About Ippo Ippo Japanese

What Does Ippo Ippo Mean?

In Japanese, Ippo Ippo is written as 一歩一歩。

一 is the Japanese character for 'one'.

歩 is the character for 'step'.

This makes 一歩一歩 literally 'one step one step'. In other words: 'step by step' or 'one step at a time'!

The choice of name came about partly simply because of the nice, bouncy ring that 'Ippo Ippo' has to it. However, more important is the meaning.

At Ippo Ippo, learning Japanese is less about sprinting to memorise every vocab item, grammar point or kanji, and more about the process of putting one step forward at a time, finding ways to have fun and explore through the language. While there are times when you may want to up the pace, in general, a more sustainable approach is encouraged, helping you to steadily build confidence and keep up motivation in the long run.


Nihongo no benkyō, ippo ippo ganbarimashō ne!

Let's give learning Japanese our best shot, going 'ippo ippo' - one step at a time!

About the Logo

The Ippo Ippo logo shows the four kanji characters 一歩一歩 (ippo ippo) accompanied by the sun as seen in the Japanese flag.

A big thank you to @nightbook11 for this beautiful design.

Thanks also goes to everyone who kindly gave their feedback during the process of crafting it!

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