What does DAKI mean in Japanese?
What does the kanji letters for DAKI mean?
It means “fallen princess” in Japanese. Let me explain what each kanji symbol stands for!
DA – fallen
DA means “fall”, “collapse” or “lazy”. It’s a negative letter and we don’t use it for names.
The whole character pictures landslide and represents something is fallen.
KI – princess
KI means “princess”.
The left part of the character stands for “woman” and the right part does “retainer”. The whole letter symbolizes a woman who is noble enough to have retainers.
In Demon Slayer, Daki always used this kanji for her professional names as a prostitute.
She was hiding in a red-light district as a prostitute faking her identity, right?
Yes. She worked as Oiran, a high-ranked prostitute in Yoshiwara that was the biggest red-light district in Tokyo at that time.
What is OIRAN?
OIRAN is a high-ranked prostitute who is a woman of a great education. An Oiran woman mastered calligraphy, playing instruments, Japanese tea ceremony, and learned classical Japanese literature.
Not every woman could become an Oiran, but only a woman with both beauty and education was given the title.
In Demon Slayer Red-light District Arc, Koinatsu Oiran is described as a sophisticated woman with excellent personality.
This manga is good to know Oiran and Japanese old red-light district called Yukaku. You can make a trial reading on Amazon. Click the picture and check it if you’re interested in Yukaku culture!