Shikoku Ken Discussion
Naming Suggestions!
So we are working out some paperwork with O'ikon to finally take home our little guy, Mr. Wonderful. I've been shooting around some names with my husband and I was thinking the forum could give us some suggestions as well! This is our list so far:
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- Akainko: "red dog's child", the legendary inventor of the Okinawan sanshin whose shrine resides in Yomitan. We first got our love of Japanese breeds from visiting Okinawa and my husband living there for 2 years. It was a very important time of our lives.
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- Saburo: the third son, because he will be our third and final puppy member of the family
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- Dai: meaning large or vast, kind of a play on words for our exuberant runt with a big personality
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- Kaede: maple, because he was born the month we had our marriage ceremony in October so this would reference the fall time
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- Kazuhiro: harmonious prince
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- Hiruko: the kami first born son of the shinto first man and woman who had to overcome his handicaps to become "the laughing god", references that our pup has overcame his smaller stature to be an amazing little one
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- Aki: autumn, reference to his birth
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- Aiko: little beloved
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- Nobi: wildfire, reference to our little one's personality and to match our mother in law's dog named Kaji
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-Tsuki: moon
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-Buke: Samurai, military family (since we are a military family)
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-Bushi: samurai, warrior
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-Fushigi: wonderful, miracle, mystery in reference to his current title of Wonderful
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-Kyoi: wonder, prodigy
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-Anakin/Vader: brings balance to the two sides of the force (Nanook is totally the dark side, Kuma is the light) and because my husband and I love star wars! We wanted this just to stray away from stereotypical japanese names for nihon ken
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Feel free to correct some of the translations! My japanese is extremely conversational and I really only learned it during my time in Okinawa, otherwise I have to look up translations for things. Mr. Wonderful is the runt of the Kiyoshi x Kiyoshi litter but don't let his small size fool you. He is big in personality and energy! He plays with dogs many times his own size and is very happy go lucky. He's 16 weeks old at this point and I think only weighs nine or ten pounds. We visited him about 3 times since his birth and my husband fell in love with him because he really reminded him of himself! (My husband is on the shorter side but he is an active duty Marine and loves challenges regardless of his smaller stature)
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