Frequently Asked Question
- What does "Champloo" mean?
- Who is the Sunflower Samurai?
- How does this story fit into Japanese history?
- What do Mugen's tattoo's mean?
- Why does Jin wear glasses?
- What's on Fuu's dangle?
- What's the deal with Momo-san?
- What's the song from Episode 14 with Mugen in the Water?
- What other pieces has Shinichiro Watanabe done work for?
What does "Champloo" mean?
"Champloo" (sometimes romanized as "champuru") is an Okinawan word that roughly means "mix." It's often used to refer to the mixed-up hybrid character of Okinawan culture, with Eastern and Western influence..
Who is the Sunflower Samurai?
The Sunflower Samurai is the person who Fuu begins her journey to find. We're unsure who this figure is until later on in the series, while being fed clues here and there. Keep watching and piece it together.
Where does this story fit into Japanese history?
Like the story says, "This story is fictional, although it contains some facts from actual history. It's really shaky so just Shut Up and Watch!" But if you want a more detailed account, than visit Amalgam. The site carries most (if not all) historical facts to date the story.
What do Mugen's tattoo's mean?
Giving tattoos was a way of identifing people as criminals. From 1720 on, the tattooing of criminals became an official punishment and replaced the amputation of the nose and the ears. The criminal received a ring tattoo around the arm for each offense or a character tattoo on his forehead.
Why does Jin wear glasses?
The glasses Jin wears are a rarity of the Tokugawa Era. You could argue that he may have two personalities or fighting styles with or without the glasses. But you wont know that til later on. Either way, it drives the fangirls crazy, and yes, he can see without them.
What's on Fuu's dangle?
Fuu's dangle is tied neatly around her pink laquer tanto. Upon the dangle, are 6 colored dice, a small dog, and a skull katami. It is more closely related to present day dangles, which Japanese people carry around on phones, keys, or backpacks. Click here for a close up.
What's the deal with Momo-san?
Momo-san is a Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel. It's Fuu's pet (of sort) and savior at times. There isn't much explanation of how Momo came about and why it hangs around. We know it likes sunflower seeds and makes its home in Fuu's komono, but that's about it. It's more there for the "cute" factor.
What's the song from Episode 14 with Mugen in the water?
"Obokuri-Eemui" by Ikue Asazaki
What other pieces has Shinichiro Watanabe done work for?
Click here for a list and bio from Champloo Central.