A Kamigawa Glossary, Part 1

Posted in Arcana on September 14, 2004

By Wizards of the Coast

Champions of Kamigawa

Below are the meanings and pronunciations of some words you'll encounter in the Champions of Kamigawa expansion.

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Azami (ah-ZAH-mee) The head archivist at the Minamo School.

Azusa (ah-ZOO-sah) A traveling female kannushi.

Ben-Ben (BEHN-behn) A stinky outcast akki hermit.

Dokai (DOH-keye) A monk whose connection to the land is so strong that he can “bring it to life.”

Dosan (DOH-sahn) The oldest living kannushi on Kamigawa; perhaps the most revered monk.

Godo (GOH-doh) The self-proclaimed “king” of the Sokenzan bandits and ronin. No one knows his first name.

Goka (GOH-kah) An opportunistic ogre shaman.

Hayato (HAH-yah-toh) A master mariner.

Hikari (hee-KAH-ree) The kami that guards the border between day and night.

Hisoka (hee-SOH-kah) The sensei and master jushi of the Minamo School. His first name is Iki.

Horobi (hoh-ROH-bee) A powerful kami of death that came into being at the Reito Massacre.

Hoto (HOH-toh) A budoka temple guard.

Iname (ee-NAH-may) A major kami that has two aspects—one of life and one of death.

Isamaru (ee-sah-MAH-roo) Konda's favorite hunting dog.

Jiro (JEE-roh) A budoka temple guard.

Jugan (JOO-gahn) The great ryuu (divine dragon) of Kamigawa's forests.

Keiga (KAY-gah) The great ryuu (divine dragon) of Kamigawa's islands.

Keisaku (KAY-sah-koo) One of Kamigawa's finest swordsmiths.

Kenzo (KEHN-zoh) A veteran, high-ranking samurai in the daimyo Konda's service.

Kiki-Jiki (kee-kee JEE-kee) An akki illusionist.

Kiku (KEE-koo) An assassin who turns people's shadows against them. She leaves a camellia flower on the bodies of her victims.

Kokusho (KOH-koo-shoh) The great ryuu (divine dragon) of Kamigawa's swamps.

Konda (KOHN-dah) Not Kamigawa's only daimyo, but by far its most powerful and well-known personage. His first name is Takeshi.

Kumano (KOO-mah-noh) A master yamabushi of great power. His first name is Junzo.

Kuro (KOO-roh) A greater oni.

Masako (MAH-sah-koh) A stern noblewoman in Konda's court. She is Konda's eyes and ears in Eiganjo Castle.

Meloku (MEHL-oh-koo) The soratami ambassador to the human world, especially to the human students of the arcane at the Minamo School.

Nagao (nah-GAH-oh) A high-ranking samurai champion in the daimyo Konda's service.

Noboru (NOH-boh-roo) A kitemaker who lives in Eigan Town.

O-Kagachi (oh-kah-GAH-chee) The great kami of all things; all kami are in a way part of the O-Kagachi. Its manifest form resembles an unbelievably immense eight-headed serpent.

Oku-Doku (OH-koo-DOH-koo) A goblin shaman.

Ryusei (RYOO-say) The great ryuu (divine dragon) of Kamigawa's mountains.

Sachi (SAH-chee) The leader of the orochi shamans; also the daughter of Seshiro, who leads all the orochi colonies.

Seizan (SAY-zahn) A powerful, evil oni known for its ability to deceive.

Seshiro (SAY-shee-roh) The leader of the orochi colonies.

Shidako (shee-DAH-koh) An orochi matriarch and warrior.

Shimatsu (shee-MAHT-soo) An oni overlord.

Shisato (SHEE-sah-toh) An orochi warrior known for her cunning and ruthlessness.

Sosuke (SOH-soo-kay) The leader of the orochi warriors; also the son of Seshiro.

Takeno (tah-KAY-noh) Konda's top general and the commander of his samurai forces. His first name is Munetsugu.

Tatsumasa (taht-soo-MAH-sah) A famous magical katana said to contain a dragon spirit.

Tenza (TEN-zah) Godo's favored weapon—a spiked log on a heavy chain.

Terashi (tay-RAH-shee) The great kami of the sun.

Tobita (TOH-bih-tah) A master jushi who specializes in air magic.

Tok-Tok (TOHK-tohk) An old akki shaman famous for his ability to survive almost anything.

Tomoya (TOH-moh-yah) A jushi who practices prophesying magic.

Towazu (toh-WAH-zoo) The great kami of things unspeakable.

Uyo (OO-yoh) The beautiful, mute prophet of the soratami.

Yamazaki (yah-mah-ZAH-kee) Identical-twin ronin brothers. Both are under Godo's command.

Yosei (YO-say) The great ryuu (divine dragon) of Kamigawa's plains.

Zo-Zu (ZOH-zoo) An akki warrior with power against magic.


Akagi River (ah-KAH-gee) A smaller river near the Kamitaki Falls where a famous battle between humans and kami took place.

Araba (ah-RAH-bah) The barren, ruined expanse within the Towabara Plains. Eiganjo Castle is at the center of the Araba; means “ruined land.”

Boseiju (boh-SAY-joo) The oldest tree on the plane—a huge twisted old cedar. Its name means “she who shelters all.”

Eigan Town (AY-gahn) The human town built around the base of Eiganjo Castle.

Eiganjo Castle (ay-GAHN-joh) The daimyo Konda's stronghold; means “eternal rock.”

Ganzan Pass (GAHN-zahn) A treacherous pass through the Sokenzan Range; means “rock-cut.”

Jukai Forest (JOO-kye) Kamigawa's largest forest; means “sea of trees.”

Kamigawa (kah-mee-GAH-wah) The plane on which this Magic block takes place; means “river of the gods” or “spirit river.”

Kamitaki Falls (kah-mee-TAH-kee) Kamigawa's largest waterfall, where the Minamo School is situated; means “waterfall of the kami.”

Minamo School (mee-NAH-moh) The wizards' school that floats at the base of the Kamitaki Falls; minamo means “water's surface.”

Numai (NOO-meye) The name of an abandoned human city in ruins in the middle of the swamp; means “swamp home.”

Oboro Palace (oh-BOH-roh) The main cloud palace of the soratami; oboro means “occluded” or “misty moon.”

Okina Temple (oh-KEE-nah) The largest temple in the Jukai Forest; means “shrine to the grandfathers.”

Reito (RAY-toh) A decimated, abandoned human city on the Araba where the kami first attacked the people of the material world; means “ghost city” or “city of spirits.”

Shinka Keep (SHIN-kah) An ogre-mage hermitage high in the mountains; shinka means “true fire.”

Shizo (SHEE-zoh) An ancient battlefield with many corpses mummified in the mud; means “death's storehouse.”

Sokenzan Range (soh-KEHN-zahn) Kamigawa's large mountain range; sokenzan means “frost-sword.”

Takenuma Swamp (tah-kay-NOO-mah) The rotten bamboo swamp of Kamigawa; takenuma means “bamboo mire.”

Tendo Peaks (TEHN-doh) The impossibly steep, spire-like mountains in the heart of the Sokenzan Range; tendo means “heaven's door.”

Towabara Plains (toh-wah-BAH-rah) Kamigawa's untouched plains; means “eternal fields.”

Untaidake (uhn-teye-DAH-kay) The tallest mountain of the Tendo Peaks; means “cloud keeper.”

Yumegawa River (yoo-may-GAH-wah) The largest and longest river on Kamigawa, which contains the great falls; means “river of dreams.”


akki (AHK-kee) “Little monster.” The shelled goblins of Kamigawa.

akuba (ah-KOO-bah) An evil, hag-like spirit-world creature.

bo (BOH) Staff.

budoka (boo-DOH-kah) A monk who studies the martial arts.

bushi (BOO-shee) Warrior.

bushido (boo-SHEE-doh) The way of the warrior. The name of the samurai code.

daimyo (DYE-myoh) A powerful feudal lord.

daisho (DYE-shoh) The pair of swords carried by a samurai. The daisho consists of two swords: the larger sword is a katana (kah-TAH-nah) and the smaller one is a wakizashi (wah-kee-ZAH-shee).

gohei (GOH-hay) A scepter used by kannushi to call the kami. It consists of a piece of wood with nusa—zigzagging strips of paper—attached.

hana (HAHN-ah) Flower.

hankyu (HAHN-kyoo) Longbow.

hatamoto (hah-tah-MOH-toh) A high-ranking samurai who often serves as the personal guard to a daimyo.

honden (HOHN-dehn) The inner part of the shrine to a kami.

imi (IH-mee) Taboo or pollution, or something taboo or polluted.

junkyo (JUNK-yoh) Martyrdom.

jushi (JOO-shee) Wizard.

kabuto (kah-BOO-toh) Helmet.

kaijin (KYE-jihn) A kami of water.

kakuriyo (kah-koo-REE-oh) The spirit world.

kami (KAH-mee) Spirit, god, divinity. The divine essence of a thing. During the period of Kamigawa's history known as the Kami War, these essences manifested in the material world for the first time.

kannushi (kahn-NOO-shee) A druid-like priest who reveres the kami.

kappa (KAHP-pah) A turtle-shelled creature that lives in rivers; kappa are known for their maliciousness.

kashi (KAH-shee) Oak. In Kamigawa, the tribe of orochi dedicated to defending their colonies is known as the Kashi Tribe.

kitsune (KIT-soo-nay) Fox. In Kamigawa, short for kitsune-bito, meaning “foxfolk.”

kodama (koh-DAH-mah) A tree spirit.

koto (KOH-toh) An ancient stringed instrument.

kumo (KOO-moh) Spider; also cloud.

kusari-gama (koo-SAH-ree-GAH-mah) A scythe-and-chain weapon.

matsu (MAHT-soo) Pine. In Kamigawa, the tribe of orochi archers is known as the Matsu Tribe.

musha (MOO-shah) Another way to say bushi.

myojin (MYOH-jihn) “Bright divinity.” A kami of great importance.

nezumi (nay-ZOO-mee) Rat. In Kamigawa, short for nezumi-bito, meaning “ratfolk.”

no-dachi (noh-DAH-chee) A large katana, like a greatsword.

ochimusha (oh-chee-MOO-sha) A dishonored warrior. For example, an outcast samurai.

oni (OH-nee) Demon. An oni is a kind of kami, bloodthirsty and bent on destruction.

orochi (oh-ROH-chee) Serpent. In Kamigawa, short for orochi-bito, meaning “snakefolk.”

sakura (SAH-koo-rah) Cherry. In Kamigawa, the tribe of orochi shamans is known as the Sakura Tribe.

sanzoku (SAHN-zoh-koo) A mountain bandit or brigand.

sensei (SEHN-say) Master. A term of respect used to refer to a teacher or master.

shaku (SHAH-koo) A smooth, flat, wooden ceremonial scepter of leadership.

soratami (soh-rah-TAH-mee) “Skyfolk.” Kamigawa's race of aristocratic cloud-dwellers.

uba (OO-bah) Hag.

utsushiyo (oot-soo-SHEE-oh) The material world.

yamabushi (yah-mah-BOO-shee) “One who lies in mountains.” A mountain hermit who practices the ancient shamanic arts.

zubera (ZOO-beh-rah) The faceless kami of a human who has been pulled into the spirit world. Zubera are said to attack solitary travelers in order to steal their faces.

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