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漢字Tシャツ Kanji T-shirts

漢字Tシャツ Kanji T-shirts

The written Japanese language is divided into three components, hiragana, katakana and kanji characters. According to foreigners, the design of kanji is cool, with only a few strokes yet meaningful, making it a wonderful form of writing. T shirts with kanji designs that can be bought at affordable prices thus serve as popular souvenirs, such as T shirts with the prints 'ichiban' (number 1), 'Mount Fuji ' (Fujisan), 'Samurai' and 'Ninja'. How about getting one for your friends and family?

A typical travel souvenir is a t-shirt.
T-shirts designed with kanji characters are popular Japanese souvenirs. The Japanese language uses three types of characters: hiragana, katakana and kanji.

Among them, kanji is no doubt the most popular. (But it’s easier to read and write hiragana.) Kanji is one of the unique characters in the world because each kanji character has a meaning with one or more different “readings.” Of the 2,136 kanji characters designated for common use, “侍” is very popular among foreigners. It reads “samurai,” meaning warriors who lived in the old days in Japan. Even today, the character gives a cool impression to the Japanese people, as the national baseball team was nicknamed as the “Samurai Japan.” A very popular t-shirt design is Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japanese beauty, illustrated together with the “侍” character, which gives a super cool impression. Other popular words are “一番 (ichiban)” meaning No.1 and names of places such as “東京 (Tokyo).” You’ll be able to find a variety of these kanji t-shirts at souvenir shops located in popular areas such as Asakusa, Akihabara, and Harajuku. Another type of garment that is often designed with kanji is the happi. It is like the upper half of a kimono made into a coat and mainly worn to festivals. A large “祭 (festival)” character is usually designed on the back, and festival participants might wear matching original happi for each festival to double the fun and build a sense of unity. The happi is a traditional part of Japanese culture, so try one on if you’re looking for something more than a t-shirt. Those interested in kanji might want to try a calligraphy experience. In Japan, calligraphy using black ink and brush is not only considered training to write, but also an art to express your inner spirit, so the kanji designs are always drawn with a calligraphy brush. Enjoy the wide variety of kanji designs while learning and experiencing the Japanese culture of kanji!