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Pronunciation Ha-ji-mé
Gender Unisex
Word/name Japanese
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.[citation needed]

Possible writings[edit]

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"

The name can also be written in hiragana as はじめ and katakana as ハジメ


Given name[edit]



Other uses[edit]

  • Hajime Yatate (肇), a pseudonym for the collective contributions of the Sunrise animation staff

See also[edit]

  • Hajime no Ippo, the Japanese title of the manga series Fighting Spirit