May 132017

Japanese Name Interpretation Workshops

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:00am to 9:00am
JCCH Conference Room

Workshop fees:  $15 per JCCH member; $20 per non-member Each workshop is limited to 10 attendees; slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Come and learn about "what’s in a Japanese name"! In 2017, JCCH Tokioka Heritage Resource Center volunteer Marian Okada, assisted by Yoko Waki, will host several workshops throughout the year on Japanese name interpretations. Participants are given an extensive general overview of Japanese personal names, including a discussion of their cultural significance, historical context, and trends in naming over time. The focus will be on first and middle names, as the history of personal names is long and constantly changing, whereas the history of Japanese last names is relatively recent. However, an overview of last names in general will also be covered in the workshop.

Each workshop participant is invited to submit two Japanese first or middle names in advance, and the workshop leaders will discuss what each name means and will provide cards with the two names handwritten in kanji.

Anyone wanting a fuller interpretation of any specific Japanese name, written out on paper, can also use the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center’s name consultation service. For information and to see a sample, click here.

To put your name on the waiting list for one of the 2017 workshops, please contact Marcia Kemble, Tokioka Heritage Resource Center manager, at (808) 945-7633, Ext. 34 or email

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