Kanji for Kitties – Leo

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.


Leo will let you pet him, but he’d much rather be in the backyard stalking rodents. In fact, when he catches them, he’ll bring the carcasses by your front stoop just to show you how hard he is working. Leo keeps large swathes of his Magnolia neighborhood mouse free. It’s probably free of some other critters, too. Leo is the consummate hunter, the king of the backyard, and thus his lionlike name suits him to a T.

This kanji means “beautiful” and “admirable.”  It projects an image of bright and colorful personality.

This one indicates “conqueror,” “superior,” or “male.”


Put these characters together and it means:

A cat who is beautiful, elegant and brave. He has a superb appearance and great capabilities.   The combination of these two kanjis makes for a very handsome name.

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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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