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Kocho Shinobu’s name meaning in Japanese

Kocho Shinobu written in kanji and Japanese Demon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba


Kocho written in kanji

KOCHO is a classical way of saying a butterfly. The first letter stands for antenna. The second one reads CHO and means a butterfly 🦋

It gives beautiful and somehow mysterious impressions. I think this name is perfectly suitable for Kocho Shinobu’s character.

What is Kocho’s dream?

As for the word Kocho, there’s a famous Chinese story called “Kocho no Yume”, which means a dream of a butterfly.

A Chinese scholar Soshi dreamed a dream in which he became a butterfly. When he awoke, he wondered if he had dreamt a butterfly dream or his true being was a butterfly and he was in a dream the butterfly was dreaming.

Which is the dream and which is the reality? That’s not a problem. An important thing is not to discuss, but accept what it is in front of you. This is Sochi’s thinking and what he tried to teach through the story.


Shinobu written in Japanese hiragana

Kocho Shinobu’s first name is written in hiragana, not in kanji.

Hiragana was originally developed for noble women in Japanese ancient court. Its shape was made by simplifying kanji characters. Because of the background, hiragana letters have soft impression compared to kanji.

Shinobu is one of the most common name for girls. The word SHINOBU means to endure or to miss and think about someone in a distant place. It’s also the origin of the word SHINOBI, meaning Ninja.

Beautiful like a butterfly, endure the past, miss her older sister Kanae… I think her name itself describes how she lived.

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