Japanese Symbols

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Did you know...The main religions of Japan are Shintoism and Buddhism...Japanese Zen gardens are based on the Buddhist idea of calm...Judo, Kendo and Tae-Kwondo are popular Japanese martial arts...Traditional Japanese theatres are called Kabuki's...The Japaese head of state is the Emperor and the government is led by the prime minister..The Japanese parliment is called the Diet!...The currency of Japan is the Yen...The capital of Japan is Tokyo

The country of Japan is made up of four main islands and many smaller islands and can be found in the Pacific ocean off the eastern coast of Asia. Japan does not share land borders with any other country and is an amazing place filled with ancient traditions and beliefs which result in many important symbols. Enjoy this useful guide to Japanese Symbols. Discover facts and information on:

  • Alphabet Symbols
  • Symbol for Love
  • Kanji Characters
  • Tea Ceremony

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Japanese Symbols - Alphabet
The Japanese alphabet consists of different character systems known as Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The Kanji  alphabet symbols are written in columns; text was traditionally written beginning on the right hand side of the page although nowadays it is written on the page from left to right. There are several Japanese words which are in fact also part of the English language including:

  • Tsunami - A huge ocean wave caused by an earthquake under the sea

  • Sushi - A popular food dish which is made from rice and raw fish

  • Origami - The ancient Japanese art of paper folding

  • Karate and Judo - Martial arts

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Japanese Translation
Looking for some basic Japanese phrases? The following list of English words and their Japanese translation cover some of the basics of the amazing Japanese language:

  • Please - Onegaishimasu
  • Thank You - Arigato
  • Goodbye - Sayonara
  • I'm sorry - Gomennasai
  • Understand - Wakarimasu
  • Japanese - Nihongo
  • Where - Doko
  • Tomorrow - Ashita
  • Come - Kimasu
  • Eat - Tabemasu
  • Drink - Nomimasu
  • Today - kyoo
  • Yesterday - kinoo

Japanese Symbols - Definition
There are three different kinds of character systems used in the Japanese writing system, these are: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.  Hiragana - In this system, each letter represents a single sound an unlike other languages there is only one way to pronounce a hiragana letter. Kanji - Kanji characters are different from hiragana and katakana as they have specific meanings. Katakana - The katakana system is used mainly for non Japanese words, examples of katakana characters are:

  • ジ Zi

  • ス Su

  • セ Se

  • ポ Po

  • ミ Mi

Kanji Character Japanese Symbols
The table below shows the first ten 'Kanji' number symbols with their English and Japanese translation.

Kanji Symbol English Translation Japanese Translation

One ichi

Two ni
Three san
Four shi
Five go
Six roku
Seven shichi

Eight hachi
Nine kyuu
Ten juu

Japanese Symbols for Love
The Japanese word for love is 'Ai' and its symbol is 愛 . The love symbol is an extremely popular tattoo choice and this beautiful symbol is the perfect way to tell your loved one how you feel about them, perhaps you need to know how to say 'I Love you' in Japanese? Check out the phrases for I love you and I like you below!

Japanese Symbol for Love - Ai

Ai-Shi-Te-Ru - I Love you !

Dai suki - I like you

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Japanese National Symbol
The national flower of Japan is the chrysanthemum, it is also the emblem of the Japanese imperial family. Chrysanthemums are symbolic of good luck, happiness, long life and wealth. The shape of the chrysanthemum petals resemble the sun. The Japanese flag is also an important national symbol, it consists of a red circle symbolising the rising sun on a white background which symbolise peace.

Japanese Symbols - Tea Ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony, called 'chanoyu' is an extremely popular Japanese tradition practiced all over Japan and is even used during wedding ceremonies! The tradition of making tea was originally introduced by Buddhist monks and tea ceremonies are held in homes all over Japan as well as being a popular tourist attraction. Japanese tea cups do not have handles and the sets always comprise either three or six cups, tea sets with four cups are never found as the number four is considered a very unlucky number in Japan!

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Japanese Symbols Fact 1: The 'Oki-don-tako,' or 'Great Holiday,' festival takes place around Christmas, it lasts for a fortnight and is the most important of the many Japanese festivals

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Japanese Symbols Fact 2: Seeds are often given to visitors returning home after a stay in Japan with the traditional saying 'Plant these seeds about your home, and, when you see them growing, think of me.'

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Japanese Symbols Fact 3: The word 'hanna,' or flower, is commonly used as a term of endearment: it is usually given by parents to a favourite daughter, or by a lover to his mistress; it is also used to distinguish the bride and the bridegroom, as 'hanna-yomie,' 'hanna-moko.'

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Japanese Symbols Fact 4: Floral love-tokens usually consisting of a single sprig are as much prized among the Japanese

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Japanese Symbols Fact 5: Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. Traditional Ikebana displays consist of three levels. The upper level of flowers represents Heaven, the central level symbolises humanity and the lower level of flowers is symbolic of the earth

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Japanese Symbols Fact 6: The Lilly is an important Japanese symbol particularly to Japanese women who traditionally wore them in their belts to forget the grief of a lost love

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Japanese Symbols Fact 7: Uku-No-Chi was a Japanese god who lived in tree-trunks and the god Hamori was the protector of leaves

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Japanese Symbols Fact 8: The Plum tree is a symbol of spring in Japan, it is also a symbol of fertility

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Japanese Symbols Fact 9: Japanese talismans called 'gofu' are given away at Shinto shrines and symbolise good fortune

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Japanese Symbols Fact 10: River stones in Japan were traditionally thought to hatch into dragons

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Japanese Symbols Fact 11: The royal family of Japan can trace their ancestors back 125 generations!

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Japanese Symbols Fact 12: Princess Fruitful Jewel, the ancestor of the Japanese royal family is believed to be the daughter of a dragon king of the sea

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Japanese Symbols Fact 13: Japanese picnics called 'hanami' are held during the spring and celebrate the the cherry blossom blooming

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Japanese Symbols Fact 14: Respect for family ancestors and older people is important to Japanese people

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Japanese Symbols Fact 15: Many homes have a special room where family members pray to their family ancestors

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Symbols Fact 16: Kendo is a popular Japanese sport. It is a type of sword fighting and swords are made from bamboo and competitors wear protective masks and chest guards. The winner is the first player to strike his component on the chest or head with his sword

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Symbols Fact 17: Sumo wrestling is an extremely popular Japanese sport and is famous worldwide. Each competitor wears a loincloth called a 'fundoshi' and competes in a ring. To win, the first player to either trip up their component or knock them out of the ring is the winner

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Symbols Fact 18: Shinto is the oldest religion in Japan and its followers believe that every rock and plant has its own god. Many Japanese homes have shinto shrines where the family pray. Unlike other religions, there are no sacred Shinto books, leaders or regular meetings

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Symbols Fact 19: Four is an unlucky number in Japan!

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Symbols Fact 20: Manga stories are read by children all over Japan, they are an extremely popular comic book

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Symbols Fact 21: The Japanese have a national holiday each year on the 5th May to celebrate Children's day!

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