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Kiku Honda

Kiku Honda is a main character in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers. He is a part of the Axis Powers, representing Japan.


Kiku is a short, slim man with black hair, dark brown eyes, and is often depicted wearing a white naval uniform with black and gold accents. His first appearance in both the anime and the manga shows him briefly wearing a more ornate version, with gold epaulets and frog clasps down in the front of the jacket. When he first appeared in the webcomic, he wore a standard gray/black uniform until sometime after joining the Axis. Despite looking young, he's actually quite old, however his age was never disclosed.


Country Name Japan (Japan Nation)
Human Name Kiku Honda
Refer asWatashi (私)
DialectPolite Speech
BirthdayFeburary 11th
National FlowerCherry blossom(Sakura), Chrysanthemum(Kiku)
Assumed AgeSecret
Seiyuu Hiroki Takahashi, Ai Iwamura (Young Japan), Yanagi (Flower Of Iris)

Kiku is quiet, polite, shy and hard-working man.

He doesn't know very much about the outside world and needs time to adjust to other people.His distinct island customs may seem mysterious to others, although he finds them perfectly normal.
But he is very curious and interested in learning things from other nations.
Also He is very kind to a close person.

He tends to have the behavior of an "old man" and had been an "alone man" for a very long time (Japan had spent about 250 years in isolation keeping only contact with Netherlands).

He loves animals, especially cats, and owns a white dog called Pochi that resembles an Akita or Shiba Inu, both Japanese breeds. Some say it may be a Japanese Spitz due to his white and fluffy fur in some sketches and fanarts. He also eventually gets a rabbit and a guinea pig. He tends to have a weakness for things that are soft and fluffy.

He seems to be fond of food in general, as evidenced by his annoyance of having his salted salmon taken off Germany's diet plan. He expressed dismay at the increase of the price of eggs due to bad economy.

He loves the round of the seasons, especially viewing flowers of the season .
Since he was sentimental, he cried watching a drama.
It is said that cockroaches are one of the things that Japan hates the most, to the extent where he could cry over them.


  • His birthday, February 11th, corresponds to the date of National Foundation Day in Japan, which celebrates the foundation of Japan in 660 BC by Emperor Jimmu.
  • Though his exact age is unknown and Himaruya listed it as a "secret", some Japanese fans consider him to be approximately 2,670 years old.
  • Although being younger than China, Kiku has expressed his old age on more than one occasion. In Salted Salmon, Germany and I, Japan explains how he no longer enjoys his birthday, suffers from high blood pressure which causes him to wake up early and wander his neighborhood, and has hip pains.
  • As Hetalia was originally planned as a one chapter story, Himaruya did not expect Kiku to become a popular character and drew him as a type of character he did not often utilize, with "soulless" eyes. He noted that if he had known the series would become bigger, the design would have been drastically different.
  • In 2008, Himaruya gave human names to some of the characters in response to his reader's questions about "What if the characters are calling by their respective name instead of their country names?" and he received the name, Kiku Honda. While the name itself is given by the author and is official, the name itself is not used in the manga.
  • In pixiv, his human name is used as a tag in order to differenciate himself from the country name, as well as to make searching about him easier. Although there are a lot of people who called him simply "Honda" or "Kiku", it is recommended to put his full name in for tag searching purposes.

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Related Tags

General Tags

Hetalia: Axis Powers
Hetalia APH

Event Tags

Artbook Shock
Tuna Shock
Tokotoko Shock
Shitty Game Shock
Partner Shock
Carry Shock
Tree Shock
Poster Sword Shock
Trump Shock
Army Pants Shock
Maid Shock

Project Tags

Sokoku Seitansai 
Gotouchi Kiku-chan

Singular Tags

Honda Sakura 
Foxy Kiku 
Black Kiku 
Child Kiku 
Cosplayer Okiku 
Coverall Apron Okiku 
Jersey Kiku 
Chief Priest Kiku 
Milk Shopkeeper 
Squishy Kiku 
Kiku-san in Ceremonial Dress
Ophelia Honda

Assessment Tags

Manly Honda 
Beautiful Honda 
Cute even though an old man 
Sexy Grandpa 
Honda seriously Honda

Group Tags

Two Person Group

Axis Flower Pair/North Italy
Inner Axis Flower Pair/South Italy
Serious Combination/Germany
Solitude Aliance/Prussia
Far East Brothers/China
Crooked Combo/America
Otaku Combination/France
Island Nation Alliance/England 
Island Nation Grandfather and Grandson/Sealand
Salty Maple/Canada 
The Sun Combination/Russia 
Monochrome Combination/Belarus 
Hikkikomori Group/Switzerland 
Weekend Combination/Turkey 
Cat Combo/Greece 
Twilight Combination/Spain 
Computer Combination/Estonia 
Axle Polite Speech Group/Austria
Honda Beta/Hungary 
Kimchi-don/South Korea 
Fragrant Chrysanthemum/Hong Kong 
Chrysanthemum and Plum/Taiwan 
Chrysanthemum and Lotus/Vietnam 
Rice Alliance/Thailand
Old Man and Nursing Combination/Sweeden 
Neighbourhood Group/Finland
Salmon Group/Normay 
Inner Island Nation/Iceland 
Tsukemono Group/Netherlands  
Tiny Stature Alliance/Liechtenstein 
Constitution Combination/Poland       
Axis Zig-Zag Bridge Pair/Nyotalia version Hungary
Bath Lover Combination/Rome
Kiku and Sakura/Japan and Female

Three Person Group

Axis Group/N.Italy+Germany 
Inner Axis/S.Italy+Prussia 
Axis Flower Trio/N.Italy+S.Italy
All Ages and Countries/Germany+Prussia 
Chick Sandwich/N.Italy+Prussia 
Astray Group/America+England
Otaku 3 Families/America+France 
Cold War Sandwich/America+Russia   
Hentai Group/England+France 
Island Country Parent and Child/England+Sealand 
Gardener Group/England+Netherlands 
Pickled Vegetable Burger/America+Netherlands 
Forehead Sandwich/Germany+Netherlands 
Hetarira Group/Poland+Lithuania 
Honda Elite Guards/Turkey+Greece 
Whaling Trio/Norway+Iceland 
Trade Triangular/America+Spain 
Otaku Trading/France+Spain 
Active Service Old Man Group/China+Egypt 
Rotten 3 Families/Hungary+Taiwan 
Original Asia Group/China+South Korea 
Chinese Kikuman/China+Taiwan 
Asia Sun Trio/South Korea+Taiwan 
Stupid Brother Sandwich/British+China 
Compassion Sandwich/British+Prussia 
Angel Sandwich/N.Italy+England 
Sun Sandwich/England+Spain 
Tomato Sandwich/Spain+North Italy 
Eyebrow Sandwich/England+Hong Kong 
Bruneli Trio/Switzerland+Liechtenstein 

Multiple Person Group

Suujipu / Japan・N.Italy・Germany・Prussia
Romagic / Japan・N.Italy・Germany・S.Italy
Axis Family / Japan・N.Italy・Germany・S.Italy・Prussia
Axis All Stars / Japan・N.Italy・Germany・S.Italy・Prussia etc...
Asia Group / Japan・China・Korea・Hong Kong・Taiwan
Asia☆Seven / Japan・China・Korea・Hong Kong・Taiwan・Thailand・Vietnam etc...
Four Country Treaty / Japan・America・England・France
National Isolation Group / Japan・Korea・China・Netherlands
Bad Companions and Otakus / Japan・Prussia・France・Spain 
Group E / Japan・Netherlands・Denmark・Cameroon
Asia Europe Brothers / Japan・China・America・England
Sun Family / Japan・Spain・N.Italy・S.Italy
Axis Federation / Japan・Italy・Germany・America・England・France・Russia・China

Coupling Tags

For male x male pairings, it is recommended to tag your pairings along with the For Fujoshis (腐向け) tag

2 persons

CP NameTag Name
England JapanAsaKiku
America JapanAruKiku
France JapanFraKiku
Russia JapanIvaKiku
China JapanYaoKiku
Germany Japan√Kiku
N.Italy JapanFeliKiku
Prussia JapanGilKiku
Austria JapanRodKiku
Greece JapanHeraKiku
Japan EnglandOld Man Eyebrows
Japan AmericaOld Man Rice
Japan FranceKikuFra
Japan RussiaKikuIva
Japan ChinaKikuYao
Japan GermanyOld Man Potato
Japan N.ItalyKikuFeli
Japan PrussiaKikuGil
Japan TaiwanKikuWan


Kikusand / Japan that got sandwiched
Sekakiku / Uncertain numbers×Japan
Kikuseka / Japan×Uncertain numbers
MobKiku / Mob × Japan

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