“Genbu” – Japanese Kanji Symbols for Black Tortoise

I wrote ‘Genbu’. It means Black Tortoise in English. It is one of the four gods said to rule over the four directions in China. ‘Gen’ means Black or Mysterious ‘Bu’ means Warrior, Bravery or Military ‘Genbu’ preside over the north, the winter and the mountain or the hill. It is shape of the tortoise sowed the snake. Often ‘Genbu’ appears …

“Gashou” – Japanese Kanji Symbols for A Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year ! I wrote “Gashou”. It means “A Happy New Year!” in English. “Ga” means Congratulation or Joy “Shou” is abbreviation of the New Year or January in this case. We have many New Year’s greetings. It is the easiest of them and used in New Year’s card. We don’t say “Gashou” to others, we say “Akemashite …