What Does This Symbol Mean To The Japanese? | ASIAN BOSS


Hey guys, it’s Hiroko from Asian Boss. There is a popular Japanese slang that’s taking Japan by storm. It’s called maji–manji (マジ卍) and this symbol was voted the number one buzz word among Japanese schoolgirls in 2016. Are you curious as to what it is? Let’s hit the streets of Tokyo to find out. What does this symbol mean? – Manji -Manji! What does this mean? It’s a slang word people use at the end of their sentences – On every sentence – Yep that’s right I didn’t think it really meant anything It’s just something you say to add emphasis You say that phrase at the end of the sentence. Like, “I’m hungry manji?” – That’s it. – Right How popular is this symbol in Japan? It’s all over LINE. You mean the messaging app? Yeah, you just text “manji” to people. Young people use it frequently in their everyday conversations. You see it a lot on Instagram and Twitter. When you update your status, you might use manji, like #manji. On SNOW (photo app), there is a filter where you can have a manji symbol put on your picture How about we snap a picture then? – No problem -Sure Do people make this symbol with their hands as well? -Yes – We do. Could you demonstrate it? Like this. Could you show me? Like this? I’m getting confused. It’s like this. You guys look like the Power Rangers. So a lot of young people do this pose? – I’d say so – Especially high schoolers. What does this symbol originally mean? It is the symbol of a temple. When you look at a map, it helps you locate temples. So it’s easy to see where you are. This is a superstition, but… If you walk on a road that has this symbol, they say it brings you good luck. When was this symbol created? – The Edo Period – The Edo Period? Are you sure? I don’t know about you guys, but it was really fascinating to find out that something can be perceived so differently, depending on which culture you’re from. What does the Swastika mean in your country? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for watching. See you in the next video. English Closed Captions by Jake Gutteridge (youtube.com/jakegutteridge)

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40 thoughts on “What Does This Symbol Mean To The Japanese? | ASIAN BOSS

  1. What does this symbol mean in your country? Do you think Japanese people should continue to use the Manji symbol? Let me know your thoughts 🙂

  2. Are you guys dumb? The swastika in the thumbnail points to the right, the manji points to the left.
    Edit: Okey they actually talk about the difference nvm…

  3. That is the normal reaction in western countries when they see Japanese criminal "sunrise" flag that had been used during the World War II It is the equivalent of Nazi flag in Asia but however none of western people know about that fact because they are also unaware of the history in Asia but only learns about the Nazi who harmed them because they think that Japanese empire had nothing to do with them even though Japanese military killed more than a million western soldiers and American people in Hawaii. There's need to be education in Europe and America and everywhere about the Japanese criminal "sun rise" flag and also how cruel and destructive they were to other asian countries.

  4. Fake Edit 💢

    これはフェイクの内容ですね。

    1.ナチのマークを知らない人ばかり出てくる。

    2.「卍」と「逆卍」は、サンスクリット語が発祥だし、日本の寺院の地図記号になっている「卍」を問題にしたいだけに思える。



    This is the content of the fake.

    1. Only people who do not know the Nazi mark come out.

    2. “Tatsumi” and “Tatsumi Tsubaki” originated in Sanskrit and seem to just want to make “Tsubasa” the map symbol of Japanese temples a problem.

  5. It's a very old symbol in India called "Swastika" meaning pure, divine. But nazis used it as a symbol of pure race. That's very sad and disgusting.

  6. It's a very old symbol in India called "Swastika" meaning pure, divine. But nazis used it as a symbol of pure race. That's very sad and disgusting.

  7. To answer the question, Japanese people should be free to use their traditional symbols, including Manji. After all, it’s their culture.

    But it would also be good if they’re aware that this symbol was appropriated by the Nazi party that killed millions of people, so they have some sensitivity to this, and not have their J-Pop stars wear outfits with the symbol, and avoid posting pictures with Manji on international media such as Instagram, where the symbol could be misunderstood.

    It’s a shame that the Japanese education system doesn’t do a better job teaching history.

  8. I get that ww2 is a more important topic in europe and maybe in the US, so asian people don't know too much about it, I mean, I'm honest, I don't know much about asian wars, too…
    But wasn't japan part of axis? And didn't they get bombed twice with atomic bombs because of the war the nazis started?
    Isn't that something you might learn in school?

  9. Very disappointing that Japanese youth have little to no idea about the Nazis. I know that Japan's own militant imperialist history is glossed over in the education system… but not knowing the Nazis? C'mon Japan.

    As to the manji symbol, sure use it. It's much older than the Nazi use of its mirror image.

  10. Bro the Japanese education system failing they’re youth lol. The old dude knew instantly and called it out. I really liked how he explained the difference between the Buddhist symbol and it’s history too

  11. The nice old woman : "This is a superstition … but if you walk on a road that has this symbol, they said it brings you good luck."

    A random old rabbi full of history : "it brings you good luck they said … it brings you good luck……"

  12. I knew nothing about the use of the manji symbol, I only knew this is a buddhist symbol. This is really fun to know a population use innocently a similar symbol of nazi's, but nazis never created it and the differences in the rotation is enough to give a different meaning. I'm okay they use it, this is not aggressive for me.

  13. The 5 years i've lived in japan, i always wondered why there were swasticas at temples. I never got around to asking my japanese friends this question. Thanks for clearing this up for me(;

  14. The term for "卍" they call "Manji" means "The character of ten thousand", and it came from ancient China where 卍 was used to write in a more efficient way the character "萬" (10000, pronunciation "Wan" and "character" in Chinese is 字"Zi"). Then this sign was used to represent the meaning of "The whole collection of moral, prosperity etc." to represent the power of Buddhist thoughts.

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