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How Your Name Is Converted Into Kamiyomoji

*〜* How Your Name Is Converted Into Kamiyomoji *〜*

For those who have no idea how custom Kamiyomoji products are created, let me explain how your name is converted into Kamiyomoji. Actually, there is too much information to share, so please allow me to explain briefly.

First of all, you need the Japanese syllabary chart in Kamiyomoji and Roma-ji (Roman or Latin characters.)

As you may already know, In Japan, we learn English as a second language. Before actually starting to learn English language, we first learn how to write Roma-ji (Roman or Latin characters) in order to understand how the sound or pronunciation of Japanese words is converted into the sound of Roman characters. Just imagine that you are writing Japanese words such as "Arigatou"(Thank you) using alphabetical keyboard, then, that means you know how it is done already. 

So, when you write your name in Kamiyomoji, first I would like you to reverse the process, from English alphabet to Japanese Kana and then, from Kana to Kamiyomoji. 

Basically, it is as easy as that. When you have Japanese syllabary chart at hand, all you have to do is to find the right Kamiyomoji letters matched to the sound(pronunciation) of your name. 

Well, although I mentioned before that there are some rules in pronunciation and that part might be a little challenge for you if you want to do it all by yourself, I would like to cover that part in the book or actual seminars.

Here is one example: The name John Smith written in Ahiru-kusa Kamiyomoji characters. 

When John Smith is written in Kana, it' written as ジョン スミス. The part John contains 1 voiced sound & 1 contracted sound,  and the part Smith contains "th" sound which Japanese language do not have.  And Kamiyomoji doesn't have the way to display "voiced sound", etc... considering all these factors together and applying Japanese  pronunciation rules, etc... John Smith → ジョン スミス is written in Kamiyomoji like that. 

Sounds a little bit complicated?  But please don't worry. Once you learn the rules, applying them with Kamiyomoji syllabary chart at hand, then it is not difficult at all. 

I do believe that with enough information & examples, people could definitely learn how to write and read Kamiyomoji by yourself even without actual face-to-face instructions. Of course explaining it at workshop could be much easier and fun doing it together. That is why I think it is a great idea for me to write a book as well as to do some workshops with this project. 

Well, I guess that would be all. I hope at least you get the idea of How your name is converted into Kamiyomoji. 

And lastly, I do have some favor to ask you.

To those who have pledged on "Your Name in Kamiyomoji",  I would like to ask all of you how to pronounce your name. (In English of course, I would like you to write the pronunciation just like the ones in a dictionary.) I really hope you would corporate with me on that in order to write your name correctly in Kamiyomoji.:-)

If you have any question regarding this matter, then please feel free to ask me directly by sending Email to artofhoshikage@gmail.com

Best regards,

Hoshikage 

P.S: Japanese syllabary chart is, so called, tables of Japanese characters, Hiragana,or Katakana. It is easy to get the image online by googling it. I have also found a really good site for learning Japanese at beginner's level, you can find a good "Japanese-Romaji(Roman or Latin letters) chart" there. If you are interested, please take a look the. Click HERE