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July 1st, 2013 03:32 AM #16
I've always liked Kotomi (Koh-toh-me) and Mirai (Me-RAH-ee) (meaning: future).
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July 4th, 2013 12:08 AM #18Senior Member
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I like Reika, Reina, and Naomi. And I would use them without hesitation (well, Naomi fights my surname, but I WOULD...) - but that is because all of them bear very close resemblance to names from my own culture, which is Jewish.
I like that Reina has Yiddish, Spanish, and Japanese meanings, and none of them are unpleasant. There's an appeal to a name that has a broad familiarity or simple sounds. I also don't think there's much room for offense there at my kids not looking Japanese.
That said, I do love Midori. Shame that locally, people would think I named my baby after melon liqueur.
July 18th, 2013 08:48 AM #20Member
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I always liked 'Hanabi' for a girl, but it's a word in Japanese I would be using as a name, I don't think it's a Japanese name.
Issues of cultural appropriation are tricky, but for my otaku peeps...many of you have made it your culture, it's not a whim.
A lot of the people I know of this persuasion have lived and worked in Japan, learnt that language, cook the food...
Manami is also a charming name, but then when you know someone lovely who has a name you tend to love it more :-)