Hashibira Inosuke’s name meaning in Japanese
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Hashibira Inosuke’s name meaning in Japanese

Hashibira Inosuke written in kanjiDemon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba

Kanji and meanings of Inosuke’s name

Inosuke’s family name is veeeeery rare and I couldn’t read it correctly at first 😅

Is his name wild and strong like his character? I’ll explain it!

HASHI – beak

Hashi written in kanji

This character stands for a beak of a bird. Very difficult kanji to read and we seldom see it in our daily life.

BIRA – flat

Bira written in kanji

Means flat. We usually read this kanji TAIRA or HIRA and BIRA is an irregular way of reading.

If literally translated, the family name HASHIBIRA is a flat beak.

According to the author of Demon Slayer, there’s no family name like Hashibira in Japan. It’s a creation.


I written in kanji

This kanji originally represented religious clerics. But across the ages, the meaning was lost and we got to use the character just to express the sound “I”.

Therefore you can see this kanji anywhere and everywhere. Family names, first names and names of places.

NO – of

No written in kanji

This kanji means to go somewhere, this, of. Very frequently used for boy names.

SUKE – help

Suke written in kanji

Means to help someone. When it reads SUKE, it’s used for boy names and it’s a classical way. We seldom see the names with SUKE in our age.

Not like other characters in Demon Slayer, I think Inosuke’s name does not insist on particular meanings and values the sound.

If you want to know more about the name meanings of Demon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba characters, check it from the link below!

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  1. Jaunus says:

    So he is a helpful duck? Since flat beaks are bills, which belong to waterfowl like ducks and geese. Or is that too cute?

    • Junko says:

      If you read the kanji letters literally, it might be so, haha. Some Japanese fans guess that Inosuke’s family name come from Garuda, the king of birds. Though only Mr. Gotoge knows the truth!