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Geto Suguru’s name in Japanese kanji and meaning

Geto Suguru written in kanjiJujutsu Kaisen

Kanji and meanings of Geto’s name

The word GETO is very rare and difficult to read. I think even Japanese can’t read it unless they know the origin of the word.

What does it come from? Let’s see it together!


Geto written in kanji

This name is very difficult to read even for Japanese because it’s an unusual reading.

The reading GETO comes from Geto Onsen (Geto hot spring) in Kitakami city in Iwate prefecture. Here’s the picture!

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As you can see, it’s a small remote village that is in the middle of mountains. Geto is too far from city areas and known as a hidden spot.

Geto’s name is derived from “GUTTO O”, the word from Ainu language that means a cliff. Ainu is indigenous people in Hokkaido area in Japan. They have their own language and culture and it’s completely different from these of Japanese.

The sound GUTTO O changed GETO and people gave proper kanji characters for the name. The first letter for GE uses a kanji character that means “summer” because this area has heavy snow in winter and people can bathe in the hot spring only in summer. The TO was given one that stands for “oil” because the waving surface of the spring seemed like oil.

Geto Onsen is NOT the famous spot at all. But the author of Jujutu Kaisen is from Iwate prefecture. I think that’s why he knew and could choose this minor name.


Suguru written in kanji

Means a superior person or being excellent above all.

This is a kanji character with very good meaning, but its background is a bit dark. The shape of the character stands for a person who is crucifying and killing people. A person with a big result in a war was a hero in ancient times.

It reminds me of the fact that Geto Suguru in Jujutsu Kaisen sacrificed more than 100 people to achieve his mission.

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How Did You Like It?

  1. Rina says:

    Hi Junko! Thank you so very much for your insighful and interesting posts, I’m absolutely hooked! As a Geto girl myself, I can tell you – it’s so rare to find info about him and your website definitely was a jackpot!
    Please stay safe during these uncertain times and keep being awesome! <3

    Much love from Germany,

    • Junko says:

      Hi Rina!
      Thank you for your kind comment! Oh, you’re a Geto girl! I’m happy you enjoyed the post.
      Honestly, I’ve wondered if there’s a demand for this kind of Japanese information. So your words made my day!

      Vielen Dank, and stay safe too!

  2. shazlan says:

    this is too good. just to let you know i really want this kind of post. get to know geto and japan at the same time. damn, perfect read.

  3. Rosy says:

    I know this is a whole year later, but I just found this article after searching for Geto’s name meaning, and I have to say, this was such a wonderful read! Thank you so much for putting this together. I’m going to browse your site and see if you did any other characters 🙂

    Much love from NY!

    • Junko says:

      Thank you, Rosy! I’ve posted similar entries about Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen characters and am glad if you enjoy them too. Arigato again from japan!