Fine Japanese Calligraphy by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

Fine Japanese Calligraphy
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

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Japanese calligraphy of words and sayings make beautiful works of art. Whether art suitable for framing for your home or office - or more personally artwork on your body  - we have thousands of designs personally created by Master Takase and each meticulously translated and documented. We give you all the information so you can easily verify the translations for yourself so you can be as happy with the translation as you are with the beautiful art.

This is a list of common Japanese words and phrases  - many of which are used in this website. Most of these Japanese words are available as hand-brushed Japanese Calligraphy Designs suitable for tattoos, craft, and commercial use. Each design was hand-lettered by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase and professionally scanned and documented. Links to independent sources, including Japanese/English dictionaries, are given so you can be absolutely sure the translations are correct. To see the complete catalog of Japanese Words visit our on-line catalog at StockKanji - Catalog of Japanese Words.

Japanese Kanji Symbols You Can Trust - Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase has been creating custom designs for over fifteen years with thousands upon thousands of satisfied customers. You have probably even seen Master Takase's work in movies, on TV, or in print or even on a favorite product. Now you can have beautiful Japanese Calligraphy as a part of your own personal expression whether it be for art, body art, crafts or for commercial use.

English Word Japanese Kanji Japanese Word
Jade Japanese for Jade (hisui) hisui
Japanese Chin Japanese for Japanese Chin (chin) chin
Japanese Cuisine Japanese for Japanese Cuisine (washoku) washoku
Japanese Descent Japanese for Japanese Descent (nikkei) nikkei
Japanese Drum Japanese for Japanese Drum (wadaiko) wadaiko
Japanese Food Japanese for Japanese Food (nihonshoku) nihonshoku
Japanese Pear Japanese for Japanese Pear (nashi) nashi
Japanese Spirit Japanese for Japanese Spirit (yamato damashii) yamato damashii
Jasmine Japanese for Jasmine (matsurika) matsurika
Jewel Japanese for Jewel (houseki) houseki
John 14-6 The Way, The Truth, The Life Japanese for John 14-6 The Way, The Truth, The Life (michi shinri inochi) michi shinri inochi
Journey Japanese for Journey (tabi) tabi
Joy Japanese for Joy (yorokobi) yorokobi
Judo Japanese for Judo (juudou) juudou
Jujitsu Japanese for Jujitsu (juujutsu) juujutsu
Justice Japanese for Justice (seigi) seigi


(1) Indicates a word created for its meaning. These will not be found in the dictionary but intended for use a literal translations of names and used in Names in Japanese.

(2) The kanji for some common Japanese words are strange. These exceptions are now often written in katakana rather than in kanji. For example, Fern is shida which has the kanji which literally reads "sheep teeth". Dolphin is another example which is iruka and has the kanji which literally reads as "ocean pig".  

(3) Indicates a Japanese name.