Hikari - Luz - Investigating the meaning in Japanese

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Have you heard the word hikari [光]? It is often used in the name of people, brands and even in the name of a city because of its great meaning. LIGHT. In this article, we will investigate the word hikari in depth and see some meanings and synonyms.

The word hikari it is just a Japanese reading of the ideogram [光] that can also be hikaru or in Chinese reading kou. The word hikari [光] literally means light, illumination, lightning, beam and brightness. It can also be used to refer to happiness, hope, influence, power and vision.

Apparently the hikari it has no profound meaning beyond being a literal representation of light if we examine its pictographic origin. It should probably be used in spiritual words like eikou [栄光] which means glory.


Hikari - luz - investigando o significado em japonês

Japanese names derived from hikari and hikaru

The names Hikari and Hikaru are widely used in Japan. Hikari is usually used by women using different ideograms instead of the traditional one [光]. So the person can have different meanings in his name. Even with the love character [愛] it is possible to write the name hikari. Below we will leave some suggestions:

  • 華 - means splendor, brightness and ostentation;
  • 輝 - radiant, sparkling and shine;
    • 輝 - Usually used as Kagayaki;
  • 瑛 (Hikaru) - jewelry shine, crystals;
  • 旺 (Hikaru) - flourishing, successful, beautiful, vigorous;
  • 月 - Moon (probably because it is bright);
  • 玄 - mysterious, hidden, black, deep (what a contrast);
  • 明 - Akari is another popular name that also means light;
  • 晃 (Hikaru) - Bright, dazzling, light, clear;

We recommend doing a thorough search using the jisho.org to discover other ways to write the names Hikari and Hikaru in Japanese and their respective meanings. Remember that there are infinite ways to put the ideogram of Luz in Japanese. Thousands of Japanese names can mean light.

Another popular example of names that mean light is from the main character in the Death Note anime called Raito, a Japanese adaptation of the English word Light which means light. People with the name Kou (Chinese reading) also tend to have some ideogram with light meaning in their names.


In the anime Boku no Hero there is a character called Uraraka [麗] where the character also means brilliant, beautiful, glorious, beautiful, graceful and resplendent.

Synonyms the word Hikari [光]

There is the ideogram [明] which is quite popular and is often used in adjectives like akarui which means well lit and bright. This ideogram is also present in words like tomorrow (明日) and can mean clarity, insight and purity.

Another similar ideogram is [灯] which has akari and tomoshibi reading which also means light, but as it has the radical of fire is used to refer to lamps and torches. The noun akari despite being written 明かり has its origins related to [灯].


To end the article we will leave some words related to hikari and some synonyms of light.

Portuguese Japanese Romaji
Verb Shine 光る hikaru
Vivid; bright; clear 鮮やか azayaka
Adjective light, bright, illuminated 明るい akarui
Bright; glorious; splendid 輝かしい kagayakashi