The "smexiest" salmon alive (smexicansalmon) wrote in little_details,
The "smexiest" salmon alive

Japanese names

This has driven me up the wall for quite some time. I can find sites that tell me my name in kanji, but I'm not looking for a transliteration. Typing in, say, Kiyoshi, into these Japanese Name Creators does nothing since, lo and behold, I should already know because that name is Japanese!

I'd like to know, just for the sake of realism, what my characters' names would be if they were written in the native tongue. I've found a few sites like this one that gives me a list of basic kanji, but there are a lot of ones that you would never name a child and it's just too damn hard to sift through all of them to find suitable characters. Furthermore, I know that the government only allows parents to use certain characters in names. I can't find a list of this on the internet at all, and I worry that if I could, it wouldn't matter anyway since there would be no translations or how the kanji is pronounced.

And lastly, the number of strokes matter in a name. I can't find a guide on Japanese numerology either. Even if I found the above, it still could be out of whack since the number of strokes means her future husband will be critically injured and her children will be deformed. I know it's not completely necessary to know this since some people don't care anymore, but I'd like to know regardless. I'm assuming I won't be able to find this out unless I consult a real fortune-teller, but hey. This is the internet. Maybe there's hope?

I'm very sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but I'm not sure where else I might go for this info (there are LJ communities on here, but most are anime- or tourism-related, or simply hangouts for Japanese people. Since I figure 99% of them are laymen, and quite a few of you are knowledgeable, you'd be the better choice.) Any links or help whatsoever would be very appreciated!
Tags: ~languages: japanese, ~names

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