With their unique aesthetic and beautiful form, countries all over the world love using Japanese kanji! In this article series, we'll be showcasing some of the wonderful kanji that appear all throughout Dragon Ball. Along the way, we'll also examine the meaning behind them as well as how they are written! First up is the lovable protagonist of Dragon Ball, Son Goku. Which kanji appear in his name?!
[Reading] Son Go Ku
[Meaning in Dragon Ball] As most people know, Dragon Ball's protagonist's first name is "Goku" and his last name is "Son". Something you might not is that the name "Son Goku" actually comes from a character in the Chinese story "Journey to the West"!
Son Goku's name is composed of these three kanji.
Let's take a look at their readings, meanings, and stroke orders.
Reading: son, mago
Meaning: Child of child. A relationship separated by one.
Reading: go, sato-ru
Meaning: To perceive, sense, realize. Clever, smart.
This complex kanji means "to know something" and "to notice something", but it also contains the meaning of "to grasp/comprehend truth". It is often used in Japanese names, particularly with the pronunciation "Satoru".
Reading: ku, sora, a-ku, a-keru, kara
Meaning: The sky. The heavens. Weather. The upwards direction.
And with that, the first "~Learn Cool Kanji with Dragon Ball!~" lesson comes to an end! The Go kanji that was featured in today's <Cool Point!> is also used in the names of Goku's sons, Gohan and Goten, so it's definitely worth remembering!
See you in the next lesson!
This site includes machine-translated texts. Please be aware that you might find some unusual expressions that are difficult to understand.