Kanae Tabinoki

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たび かなえ
Kanae Tabinoki
Kanae Portrait.jpg
Image of Kanae from their Twitter.
Title Gamedev Vtuber
Born 12 December
Gender Male
Circle(s) Trick Nostalgie
Occupation Vtuber

Kanae Tabinoki (旅ノ木かなえ, Tabinoki Kanae) is a virtual YouTuber created and played by JynX. He holds roughly hour-long livestreams every night starting from 22:00 to 23:00 (JST).

General Information[edit | edit source]

Kanae is a Vtuber personality created by JynX who debuted in the YouTube video A Pointless Very Important Announcement (Len'en TV Episode 4). In the video, it is revealed that the Vtuber has entered into a "collaboration" with the Len'en Project, promoting it and talking about its development on their livestreams, and that he is in reality played by JynX.

In his debut stream an hour later, Kanae explains why a separate character has to be created for these streams. He explained that the name "JynX" is too heavily intertwined with the world of Len'en, putting it in an awkward position to speak and act too freely with, as everything he does and says as JynX has to have gone through careful consideration in regards to Len'en's lore and setting, hence the creation of Kanae as a more casual character closer to the fans. Additionally, creating a vtuber simply seemed fun. There are other reasons, but he decided to keep it a secret for now.

The livestreams are mainly meant to provide a time for everyone, Kanae (JynX) and the viewers, to be able to focus on doing something for an hour with the help of mutual surveillance. This can be anything, ranging from work to studying to reading. JynX is also considering streaming their own gameplay of what they play during their breaks during the hour. He also noted that since compiling information from the streams would be difficult, he would refrain from talking about the Len'en series' lore during the streams.

Additionally, Kanae also has a Twitter account, where JynX will share updates related to his daily life, and a Marshmallow account, which is a service that allows users to anonymously send questions and other thoughts to someone, functioning like an ask box.

Background Information[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

Kanae is heavily based on the Eurasian wryneck, a wryneck in the woodpecker family. The bird specifically inspired the Wryneck genus name "Jynx", coming from the Ancient Greek word for the Eurasian wryneck, "iunx". The Eurasian wryneck is known to twist its snake-like head as a threat display, and as a woodpecker has long tongues with which to reach into trees to extract their food. Many of the bird's features are reflected in Kanae's design and theming. Kanae himself is apparently quite fond of the bird, finding them cute and looking vaguely like dinosaurs.[1]

Name[edit | edit source]

A stylized logo of Kanae's name.

His full name is Kanae Tabinoki (旅ノ木 かなえ). In his surname, "Tabinoki", tabi () means "journey, travel, trip, etc." while ki () means "tree(s)", thus it could be interpreted as "Tree of journeys".

His given name "Kanae" is a typical Japanese given name that could be written in a number of ways, here it is written purely in hiragana. Originally, he wanted to use the kanji (god) to write it, but found it too gaudy and decided to leave it in hiragana, which he found cuter anyways.[2]

In Chinese, "Kanae" is written as 叶枝. "Kana" is written , which comes from Japanese 叶う (kanau), "to fulfil/realise (dreams, wish, etc.)", chosen as Kanae believes that his making games is a way to fulfil dreams for his players; "E" is written , which means "tree branch" both in Japanese and Chinese, chosen for its connection to Kanae's tree theme and the fact that the "tree" () radical can be found in the word. Coincidentally, is also Simplified Chinese for "leaf", further adding to the tree theme.[2]

His Twitter account's name is "Kanae Tabinoki 🌳🐍🪶" (旅ノ木かなえ🌳🐍🪶). The tree references how the Eurasian wryneck feeds from the insects it finds in them, the snake a reference to its snake-like head which it uses to ward off threats, and the feather a direct reference to the bird itself.

Design[edit | edit source]

References to the Eurasian wryneck, and birds in general, are plentiful in Kanae's design:

  • The wings extending out from inside the hat are modelled after that of the Eurasian wryneck.
  • The feathers around the top of his sleeves are also modelled after those of the Eurasian wryneck.
  • The red hoops of cloth wrapped around Kanae's arms are based on the snakes which the Eurasian wryneck imitate, in the way that they wrap around his arm, and also on its extremely long tongue, in the way that it is red.[1]
  • The back of his clothes resemble three tufts of feathers making up the Eurasian wryneck's tail.
  • The pattern on his knee-high socks features a long vertical line that splits into three prongs, a common cartoonish way to draw birds' feet.

On top of Kanae's hat is JynX's avatar in a lounging position, a reference to how JynX is the person behind Kanae. The traditional Japanese-like vest(s) Kanae wears has a visual resemblance to Rei's, perhaps a reference to the fact that they are both vtubers (although Rei turned out to not truly be one). On Kanae's obi sash is an accessory with an Eye of Senri design, and the banner tied to the sash reads "Curse one person and you'll need two graves" (人を呪わば穴二つ), a Japanese idiom that warns against harming another, as it incurs something bad upon oneself as well, which is apparently his personal motto.[3]

Livestreams[edit | edit source]

Types of Streams[edit | edit source]

Thumbnails for Kanae's three types of streams

Productivity Streams
Chatting Streams
Gaming Streams

Kanae mainly does three types of streams:

  • Productivity streams: Kanae and the viewers announce at the beginning what they'll be focusing on, focus on working for an hour during the stream and announce their progress after the hour.
  • Gaming streams: Kanae streams himself playing games for leisure.
  • Chatting streams: Kanae chats with the viewers and answers questions he received on Marshmallow.

For brief summaries of each stream, see:

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Kanae's current schedule.

Kanae's streaming schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesdays and Friday: Productivity streams
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Gaming streams for longer, multi-stream games
  • Saturday: One-off gaming streams
  • Sunday: Chatting stream

Rules, Hashtags and Other Terminology[edit | edit source]

On the second chatting stream (21/01/2023), Kanae decided on a number of rules for the streams which they now add to the description of every stream, they are as below:

・最低限のマナーは守って~ (誹謗中傷、暴言、スパムなどなど)

Lenient Stream Rules "The Tabinoki Constitution"
・No spoilers about the game we are playing through please!
 (I'll say "Tell me!" when I want you to tell me something~!)
・Maintain the bare minimum level of manners~! (No slander, verbal abuse, spam, etc.)
・Don't mention irrelevant topics,
 and don't mention other streamers' names~!
・Try to refrain from talking amongst yourselves in the chat~.
 (It's fine during the work hour in productivity streams though.))
・Light ban on mentioning what other streamers in similar situations did. (It'll have to depend on the severity?)
・Backseat gamers are thrown to the bamboo shoots!!!
・It's fine to talk about JynX~!

On his first chatting stream (16/01/2023), he decided on a number of hashtags, signature phrases and terms with the help of the chat:[4]

  • Tags for the streams:
    • Japanese: #旅ノ木ライブ (#Tabinoki_Live)
    • English: #Tabinoki_live
  • Tags for fanart:
    • Japanese: #旅ノ木あーと (#Tabinoki_Art)
    • English: #Tabinoki_art
  • Tags for clips from the stream:
    • Japanese: #切りぬ木かなえ (#Clipped_Tree_Kanae)[a]
    • English: #Tabinoki_clips
Signature Phrases
  • Kanae's self-introduction: "What tree is this tree? It's Kanae Tabinoki!" (この木なんの木、旅ノ木かなえです!, Kono ki nan no ki, Tabinoki Kanae desu!)[b]
  • Starting a stream: "Good treevening~!" (こんのきー, kon no kii)[c]
  • Saying goodbyes: "Thanks for the hard work, Kanae~!" (おつかなえー)[d]
  • Waiting: "Tree on standby..." (たい木, taiki)[e]
  • Name for fans: Tree Shrooms (木ノ子さん, kinoko-san)[f]
  • Name for haters: Bamboo Shoot Bastards (たけのこ野郎, take no ko yarou)[g]

Comments[edit | edit source]

While Kanae does his best to read every comment in chat, due to being new to streaming he is very prone to missing comments during the streams themselves. However, he makes sure to go back to read over the comments after each stream, even trying his best to translate and understand the English ones, although he does apologise for likely misunderstanding the English comments due to the use of slang in them.[1]

Highlights Videos[edit | edit source]

Additionally, Kanae also makes short videos, mostly YouTube Shorts, showcasing funny moments throughout the streams in the week:

Relationships[edit | edit source]


Kanae jokingly refers to JynX as his "Core Personality" (コア人格). He isn't exactly sure how separate the two characters should be, and is fine with leaving it up to individual discretion. Personally, Kanae personally considers himself someone who "helps with work on the Len'en series," rather than the creator of the series himself. In his mind, they are "both the same person and separate people, a very ambiguous but convenient relationship".[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Additional Information[edit | edit source]

  • Kanae is the first character created by JynX to have a name written entirely in hiragana.
  • Kanae's virtual desktop, shown during chat streams, features a cat-themed microphone, a laptop monitor and a melon soda ice cream float. Yukkuri versions of Rei and Zelo were also later added to the desktop, Rei pops in and our of existence while Zelo hops up and down.[2]
  • Although Kanae announced that he is male, he doesn't mind no matter what fans want to call him, and they are fine to think of him as female or ambiguous in gender, like with Len'en characters.[1]
  • Kanae's Fall Guys character wears the upper Tropical Tree costume, likely a reference to the character's tree theme.
  • Kanae's favourite colour is green.[2]

Official Profile[edit | edit source]

Official profiles

During their first casual chat stream, Kanae typed up a rough profile for himself, which is as below:

☆★☆ 旅ノ木 かなえ ☆★☆

・身長:127cm たまに伸びる才


   ・Outer Wilds
✕TES1 ありーな
✕TES2 ダガーフォール
△TES3 モロウィンド
〇TES4 オブリビオン
◎TES5 スカイリム



☆★☆ Kanae Tabinoki ☆★☆

・Height: 127cm Sometimes grows taller.

・Age: 9 years old[h]
 (When drinking, I think, "I'm ok with ending it now,"
 and force myself to grow....
 Until I'm old enough to drink!!)

・Hobbies: Gaming
  〇 Recommended games, games I want to play:
   ・Outer Wilds
   ・The Elder Scrolls series
    ・Knows the games and lore quite well, so might play while explaining them on a stream.
    ・Wants to finish Morrowind before TES 6 comes out.
TES1 Arena[i]
TES2 Daggerfall
TES3 Morrowind
TES4 Oblivion
TES5 Skyrim

   ・I want to play Starfield too.

   ・Armored Core 6

Trick Nostalgie Official Website

A transcript of Kanae's official profile from the "Profiles" section of the Trick Nostalgie website, along with the official translation. With the exception of their official name, slight adjustments to the translations are found within brackets.

メンバー No.03

Member No. 03


Name: Kanae Tabinoki


Role within the circle: PR


Hobbies: Game (Gaming)


Special talent: Hyper Beam[j]


Somewhat favorite food: Kakuni (Japanese boiled pork dish)


Other: Kon noki~~~ (Good treevening~~~!) 🌳🌳🌳

Official Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. A pun on "to clip" (切り抜き, kirinuki) and "tree(s)" (, ki), the latter of which is also found in Tabinoki (旅ノ).
  2. A reference and pun on the title of a famous advertisement song, "What Tree Is This Tree" (この木なんの木, kono ki nan no ki).
  3. A portmanteau of "konnichiwa" (こんにちは, "Good afternoon/evening") and "Tabinoki" (旅ノ木, Lit. "tree of journey(s)").
  4. A pun on the Japanese phrase "otsukare~" (おつかれ, "Thanks for the hard work/good job today") and "Kanae".
  5. A pun on the Japanese word for "standby" (待機, taiki) and "tree(s)" (, ki), the latter of which is also found in Tabinoki (旅ノ).
  6. Literally means "tree child" but is a pun on "mushroom" (キノコ, kinoko).
  7. A reference to the Japanese chocolate snacks "Mushroom Mountain" (きのこの山) and "Bamboo Shoot Village" (たけのこの里), and the accompanying rivalry between fans of the two.
  8. A reference to how old the Len'en series is at the time of the video.
  9. Kanae lists the Elder Scrolls games and indicates how far along he is with them. ✕: Unplayed. △: In the middle of playing. 〇: Finished. ◎: Played a lot of.
  10. A reference to the Pokémon move of the same name, in both Japanese and English.

References[edit | edit source]