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Kugisaki Nobara’s name meaning in Japanese

Kugisaki Nobara written in kanjiJujutsu Kaisen

Kanji and meanings of Nobara’s name

Nobara is a strong girl. Does her name have kanji letters with powerful meanings?


No. Her family name means NAIL or PEG and is related to her weapon. And the first name NOBARA is the name of the flower and it’s very feminine.

Let’s see together what each kanji symbol means!

The family name KUGISAKI

KUGI – nail and peg

Kugi written in kanji

KUGI means a nail, a peg. That’s exactly the weapon Nobara uses.

The left part of the character stands for metal and the right part does a nail.

Why does she use nails to fight cursed spirits? Does it have the origin?


Many of the cursed techniques and words in Jujutsu Kaisen have their origin in Buddhism, but Nobara’s one does not. I think it comes from “a cursed straw doll”.

What’s that?


It’s the most well-known curse technique in Japan. We all know it as a kind of a ghost story. Let me explain the detail!

If you have someone you want to kill, make a straw doll and put the picture of that person on it. Then take the doll to a shrine between 1:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. and hit it with big nails into a tree trunk. The person will die if the curse is accomplished.

picture: a woman hit nails into a cursed straw doll

Is this how the straw doll curse is done? It just looks like Nobara!


Yep. For Japanese people, the straw doll is the most familiar symbol of curse!


Saki written in kanji

This character stands for cape and it’s one of the most common kanji letters for family names. There’re many family names with SAKI like Yamasaki, Tasaki, Terasaki, Miyasaki and many more. I think you’ve seen some in other anime or manga.

The first name NOBARA

NO – field

No written in kanji

NO means field or wild. This is one of the most common kanji letters used for Japanese family names.

BARA – rose

BARA is rose. So the word NOBARA makes wild rose. It’s not rose in garden, but rose in mountains and fields.

The flower of Nobara is different from general roses. I think it’s more like strawberry flowers. They’re simple and rustic rather than gorgeous. Here’s a picture!

photo: flower of nobara

Nobara is from a super-duper rural area and I think field flowers look better on her than the roses neatly blooming in the noble garden.

Floral languages of Nobara are “elegant beauty”, “pure love”, “loneliness”, “talent” and “poem”. Which word do you choose for her?

Added 4/3/2021

According to the Jujutsu Kaisen fan book, the author Akutami Gege named her Nobara because her personality is acrid. We say acrid “Togetogeshii” in Japanese and TOGE means aculeus. She was made to be a strong girl from the beginning!

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