What does the kanji on this hoodie say?
November 16, 2012 11:29 AM   Subscribe

What does the Kanji on this hoodie say?

What does the Kanji on this hoodie mean?
posted by StUdIoGeEk to Writing & Language (9 answers total)
The two kanji on the shoulders together mean "Tokyo," and the two on the back in the large circle mean "Nihon" or "Japan." The kanji to the sides of the circle on the front are also "Nihon."
posted by illenion at 11:42 AM on November 16, 2012

The two on shoulders say "Tokyo" (individually they are "East" and "Capital")

The two on the back, and to the left and right of the prominent kanji in the middle say "Japan" (Individually "sun" and "origin". "Japan is literally written "sun's origin", thus "the land of the rising sun").

The one in the middle is pronounced "rei" (as implied by the product description) and means something like "gratitude" or "expression of thanks".
posted by Vorteks at 11:42 AM on November 16, 2012

I will confirm what the two people above me said.
posted by Gev at 11:47 AM on November 16, 2012

And the kanji on the sleeve, from top to bottom:
1. "Yuu" - courage, bravery
2. "Rei" - gratitude (mentioned above)
4. "Chyuu" - loyalty

(I'm not sure about 3 or 5)
posted by illenion at 11:56 AM on November 16, 2012

I agree pretty much with everything already said, although 礼 to me also indicates something like "respect".

I notice that there is writing on the sleeve that has not been addressed. It says 勇礼誉忠智, which is nonsense to me. Taken by themselves, the characters are essentially "brave", "respect/gratitude", "honor", "loyalty", and "wisdom/knowledge". They don't make sense all strung together like that.
posted by Tanizaki at 12:03 PM on November 16, 2012

Maybe it's supposed to be a nod to some of the seven principles of Bushido?
posted by illenion at 12:06 PM on November 16, 2012

In karate and other Japanese martial arts, Rei is used essentially like a command to bow to the master so you can add "show respect" to its definition.
posted by tommasz at 12:25 PM on November 16, 2012

posted by StUdIoGeEk at 1:09 PM on November 16, 2012

PS: It is marketed a a T5 "Respect" hoodie.
posted by StUdIoGeEk at 1:12 PM on November 16, 2012

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