Service Information

There are a number of cultural practices that are unique to Japan, such as tea ceremonies and Kabuki theatre, but we believe that kanji characters also represent Japanese culture.
Would you like to express your name in kanji to get in touch with a wonderful aspect of Japanese culture? Would you like to experience mastering the beautiful text of kanji by creating new meaning for the name you’ve had for so long?

Kanji characters have derived from pictographs, so when you look at the character for a word like ‘tree’ (木), the character itself resembles a picture of a tree. Because of this, even if you do not know the character, you could guess that it relates to trees. Another good example is the characters for the word ‘bumpiness / unevenness’ (凸凹). It is clear that these are the bump (凸) and the dint / concave (凹) in the bumpy/uneven form that it represents. For this word, the character order can be switched (凹凸), but the meaning remains the same. On the other hand, there are also kanji where you find interesting discoveries once you break them up into their different parts. An example of a kanji like this is this character ‘忍’. This kanji is made of 2 other kanji characters. One is a character which represents ‘heart’ (心), and this sits under the other character that represents ‘blade’ (刃). Just as this suggests, the character ‘忍’ means ‘to endure pain’. Finally, some kanji can be extremely easy to understand. For example, kanji for names of fish, all have the character for ‘fish’ (魚) within them. Sardines (鰯) consists of the characters for ‘fish’ and ‘weak’ because they’re often eaten by bigger fish, cod (鱈) consists of the characters for ‘fish’ and ‘snow’ because their flesh is as white as snow. You’ll understand how interesting and fun kanji can be, once you can see how these kanji were created and composed.

Would you like to experience getting in touch with Japanese culture by understanding the deep and interesting world of kanji? Why don’t you create kanji for your name and give it new meaning so that you can experience Japanese culture in a closer and more special way? To be an immersive tool into Japanese culture, we design kanji for names that can be used in print and as signatures. For anyone interested in Japanese culture or kanji, we would love for you to experience this.

Why We Recommend This Service

Kanji design professionals with extensive knowledge & experience

We are a group of kanji design professionals with extensive knowledge and experience. All designers have mastered all areas relating to lettering such as kanji signatures, pen lettering and calligraphy. They have skills and know-hows that they have gained throughout their long experience, and their strength is within their ability to accommodate any name including ones that are not Japanese.

Pioneers of signature design & No. 1 share of the Japanese market

We are proud of the fact that we are the pioneers of the signature design service business in Japan. We are No. 1 in terms of shares in the Japanese market and have a track record of designing over 50,000 signatures for a variety of clients from politicians and celebrities to the general public. We have been covered in the media, and we have been highly acclaimed for the way we work to meet various needs in the most accurate way.

The most practical format for the use

We place importance on designing kanji that can actually be used so that they are not created merely for the look or to have no purpose afterwards. When the characters are delivered, you can choose from 3 different formats to suit what you will use it for. The first is the ‘kanji signature’ which is practical and easy to write, the second is the ‘bimoji’ which is designed to look beautiful when written with a pen, and the third is the ‘calligraphy’ format which is great for design material because of its strong Japanese-style characteristics. We take pride in the consideration we have for the customers being able to easily experience the kanji culture in a practical way.

What is ‘Ateji’?

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Japan has a custom called ‘ateji’ which is to give foreign words kanji characters based on their sounds, and this tradition is used to create kanji names for people with non-Japanese names.

Your name is a precious gift from your parents, so we recommend that you carefully consider which kanji characters to use just as you would if you are creating a new name for yourself. Because you’re creating a kanji name, you want it to be a name that your friends in your country and people from countries that use kanji are impressed by and comment on how nice your name is.

Some kanji are considered ‘lucky’ and some are not. Positive kanji for words like ‘peace’ (幸), calm (静) and harmony (和) are used often because they are considered to be lucky and to bring good fortune. On the other hand, negative kanji such as ‘demon’ (鬼) and ‘suffering’ (苦) are considered bad luck and are avoided, so these cannot be recommended for names. This decision can be difficult for people without knowledge and understanding of kanji. Some people use the internet to change their names to kanji, but in these cases, the meaning is not considered as it is created solely based on the phonetic sounds.

As kanji name design professionals, we analyze pronunciation, meaning of kanji and the meanings the customers want to include in their name before creating a name with a positive impression that best fits the format selected.

Leon

Leon

If an internet service is used

No meaning is considered, and the characters will be chosen solely on phonetic sound.

礼遠

礼遠

If our service is used

An experienced professional will analyze the pronunciation, meaning of kanji and the meanings the customer wants to include in their name before creating a name with a positive impression that best fits the format selected.

鈴音

鈴音

These 2 kanji characters “鈴” (bell) and “音” (sound) are combined to form the meaning “the sound of a bell.” Just gazing at these characters – a combination that evokes refreshing, positive feelings - one can imagine the sounds of a beautiful bell chiming.

Examples

Name
Tomas
Country
America
Age
56
Gender
Male
Come to Japan
2 times

刀升

刀升

This uses the kanji for ‘sword’ (刀) and ‘measure’ (升). Both characters have a strong Japanese impression. ‘Sword’ is a stylish character that portrays masculine strength, and the character for ‘measure’ is commonly used in Japanese surnames.

1.Signature

We place importance on reducing the pen strokes so that they can be written easily and quickly, but we also design it while considering the visual beauty of it as well. This format is practical and can be used often, so the appeal of this is that people can experience kanji as a part of their everyday life.

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Name
Leon
Country
France
Age
34
Gender
Male
Come to Japan
4 times

鈴音

鈴音

The combination of the 2 characters means ‘the sound of bells’. You can almost hear the beautiful sound of bells just by looking at the characters, and it is a combination that evokes refreshing and positive feelings.

2.Bimoji (Beautiful Writing)

Apart from kanji, lettering that emphasizes the beauty of form and brush strokes is rare. However, we pursued the formative art of the shape of the kanji itself in this format, so we avoided abbreviating or deforming the characters. We recommend this for anyone who wants to master the beautiful classic kanji while using standard pens such as fountain and ballpoint.

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Name
Emma
Country
England
Age
40
Gender
Female
Come to Japan
1 times

絵馬

絵馬

This uses the kanji for ‘picture’ (絵) and for ‘horse’ (馬). Each character has their own meaning, but by combining the 2, it is also the kanji used to express the auspicious wooden plaque that people write prayers on at shrines.

3.Calligraphy

We pursued further aesthetic beauty of lettering as this is a style that incorporates deeper artistic features such as the elements of huskiness that are unique to writing brushes. Visually, there is a strong ‘Japanese style’ characteristic to it. This can be used variously for prints, icons, interior decorating and design materials.

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You can choose from 3 types

1.Signature

We place importance on reducing the pen strokes so that they can be written easily and quickly, but we also design it while considering the visual beauty of it as well. This format is practical and can be used often, so the appeal of this is that people can experience kanji as a part of their everyday life.

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2.Bimoji (Beautiful Writing)

Apart from kanji, lettering that emphasizes the beauty of form and brush strokes is rare. However, we pursued the formative art of the shape of the kanji itself in this format, so we avoided abbreviating or deforming the characters. We recommend this for anyone who wants to master the beautiful classic kanji while using standard pens such as fountain and ballpoint.

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3.Calligraphy

We pursued further aesthetic beauty of lettering as this is a style that incorporates deeper artistic features such as the elements of huskiness that are unique to writing brushes. Visually, there is a strong ‘Japanese style’ characteristic to it. This can be used variously for prints, icons, interior decorating and design materials.

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Ordering Process

Ordering

Ordering

Please send us the order form once the required fields are filled out. Once we receive the order, we will send you a confirmation email, so once this is received, please check the order contents, price and delivery address.

Devise ‘ateji’ and create kanji characters

Devise ‘ateji’ and create kanji characters

Once we confirm the payment, we will start the process of devising the ‘ateji’ and creating the lettering. We will send the design proposal to the registered email address approximately 3 days from the date this process begins.

Confirming and editing design proposals

Confirming and editing design proposals

We will ask you to check the design proposal for the kanji characters and design image.Please inform us of whether:

  • You would like any revisions. If so, please specify.
  • You are happy and require no further revisions. If so, please instruct us to deliver the final product.

Final delivery via digital data

Final delivery via digital data

Once you instruct us to deliver the final product, we will prepare various documents such as instructions on how to practice, an exercise workbook and an instructional handwriting video. In approximately 3 days, we will send the final data to the registered email address.

Please note:

  • It takes approximately 7 days from the date of order until the final product is sent; however, to ensure quality is maintained, there is a possibility that the design proposal etc. may be delayed.
  • As these are completely made-to-order, we will require upfront payment of design fees.

Delivered Contents

Original exercise notebook

Original exercise notebook

This is an item that is essential in mastering your signature. We have included samples which you can trace to practice, and there are instructions on how to write such as information on how to start, stroke order, where to stop completely and where to sweep the stroke. The data will be sent in a PDF format.

Ai Illustrator vector data

Ai Illustrator vector data

This is digital data which can be used for various printed materials. So that it can be used for large prints, you will be provided with the vector data. The data will be sent in an Illustrator ai format.

Stroke order video

Stroke order video

This video will enable you to practice while watching the designer themselves writing the signature. Because it is a video, the fluctuation in the speed of the stroke can be checked over and over, so it is extremely useful in mastering your signature. The data will be sent in an MP4 format. However, this is limited to signatures or bimoji design.

Story sheet

Story sheet

This will provide you with specific information and explanation about the ‘ateji’ as well as information about the designer’s thought process and feelings towards the design layout. We feel that this information will help you bond with your new kanji name even more. The data will be sent in PDF format.

Prices

¥10000(tax in)

The price above includes the process of creating the ‘ateji’ and a choice of 1 of the 3 available formats – Kanji signature, Bimoji and Calligraphy. Any fee-charging option will incur additional fees separate from the fee stated above.

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Company Overview

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Our company, syomei.com, was the first company in Japan to start signature design services, so we are pioneers in this field. There are a number of professional designers that are experts in signatures, pen lettering and Japanese calligraphy working here. In other words, we are a group of kanji professionals. The service started in 2006, and since then, we have produced over 100,000 designs for over 50,000 people. Our clients are diverse and range from celebrities, athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs and businessmen to housewives and students as well. We have also been interviewed a number of times by various media forms from television (NHK, TBS) to magazines.

syomei.com Inc.
5F, Fujinami Building, 3-6-2 Higashi Ueno,
Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015, Japan
Tel 81-3-5817-8897 (Japanese)
Tel 81-50-5437-6374 (English)
Fax 81-3-5817-8679
Url http://www.syomei.com
Mail syomei@syomei.com

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