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Osias' Japanese questions

Posted: 2019-09-22, 2:19
by Osias
I'm watching Evangelion. Why are the names of Shinji and Misato written in katakana? Being native Japanese names, shouldn't them have kanjis?

Re: Osias' Japanese questions

Posted: 2019-09-22, 2:44
by linguoboy
Osias wrote:I'm watching Evangelion. Why are the names of Shinji and Misato written in katakana? Being native Japanese names, shouldn't them have kanjis?

All native Japanese names can be written in kanji, but they don’t have to be and not all are. My friend’s Japanese-born wife, for instance, has a Native Japanese name (Risa) whose official form is written in hiragana.

Re: Osias' Japanese questions

Posted: 2019-09-22, 3:14
by Osias
I imagined that but I was expecting hiragana too.

Re: Osias' Japanese questions

Posted: 2019-09-22, 14:18
by Ciarán12
Katakana is often used in place of Kanji for personal names (as opposed to hiragana). The choice to use katakana for native Japanese words is often stylistic.

Re: Osias' Japanese questions

Posted: 2019-09-22, 15:19
by Osias
ありがとう