United States In Japanese Kanji – アメリカの州名を日本語にすると — 12 Comments

    • Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

      Though it seems to only have a few states, and focuses more on some major cities. And as you said, they are all 当て字 (kanji chosen for sound and not meaning) and don’t actually mean what the states mean.

  1. とても興味深いです。Marylandの最愛女王が凄くステキですね。この記事によると州名には意味があったということですよね?Texasを何故(仲間)にしたのか由来が知りたくなりました。今からググってみます!

    • そうですよ。全ての州名には意味があるんですがあまり知られていないのが多いです。由来もそれぞれあって結構興味深いと思います。

      • Hi Adam
        I have an 1864/1865 rifle with inscription on the stock (Kanji?)
        My father brought it home from Japan after WWII

        How can I send you pictures to try to get it interpreted?

  2. 僕の番!

    ブラジル: 燠色国

    Acre: 無在
    Roraima: 緑野
    Amazonas: 女傑
    Rondônia: 滝原
    Amapá: 陸末
    Pará: 他川
    Tocantins: 鳥嘴
    Rio Grande do Norte: 大北河
    Paraíba: 水浅
    Pernambuco: 溝海
    Alagoas: 湖来
    Sergipe: 蟹川
    Ceará: 小鳥歌
    Maranhão: 流海
    Piauí: 河魚
    Bahia: 湾岸
    Distrito Federal: 邦区
    Goiás: 同元
    Mato Grosso: 叢拡
    Mato Grosso do Sul: 南叢拡
    Espirito Santo: 聖霊降
    Rio de Janeiro: 一月川
    Minas Gerais: 金広地
    São Paulo: 小雨
    Paraná: 如海
    Santa Catarina: 純女聖
    Rio Grande do Sul: 大南河


    • アメリカの州名リストに加えて頂いてありがとうございます!ブラジルの州名も結構興味深い!州名が国の歴史を少し教えてくれますね。


  3. Since I’m Canadian, I decided to test it out with the provinces and territories here! I started back when this article was first published, but never got around to posting it until now. Luckily there weren’t that many names to figure out.

    Canada: 村落

    Alberta: 慧子
    British Columbia: 英鳩
    Manitoba: 原湖
    New Brunswick: 新褐村
    Newfoundland: 新陸
    Northwest Territories: 北西領
    Nova Scotia: 新闇
    Nunavut: 我陸
    Ontario: 大湖
    Prince Edward Island: 富護王子島
    Quebec: 河狭
    Saskatchewan: 迅流川
    Yukon: 大河

    It’s interesting seeing how some of the provinces have pretty much the same meanings as some of the states in the United States, Michigan and Ontario being one such example. It certainly makes sense with them being in such close proximity to each other geographically, bordering on the Great Lakes.

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