Kanji, Kokeshi, Kijimuna


What is your name in Kanji?

Here’s mine:


Road/Way, Free and Jewel. I guess I am Freeway Jewel. Whatever the heck that means! πŸ˜€

Kanji is basically Japanese language. Check HEREΒ to find out what your name means in Japanese. My name generated something inconsistent with the website from the one above. The website says my name means theory (ru), bud/summon/eye (me)Β and stream/stop (ru). I guess it means Stop eyeΒ theory. πŸ˜€ Go ahead and look. Just don’t forget to return back to my blog. πŸ˜€ [Paging Amy, yours is the best one I’ve seen ;)]


Kokeshi in EnglishΒ meansΒ wooden doll. Guess what exactly it is?

The guy who was selling me it says if it’s not wood, it’s not kokeshi. πŸ˜€ I’m not one who buys souvenirs. These are not even souvenirs; I just want to bring home some Japanese tradition with me.



Kijimuna are small wooden mythological creatives, andΒ are strictly Okinawan.


They are fishing savvy, but they only eat one eye of the fish leaving the rest.
They hate octopus.
They are known to being mischievous and are pranksters.
They make friends with humans and can carry us on their backs leapingΒ through mountains and overseas. Though, their relatonships with humans often goes bad.
One story tells of a kijimuna’s friend burning down his tree, so the kijimuna fled to the mountains.


I’m not so sure if I want to follow their direction, especially the guy has a big grin on his face.

Sorry for the easy post. I thought of composing this when I get back to California, but I couldn’t wait three more months to share about these things.

Source: Wiki



If you want to know more of Japan, Oh My Omiyage is your gal, especailly when it comes to food. Expect magazine-worthy images when you visit her blog.


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        • You can rarely see their mouth. As a matter of fact, I mentioned to the guy who was selling me these that I can’t see their mouths. I thought those were their noses. πŸ˜€ The guy said kokeshi-making is about 70 years old when women were much very conservative than today. I replied, ahhh cool. πŸ˜€ whether its the story or the look of tiny lips, I really think it’s a neat thing about Kokeshi. Sorry if this comes out as sexist, I don’t intend to. If it happens again, I shall never talk about the subject ever again in my blog. πŸ˜€

    • I know, right!? The guy who was selling me these said if it’s not wooden, then it is not Kokeshi. It gives it even more of like a special treatment to it. πŸ˜€

  1. I recall when traveling in Japan 30 years ago learning about (not much else) Kanji and Hiragana scripts. There were also some theories floating about that only Japanese people could truly speak and understand the language because of cultural experiences and connotations that one could only learn through living in Japan. Sounded elitist to me, but I just smiled in my ignorance of the language.

    I recall those wooden dolls, Buddhas in various contemplative and jolly positions, and the yard-art Japanese style gnomes. The Japanese yards range from subtly pruned landscapes to garish colors.

    Enjoy your travels, Freeway Jewel

  2. i see the letter K is quite popular there…Kanji, Kokehsi, Kijimuna…so, by the sweet faces of the Kokeshi dolls do they originate from Japan unlike the not so sweet faces of the Okinawa Kijimuna dolls….really, that last one with that, that, dumpy grin…eww. ha-ha πŸ™‚

  3. Emerge – Dance – Orchid. I think I could enjoy going by my Japanese name. πŸ™‚ I love the Japanese dolls. They are delightfully colorful and I’m glad you didn’t wait to share them! Nice share, Rommel!

  4. I love your name meaning, Rommel. That’s so lovely, you jewel πŸ™‚

    Thanks for that link – it was great, but there was no result for ‘Noeleen’. I went a step further and accepted their invitation to contact them and ask it be on their register. I’d love to find out. I’ll tell you what I learn.

    These kijimuna sound like cheeky leprechauns :). Only eat one eye of the fish?!

  5. It’s been a while since I have caught up on your adventures, we are about half way (hopefully) between reminiscing about our last trip and planning our next, so I have enjoyed absorbing the inspiration of your posts. We have enjoyed a number of trips to Japan (pre Blog), it’s a surprisingly easy trip from Australia and such a fascinating and friendly place. As to our Kanji names, I was interested to see that three of our four family names contained ‘Longevity’, our fourth, my Boy is ‘Peaceful’ and ‘Clever’, although when we took him to Japan at 1 and 2 years old we learned his name translated directly to ‘Ant’ 🐜as opposed to ‘Lion’ 🐯 in Hebrew (and Eagle in Dutch), so he’s pretty free to choose his own course πŸ˜ƒ. I’ll be back for more catching up soon.

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