Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Rawlins is easy: It is our last name.
Kenji Alphonse, because we liked it.
Kenji is Japanese in origin, and has a variety of meanings depending on the Kanji used to represent it. The -ji was in the past used often for the second son, -ji being one of the alternate readings of the kanji meaning two. Ken- and -ji can be any number of things. Below are some examples. Please note that you must have unicode support to view these. Macs should come with that support, Windows machines will need the asian language support files installed, and Linux will depend on the distribution.
So here are the various Japanese readings:
Kanji: a few variations that are known to be used as name Kanji
健二: ken-strength or persistence -ji two (film director, actor)
賢二: ken- clever or wise -ji two (popular Seiyu)
賢治: ken- clever or wise -ji an era (known composer, poet)
健児: ken-strength or persistence -ji newborn (another Seiyu)
憲次: ken- law -ji next (known composer)
Other Combinations, not known to be used in names, but with correct readings. These would need to be viewed by someone fluent in Japanese and with a good knowledge of name kanji and possible connotations.
We picked this one, and you can see it on the top of baby site kenjirawlins.com.
Originally uploaded by Nathanael.Archer
So now you have it. I can post pictures fairly easily if it is one picture per post. This is a cool picture of ink sticks. Because we are doing something unusual and giving our white child an asian name, I figured this would be appropriate.
This blog is to detail the silliness of two fans and their work to raise a child. Heidi and I were married two years ago and now are going to have a child. So how do two star wars, anime, & manga fans raise a child and try to "settle down"? We don't know either.
So this will detail everything from baby's first cosplay and baby's first con all the way to how do you decorate so family and friends don't think you are living like a teenager. (Lets face it, most anime wallscrolls are not living room material)
In my next post I will re-post what is on the baby website kenjirawlins.com about why we went with the name and how to spell it in romanji, katakana, and kanji. (hopefully the japanese characters will show up correctly)