Tanjiro’s Water Surface Slash in Japanese says MINAMOGIRI in Japanese.
I’ll explain what each letter represents!
MINAMOGIRI in Japanese
MINA = water
MO = surface
GIRI = slash
The word MINAMOGIRI is consisted of two words and written in combination of kanji and hiragana.
MINAMO -water surface
MINAMO means water surface. This kanji can be read as SUIMEN and its meaning is the same as MINAMO.
What’s the difference?
The meaning is the same. Suimen is more general and we usually use this word for “water surface”. Minamo is a classical way of saying and it sounds soft and poetic!
GIRI – cut with a blade
GIRI is a variation of the verb KIRU. KI is kanji, and RU is hiragana. About GIRI, GI is kanji and RI is hiragana.
The kanji letter used for GI stands for cutting something with a blade. It’s frequently used for names of special moves with swords.
How to say the First Form?
Water Surface Slash is one of the techniques of Water Breathing and it’s called First Form.
First Form says ICHI NO KATA in Japanese.
ICHI = one
NO = of
KATA = form, style, model, pattern
ICHI is the number one. This kanji is a classical way of writing the number one and used only in special situations.
NO means of and it’s written in hiragana.
KATA is a kanji letter that stands for a template of something or set procedures.
When Tanjiro releases the Water Surface Slash, he always says “Ichi no Kata, Minamogiri!”.