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OTHER SCRIPTS: 岐阜, ぎふ (hiragana), ギフ (katakana)
Meaning & History
This is the name of a city and prefecture of the same name, located in central Japan.
The kanji used for this are 岐 (ki, gi) meaning "arena, branch off, fork in road, scene, theatre" and 阜 (fu, fuu) meaning "hill, mound."
The city was being named by powerful Sengoku period warlord Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長) during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first kanji (岐) comes fron Qishan (岐山) which is a legendary mountain in which most of China was unified and the second & final kanji (阜) comes from Qufu (曲阜) which is the birthplace of Confucius. He named the city Gifu because he wanted to unity all of Japan and be viewed as a great mind.