Quiz about Translations of Japanese Corporation Names
Quiz about Translations of Japanese Corporation Names

Translations of Japanese Corporation Names Quiz

Japan has a global reputation for manufacturing high-quality products. Find out the meaning of the names of the manufacturers of ten well-known Japanese companies.

A matching quiz by sw11. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Mobile instructions: Press on an answer on the right. Then, press on the gray box it matches on the left.
(a) Drag-and-drop from the right to the left, or (b) click on a right side answer box and then on a left side box to move it.
1. Rice paddy  
2. Abundant rice field  
3. Under the pine tree  
4. Unite, six stars  
5. Bell tree  
6. Three diamonds  
7. Made in Japan  
8. Fifty bells  
9. Mountain leaf  
10. River cape  

Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Rice paddy

Answer: Honda

Soichiro Honda founded the company in 1948. For a long time in history, Japan was an isolated nation. The name Honda is related to "rice paddy field".

The translation to Chinese is "ben tian", "ben" is original and "tian" is rice field.
2. Abundant rice field

Answer: Toyota

Kiichiro Toyoda was the original founder of Toyota in 1937. The name was changed to Toyota which was easier for people outside Japan to pronounce and relate to. "Toyoda" means "abundant rice field" in Japanese.

Translated to Chinese, "Toyoda" is "feng tian", "feng" is abundant and "tian" is rice field.
3. Under the pine tree

Answer: Matsushita

Konosuke Matsushita started Matsushita Electric in 1917, later known as Panasonic, to become the largest consumer electronics manufacturer in Japan. "Matsushita" can be broken into two Japanese words, "matsu" meaning pine or fir tree and "shita" meaning under or below.
4. Unite, six stars

Answer: Subaru

Subaru was founded in 1953 by Kenji Kita and Chikuhei Nakajima. In Japanese, "subaru" means unite. It is the name for Pleaidas star cluster M45 or "Seven Sisters". Subaru's logo is known as "mutsuraboshi" meaning "six stars". The seventh star is invisible.
5. Bell tree

Answer: Suzuki

In Japanese, "suzuki" means "bell tree" or "bud tree". Michiro Suzuki founded the company in 1909 in a sea-coast village in Hamamatsu. The company started to manufacture weaving looms for the booming silk industry.

In Chinese, "Suzuki" is translated as "ling mu", "ling" is bell and "mu" is tree.
6. Three diamonds

Answer: Mitsubishi

The three rhombus logo of Mitsubishi is related to the three diamonds. "Mitsu" is three and "bishi" is a water caltrop or water chestnut. The company was founded by Yataro Iwashi in 1870.
7. Made in Japan

Answer: Nissan

"Nissan" simply means made in Japan. Masujiro Hashimoto founded the Kaishinsha Motor Car Works in 1914 and became the first car maker in Japan in 1916. In the 1930s, it started to manufacture cars under the brand name of Dastun. In 1933, Nissan Group took control of the company.
8. Fifty bells

Answer: Isuzu

The name "Isuzu" means fifty bells pealing in harmony and celebrations. In 1916, Isuzu was created when Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering started its expansion to manufacture automobiles.

Translated to Chinese, it is "wushi ling", "wushi" is fifty and "ling" is bell.
9. Mountain leaf

Answer: Yamaha

Yamaha is a manufacturer of motorcycles and musical instrument, was founded by Torakusu Yamaha in 1955. In Japanese, "yama" is mountain and "ha" is blade of leaf or grass. To the samurai, it is a symbol which is related to swords, blades and natural features such as mountains, rivers and forests.
10. River cape

Answer: Kawasaki

"Kawasaki" in Japanese means river cape, "kawa" is river and "saki" is cape. The company was founded by Shozo Kawasaki in 1896. Besides manufacturing motorcycles, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is a manufacturer of heavy equipment, aerospace equipment, and defence equipment.
Source: Author sw11

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