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Samurai

China shì
Japan samurai
Samurai

In Japanese, this character represents the warriors that attempted to hold peace when there was no Emperor in Japan. Be cautious though, as it is an old way to express "servant" or "waiter" in Chinese and Korean. Of course, if you are a samurai, you are a servant to your Shogun-ate, Lord, or the people (which is the root meaning).


See Also:  Warrior

Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

China wǔ shì dào
Japan bu shi do
Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

武士道 is the title for, "The Code of the Samurai."

Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai," "The Bushido Code," or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry."

This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior," "The Warrior's Way," or "The Warrior's Code."

It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan, and thought of as being of Japanese origin.

The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Benevolence 仁, Courage 勇, Honesty 誠, Honour 名誉, Loyalty 忠実, Respect 礼(禮), and Rectitude 義. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.


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See Also:  Samurai | Warrior

Ronin / Masterless Samurai

China làng rén
Japan rou nin
Ronin / Masterless Samurai

The Ronin have no master - The most famous are the 47 ronin created after their Lord committed suicide. This term was not exactly a positive title for the Samurai of ancient Japan. However, in recent years, movies and video games have glorified the term Ronin.

In Chinese, this term has the original meaning of a hobo, vagabond or ruffian.
In Korean Hanja, these characters would be read as adventurer, wanderer, someone without a steady job, or someone who is wasting away time.

In modern Japan, this term is used as a nickname for a high school student who has failed a college entry exam (and is trying again).

In Chinese and Korean, the Japanese definition of "Masterless Samurai" is known because of the historical context, even in Japanese, the literal translation is closer to the Chinese and Korean definitions shown above.

This will make a fine wall scroll if you are a fan of the Ronin, or see yourself as a Ronin of sorts. However, please think twice before getting a Ronin tattoo!

In Flowers the Cherry Blossom,
In Men the Samurai

Japan hana wa sakuragi hito wa bushi
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai

This Japanese proverb simply reads, "[In] Flowers it's Cherry Blossoms, [In] Men it's Warriors."

This is meant to say that of all the flowers in the world, the cherry blossom is the best. And of all men in the world, the Samurai or Warrior is the best

This proverb has been around for a long time. It's believed to have been composed sometime before the Edo Period in Japan (which started in 1603).

Some will drop one syllable and pronounce this, "hana wa sakura hito wa bushi." That's "sakura" instead of "sakuragi," which is like saying "cherry blossom" instead of "cherry tree."


The third character was traditionally written as 櫻. But in modern Japan, that became 桜. You may still see 櫻 used from time to time on older pieces of calligraphy. We can do either one, so just make a special request if you want 櫻.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart

China wǔ shì xīn
Japan bu shi kokoro
Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart

This reads, "Warrior Heart." 武士心 is more a Japanese title than Chinese but it is understood in both languages.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your Samurai search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese hito / ひと    tsukou / tsuko / つこう
Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart
Chinese to serve; to attend upon
Japanese warrior (esp. of military retainers of daimyos in the Edo period); samurai; (1) warrior (esp. of military retainers of daimyos in the Edo period); samurai; (2) (archaism) man in attendance (on a person of high standing); retainer; (given name) Hito; (given name) Tsukou
Attend; wait on; attendant.

武士

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Mandarin wǔ shì / wu3 shi4
Taiwan wu shih
Japanese mononofu / もののふ    bushi / ぶし    takehito / たけひと    takeshi / たけし
Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart
Chinese warrior; samurai
Japanese warrior; samurai; (place-name) Mononofu; (place-name, surname) Bushi; (given name) Takehito; (p,s,g) Takeshi

浪人

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Mandarin làng rén / lang4 ren2
Taiwan lang jen
Japanese rounin / ronin / ろうにん    namindo / なみんど
Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart
Chinese vagrant; unemployed person; rōnin (wandering masterless samurai)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) ronin; wandering samurai without a master to serve; (2) out of work; (3) waiting for another chance to enter a university; (given name) Rounin; (given name) Namindo

武士道

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Mandarin wǔ shì dào / wu3 shi4 dao4
Taiwan wu shih tao
Japanese bushidou / bushido / ぶしどう
Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart
Chinese bushidō or way of the warrior, samurai code of chivalry
Japanese Bushido; samurai code of chivalry

花は桜木人は武士

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Japanese hanahasakuragihitohabushi / はなはさくらぎひとはぶし Japanese (expression) (proverb) the best flowers are the cherry blossoms, the best individuals are the samurai; as the cherry blossom is first among flowers, so is the samurai first among men

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Mandarin/ zu2
Taiwan tsu
Japanese sotsu / そつ
Chinese soldier; servant; to finish; to die; finally; at last; pawn in Chinese chess; variant of 猝[cu4]
Japanese (1) low-ranking soldier; (2) (abbreviation) (See 卒業) graduation; outgrowing; moving on (from); (3) (abbreviation) (See 卒族) low-ranking samurai (1870-1872); (4) (abbreviation) (See 卒去) death (of a noble, etc.); (given name) Sosu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese shi / し
Chinese member of the senior ministerial class (old); scholar (old); bachelor; honorific; soldier; noncommissioned officer; specialist worker; surname Shi
Japanese (1) man (esp. one who is well-respected); (2) (See 侍・1) samurai; (suffix noun) (3) person (in a certain profession, esp. licensed); member; (personal name) Mamoru; (personal name) Mamori; (given name) Toichi; (given name) Tsukou; (female given name) Tsukasa; (given name) Katsuhito; (given name) Osamu; (given name) Akira
A gentleman, scholar, officer; elite

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Mandarin/ nu2
Taiwan nu
Japanese yatsu(p);shatsu(ok) / やつ(P);しゃつ(ok)    yakko / やっこ    me / め
Chinese slave
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (1) (やつ only) (kana only) (derogatory term) fellow; guy; chap; (2) (やつ only) (colloquialism) thing; object; (3) (derogatory or familiar) he; she; him; her; (1) servant (esp. a samurai's attendant); (2) chivalrous man (c. Edo period); (3) (abbreviation) (See 奴豆腐) cubed tofu (often served cold); (4) (abbreviation) (See 奴凧) kite shaped like a footman; (5) (abbreviation) (See 奴頭) Edo-period hairstyle worn by samurai's attendants; (6) enslavement (of a woman; Edo-period punishment for her own or her husband's crime); (pronoun) (7) (archaism) (derogatory term) he; she; him; her; (suffix) (1) (kana only) (derogatory term) derogatory suffix (referring to others); (2) (humble language) humble suffix (referring to oneself); (surname) Yakko
A slave 奴僕; 奴隸.

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Mandarin róng / rong2
Taiwan jung
Japanese munemori / むねもり    munehito / むねひと    muneto / むねと    souya / soya / そうや    souto / soto / そうと    juu / ju / じゅう    shuuya / shuya / しゅうや    shuumi / shumi / しゅうみ    kai / かい    ebesu / えべす    ebisu / えびす    ebizaki / えびざき
Chinese generic term for weapons (old); army (matters); military affairs; surname Rong
Japanese Ebisu; god of fishing and commerce; (1) (archaism) peoples formerly of northern Japan with distinct language and culture (i.e. the Ainu); (2) provincial (i.e. a person who lives far from the city); (3) brutish, unsophisticated warrior (esp. used by Kyoto samurai to refer to samurai from eastern Japan); (4) (derogatory term) foreigner; barbarian; (personal name) Munemori; (personal name) Munehito; (personal name) Muneto; (personal name) Souya; (personal name) Souto; (surname) Juu; (personal name) Shuuya; (personal name) Shuumi; (surname) Kai; (personal name) Ebesu; (surname) Ebisu; (surname) Ebizaki

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Mandarin mǒu / mou3
Taiwan mou
Japanese bou / bo / ぼう    soregashi / それがし
Chinese some; a certain; sb or something indefinite; such-and-such
Japanese (n,pref) certain; one; (pn,adj-no) (1) (archaism) someone; unknown person; (2) (archaism) I; personal pronoun (used by samurai); (personal name) Norikazu; (personal name) Suemori; (personal name) Suenobu; (personal name) Suetaka; (personal name) Suesuga; (personal name) Suegami
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin bèi / bei4
Taiwan pei
Japanese hoshii / hoshi / ほしい
Chinese food for a journey; cakes
Japanese dried boiled rice used mainly as provisions of samurai troops and travelers (travellers); (place-name, surname) Hoshii

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Japanese kamishimo / かみしも Japanese samurai costume; old ceremonial costume; (surname) Kamishimo

三一

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Mandarin sān yī / san1 yi1
Taiwan san i
Japanese sanpin / さんぴん
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (derogatory term) (See 三一侍) low-ranking samurai; (2) (orig. meaning) (See ピン・2) rolling three and one (in a dice game); (given name) Mitsukazu; (personal name) Mitsui; (female given name) Mikazu; (personal name) Miichi; (given name) San'ichi
Trinity; also 31.

両個

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Japanese ryanko / りゃんこ Japanese (1) two; (2) (archaism) (derogatory term) samurai

中臈

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Japanese chuurou / churo / ちゅうろう Japanese (1) court ladies of the middle rank serving in the inner palace (Heian period); (2) female servant for a samurai family; (3) lady-in-waiting working in the inner palace of the Edo castle (Edo period)

侍所

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Japanese samuraidokoro;saburaidokoro / さむらいどころ;さぶらいどころ Japanese (1) (esp. さむらいどころ) Board of Retainers; Kamakura- and Muromachi-period government office; (2) (esp. さぶらいどころ) samurai guard house (Heian and Kamakura periods)

侍蟻

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Japanese samuraiari;samuraiari / さむらいあり;サムライアリ Japanese (kana only) Polyergus samurai (species of amazon ant)

其許

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Japanese sokomoto / そこもと Japanese (1) (archaism) that place; there; (pn,adj-no) (2) you (usu. used by samurai when speaking to their equals or inferiors)

切腹

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Mandarin qiē fù / qie1 fu4
Taiwan ch`ieh fu / chieh fu
Japanese seppuku / せっぷく
Chinese harakiri (formal Japanese: seppuku), a samurai's suicide by disemboweling
Japanese (noun/participle) ritual suicide; disembowelment; seppuku; harakiri

剣劇

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Japanese kengeki / けんげき Japanese sword play; samurai drama

加禄

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Japanese karoku / かろく Japanese increase in a samurai's stipend

卒族

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Japanese sotsuzoku / そつぞく Japanese low-ranking samurai (1870-1872)

取り

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Japanese dori / どり    tori / とり Japanese (suffix noun) (1) samurai receiving this much rice as a fee; (2) offering of rice cake containing this much rice; (3) (obsolete) person receiving this amount of money as a salary; (n,n-suf) (1) taking; taker; collecting; collector; remover; removal; (2) last performer of the day (usu. the star performer); last performance of the day; (3) active partner (e.g. in judo demonstration); (prefix) (4) emphatic or formal prefix

四民

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Mandarin sì mín / si4 min2
Taiwan ssu min
Japanese shimin / しみん
Chinese "the four classes" of ancient China, i.e. scholars, farmers, artisans, and merchants
Japanese the four social classes (samurai, farmers, artisans, merchants); the masses
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

国人

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Japanese kokujin(p);kunibito;kokunin;kuniudo;kunyuudo / kokujin(p);kunibito;kokunin;kuniudo;kunyudo / こくじん(P);くにびと;こくにん;くにうど;くにゅうど Japanese (1) indigenous person; inhabitant of a country; (2) (くにびと only) local; native; (3) local lords and samurai; (4) (くにうど, くにゅうど only) (See ざいこくしゅう) daimyo who did not leave his domains to meet the shogun in Kyoto (during the Muromachi period); (given name) Kunihito; (given name) Kunito

国侍

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Japanese kunizamurai / くにざむらい Japanese provincial samurai

地侍

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Japanese jizamurai / じざむらい Japanese provincial samurai in the middle ages, who engaged in agriculture in peacetime

地士

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Japanese jizamurai / じざむらい Japanese provincial samurai in the middle ages, who engaged in agriculture in peacetime

士人

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Mandarin shì rén / shi4 ren2
Taiwan shih jen
Japanese shijin / しじん
Chinese scholar
Japanese (1) samurai; (2) person of extensive learning; person of great culture; person of superior social standing
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

士分

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Japanese shibun / しぶん Japanese status of samurai

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Samuraisamuraishì / shi4 / shishih
Bushido
The Way of the Samurai
武士道bu shi do / bushidowǔ shì dào
wu3 shi4 dao4
wu shi dao
wushidao
wu shih tao
wushihtao
Ronin
Masterless Samurai
浪人rou nin / rounin / ro nin / roninlàng rén / lang4 ren2 / lang ren / langrenlang jen / langjen
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai花は櫻木人は武士
花は桜木人は武士
hana wa sakuragi hito wa bushi
Heart of a Warrior
Samurai Heart
武士心bu shi kokoro
bushikokoro
wǔ shì xīn
wu3 shi4 xin1
wu shi xin
wushixin
wu shih hsin
wushihhsin
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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