Do you know and like Naruto? I hear it’s popular also in foreign countries. Today I’ll explain the meaning of Kanji using Naruto’s main characters.
The first one is the central character, Naruto. But I’m sorry there’s no Kanji characters in his name! Instead, I’ll explain the meaning of his name in Japanese.
UZUMAKI means swirl. NARUTO is a name of Japanese food that’s often served with Ramen (Japanese noodle). See the picture on the left side and you can see the white jagged food with pink swirl. This is Naruto! I guess the family name UZUMAKI is after this swirl.
Second is woman Ninja, Sakura. HARU means spring. NO means fields or grasslands. SAKURA (written in Hiragana) is the cherry blossom.
Her name and her pink colored hair indeed represent spring season!
Next is the cool and dark hero, Sasuke. UCHIHA (written in Hiragana) isn’t a commonly used word. But it’s explained in the story that UCHIHA means a fan. We Japanese call a fan UCHIWA and the name UCHIHA comes from it.
SASUKE (written in Katakana) is the famous Ninja’s name who’s existed in the old Japanese era. His name is still well known among Japanese people as a skilled Ninja.
Oh, there’s no Kanji characters in his name neither..
HATAKE (written in Hiragana) means fields that produce vegetable. KAKASHI (written in Katakana) is a scarecrow. His name seems really idyllic though he’s described a cool and talented Ninja.
The last one is teacher Iruka. Finally we could have some Kanji characters!
UMI means the sea. NO means fields or grassland as Sakura’s family name does. IRUKA is a dolphin.