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All about LION in Japanese!

shishi written in japanese kanji letters, meaning lion

Lion says SHISHI in Japanese.


We usually call a lion in almost the same way as English “la-i-on”. The Japanese word SHISHI is generally used for something cultural or traditional idioms.

If you like it, you can download free PNG data at the end of this page. I'm a native Japanese and I guarantee you that every kanji letter is 100% accurate.

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SHI = lion

SHI = child

Why is the symbol for “child” used? Does this have a special meaning?


Ah, that’s because the word SHISHI is from a foreign word and these kanji letters are chosen to express the sound. Originally, we don’t have a lion in Japan!


We have a traditional religious dance called “SHISHIMAI (lion dance)” in Japan. The dance was widespread with Buddhism and got to be performed among the people as an auspicious event.

Here are some pictures of the Shishimai!

picture: japanese traditional dance shishimai, meaning lion dance

It’s said that you will be clever if you get your head bit by a Shishimai doll. When the Shishimai is played at a festival, little kids gather to the Shishimai doll and give their heads for biting!

picture: japanese shishimai doll bites a little girl's head

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