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What’s the meaning of UZUI in Japanese?

uzui tengen written in kanjiDemon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba

Hi, it’s Junko from Japan. In this post, I’ll explain what the name UZUI TENGEN is in Japanese Kanji symbols. His name is very unique and has some interesting meanings. Don’t miss out if you’re a Demon Slayer lover!

What Does UZUI Mean?

uzui written in japanese kanji

U = big roof
ZUI = bone marrow, something that exists in the center of something

The U symbol stands for “roof.” The top part pictures a roof, and the bottom one is for something long and curvy. The whole Kanji character states something enormous that covers the earth.

The ZUI symbol is used to mean “bone marrow” or “center of something.” Sometimes used to express “something essential” or “spirit..” The left part of the character means “bone”, and the right part pictures something easy to corrupt. The whole shape represents something soft and important place in the center position of something.

The last name UZUI is unordinary. Actually, there’s no such surname in Japan. I think it’s a creation by Gotoge Koyoharu, the author of Demon Slayer.

What Does TENGEN Mean?

tengen written in kanji letters

TEN = heaven, sky, god
GEN = origin

The first name TENGEN is a word with a big scale. The TEN means heaven, and GEN is for “origin.” The word TENGEN is originally a Chinese word meaning “the origin of all things.”

UZUI and His Three WIves Come from the Tale of Genji?

I think the names of UZUI TENGEN and his three wives all come from GENJI MONOGATARI (The Tale of Genji), the oldest novel written in the early 11th century. The main character GENJI is a Japanese prince and has a lot of wives.

One of the volumes is titled HINATSURU GENJI MONOGATARI SUMA NO MAKI. Did you notice? This phrase includes all the Tengen’s wives: HINATSURU, SUMA, and MAKI.

Additionally, the Japanese era name when the author of the novel is TENGEN. Even the Kanji characters are the same.

In Demon Slayer, we can see many influences and motifs from Japanese mythology and religion. If you’re interested in the origin of other Demon Slayer characters, check out my other posts too!

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