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Akira is a name with Japanese origins but it is also extremely popular in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, India and more. The meaning of Akira depends on the Kanji written and it can mean 'intelligence', 'bright' or 'wisdom'. This name signifies wisdom, bravery, kindness, selflessness, and purity. In Indian and Sanskrit, the name means 'grace with strength'. It is a name that saw a surge in popularity after the release of the 1982 manga ‘AKIRA’, which was written and sketched by the beloved Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo. It is a world-famous manga series that is one of the best-selling mangas of all time. Then, in 1988 the name was also popular because of the release of the animated movie and adaptation 'AKIRA', which set a landmark in both animations and in its genre. The most famous figure with the name is the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, who is one of the most highly regarded directors in history. He won countless awards across his career and is known for his films 'Seven Samurai', 'Ran' and 'To Live'.

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Japanese

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Aoi is a name of Japanese origins. It is traditionally given as a first name but can also be used as a surname. It is a name that can be given to both boys and girls due to the name’s gender-neutral nature. The meaning of Aoi is 'the hollyhock plant' and 'blue-green colors' (also 'bluish' and 'indigo'). The hollyhock is a flower that is native to Asia and Europe, known for its beautiful pink and purple petals. There are a number of famous people who have this name but most notably Aoi Nakamura. He is a Japanese actor and model, with one of his most known works being ‘Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night’, which was based on the 2007 American movie ‘Paranormal Activity’. Another is Aoi Teshima. She is a Japanese singer and voice actress, known for her songs 'Gedo Senki Kashu’ and ‘Therru no Uta’ and her movie work in Goro Miyazaki movies. The name represents serenity, peace, wisdom and hope.

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Japanese

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The name Aoki is of Japanese origins and it is traditionally a surname. The meaning of Aoki is 'a green tree' in Japanese and it represents good health and a bond to nature. The name also signifies good luck in many cultures, thanks to the name's association with the colour green. This is a name that is traditionally given to boys but over time has become more gender-neutral. The most famous figure with the name is Steven Hiroyuki Aoki, who is better known by his stage name Steve Aoki. He is famous for being an American DJ, music programmer and record producer and he is known for having global hits, such as 'Neon Future'. He is also known for his numerous collaborations with international celebrities like BTS, Linkin Park, LMFAO, Will.i.am, Afrojack, and more.

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Japanese

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A name of Japanese origin, the meaning of Hachi translates to 'eight'. Other meanings of this name include 'good fortune', 'wise leaf', 'governing the supremacy'. The 2009 drama movie, 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale', portrayed the life of Hachiko, an Akita dog, and his bond with his owner who was played by Richard Gere.

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Japanese

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Harue is a name which originates from Japan. The meaning of Harue translates to ‘springtime bay’, ‘spring bough’. Japanese politician Harue Kitamura was the first woman who was elected to be mayor of a Japanese city. Other meanings of this name include ‘far, blessed’, ‘much far, picture’, ‘spring, blessed’, ‘spring, river’, ‘spring, flourish’, ‘spring, clothing’, ‘clear, blessed’, ‘warm, love’, ‘beauty, picture’, ‘flower, blessed’.

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Japanese

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The meaning of Hikaru translates to ‘light’, ‘ray of light’, ‘radiance’, ‘brightness’. This name is of Japanese origin. Hikaru is a verb in Japanese which means ‘to shine’, and is a variant of the name Hikari. In 'Star Trek', there is a character called Hikaru Kato Sulu who was played by George Takei and then John Cho in the movies.

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Japanese

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Naruto' fans might remember the name Hinata as Hinata Hyuga is the wife of the ninja warrior! The meaning of Hinata translates to ‘a sunny place’, ‘in the sun’, ‘towards the sun’, ‘facing the sun’. An alternate meaning of this name also includes ‘a sunflower’. Hinata also means ‘warm’, ‘restful, princess’, ‘princess, poetry’, ‘sun, bloom’, ‘sun, laugh’, ‘scarlet, seven’, ‘holly, dark blue’. This name is also shared by a powerful female ranger in 'Pokemon Ranger'. Shoyo Hinata is the main character of the popular anime ‘Haikyuu!!’ who assumes the position of the middle blocker from Karasuno High School.

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Japanese

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Ichigo is a name of Japanese origin. In Japanese, the meaning of Ichigo is ‘strawberry’ and is a gender-neutral name. A famous Ichigo is Ichigo Rinahamu, a Japanese singer and member of the group CY8ER. It is also the name of characters in the animes 'Aikatsu' (Ichigo Hoshimiya) and 'Tokyo Mew Mew' (Ichigo Momomiya). The name is also associated with the Operation Ichigo. This was a series of major ground battles between the Japanese Army forces and the Chinese forces under the American General Joseph Stilwell during Second World War.

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Japanese

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Jin is a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. The meaning of Jin is ‘tenderness’. This name also has a meaning of 'gold' and 'truth' in Korean. It has been a popular name since the '90s. A famous name association is Kim Seok Jin who is a member of the South Korean band, BTS and goes by the stage name, Jin.

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Japanese

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Kairi is a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. The meaning of Kairi is 'ocean' or 'village'. In the French language, Kairi means 'song' or 'melody'. Kairi is the name of a fictional character in the video game series 'Kingdom Hearts'.

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Japanese

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Kana is a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. The meaning of Kana is 'powerful'. It is commonly used as both a surname and a first name. Kana is also a term used to refer to the system of phonetically spelling Japanese words. Sometimes it is used to refer to two modern systems of Japanese writing: hiragana and katakana. Famous people by the name of Kana include Kana Hanazawa, a Japanese actress and singer.

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Japanese

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Kaoru is a Japanese given name. It is gender-neutral, and the meaning of Kaoru is 'fragrance, balmy'. Kaoru Mori is a Japanese manga artist who creates work based on the lives of women in the 19th century. Kaoru Wada is a Japanese composer known for composing the scores to anime such as 'Inuyasha' and 'Strange Dawn'.

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Japanese

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Katana is a feminine name of Japanese origin. The meaning of Katana is 'sword'. A katana is a specific type of Japanese sword which has a curved blade and a long, two-handed grip. Katana is not commonly used as a person's name.

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Japanese

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Katsu is a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. The meaning of Katsu is 'victorious' or 'win'. In western countries, the term 'katsu' is usually associated with a type of curry.

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Japanese

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Kazumi is a name for both boys and girls. The name of the meaning Kazumi is “calm” and “serene”. The name is said to be originated from the Japanese language. There are 63 variations of Kanji meanings. 1,020 people in the United States have the name Kazumi. It is the 11,434th most popular name in the United States. Kazumi Mishima nee Hachijo is a fictional character in the Tekken 3D video games series. Hajime Kazumi is a famous Karate player. Many other people with the name Kazumi have achieved great heights.

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Japanese

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This name is originated from Japanese language. It is generally used for baby girls and boys. It is used as both given name and surname. The meaning of Kin is golden. The derivative kinya is more popular. Popular people include Kinya Abe (Abe Kin’ya, born 3 March 1969) is a Japanese fencer, Kinya Aikawa, Kinya Miyazaki Miyazaki Kin’ya, born 3 November 1938) is a Japanese athlete who participated in the men’s high jump at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

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Japanese

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Kiyoshi is a name for boys. The meaning of Kiyoshi is 'quiet', 'calm', and 'saintly'. It is said to have originated from the Japanese language. This name is popular in Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, and Finland. This name is the 9,768th most popular name in the United States. Kiyoshi Fujino is a famous fictional character in the series 'Prison School'.

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Japanese

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Kohaku is a name for both boys and girls. The meaning of Ko is “amber” in Japanese. Amber is the fossilized resin obtained from extinct trees. It is considered precious and thus is used in pieces of jewelry. Kohaku is said to have originated from the Japanese language. This name is popular in Turkey, Brazil, and Indonesia other than Japan. Kohaku is the name of a fictional character in the manga named 'Kohaku'.

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Japanese

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Kosuke is a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. The meaning of Kosuke is 'rising sun'. This name is popular in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and China. Famous personalities with the name Kosuke are Kosuke Fukudome, a Japanese baseball player who played for the Chicago Cubs, and Kosuke Kitajima, a professional swimmer who won two gold medals at the Olympics.

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Japanese

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Kozue is a gender-neutral name that can be given to both boys and girls. The meaning of Kozue is 'tree branches'. Tree branches symbolize family and home. This name is of Japanese origin. It is a popular name in Japan, Germany, China, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States. A famous personality with this name is Kozue Ando who is a Japanese soccer player.

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