how do u make a legit japanese name. HELP PLEASE!
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basically i need to know how to make japanese names. like with meaning and all.like oiecing things together to make a last name like in the animes.

i have one but i do not think its right Jeison Shoshitsukiri (my name jason and the japanese words for vanishing mist)

im not sure if thats correct though. so i need a legit way to make japanese names

thanks ahead of time
Posted 10/8/11
I am no expert, but you could look up the meaning of Jason and find the equivalent Japanese name to that meaning.
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Posted 10/8/11
You could always look up lists and stuff...
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I'm not entirely sure if I understand your question, but I think I got the gist.

In Japanese Western personal names are typically expressed phonetically using Katakana, one of the two phonetic writing systems (the other being Hiragana). Katakana is used for writing foreign loan words and sound effects. The idea is to convert the foreign word or name into Japanese phonetics, by using the existing sounds or creating new ones in Japanese. For example, if your name was Jason Smith, it would be written as ジェイソン・スミス (Jeison Sumisu) using Katakana. Now, Katakana is not Kanji (Chinese characters, ex. 茶), they are actually composed of pieces of Kanji, and are used to represent sounds; like the English Alphabet (for example, ア is a, ミ is mi, and ソ is so etc.). Also, as far as I know Katakana have no meaning beyond the sound they represent.

Hope this helps.
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Use the internet.
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1)Look up the meaning of your name.

2) Find the Kanji with the corresponding meaning to your name.

If the kanji has multiple pronunciations, pick and choose, it's your name after all.

Incedently my name would be Shiyuu Soukyu...wish it sounded cooler.
Posted 10/8/11
Internet.
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Google it?
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Ask a Japanese mother from Japan
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Posted 10/8/11
"Jeison" is a pretty appropriate way to pronounce Jason, if you indeed wish to keep your real name there. That in itself is not a name change at all.

Names aren't purely patchwork of personally interesting concepts (for the most part). Given names are more versatile, but traditionally are pieced together from some socially-valuable concepts, maybe with some "sound" or "gender" words added. Like "flower" plus "child" (Hanako), or "gentleness" plus the sound na (Yuuna), or a single concept like "warrior" (Takeshi).

Common surnames are even more simplistic. It's usually some geographic detail plus and adjective. You'll find stuff like "river" (kawa/gawa) in a ton of names. Here's a good list of common components in surnames: http://www.jref.com/language/japanese_surnames.shtml

But these are not strict rules. And if you're writing for the purpose of a manga, extravagant names are plenty acceptable. If you mean to call yourself that in ordinary social situations, it'll really stand out. Not necessarily a bad thing though. It'll stand out because "Jason" is clearly foreign (don't worry though, it's a recognized/pronounceable name thanks to Friday the 13th's Jason), and "Shoushitsukiri" has never been used before nor uses any common elements.

I'm not flluent, but to the extent of my knowledge, "Shoushitsukiri" seems to be a correct way of piecing your desired concepts together. It's difficult to understand how rendaku applies, but it may possibly instead need to be "Shoshitsugiri". If trying to follow traditional naming methods, fog/mist can probably pass for the geographic concept, but "vanishing" is rather extravagant if it is meant to be socially normal. By my personal naming logic, I would probably choose the common adjective "above" and produce either "Uegiri" or "Kamigiri". Now the name looks considerably more normal while being one of a kind, if that were the objective.

Also, please make some effort to memorize the kanji associated with the name you're making. Some names with different kanji may be pronounced the same as what you're making, so the kanji will be relevant in clarifying in the meaning. Also note the reverse can be true, names may use the same kanji but be pronounced differently. You can also reasonably find alternatives to your preferred concepts.

Relevant kanji:
消失 - shoushitsu
霧 - kiri
上 - ue or kami
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