Saturday, September 19, 2009

How to Write Your Name in Japanese


How to Write Your Name in Japanese <- The #1 question on the Internet!

Tons of free services online are available to help you with this. Just type "translate name into japanese" into Google (additional resources below). A very common reason people want to know how to write their name in Japanese is to use it for a tattoo design.

So How to Write Your Name in Japanese?

There are two popular ways to go about translating your name into Japanese
  1. Based on what your name means (will be written in Japanese Kanji character/s).
  2. Based on how your name is pronounced. (will be written in Japanese Katakana character/s, not Hiragana).
Nowadays, it's common to translate your name based on only the pronunciation. Although native Japanese names are written in kanji, as a non-Japanese, your name would be written in Katakana, which is used to write names and other non-Japanese words. (If you need to fill up an official document / form, it would instruct you to either write your name in English alphabets, or in Katakana.)

-> To see a Katakana translation of your name, go to, enter your first name in the box provided and click on the 'Translate' button. It'll show you both the Romaji pronunciation as well as writing in Katakana. [Note: It's easier to read the katakana when you choose 'Sans-serif' as the style before clicking on the translate button.]

-> To see a Kanji translation of your name, go to, enter your name in the box and click on the word 'Translate'. It'll show you the Romanji pronunciation, Kanji character(s) and meaning of the Kanji characters.

Have fun learning how to write your name in Japanese and embrace the Japanese in you!

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