51 Best Japanese Group/Team Name Ideas

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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.[1]

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![1]

From quirky inventions like capsule hotels and umbrella vending machines to intricate architecture and cultural practices like tea ceremonies,[2] 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!

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    Kitsune

    foxes

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    Silent Ninjas

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    異体同心

    translates to “different body, same mind” — great for a group of kindred spirits

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    Akashita Clouds

    reference to the mythological Akashita, which looms over floodgates in a black cloud

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    The Green Pheasants

    inspired by Japan’s national bird

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    一期

    translates to “one life,” a reminder to cherish your time

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    Team 火遁

    “katon,” meaning “fire”

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    Kokeshi Dolls

    dolls carved from wood

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    The Macaques

    inspired by Japanese snow monkeys

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    Shinkansen Racers

    inspired by Japan’s high-speed train

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    Team Sakura

    inspired by cherry blossom trees, Japan’s national tree

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    Peaceful Dragons

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    Shibuya Scramblers

    inspired by the famously busy Shibuya Crossing

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    Sumo Squashers

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    The Fighting Samurai

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    Loyal to Sensei

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    The Great Purple Emporers

    inspired by Japan’s national butterfly

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    The Cherry Blossoms

    inspired by Japan’s famous blooming trees

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    The Skytrees

    inspired by Tokyo’s iconic broadcasting tower

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    The Shinto Shrews

    reference to a type of shrew that only lives in Japan

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    Manga Originals

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    Daitengu

    protective spirits from the mountains

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    弱肉強食

    translates to “the weak are meat, the strong eat” — a phrase similar to “survival of the fittest”

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    The Rising Suns

    inspired by the symbolism of Japan’s national and military flags

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    The Ramen Noodles

    inspired by one of Japan’s national dishes, ramen

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    The Calligraphers

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    The Bullet Trains

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    Team Sake

    inspired by Japan’s national liquor

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    Chopstick Masters

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    十人十色

    translates to “ten men, ten colors” — an idiom about accepting people’s differences

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    The Origami Folds

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    Jade Stones

    inspired by Japan’s national stone

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    花より団子

    translates to “dumplings over flowers,” meaning “substance over style”

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    The Chrysanthemums

    inspired by the imperial seal

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    Amaterasu's Suns

    inspired by the sun goddess believed to be a direct ancestor of Japan’s emperors

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    The Persimmons

    inspired by Japan’s national fruit

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    Anime Nation

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    The Bamboo Groves

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    The Shibas

    reference to Shiba Inu dogs

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    Everything Kawaii

    describes cute things in Japanese culture

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    The Akitas

    reference to Akita dogs

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    The Good Luck Koi

    inspired by Japan’s national fish

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    Colorful Kimonos

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    Honoring our Ancestors

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    The Paper Lanterns

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    Godzilla's Crew

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    Sushi Creatives

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    The Nine-Tailed Foxes

    tricksters

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    The Bamboo Cutters

    inspired by “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” a national epic

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    The Electric City Gadgets

    inspired by Tokyo’s tech-centric Akihabara district

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    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!