Culture Point 17: Kira Kira Names

This point might not be very known worldwide, but inside Japan it's quite something to talk about.

The well-known kira kira names (きらきらネーム) are a kind of names that people give to their children here in Japan which are not quite Japanese names.

As a family name, the great majority of people uses kanji, as it follows the previous generations and is a family tradition. However, the first name has some level of freedom. People may use kanji, hiragana, or even the combination of both.

But where do kira kira names fit in here?

Well, as you know, kanji characters have basically two readings, the on-yomi (reading originated from Chinese) and kun-yomi (reading originated from Japanese). Sometimes there are more than two readings and sometimes even only one, as there are a lot of exceptions.

Despite all of that, when Japanese people choose a kanji name for their children, usually they think about its meaning, for example how they want their child to grow, etc.

However, in the case of kira kira names, the sound, not the meaning, is the main choice reason. The combinations are so... hum... exquisite (!) that names sound like characters from animation films or games.

These names exist for quite some time now, but the issue exploded recently when an elementary school class student list, loaded with kira kira names, floated on the net. Nobody knows if the list was real or a not, but it sure did shocked everyone.

It's not just a case of how it sounds, as there are a lot of problems involved, like having your name correctly read in a hospital, important documents, being called at school, or even making your self-introduction in a job interview.

Even Prime Minister Abe complained about kira kira names saying "Many of these kids with kira kira names get bullied." He also went on to say that parents should take a more sober approach in naming their kids, because it is "different from naming your pets".

But let me show you how kira kira names really look and sound like. Enjoy the list below.

  • 光宙 - ぴかちゅう - Pikachu (the characters mean Light/Universe)
  • 愛猫 - きてぃ - Kitty (the characters mean Love/Cat)
  • 今鹿 - なうしか - Naushika (the first character means Now, which is pronouced as "Nau" in Japanese. The second character means Deer)
  • 大熊猫 - ぱんだ - Panda (the characters mean Big/Bear/Cat)
  • 礼 - ぺこ - Peko (礼 means Bow in English. "Peko" describes an action of bowing in Japanese)
  • 凸 - てとりす - Tetris (the character 凸 looks like a Tetris block) 
  • 緑輝 - さふぁいあ - Sapphire (the characters mean Green/Shining)
  • 火星 - まあず - Mars (火星 means Mars in Japanese but the correct reading is かせい (kasei)
  • 泡姫 - ありえる - Ariel (the characters mean Bubble/ Princess)
  • 男 - あだむ - Adam (男 means Man in Japanese)
  • 馬周 - ましゅう - Matthew (phonetic equivalent of Matthew. The characters mean Horse/Circumference)
  • 大穴 - だいあな - Diana (phonetic equivalent of Diana. The characters mean Big/Hole)

Do I need to say anything else? xD

Two great videos that will make your day!

Recently I received a message from one of The Rising Sky blog's readers with two great videos he took while he was in Japan!

In the first one you can watch Japanese people saying "Konnichiwa" (hello) and "Sayonara" (goodbye). It's a really simple video and I think that's just what makes it so great and fun to watch! I'd be smiling without noticing it! :)

In the second video, he lip syncs Dragonball Z Opening "We Gotta Power" while driving! It's so fun! Great video editing!

Anyway, better see for yourself! And subscribe for his channel if you like it! Enjoy!

One more objective accomplished!

Yes, after a post where I said I was going through the peak of my job search activities, this next post can only mean...



Yes, the emotion is too much to withstand!
It was everything so sudden that I honestly can't help it but feel blessed to be able to spend the rest of my student life with somehow "time to do things".

Starting next April, I'll be working in a CG company, doing what I've been learning in the last year and a half! It's sure to become a very difficult road to walk, but I'm all pumped up to start and give my best!

So from now on I'll be back to post on the blog more often! Finally!


It's been quite a looooong time since my last post here, so I thought I'd write a little one to say that I'm still alive! (somehow!)

As I've wrote in some posts before, I've started job search activities some time ago, and last month as well as this month have been becoming what I would call the peak of it. Still don't know how the next weeks (or months) are going to be, but I sure hope it doesn't get busier than it already is!

My to-do list for "The Rising Sky" blog keeps getting bigger and bigger as I continue to think about new content to post, new features to add, and new ways to share Japan with the world!

I have so many things in my mind to do once I get my job, that I think I might revolutionize my entire lifestyle! xD

But for the time being, to get a job is my priority, after all without a job I wouldn't be able to stay in Japan!

Once I get enough time again, please do look forward to new content!

(Yes, I went to Kyoto! Please look forward to a great review!)

Culture Point 16: Sushi Guide

Like sushi but don't know their names? Then this guide is for you!

Taiko no Tatsujin, Japanese Master Drummers!

Remember the Taiko no Tatsujin videogame which I introduced to you before?

Well, if you are curious to see how hard it can get, or how easy a geek otaku can make it seem, watch the videos below and let your jaw drop!