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Re: Japanese names
Posted by: Deborah Smith Takamura (ID *****0586) Date: September 24, 2012 at 20:32:45
In Reply to: Re: Japanese names by Patricia Greenway of 1931

Kin is the Japanese word for "gold." A common Japanese name for males is Ken, meaning "healthy." It is pronounced the same as Barbie's friend's name. Both are used in combination with other characters to create longer names, such as Kinji and Kentaro. You might try both spellings (Kin/Ken) since phonetic transliterations sometimes confuse English vowels. Proper romanization uses Italian vowels (a Jesuit influence).

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