Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, but it’s also a place of stunning mountains, forests, and ancient traditions.
In the U.S. News Best Countries report, Japan ranks 13th for quality of life, 10th for heritage, sixth for economic and political power, and fifth for cultural influence!
From quirky inventions like capsule hotels and umbrella vending machines to intricate architecture and cultural practices like tea ceremonies, Japan is a fascinating place and can provide great inspiration for team names.
When seeking a Japanese team name, you can either choose a name in the Japanese language or one that references aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyles.
We have more than 50 Japanese group names below, plus tips to help you create your own ideas!
translates to “different body, same mind” — great for a group of kindred spirits
reference to the mythological Akashita, which looms over floodgates in a black cloud
The Green Pheasants
inspired by Japan’s national bird
translates to “one life,” a reminder to cherish your time
“katon,” meaning “fire”
dolls carved from wood
inspired by Japanese snow monkeys
inspired by Japan’s high-speed train
inspired by cherry blossom trees, Japan’s national tree
inspired by the famously busy Shibuya Crossing
The Fighting Samurai
Loyal to Sensei
The Great Purple Emporers
inspired by Japan’s national butterfly
The Cherry Blossoms
inspired by Japan’s famous blooming trees
inspired by Tokyo’s iconic broadcasting tower
The Shinto Shrews
reference to a type of shrew that only lives in Japan
protective spirits from the mountains
translates to “the weak are meat, the strong eat” — a phrase similar to “survival of the fittest”
The Rising Suns
inspired by the symbolism of Japan’s national and military flags
The Ramen Noodles
inspired by one of Japan’s national dishes, ramen
The Bullet Trains
inspired by Japan’s national liquor
translates to “ten men, ten colors” — an idiom about accepting people’s differences
The Origami Folds
inspired by Japan’s national stone
translates to “dumplings over flowers,” meaning “substance over style”
inspired by the imperial seal
inspired by the sun goddess believed to be a direct ancestor of Japan’s emperors
inspired by Japan’s national fruit
The Bamboo Groves
reference to Shiba Inu dogs
describes cute things in Japanese culture
reference to Akita dogs
The Good Luck Koi
inspired by Japan’s national fish
Honoring our Ancestors
The Paper Lanterns
The Nine-Tailed Foxes
The Bamboo Cutters
inspired by “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” a national epic
The Electric City Gadgets
inspired by Tokyo’s tech-centric Akihabara district
The Fuji Peaks
inspired by Mount Fuji
For more ideas specific to the Japanese art of anime, see our list of over 100 anime guild names.
How to Create Your Own Japanese Team Names
Keep the following tips in mind to create your own unique Japanese team names:
- Get inspiration from Japanese culture and history. Japan has a rich and elaborate culture, and with its recorded history going back to 660 BC, calling upon the past can bring you plenty of inspiration as well!
- Make a list of your team’s favorite things about Japan. Japanese team names can work for various groups, from informal group chats between friends to sports teams to hobby groups devoted to things like Japanese art. Brainstorm with your team and make a list of what you love about Japan to spark ideas for names that might perfectly reflect your interests.
- Use your knowledge of the Japanese language. While your name can be broadly inspired by Japan rather than in Japanese, common idioms and phrases can make cool team names if you know the language. This will also be a great conversation starter if you’re working with other groups or teams that don’t speak Japanese!