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
Naked Japanese for Naked (hadaka) hadaka
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo Japanese for Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (namumyouhourengekyou) namumyouhourengekyou
Nature Japanese for Nature (shizen) shizen
Nephew Japanese for Nephew (oi) oi
Never Give Up Japanese for Never Give Up (kesshite akiramenai) kesshite akiramenai
Never Lose Your Beginner's Spirit Japanese for Never Lose Your Beginner's Spirit (shoshin wasurubekarazu) shoshin wasurubekarazu
New Japanese for New (shin) shin
New Idea Japanese for New Idea (shinkou) shinkou
New Life Japanese for New Life (shinsei) shinsei
Niece Japanese for Niece (mei) mei
Night Japanese for Night (yoru) yoru
Nightmare Japanese for Nightmare (akumu) akumu
Ninja Japanese for Ninja (ninja) ninja
Nirvana Japanese for Nirvana (nehan) nehan
No Fate Japanese for No Fate (unmei nashi) unmei nashi
No Fear Japanese for No Fear (osorezu) osorezu
No Mercy Japanese for No Mercy (mujihi) mujihi
No Pain, No Gain Japanese for No Pain, No Gain (ku wa raku no tane) ku wa raku no tane
No Regrets Japanese for No Regrets (koukai nashi) koukai nashi
Noble Japanese for Noble (kouki) kouki
No-Mindedness Japanese for No-Mindedness (mushin) mushin
North Japanese for North (kita) kita
Not Knowing is Buddha Japanese for Not Knowing is Buddha (shiranu ga hotoke) shiranu ga hotoke
Not Knowing is Most Intimate Japanese for Not Knowing is Most Intimate (fuchi sai shinsetsu) fuchi sai shinsetsu
Not Saying Is A Flower Japanese for Not Saying Is A Flower (iwanu ga hana) iwanu ga hana
Nothingness Japanese for Nothingness (mu) mu
Nothingness with Zen Circle Japanese for Nothingness with Zen Circle (mu) mu
Number One Japanese for Number One (ichiban) ichiban
Nurse - Female Japanese for Nurse - Female (kangofu) kangofu
Nurse - Male Japanese for Nurse - Male (kangoshi) kangoshi
Nymph Japanese for Nymph (sennyo) sennyo


(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.