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contact date country contact person # of requested names
September 20, 2006 Australia Jack L. 6
November 8, 2006 Poland Milena A. M. 1
November 8, 2006 Poland Thomas M. Z. 1
November 21, 2006 Belgium Pierre C. 1
November 29, 2006 (unwritten) mattsam 7
December 19, 2006 (unwritten) Antonio M. 1
February 22, 2007 Austria Peter M. S. 1
February 25, 2007 (unwritten) Kim H. 1

 
Country Names in Kanji

In the past articles we have looked at non-Japanese names in kanji, popular Japanese names in kanji and four-kanji-idioms. This time, let us have a look at how countries can be written in kanji.

The kanji application for countries started a bit more than a century ago when Japan re-opened the country and restarted foreign diplomacy. As we have seen in the past articles on kanji names and yojijukugo, combinations of kanji can create and carry comprehensive meanings. However, because the sounds of the names of countries are already set, the kanji application for country names were decided most times phonetically and therefore the meanings do not come along as something that make sense. This is called “ateji” in Japanese: “ate” means to apply and “ji” means letter or character.

Hence, as you go through the country names in kanji and try to understand the meanings you will probably find it difficult to come up with any significant meaning. If you know some kanji already and know how to pronounce them, you will also see that the ways they are read for these names are extremely odd and irregular. This is also the characteristic and charm of ateji. The way country names are read in Japanese are sometimes different from how they are read in English, so some of them may appear unfamiliar… or even unrecognizable. The Japanese pronunciation is written in Romaji. In any case, have fun exploring the world of Japanese kanji!

Below is only a small part of the collection, more are to follow soon (mostly chosen from the countries we have traffic from).
If you want to know how your country name is written in kanji, feel free to give us an e-mail and we’ll put your request on the update priority list.

 

Australia
Australia
[ Japanese Pronuncation ] Oh-su-to-ra-ri-a
Aus: ditch
t: thick, fat, principle, main
ra: to jump/bounce energetically
li(a): smart, sharp, benefit, profit
   
Canada
Canada [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ka-na-da
Ca: to add
na: a kind of pear tree with red fruit / why / the sound “na”
da: the sound “da”
 
France
France [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Fu-ran-su
F: Buddha
ran: orchid
ce: west
 
Germany
Germany (Deuscheland) [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Do-i-tsu
D: lone, alone, lonely
eusche: to run away, to lose, to be hidden, excellent, to enjoy
 
Holland
Netherlands (Holland) [ Japanese Pronunciation ] O-ran-da
Ho: harmony
lland: orchid
Ho: the bending of mountains/rivers, to bend
llan: orchid
d(a): (Bud)dha
 
Italy
Italy (Italia) [ Japanese Pronunciation ] I-ta-ri-a
I: this, that
ta: thick, fat, principle, main
li: smart, sharp, benefit, profit
a: second to, sub
 
Ireland
Ireland [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ai-ru-ran-do
Ire: love
land: orchid
 
New Zealand
New Zealand [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Nyuu-jii-ran-do
New: new
Zea: west
land: orchid
 
Portugal
Portugal [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Po-ru-to-ga-ru

first two combined together reads “budou” and means grapes.
the last kanji means fangs.

 
Russia
Russia [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ro-shi-a
Ru: dew, to be exposed
ssi: west
a: second to, sub
 
Spain
Spain [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Su-pe-in
S: west
pain: little groups – fangs
 
Switzerland
Switzerland [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Su-i-su
Swi: precious gemstone / auspicious / fresh and beautiful
ss: west
 
United Kingdom
United Kingdom [ Japanese Pronunciation ] I-gi-ri-su
I: excellence
gi: luck
ri(s): smart, sharp, benefit, profit
*the Japanese reading "igirisu" is believed to have come from a mixture of the Dutch "Engelsch" and Portuguese "Ingles" for these were the first and only Western countries that had diplomatic relation with Japan during Edo.
United States of America
USA (America) [ Japanese Pronunciation ] A-me-ri-ka
A: second to, sub
me: rice
ri: smart, sharp, benefit, profit
ca: to add
 
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Below are some names of viewers we have converted in the past

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Alecia
Alisa
Andrew Saint
Anja
Arianne Christine Agustin
Ashwin Singh
Avon
Brenden
Bevan
Brennan
Bruce Hart
Cayla
Cha Hei Min
Charles Edward Hay
Christelle
Christian
Christopher
Daniela
Danielle Zerafa
Deminique
Derek Logan Clark
Diane
Diane Dow
Dominic
Emma
Eric Llyod Jackson Taysom
Fiona
Gary Graydon Houck
Harmony
Hellen
Hero Aresta Singun
Iliana Salinas Del Castillo
Ivan
Jack Crawford
Jaden
James Stevens
Jason
Jennifer
Jennifer
Jens
Joakim Salen
Joanna
Joanna McWhorter
Joel Dario Pilco
John Paul Canasa
Jose Alberto
Katharine
Kaylee
Keegan
Kenison
Kimberly David
Kimberly Elizabeth Fisher
Koga Mayara
Leah Carlsson
Magdalene Theocharis / mosaicist
Maurice Doster
Mehmet Selcuk Arslan
Oriana Maria LaManno
Pankaj Kapoor
Petra
Raquel
Ribana
Roman
Robert Norwood
Rosa Elena Pilco
Sean
Sheneikka Dominique Tyler
Sherise Dionne Alexis
Talia
Thans Kim
Thomas Mark Zawadzki
Vanessa Joy Fronda Tamayao
Victor Manuel Cruz Salazar
Yvette Shaub
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