|Meaning||It can have many different meanings depending on the kanji used, but generally centered around the beginning of start, or first.|
Hajime (はじめ?) is the Japanese word meaning "beginning" (初め, 始め?). In the Japanese traditional martial arts such as karate, judo, aikido and kendo, it is a verbal command to "begin". Hajime is also a common Japanese given name for males, although it is occasionally used as a surname.
Hajime can be written using different kanji characters and can mean:
- 始め, "beginning" or "start"
- 初め, "beginning" or "first"
- as a given name
- 一, "first"
- 元, "beginning" or "origin"
- 始, "beginning" or "start"
- 肇, "beginning"
- 基, "fundamental"
- 創, "genesis"
- 孟, "beginning" or "chief"
- 朔, "first day of month"
- 甫, "beginning" or "great"
- Hajime Fukuma (創; born 1970), Japanese electronic musician
- Hajime Funada (元; born 1953), Japanese politician
- Hajime Hana (肇; 1930–1993), Japanese musician, actor and comedian
- Hajime Iijima (肇), Japanese voice actor
- Hajime Isayama, Japanese manga artist; creator of popular manga "Attack on Titan."
- Hajime Ishii (一; born 1934), Japanese politician
- Hajime Hirota (一; born 1968), Japanese politician
- Hajime Hosogai (萌; born 1986), Japanese football player
- Hajime Hosokawa (一; 1901–1970), first doctor to discover the Minamata disease
- Hajime Kanzaka (一; born 1964), Japanese novelist and manga story writer
- Hajime Katoki (ハジメ; born 1963), Japanese mecha (fictional walking robots) designer
- Hajime Kawakami (肇; 1879–1946), Japanese Marxist economist
- Hajime Kazumi (肇; born 1971), Japanese karateka
- Hajime Matsumoto (哉; born 1974), Japanese activist, and a recycle shop owner
- Hajime Meshiai (肇; born 1954), Japanese golfer
- Hajime Mizoguchi (肇; born 1960), Japanese cellist and composer
- Hajime Moriyasu (一; born 1968), Japanese football player
- Hajime Nakamura (元; 1911–1999), Japanese academic of Vedic, Hindu and Buddhist scriptures
- Hajime Okayasu (肇; born 1936), Japanese anime and film editor and director
- Hajime Satomi (治; born 1942), founder of Sammy Corporation
- Hajime Sawatari (朔; born 1940), Japanese photographer
- Hajime Sorayama (基; born 1947), Japanese illustrator
- Hajime Sugiyama (元; 1880–1945), minister of war in the Imperial Japanese Army
- Hajime Takano (孟; born 1944), Japanese journalist
- Hajime Tanabe (元; 1889–1962), Japanese philosopher
- Hajime Ueda (ハジメ), Japanese manga artist
- Hajime Watanabe (animator) (はじめ; born 1957), Japanese animator and character designer
- Hajime Yasunaga (一; 1901–1994), Japanese amateur Go player
- Hidenokuni Hajime (一; born 1971), Japanese sumo wrestler
- Saitō Hajime (一, 1844–1915), samurai who served in the Shinsengumi
- Watanabe Hajime (samurai), Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period
- Chitose Hajime (元; born 1979), Japanese singer
- Hajime Aikawa (始), a character from the Japanese live-action television series Kamen Rider Blade
- Hajime Aoyama (ハジメ), a character from the anime series Ghost Stories
- Hajime Kunihiro (一), a female character from the anime/manga series Saki
- Hajime Saitō (一), a character from the anime/manga series Rurouni Kenshin
- Hajime Hinata (創), the protagonist of the visual novel Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- Hajime Ichinose (はじめ), the protagonist of Gatchaman Crowds
- Hajime Yagi (はじめ), a character from the anime/manga series The World of Narue
- Hajime Kindaichi (一), a character from the anime/manga series Kindaichi Case Files
- Hajime Mutsuki (一), a character from the anime series Tsukiuta. The Animation and also a charismatic idol from Tsukino Production. Leader of the group "Six Gravity" consisting of six members including himself.
- Hajime Tenga (一), one of the main characters from the anime series Kiznaiver
- Hajime Iwaizumi (岩泉), a character from the anime series Haikyuu!!
- Hajime Yatate (肇), a pseudonym for the collective contributions of the Sunrise animation staff
- Hajime no Ippo, the Japanese title of the manga series Fighting Spirit
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