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Every one of Kakashi's ninja dogs has a symbol on its back that looks like a face:

Pakkun and the symbol on his back

What is this symbol and what is its meaning?

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It's a pretty interesting explanation... In this wiki for Ninken (Ninja dogs):

They all have a face-shaped design on their backs called Henohenomoheji (へのへのもへじ) — which is the sound made when all the characters in the face are put together. Appropriately enough, children use this design as the face for their scarecrows, which is "kakashi" in Japanese.

Basically, if you consider the picture you included:

  • The eyebrows are the Hiragana へ (he);
  • The eyes are the Hiragana の (no);
  • The nose is the Hiragana も (mo);
  • The mouth is another へ (he);
  • The head shape (kind of distorted) is the Hiragana じ (ji).

So, へのへのもへじ (henohenomoheji). The first "heno" is repeated because you have a pair of eyes and eyebrows.

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    I wonder if they took this into account when naming Kakashi. +1 answer! – Robert Dec 16 '12 at 4:47
  • Or rather, if they took Kakashi's name into account when designing his summons. – jw013 Feb 7 '13 at 21:13

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