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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.

 

Argentina
Argentina
[ Japanese Pronuncation ] A-ru-zen-chin
A: second to, sub
r: you, that, this, there
gen: a kanji expressing the meaning of the kanji before / "is"
tin: fourth, measuring unit, division unit of towns
 
Bahama
Bahama [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ba-ha-ma
Ba: horse
hama: beach
 
Brazil
Brazil [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Bu-ra-ji-ru
B: older siblings of one's father or mother (older aunt, uncle)
ra: to jump/bounce energetically
zi: west
l: you, that, this, there
 
Cuba
Cuba [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Kyu-ba
Cu: a precious and beautiful black gemstone
ba: horse
 
Chile
Chile [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Chi-ri
Chi: smart. wise, knowledgeable
le: smart, sharp, benefit, profit
 
Costa Rica
Costa Rica [ Japanese Pronunciation ]
Co: elder brother
s: thus; in this way; like this
ta: to achieve
Ri: smart, sharp, benefit, profit
ca: to add
 
Dominica
Dominica [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Do-mi-ni-ca

Do: soil
mi: all the more
ni: nun
ca: to add
*top line Dominica-koku for Commonwealth of Dominica
*add kyowakoku after Dominica for Dominican Republic

 
Guatemala
Guatemala [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Gu-a-te-ma-ra
Gua: dangerous
te: land, soil, earth, ground
ma: horse
la: to pull (with both hands)
 
Haiti
Haiti [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ha-i-chi
Hai: ocean, sea
ti: land, ground, soil
 
Honduras
Honduras [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Hon-ju-ra-su
Hon: flood, to flood
du: city, capital
ra: to pull (with both hands)
s: thus; in this way; like this
 
Jamaica
Jamaica [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ja-ma-i-ka
Ja: fangs
mai: to buy
ca: to add
 
Mexico
Mexico [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Me-ki-shi-ko
Me: (Asian) ink
xi: west
co: elder brother
 
Panama
Panama [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Pa-na-ma
Pa: whirl
na: a kind of pear tree with red fruit / why / the sound “na”
ma: horse
 
Peru
Peru [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Pe-ru
Pe: hidden, secret
ru: dew, to be exposed
 
Venezuela
Venezuela [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Be-ne-zu-e-ra
Ve: to entrust / leave things to, detailed / specific
ne: inside, inner
zue: precious gemstone / auspicious / fresh and beautiful
la: to pull (with both hands)
 
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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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