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Ba2m
06-13-2011, 12:19 AM
Hi Friends,

I need a help on the translation/interpretation on kanji writing in my Gi, and also your opinion on using Gi with writings on it. I bought this kusakura Gi a month ago, which was a display item so the seller sold it to me with a cheaper price.

There is two kanji letter (picture at the bottom), and one of my friend said that the meaning is senboku (a district in Japan). I don't know is it correct or not, but even if it's correct i don't know why there's a district name on a Gi. If anybody had any idea or opinion, i'd be very thankful.

I would also like to ask your opinion regarding the ethics of using Gi with a writing on it (either kanji/roman letter). Is there any rules of tradition on this in Aikido? I haven't use this Gi because i don't want to break any possible ethics/tradition/informal rules.

Thank you for your help.

Btw, i am very new in this forum, and i'd like to thank all of you for sharing so many informations on this forum, i had learned so many useful things here.

Regards,
Abraham

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h14/abrahamjonathan/IMG00195-20110521-0959.jpg
(I am really sorry for this oversized picture, i haven't had time to resize it)

jester
06-13-2011, 11:21 AM
I think it says "Kick Me! :freaky:

Just kidding, I have no clue.

Peter Wong
06-13-2011, 11:52 AM
I would ask your Sensei if it would be alright to wear it. I know where I train (sometimes) Sensei perfers only the school and/or the federation patch on the gi. But his bottom line is if that the only gi you have then wear it. JUST GET THE MAT AND TRAIN!

Ba2m
06-13-2011, 12:13 PM
I would ask your Sensei if it would be alright to wear it. I know where I train (sometimes) Sensei perfers only the school and/or the federation patch on the gi. But his bottom line is if that the only gi you have then wear it. JUST GET THE MAT AND TRAIN!

Thanks for your response Mr Wong, luckily it is not the only Gi i own. I was just being careful wearing something with a word that i haven't understand yet.

I think it says "Kick Me!

Hahahaha :D :D i should move the letter on my butt then haha..

Patrick Hutchinson
06-13-2011, 01:50 PM
Translation from a googler, not a speaker:
泉 is Sen: spring, fountain
北 is Hoku: north
There are a bunch of Senhoku, Senboku, and Senpokus all over Japan

lbb
06-13-2011, 07:37 PM
I have a dojo-mate who has his name embroidered on his gi in classic gas-station name letters: "Mike". It cracks me up every time I see it.

Janet Rosen
06-13-2011, 11:32 PM
I have a dojo-mate who has his name embroidered on his gi in classic gas-station name letters: "Mike". It cracks me up every time I see it.

That's wonderful!
To match "my name in kanji" on the R hip of my hak, I wrote my name in Yiddish and had a friend embroider it on the L hip. I don't think anyone has ever noticed it :-)

Chris Farnham
06-13-2011, 11:55 PM
It's pretty common in Japan for people to wear gi that have either their own name or the name of the club/dojo where they train. Since 泉北
is a place name it might also be the name of a dojo/club/or organization. I have also seen people wear gi and hakama that have the kanji for a name other than their own; probably bought 2nd hand I would assume.

robin_jet_alt
07-26-2011, 10:54 PM
I would read that as "Izumi Kita" Most likely it belonged to someone who lived in the north of a place called Izumi. A quick google search reveals that there is an Izumi Kita karate dojo in Osaka. I don't know why someone from there would wear a Judo-gi though.

nekobaka
09-09-2011, 01:01 AM
The area of southern Osaka near the ocean is called Izumi chuo, with a place called senboku nearby. I've never seen anyone by that name though.

Andrew S
09-09-2011, 04:12 AM
I would suggest that it is from a school, the Izumi being a district and the Kita being the school (e.g. Izumi Kita High School)
I would not be surprised if it is in fact a judogi from a school club.

My take: you might remove the emboidery with an un-picker (a lot of time), or put a patch over it. That, of course, is merely my opinion.

Hope this helps.