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 as||Watashi (私)|
|National Flower||Cherry blossom(Sakura), Chrysanthemum(Kiku)|
|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.
Coverall Apron Okiku
Chief Priest Kiku
Kiku-san in Ceremonial Dress
Two Person Group
Axis Flower Pair/North Italy
Inner Axis Flower Pair/South Italy
Far East Brothers/China
Island Nation Alliance/England
Island Nation Grandfather and Grandson/Sealand
The Sun Combination/Russia
Axle Polite Speech Group/Austria
Fragrant Chrysanthemum/Hong Kong
Chrysanthemum and Plum/Taiwan
Chrysanthemum and Lotus/Vietnam
Old Man and Nursing Combination/Sweeden
Inner Island Nation/Iceland
Tiny Stature Alliance/Liechtenstein
Axis Zig-Zag Bridge Pair/Nyotalia version Hungary
Bath Lover Combination/Rome
Kiku and Sakura/Japan and Female
Three Person Group
Axis Flower Trio/N.Italy+S.Italy
All Ages and Countries/Germany+Prussia
Otaku 3 Families/America+France
Cold War Sandwich/America+Russia
Island Country Parent and Child/England+Sealand
Pickled Vegetable Burger/America+Netherlands
Honda Elite Guards/Turkey+Greece
Active Service Old Man Group/China+Egypt
Rotten 3 Families/Hungary+Taiwan
Original Asia Group/China+South Korea
Asia Sun Trio/South Korea+Taiwan
Stupid Brother Sandwich/British+China
Tomato Sandwich/Spain+North Italy
Eyebrow Sandwich/England+Hong Kong
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
For male x male pairings, it is recommended to tag your pairings along with the For Fujoshis (腐向け) tag
|CP Name||Tag Name|
|Japan England||Old Man Eyebrows|
|Japan America||Old Man Rice|
|Japan Germany||Old Man Potato|