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Japanese Kanji Characters - For Art, Tattoos, Retail Packaging and More!
your Japanese Kanji images with confidence from Karma-Net! Each and every order is reviewed by two expert Japanese translators
- once in Japan and once in the U.S.
Don't underestimate the
importance of this feature - especially if you are buying
a Kanji design for a tattoo, or other high-committment purpose!
The complexity of Japanese Kanji cannot be stressed enough.
Kanji characters do not translate directly to English words and
very rarely will you be able to define a Japanese Kanji with
just one English word.
If there is any question about
your Kanji request, one of our experts will contact you by
email to clarify your request. If you would like to add additional
information to help us create the right Kanji for you, please
add your details to the "comments" box during checkout.
We typically fill all custom Kanji orders within 48 hours.
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Japanese Symbols, otherwise known as Kanji symbols or characters, originated in China thousands of years ago.
Although the Japanese language has fewer sounds than most other languages, it does have an extremely complex system of writing.
Lacking their own script, the Japanese took over the ideograms, or kanji (Japanese Symbols), as a response to the Korean and Chinese monks carrying Buddhism to Japan between the fourth to the seventh centuries. At first used strictly in classical Chinese texts, the kanji were later adapted to Japanese as well. This meant additional pronunciations and a distinct group of characters to indicate grammatical inflections lacking in Chinese. This syllabary, the kana, was used for a brief period by the literati in place of the kanji, but by the fifteenth century the two had been fused into a single system.
Under pressure from the occupying forces after the second world war, Japan's postwar Ministry of Education chose 1,850 kanji from the more than 50,000 available, for general use. This list has been revised several times since, and has hardly had the effect of promoting the elimination of kanji altogether. The average college graduate still needs over 3,000 characters just to read the newspaper!