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2. Trust in God / Faith in God
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7. Trust in God / In God We Trust
8. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark
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12. Honesty / Fidelity
This single character is often part of other words with similar meanings. Alone, this character can mean to believe, truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and confidence in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.
It is one of the five basic tenets of Confucius.
In Chinese, it sometimes has the secondary meaning of a letter (as in the mail) depending on context, but it will not be read that way when seen on a wall scroll.
This is a way to express, "Trust in God" in Japanese.
The first character is "God".
The second character is a particle that links the ideas here.
The last three characters are a word that means, "to believe", "to believe in", "to place trust in", "to confide in", "to have faith in".
Basically, this is the Japanese phrase for, "Have faith in God", "Believe in God", or "Trust in God".
This is the simplest way to express, "Trust in God" in Japanese.
The first character means God, deity, divinity, or spirit (in this case, it will be read as God).
The second character is a particle that links the ideas.
The last two characters mean faith, belief, or creed, in religious context.
This means firm belief, faith, persuasion, conviction, and sometimes religion or creed in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
This word clearly fits religious connotation of the English word "devotion".
Japanese people will often translate this as "faith in God" or "trust in God".
It should be noted that this word is a little strange alone on a wall scroll.
While this can be pronounced in Japanese, it's not a great selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Japanese.
This is the more religious form of "faith". It has this same meaning in Chinese, Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji. This is often used to refer to a person of faith or a religious person. Can be directly translated as "firm belief", "creed", "conviction" or simply as "religious" depending on context.
Some will also use this to mean "trust in God" in Japanese (though the term for God is not actually in this title).
This means exactly what the title suggests. The first two characters mean "trust" or "believe" and the second two mean "God" (as in the God of Abraham and the God of Zion).
This is also how the American phrase "In God We Trust" as seen on U.S. Currency would be translated into Chinese. It would also be correct to say that this means "Believe in God", though in this arrangement/context, one would be more likely to interpret it as "trust".
This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.
Rabindranath Tagore, 1915
This quote is not sourced, and therefore several variations exist in English. Some suggest the original was in the Bengali language.
This of course is the Chinese translation which has the meaning of, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark".
This means "Trust in God", "Faith in God", "Rely upon God" and/or "Believe in God".
The first two characters mean everyone or anyone, but change to "no one" with the addition of a negative verb.
The third through fifth characters express the idea of to believe, to believe in, to place trust in, to confide in, or to have faith in.
The last character makes the sentence negative (without the last character, this would mean "trust everyone", with that last character it's "trust no one").
This is as close as you can get to the phrase "trust no man" in Japanese, though no gender is specified.
This is the Chinese way to say believe.
This specifically means to be convinced that something is true or to accept something as true or real.
This can also be translated as "convinced of", "have trust in", "have faith in"
This is another character that expresses the idea of honesty. It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.
Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.
Note: In some context, this character can mean letter; news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.
See Also... Loyalty Trustworthiness Trustworthy
This character means truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.
As a single-character wall scroll, this suggests that you believe "honesty is the best policy", as your personal philosophy.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Believe / Faith / Trust||信|
|Trust in God / Faith in God||神を信ぜよ|
|kami wo shin ze yo|
|Trust in God / Belief in God||神の信仰|
|kami no shin kou|
kami no shin ko
|Religious Devotion / Faith in God||信仰|
|Trust in God / In God We Trust||相信上帝|
|n/a||xiāng xìn shàng dì|
xiang xin shang di
hsiang hsin shang ti
|xiang1 xin4 shang4 di4|
|Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark||信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟|
|n/a||xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo|
xin nian shi zai li ming qian de hei an zhong neng gan dao guang ming de niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming ch`ien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
|xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3|
hsin nien shih tsai li ming chien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
|Trust in God||信靠上帝|
|n/a||xìn kào shàng dì|
xin kao shang di
hsin k`ao shang ti
|xin4 kao4 shang4 di4|
hsin kao shang ti
|Trust No One / Trust No Man||誰も信じるな|
|dare mo shin ji ru na|
|Honesty / Fidelity||信|
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
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If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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