Kitten Wrangler (kitten_wrangler) wrote in linguaphiles,
Kitten Wrangler

Kanji for a name, please?

I'm exercising my google-fu, and trying to track down a Japanese friend I knew eleven years ago. It's been a very long time, but because of a rather unbelievably amazing coincidence I had last week, I'd love to get back in touch with our Japanese friend as well.

However, typing her name into google doesn't seem to be helping AT ALL! I suspect it's not helping, because I'm typing her name in Romaji, instead of in Kanji. If I had the Kanji characters, I can try sites like facebook or myspace, and hopefully have more luck.

The name I'm looking for is Tanzawa Makiko

I realise that there may be any number of ways to write this in kanji, and I am willing to google them all. The 'ko' is the kanji for 'girl', I remember that much. I think the 'zawa' ('sawa') part of her family name had something to do with the kanji that looks like a quartered square, but don't hold me to that.

If anyone can help by giving me possible kanji spellings, I really would appreciate it.

ETA: Also, say in the last 7 years or so, is it common for a Japanese woman to take her husband's surname? (if it was ever common - I'm not up on cultural conventions)

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