Monday, 7 November 2011

Bite-sized Japanter - N°19

BSJ N°19 - Today we were learning about Japanese naming conventions.
1) Traditionally, all girls names end in 'ko', which means child; so many older ladies have gorgeous names like 'Akiko' (that's Ikehara-sensei's first name), which means 'Bright Child'. The Empress is called 'Michiko', or 'Child of the Way'.
2) A common boy's name is, or at least used to be 'Ichiro'. Ichiros often had brothers called 'Niro' because the names mean 'First Son', and 'Second Son'. Imagine having such an algorithmic name! All my love, Grahame, son of Andrew.

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