51 Best Japanese Group/Team Name Ideas (Curated & Ranked) + Generator

Traditional Japanese building behind cherry blossom trees

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!

Japanese Group/Team Name Ideas

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    Shinkansen Racers

    inspired by Japan’s high-speed train

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    Kitsune

    foxes

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    Daitengu

    protective spirits from the mountains

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    Akashita Clouds

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

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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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    異体同心

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

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    Silent Ninjas

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    Kokeshi Dolls

    dolls carved from wood

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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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    Team Sakura

    inspired by cherry blossom trees, Japan’s national tree

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    Peaceful Dragons

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    The Cherry Blossoms

    inspired by Japan’s famous blooming trees

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    The Great Purple Emporers

    inspired by Japan’s national butterfly

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    The Fighting Samurai

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    The Macaques

    inspired by Japanese snow monkeys

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    The Shinto Shrews

    reference to a type of shrew that only lives in Japan

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    The Fuji Peaks

    inspired by Mount Fuji

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    Sumo Squashers

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    The Rising Suns

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

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    The Skytrees

    inspired by Tokyo’s iconic broadcasting tower

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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 Green Pheasants

    inspired by Japan’s national bird

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    Jade Stones

    inspired by Japan’s national stone

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    Loyal to Sensei

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    Team Sake

    inspired by Japan’s national liquor

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    The Ramen Noodles

    inspired by one of Japan’s national dishes, ramen

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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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    花より団子

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

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    Manga Originals

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    The Calligraphers

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    The Chrysanthemums

    inspired by the imperial seal

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    Shibuya Scramblers

    inspired by the famously busy Shibuya Crossing

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    The Shibas

    reference to Shiba Inu dogs

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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 Bamboo Groves

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    The Paper Lanterns

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    Chopstick Masters

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    The Origami Folds

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    Colorful Kimonos

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    Sushi Creatives

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    Anime Nation

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    The Bullet Trains

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    The Persimmons

    inspired by Japan’s national fruit

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    The Nine-Tailed Foxes

    tricksters

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    Godzilla's Crew

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    Honoring our Ancestors

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    Everything Kawaii

    describes cute things in Japanese culture

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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

For more ideas specific to the Japanese art of anime, see our list of over 100 anime guild names.

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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!

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