I get a lot of requests for kanji, so to save duplication of
effort, I am making several available here. The ones that I put up
first are the kanji for bujinkan and the names of the nine ryuuha.
Within two days I got a request for shikinharamitsudaikyoumyou and
the list quickly increased. On rank certificates, Hatsumi Sensei,
when writing kotou ryuu instead of using the standard kanji for
ryuu, uses a different kanji that means dragon. Therefore, I have
written kotou ryuu with the dragon kanji. To use the standard ryuu
kanji, just grab it off another one.
These kanji are free for anyone to use. It would be nice, however,
if you drop me a
line and let me know.
Some of these kanji may seem a bit strange, such as the one for
Bujinkan shidoushikai kaiinbo (Bujinkan shidoushi membership list)
but I figured if one person asks for a kanji, then perhaps another
wants it too. Also, I had more free time when I originally made
this page, and didn't realize how many requests I would receive,
therefore, I put up some rather silly ones that probably only have
value to the person that originally requested it.
Originally, though they took up more space, I did these these as
jpgs on a white background. Various people might want to change the
color, etc. and it is easier to do this with jpgs than with gifs.
So, there are a few of these that are jpgs.
However, the majority are gifs on a white background. I did this
because they take up far less space--for instance the bujinkan
kanji takes up 19k as a jpg and only 5k as a gif-- and also because
gifs seem to have better resolution. I should have made them on
transparent backgrounds, but I didn't, so, if you're not familiar
with how to fix the background, please read on. This works with
Photoshop 4 and 5--I believe it would work with Photoshop 3 as
well, but am not sure. It is still very simple to not only change
the background, but to play with the color of the kanji and use
First take your page's background and choose select all. Then,
from the edit menu, choose define pattern.
Next, select the kanji image. Go to the image menu and select mode.
You will note that "indexed" is checked. Change that to RGB color.
(This will also enable you to play with the kanji using photoshop's
filters.) Next, with the magic wand tool, select the white
background. Go back to the edit menu, choose fill and from the
popup menu choose pattern and voila--the background of the kanji
will now look like the background of your webpage.
Changing the color of the kanji is also simple. Select them with
the magic wand---if it doesn't get the whole kanji choose similar
from the select menu. Then choose the color that you would like
them to be. Make that your foreground color and again use the fill
command, choosing foreground color.
I have written the kanji horizontally. It is fairly easy to make
them vertical by selecting a kanji and moving it. If you have any
e-mail me and let me know.
For quite awhile, I had a form here for people to request kanji.
However, getting busier and busier, I simply don't have time
anymore, for which I am sorry.
However, going by the adage that if you give a man a fish, you feed
him for a day, but teach him to fish and you feed him for a
lifetime, I will explain how one can both read and imput Japanese
text on their own computer, even if it is an English O/S, using
Go to Microsoft's website and to their Global IME
section. Then, download the Japanese with language support
pack. When that is done, you will be able to read Japanese, at
least on IE 4 and up, as well as read and imput Japanese email in
Outlook and Outlook Express. (You cannot, however, imput or read
Japanese in the subject line--apparently it uses Rich HTML Format
and the subject line can't handle it.) You can also use it in
Word--possibly Word 97 and definitely Word 2000.
You do have to go into your settings (I forget what they are in IE4
but in 5 it's under tools) and add Japanese to both the fonts and
languages settings. Also, go into the View menu and under encoding
choose Japanese (autoselect). For whatever reason, you might have
to do this a few times before Explorer believes you.
In Outlook, I believe it's under accounts, properties,
reading--again, check the fonts, language and encoding. To imput
Japanese you can use plain text. I believe that the instructions
say you have to use rich html format, however, I've found that
using plain text will work. (Unless you are relatively new to the
internet, or use aol as your ISP, you probably know that the
majority of people REALLY dislike receiving messages in rich html
format.) If you have any real problems,
drop me a line and I'll see if I can help. Please be as
specific as possible with the problem.
This should also enable you to read Japanese in Netscape 4.x---Go
to Edit/Properties and somewhere in there it gives you the ability
to add languages.
It does have limitations--it only has a two fonts and if you're on
an English operating system, it doesn't seem to recognize other
Japanese fonts. They are usually labled in Japanese which makes it
impossible for the English system to accept them. If you put one in
your fonts folder, you might find it by using Find; however, when
you open your fonts folder you won't see it. (You can read other
fonts, you just can't use them for imput.)
Also, it cannot format a page to be written in vertical Japanese
text. Most Japanese books and formal letters are written vertically
from right to left. (If it is horizontally written, it goes from
left to right.) I tried networking my computer (Japanese Win95) to
my wife's (English Win98) and opening a vertically written document
that is on my hard drive on her computer. Her screen showed it
sideways, as if one had turned the letter on its side.
Despite these limitations, it does save one the trouble of
purchasing a Japanese wordprocessor--though there are some freeware
versions out there--and is adequate for most needs.
Linux is a whole different story--if your distribution includes
the proper fonts and Netscape, then you can go to the fonts section
of Netscape and pick one of them--additionally in the encoding, or
character set, pick Japanese auto detect.
If you aren't able to view kanji in linux using this method (a
problem I had with Caldera 2.3) then, here is a super quick and simple howto
that I've made, along with my linux mentor. It also gives a link to
some fonts that I have uploaded. Being able to write Japanese as
opposed to viewing it is a whole different kettle of fish. For
those who are experienced with linux, I recommend Craig Oda's howto
which can be found at http://tlug.linux.or.jp/~craigoda/writings/linux-nihongo/.
I'm hoping to put up a howto for newbies as soon as I figure it out
The next question is where to find the kanji. This is a more
complex matter. Despite speaking Japanese fairly well, most kanji
used in Bujinkan names are somewhat specialized--even native
speakers often have trouble finding the correct one. Many of them
are on the web in various places, but you will have to look.
lookup is a good start. Winjutsu's page has a lot of links to
various sources. One can look there as well. Usually, one will have
to invest in Sensei's books or videos, and search there.
Once the kanji is found, you can make it in Word, or even Outlook
Express playing with the sizes and styles--then select it, bring it
into your graphics program, and you are done.
And now, without further ado, the kanji themselves. Rather than
write a navigation menu for each page, clicking on a kanji opens
its own window--when done, just close the window. Be sure to close
the window, otherwise, when you open the next one, the previous
kanji will still be there on your task bar. I had them so that you
would click on it and then just hit back on your browser to come
back to this page, but I like this idea better--if you have any
comments one way or the other, feel free to let
me know. However, Netscape seems to ignore the window sizing
command, and just opens up a full size window. Ah well, since they
hooked up with aol, one had to expect something to go downhill.
This page works much better with either IE or Neoplanet a new third party browser
which is quite good and unlike the 17 or so MBs of Netscape or IE
is only 2 MBs. It's also free. To investigate, click on its name
This is not the ai of aikidou by the way.
Bujinkan Shidoushikai inbo (Shidoshi membership list)
Keiko shiro (Shut up and train)
Ei or Kage
Takagi Youshin Ryuu
(Have the nature of a flower and enjoy peace)
(Life giving sword)
Kame (Black Turtle)
(Confusion--same kanji used in randori)
(Dutch or Orchard)
Taihen no kamae
Taijutsu no kamae
Zen (as in