A growing number of Japanese parents are choosing these unconventional names, often in hopes of making their children stand out in a country where pressure to conform is strong.
Mr. Matsumoto’s parents were driven by that same desire for uniqueness, but to him, his name was a shackle.
This spring, he went to family court and had it changed to a common one, Yuuki, written in a way anyone could read.
Japan is far from the only country where unusual names are on the rise.
But Japanese children with unconventional names face societal and practical challenges unique to their country and its written language.
Yuni Matsumoto, Matsumoto, kira, kira —, “, ”