What does Akatsuki mean?

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If you watch the anime Naruto, you've already seen the term Akatsuki being mentioned a lot, but have you ever stopped to think about the true meaning of Akatsuki in the Japanese language? Ever heard of the train named Akatsuki? And a space probe?

The use of the term Akatsuki is rarely used today, but thanks to Anime Naruto, this term has come to stand out. Another anime that takes this word is Akatsuki no Youna.

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What is Akatsuki in Naruto?

Akatsuki is a group of characters from the famous manga and anime series “Naruto”. The group is made up of powerful ninja with supernatural abilities who work in secret and are considered traitors by the ninja government of the country of Kirigakure.

The group is led by Pain, a ninja with resurrection abilities, and aims to capture the nine legendary demons known as "Tails", considered the source of all ninja strength.

Akatsuki members are known to wear black clothing with red hoods and red hand seals with the image of a lotus flower.

Cosplayer as characters akatsuki from naruto in japan festa in bangkok 2013.

What does Akatsuki mean in Japanese language?

The word Akatsuki 「暁」 means dawn, sunset or evening. Depending on the composition and ideogram combination, Akatsuki can form words like moonless dawn or words related to brightness.

The character 暁 has the sun on the left and the right side is used phonetically to convey the idea of “going white”. Originally they meant the time when the dark eastern sky turned white, which was "dawn".

He believes that its reading derives from the ideograms 「明」which means brightness and 「月」which means moon or month. The reading also refers to the Red Moon, derived from 「赤い」 meaning red.

It is important to remember that the ideogram is only one aspect of Japanese writing and that the word “akatsuki” can also be written in hiragana or katakana.

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Akatsuki 「列車」 – Night Train in Japan

Akatsuki was an overnight train service operated in Japan by JR West, running from Kyoto Station to Nagasaki Station and back.

It ran along the main lines of Tōkaido, Sanyō, Kagoshima and Nagasaki. As of October 2005, the train has been attached to the Naha Sleeper between Kyoto Station and Tosu Station.

Due to declining passenger numbers, both the Naha and Akatsuki service were terminated following the March 15, 2008 schedule revision.

Akatsuki「探査機」 - Japanese Space Probe

Formerly known as the Venus Climate Orbiter (VCO) and Planet-C, Akatsuki is a Japanese unmanned space probe that was designed to explore Venus.

It was launched aboard an H-IIA 202 rocket on May 20, 2010. The spacecraft's total launch mass, including propellant, was 517.6 kg, with 34 kg of scientific instruments.

The mission arrived at Venus on December 7, 2010 (JST), but failed to enter orbit around the planet.

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