Recently I started playing Overwatch, an online 1st person shooter from Blizzard. Two characters are Japanese, so you can actually hear a lot of Japanese in Overwatch.
One of the maps featured in the game is
However Japanese and read world Japanese is written all over the place. So to make some use of the game in my Japanese studies, I took some screenshots and translated them with Tori.
The main parts of Hanamura are the Shimada Castle, a nearby temple and a small shop area. Note that Japanese websites refer to the Shimada clan, and the two characters Genji and Hanzo, using katakana. But there is actually Hanzo’s name written on the wall in Hanamura in Kanji. More on that later.
The Defender’s starting room
There is a difficult to translate inscription just when you enter the game as the defending team. It’s the one in the screenshot from the game above. Since it’s written vertically, let’s start with the right text:
I’ll try to be poetic. This can be translated as: Through the dragon’s breath, even the soul freezes.
The left part then says:
This is much harder to translate. It could be something like: Through the dragon’s heart, the spirit exuberates.
To understand what 気合 means, try watching any videos of アニマル
The Shimada Castle
I am not sure how do you write Shimada Clan in Japanese, but there is a real place in Japan called
There are two banners on the wall:
This is another Japanese proverb