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Gabriel A
02-23-2004, 11:10 AM
Hi, I was going to have some embroidery done to my hakama. I wanted to add my name. But that got me thinking what are traditional things to put in the hakama,gi and obi?
Once again pls forgive my ignorance!
Pls share your insight on this.

John Boswell
02-23-2004, 01:16 PM
www.tozando.com offers personalized embroidery on hakama, gi, pants or belts. Probably a bit expensive to send the hakama to Japan for that.

There is a danish website where you can get your name translated into japanese - mind you that it's not entirely correct and that it might have a bit of problem with regards to english names.

Chekc it out at: http://users.cybercity.dk/~ccc5820/japnavn.htm

(just enter a name in the box and push the button....)

In our dojo I believe that the custom is to have their first name embrodied on the hakama. Perhaps their last name as well.


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I read this a while back... found it very helpful. Do a search for this one or "embroidery" on the forums. Lots of info out there.

Gabriel A
02-23-2004, 01:57 PM
Hey John thanx for the reply, will look into it. By the way IS it traditional to have embroidery?



Ted Marr
02-23-2004, 02:17 PM
I heard a story about a guy who got his name embroidered on his hakama. Unfortunately, when they translate things to Japanese, the phonetics of it don't always work out correctly, so you sometimes end up with extra vowels and such in there, since you often pair a consonant with a vowel in Japanese (with the exception of "N" I think)

Anyways, he was kind of confused when he met a shihan at a seminar, and the guy seemed to know his name, but was pronouncing it very oddly. It wasn't until later that someone told him why... I think the japanese mis-translation has kind of stuck as his unofficial name, though...

Gabriel A
02-23-2004, 03:05 PM
How could I get my name in Kanji. Without that type of problems?



02-23-2004, 03:58 PM
How could I get my name in Kanji. Without that type of problems?


Hi Gabe...

As I understand there's basically to ways to translate a western name to japanese , ones is doing a "phonetical?!" translation (using either hiragana or katakana alphabets), on the other hand if you know what your name means you could translate that meaning into Kanji..thus gettting a more accurate , meaningful translation...

There is an excellent link with a lots of names already translated here..

Takase Studios - Names with G (http://www.takase.com/Names/NameInJapaneseG.htm)

Another useful resources on Kanji are..

The Kanji Site (http://www.kanjisite.com/)

Japanese-English Dictionary (http://www.solon.org/cgi-bin/j-e/S=48/inline/pix/dict)

Last one is a very good altought a bit complex at first sight translator...

Hope it helps..

Yours in AiKi.

Tom Wolowiec
02-26-2004, 10:41 PM
I doubt you can translate it into Kanji. In my Japanese class, we write our names in Katakana, and they sound horrible. Basically, it's trying to say the English name in Japanese, and it ends up being something totally different.

My guess for your name (spelled phonetically) would be: Gabriel Arias Ga-boo-ree-e-ru (not sure how to pronounce your last name, gonna wing it :)) A-ree-a-soo.

It would look like this, but prettier, since I'm left handed, but use the mouse in my right hand. :p

Gabriel A
02-27-2004, 08:51 AM
Hey, Tom thanx a lot. Wow, I am impressed you took the time! I have been doing my research also and it looks like what you did! Can't get it in kanji :( but I guess that what I have should be enough. Do you have embroidery?