Kanji for Doggies – Deacon

Ever wonder what your beloved pet’s name would look like in Chinese characters, or kanji? We pick one pet photo and render the pet’s name in kanji.


Deacon is a big, friendly Great Dane that lives in Ballard. He used to live on a houseboat. We bet he made that houseboat rock! Now he lives with his owners, Min and Dotty, in a townhouse. Sometimes, but not always, he lets Min and Dotty share the couch.

This is the kanji for “younger brother” and means someone who learns from other.

Magnificent and admirable. A person with great achievement and excellence.

This kanji means “lord” or “master.” In Japanese, it is used when addressing men with respect and affection.


Put these characters together and it means: One who has qualities to learn gratefully from others. A magnificent and admirable person. Also, it implies a wish for him to become a respectable person (dog) just like a king who is loved by his people.

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Ryosuke Komori was born and raised in Kyoto. The city's deep cultural heritage and centuries-old traditions helped shape him as a young man and still influence him today. As a college student, he and friends started an email magazine business called MaguMagu! The success of that business made Ryosuke realize he needed to tell more stories about Japan in new ways. That's how QAZJapan and Origami magazine were born. With QAZJapan, Ryosuke is taking his media skills to a whole new level! He hopes you dive into the site and enjoy.
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