My mother sent me an interesting article published in The Japan Times earlier this month that digs up the origins of Japanese first and last names. Japanese names used to be super long back in the pre-Meiji period, including clan name, birth order, two ancient titles, and a personal name. The first name-last name simplified combo is only a century or so old.
The story also comes with a fun sidebar that lists the 10 most common Japanese last names. Can you guess what they are? I’ll post the answers on Monday.