Yorozuya Gin chan 万事屋銀ちゃん
|Yorozuya Gin Chan 万事屋銀ちゃん|
Yorozuya 万事屋 is an outfit doing errands or odd-jobs for a fee, founded by the protagonist Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時, who, according to Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎 in Episode 5, disappeared mysteriously after the Joui Wars. In Episode 138, it was explained that he used to have partners taking on the roles of the current Yorozuya members Shimura Shinpachi 志村 新八, Kagura 神楽 and Sadaharu 定春. Also, in Episode 164 it was shown that the old members went on to form their own Yorozuya and ended up doing a much better job than the real Yorozuya, albeit under 'new leadership'. Refer to Old Yorozuya 旧万事屋 and Yorozuya Kin Gon Chan 万事屋金良ちゃん for more details.
The Name Yorozuya
|Only Yorozuya 万事屋 appears on the namecard.|
The full name as shown on the Yorozuya office signboard hanging above Otose Snack is 万事屋銀ちゃん Yorozuya Gin Chan, but displayed on Sakata Gintoki's namecard (shown in Episode 3 and 37) is only 万事屋 Yorozuya.
The name Yorozuya 万事屋 literally means 'house of 10,000 business'. The phrase is made up of:
- 'yorozu' 万, whose literal meaning is 10,000, but is commonly used to mean 'myriad', 'various', 'many', 'everything', 'anything under the sky'
- 'ya' 屋 meaning 'house/hut', 'shop'
- The more commonly seen phrase is '万屋', which is defined as Jack-of-all-trades in WWWJDIC.
- As mentioned by Kagura in Episode 164, the reading of the kanji phrase '万事屋' was originally banjiya, but Sakata Gintoki apparently coined the reading yorozuya. The regular kanji for yorozuya is actually '万屋'.