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gavagai
« on: November 02, 2008 07:08:18 AM »

O.k., this may not seem like a crafty question, but the thing is that I am going to decorate clothes for my little daughter Mika, and I know that Mika is a common name in Japan, right? and then I thought I would stencil the name in Japanese onto a onesie or something, so I need to know what the Japanese name Mika would look like in writing. Maybe you can write it in different ways? I don't know anything about Japanese, so please enlighten me!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008 08:14:42 PM »

Hi !
As you guessed, there is different ways to write the name Mika in Japanese. Mika is usually made from the combination of two Chinese characters (or kanji), one for "mi" and one for "ka". It can be written "beautiful (mi) flower (ka)"、but this is just one of the many possibilities.
Another way to write it is to use hiragana, a syllabic writing system commonly used in Japanese. In this case there is only one way.
Let me know if this was helpful and if you need a particular writing, I'll be happy to help.
Have a nice day !
 
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gavagai
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008 03:13:30 PM »

Thank you so much for your answer. I don't know which way of writing it I want really, since I am not familiar with the language. It would be great to see what the possibilities you write about look like, and then maybe I'll just pick the one that looks best (or whichever seems easy enough to make a stencil from). Which way of writing would you prefer and why?
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2008 05:23:29 AM »

In Katakana it would be ミカ。Which is very easy but not so beautiful.
Like my crafty ways said there are many kanji for any given syllable.
My Japanese isn't great
I recommend having a look at a kanji web page ... these links have the standard way of writing the kanji and kanji calligraphy.

Mi = 実 = real
http://www.yamasa.cc/members/ocjs/kanjidic.nsf/SortedByKanji2THEnglish/%E5%AE%9F?OpenDocument
魅 charm
http://www.yamasa.cc/members/ocjs/kanjidic.nsf/SortedByKanji2THEnglish/%E9%AD%85?OpenDocument

見 = look see watch
http://www.yamasa.cc/members/ocjs/kanjidic.nsf/SortedByKanji2THEnglish/%E8%A6%8B?OpenDocument

Ka = 化 change http://www.yamasa.cc/members/ocjs/kanjidic.nsf/SortedByKanji2THEnglish/%E5%8C%96?OpenDocument
克 = conquest
http://www.yamasa.cc/members/ocjs/kanjidic.nsf/SortedByKanji2THEnglish/%E5%85%8B?OpenDocument
火 = fire
http://www.yamasa.cc/members/ocjs/kanjidic.nsf/SortedByKanji2THEnglish/%E7%81%AB?OpenDocument

maybe "watch change" (see her change) or "real fire" would be nice



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I prefer to write my own name in Katakana タラ in Kanji my stamp is 多羅 which means something like "a lot of silk gauze"
I made these before I went to Japan:
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2008 08:09:59 AM »

Hi !

It might be a tough choice, but here are a few combination :
the most common choice of kanji for Mika is probably
美花 or 美華, both meaning "beautiful flower"
I did a little research for some other way to write this name, and came up with a few more, like the following :

美夏 ("beautiful summer")
水夏 (a combination of "water" and "summer")
美日 ("beautiful day" or "beautiful sun")
美歌 ("beautiful song" or "beautiful poem")
海夏 (a combination of "sea" and "summer")

These are just a few examples.
Actually there are no limitations to the kanji you could use to write a name in Japanese. Contrary to other types of words, names have this particularity that you can apply any kanji you wish to a given pronunciation. In other words, if you like a certain combination of kanji (because of their meaning or their shape, the number of strokes, etc) you are free to apply them to any phonetic name you want !

Anyway, here I tried to give you a few of the possible ways to write Mika, that are actually used to write this name.
Let me know if any of those inspired you, ok ?!

Have a beautiful day !

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