is being translated. For a common example, the name "Jan" can be pronounced either jan or yahn. Because of space limitations we do not show the pronunciation in this list, however, if you click on the name you can find this along with other details about the name.

NOTE: You might notice that our file names show the name, the pronunciation, and the romaji. So Jan_yahn_yan refers to the name Jan pronounced yahn with the romaji yan. Once you get use to this, it is very useful information!

Each name in our list has a link to more information available on our order site StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy which offers each name for sale in formats suitable for tattoos as well as for crafts and high resolution designs suitable for commercial applications. Tattoo designs are delivered as an Adobe PDF file and includes the line art that your tattoo artist needs to ink the design.

Each entry includes the romaji, the katakana, the original meaning of the name, the translation to kanji and its reading.

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Reading Meaning
Aaron a-ron アーロン 高山 kouzan High Mountain
Abbey abi- アビー 貴父 kifu Exalted Father

Romaji is how the name is pronounced in Japanese and is how the katakana is read. Japanese is a language of syllables and does not have all the sounds of other languages. So the romaji is needed to shows how the katakana is read. Katakana symbols have no meaning - they only represent a sound. Kanji are Japanese symbols that have meaning and they are used here to translate the meaning of the name. As mentioned above the literal translation to kanji is great for names like Faith and Joy:

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Reading Meaning
Faith feisu フェイス 信仰 shinkou Faith
Joy joi ジョイ yorokobi Joy

The link on each name takes you to more detailed information and more translation options. Simply click on the name. Also, you will find designs that you can purchase and download. These are hand-lettered designs by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase and are suitable for personal use such as for body art, crafts, or for scrapbooking, or for commercial use such as for advertising, wedding invitations, newsletters, magazine and book illustrations. Below are examples for the name Abbey:

Horizontal, Katakana

Vertical, Katakana


You Can Get an Accurate and Beautiful Translation of Your Name in Japanese

With the information available today one can expect accurate name translations that can be readily verified. And this was exactly our goal in creating this list. If you think about it, the Japanese media translates movie star names, names of people in the news, and famous people all the time. We use this information in our list so you know the translations are not only correct but also widely used in the media. In cross-checking the names, we provide the original pronunciation and show famous people that use the same translation we give. All this, along with beautiful Japanese Calligraphy names designs are at StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy.

Japanese Tattoo Designs
Hand-Lettered Japanese Symbols for Tattoos and Professional Design
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

Names can be used by themselves or combined with other designs
Ideas include Love (ai) as shown above, or Life (inochi), or Best Friends (shin'yuu)

Thousands of Designs to Choose From / Ordering is Safe and Easy / Downloads Available Immediately

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. To learn more about these lessons visit Learn Japanese Calligraphy with Eri Takase.

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.


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

The Etymology of First Names - An excellent site for 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 good online dictionary that does not require Japanese fonts. This dictionary can be 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 online English/Japanese dictionary. Japanese fonts are required.

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