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Buy your Japanese symbols with confidence and 100% accuracy! Each and every order is reviewed by an expert Japanese translator. Don't underestimate the importance of this feature - especially if you are buying Japanese symbols for a tattoo, or other high-committment purpose!

The complexity of Japanese Kanji symbols cannot be stressed enough. Kanji characters do not relate directly to English words and very rarely will you be able to define a Japanese Kanji symbol with just one English word.

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What's My Name in Japanese?

Creating Western names in Japanese can often be a creative process. There is three types of writing in the Japanese language - Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Both the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets represent individual sounds, or combinations of sounds, in spoken Japanese. In other words, the word Nihongo (meaning Japanese language) would be represented by four Hiragana characters - one for each of the following syllables: hi-ra-ga-na.

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While Hiragana is used primarily for Japanese words, Katakana is use mostly for western words and names. The Katakana alphabet also represents individual sounds in the language, albiet with a different set of Japanese symbols.

Kanji is something entirely different. Japanese Kanji symbols represent ideas rather than sounds. While Japanese kanji symbols are pronounced in a particular way, they are not used to represent sounds. In fact, a single Kanji character usually has a very complex meaning - sometimes not even accurately explainable in many English words! This sometimes makes translation from Japanese symbols to English very difficult. Translators often have to think very carefully to find a suitable 'close enough' translation, which may not be "direct" translation.

"This sometimes makes translation from Japanese symbols to English very difficult. Translators often have to think very carefully to find a suitable 'close enough' translation, which may not be "direct" translation".

Japanese calligraphy is also very interesting! An artist's interpretation of Japanese symbols or famous sayings can be very difficult to distinquish - even for native Japanese speakers.

Western names are not normally translated into Kanji symbols.  They are written in Katakana symbols, which are used for foreign names and most products originally made in foreign lands, such as computers and spaghetti.

Some people are more interested in seeing their names in Kanji, not Katakana, so Kanji names can be created just for fun.  When possible, the translator tries to find the Japanese symbols based on the meaning of the English name. Often, however, it is not possible, or not appropriate, because original meaning of the name is simply not suitable word to be used as a name. For example, if the original meaning of your name is blacksmith, and you are not a blacksmith, most people would not want it tattooed on their body! So if this is the case, names are translated based on the sound of the name. Shop for Japanese Symbols Here

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