How to Write Your Name in Japanese


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Discover how to write your name in Japanese using these 2 most common methods of translating your name into Japanese characters. It's easy to learn how to write in Japanese when you have the right tools. Use these sites to quickly convert your name from English to Japanese Katakana and Kanji now!

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How to Write Your Name in Japanese

  1. 1. How to Write Your Name in Japanese By
  2. 2. Youkoso (Welcome)!  My name is Zen Sensei and I'm a co-creator of
  3. 3. Today, I'm here to share with you 2 common ways to translate your name into Japanese.
  4. 4. 1. Based on how your name is pronounced.  2. Based on the MEANING of your name.
  5. 5. The 1st method -  translating your name into Japanese pronunciation, is the most commonly used  method in Japanese classes.
  6. 6. In fact, if you need to fill up a form in Japan, you'll be asked to write your name in Katakana script, using this method.
  7. 7. (FYI, Katakana is one of the 3 writing systems in Japan, and is used to represent non-native or "foreign words".)
  8. 8. Here's an example of translating your name based on pronunciation...
  9. 9. If your name is usually pronounced as "Rachel" in English, it would be pronounced as "Reicheru" in Japanese.
  10. 10. Notice how both names sound similar,yet not exactly the same. Rachel, Reicheru.
  11. 11. This is because the Japanese language has its own fixed ways of pronouncing syllables. You can't always find direct translations, even though some words sound similar.
  12. 12. Don't worry if you're not familiar with Japanese pronounciation. There are websites to help you translate your name automatically.
  13. 13. One that's quite good is:
  14. 14. Just fill in your first name, choose the style as San-Serif and click on the 'Translate' button.
  15. 15. You'll see how your name looks in Katakana script. And they even explain how it's pronounced!
  16. 16. Pretty simple isn't it?
  17. 17. Now, the 2nd way to translate your name is based on the MEANING of your name.  This is NOT how you would normally learn it in Japanese class.
  18. 18. But, if you want to see your name in traditional Japanese characters / Kanji script, this is the method.
  19. 19. Usually, people who want to create a tattoo using their Japanese name prefer this method because Kanji usually looks somewhat nicer.
  20. 20. For example, you can see Reicheru in Kanji here: and Katakana here:
  21. 21. It's up to you to decide which looks better.  Just be aware that as a foreigner, writing your name in Katakana is the proper and accepted way to the Japanese people.
  22. 22. Oh and, the website to see the English-to-Kanji translation is:
  23. 23. I hope you've learned more about Japanese culture today. I know you'll have fun writing your name in Japanese!
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