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Flower Names in Japanese Characters

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments


花-Kanji for flower

Do you know how to write some flower names in Japanese characters especially in Kanji symbols. The left side kanji "花(はな-hana, か-ka) " means flower, and some of flower names contain the letter of 花 (usually last of their names) when they are written in Japanese Kanji as you can see in the following flower name lists.

As you can see in the list. Cactus can be written "仙人掌" in Kanji but usually we prefer to use Katakana for writing Cactus, so サボテン is generally used in our daily life.

And I think we don't have specific Japanese name for Carnation so we write its name using Katakana like the below list.

The flower names "花", "桔梗", "桜", "菊", "皐月" and "菫" are often used as girls name in Japan. And even though "Ginger (生姜)" is often used as girl's name in English world, we rarely use "生姜" as girl's name in Japan.

The Kanji meaning of "鶏頭" is "head of chicken", so apparently the Japanese naming for this plant is similar to English naming.

Also the meaning of "朝顔" is "morning (朝) face (顔)". So the English naming and Japanese naming for this flower is very similar.

Kanji

hiragana

romaji

English Names

ききょう

kikyou

Balloon Flower

さぼてん

saboten

Cactus

かーねーしょん

ka-ne-shon

Carnation

さくら

sakura

Cherry

しゃくやく

shakuyaku

Chinese Peony

きく

kiku

Chrysanthemum

けいとう

keitou

Cocks-Comb

さるすべり

sarusuberi

Crape myrtle

さつき

satsuki

Dwarf Azalea

はなかいどう

hanakaidou

Flowering Crab Apple

くちなし

kuchinashi

Gardenia

しょうが

shouga

Ginger

しゅうかいどう

shuukaidou

Hardy Begonia

すいかずら

suikazura

Honey suckle

あじさい

ajisai

Hydrangea

あやめ

ayame

Iris

すずらん

suzuran

Lily of the Valley

あさがお

asagao

Morning Glory

すいせん

suisen

Narcissus

さんしきすみれ

sanshikisumire

Pansy

ぐびじんそう

gubijinsou

Field Poppy

しゃくなげ

shakunage

Rhododendron

さざんか

sazanka

Sazanka Camellia

あざみ

azami

Thistle

すみれ

sumire

Violet

すいれん

suiren

Water lily

じんちょうげ

jinchouge

Winter Daphne

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