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Guardian in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Guardian Angel
  2. Guardian / Defender
  3. Protector
  4. Protection
  5. Blessings and Protection
  6. God Bless You / May God Protect You
  7. Warrior / Fighter
  8. Fu Dog / Foo Dog
  9. Protector


Guardian Angel

China shǒu hù tiān shǐ
Japan shu go ten shi
Guardian Angel

守護天使 is the title used for guardian angel in Chinese and Japanese Kanji. It's used in the same way that we use this title in the west - such as a guardian angel watching out for you, and allowing you to survive a disaster or accident.

The first two characters mean to guard and protect. The second two mean "angel" (literally "Heaven's messenger").

Guardian / Defender

China wèi shì
Japan eishi
Guardian / Defender

衛士 is a Chinese title that means guardian or defender.

衛士 is also used in Japanese to refer to soldiers of the Ritsuryo system that were guardians of the gates of the imperial palace / court or guards posted at the grand shrine.

Protector

China bǎo hù zhě
Japan hogosha
Protector

保護者 is the universal word for protector in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means to defend, to protect, to insure or guarantee, to maintain, hold or keep, or to guard.

The second character means to protect.

Together the first and second characters create a word that means to defend, to protect, or to safeguard.

The last character means person.

Add all three characters together, and you have a word that means "protector," one who will protect, guard, and keep you safe.

Some will also translate this word as guardian or patron.


Note: Not a common selection for a wall scroll in Asia.

Protection

China bì hù
Japan hi go
Protection

庇護 is not the most common word for a wall scroll but this is the word for protection in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

庇護 is the non-religious, non-superstitious form of protection.

庇護 can be translated as shelter, shield, defend, safeguard, take under one's wing, to put under protection. In certain context, it means to grant asylum or give refuge and sanctuary.

Blessings and Protection

China bǎo yòu
Blessings and Protection

保佑 / 保祐 is the more religious and sometimes superstitious word for protection in Chinese. It's sort of a blessing of protection, and is often translated as "bless and protect," "blessing," or "to bless."

This would be used the protection or blessing that a deity (such as God) would bestow upon you. It is not religion-specific in the same way that a language itself cannot be specific to any religion.


祐Note: Sometimes the second character is written in the form shown to the right. Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

God Bless You / May God Protect You

China shàng dì bǎo yòu
God Bless You / May God Protect You

上帝保佑 is a blessing exchanged between Chinese Christians.

The first two characters literally mean God (The God of Zion). The second two characters express the idea of giving protection. Another way to translate this is "May God protect you."

Warrior / Fighter

Senshi
Japan sen shi
Warrior / Fighter

戦士 is an alternate title for warrior, soldier, fighter, warrior, guardian, or combatant in Japanese.

From Japanese, this is often romanized as "Senshi."


See Also:  Knight | Army | Marines | Samurai

Fu Dog / Foo Dog

China shí shī zi
Fu Dog / Foo Dog

While known in the west as fu dogs or foo dogs, these are actually guardian lions.

These are the lion statues traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples, and high-ranking officials' homes. These days, you are more likely to see them at the entrance to a fancy Chinese restaurant.

This title actually means, "stone lion(s)".

Protector

China shǒu hù zhě
Japan shu go sha
Protector

守護者 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title for a protector, watcher, or keeper.

The character breakdown:
守護 = to guard; to protect; protection; safeguard.
者 = person; someone of that nature; someone doing that work, the one [who, which].

From this breakdown, you can translate this as, "The one who protects," "Someone who safeguards," or "guardian."

Search for Guardian in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Guardian Angel 守護天使
守护天使
shu go ten shi
shugotenshi
shǒu hù tiān shǐ
shou3 hu4 tian1 shi3
shou hu tian shi
shouhutianshi
shou hu t`ien shih
shouhutienshih
shou hu tien shih
Guardian
Defender
衛士
卫士
eishiwèi shì / wei4 shi4 / wei shi / weishi wei shih / weishih
Protector 保護者
保护者
hogoshabǎo hù zhě
bao3 hu4 zhe3
bao hu zhe
baohuzhe
pao hu che
paohuche
Protection 庇護
庇护
hi go / higobì hù / bi4 hu4 / bi hu / bihu pi hu / pihu
Blessings and Protection 保佑 / 保祐
保佑
bǎo yòu / bao3 you4 / bao you / baoyou pao yu / paoyu
God Bless You
May God Protect You
上帝保佑shàng dì bǎo yòu
shang4 di4 bao3 you4
shang di bao you
shangdibaoyou
shang ti pao yu
shangtipaoyu
Warrior
Fighter
戦士sen shi / senshi
Fu Dog
Foo Dog
石獅子
石狮子
shí shī zi
shi2 shi1 zi5
shi shi zi
shishizi
shih shih tzu
shihshihtzu
Protector 守護者
守护者
shu go sha / shugoshashǒu hù zhě
shou3 hu4 zhe3
shou hu zhe
shouhuzhe
shou hu che
shouhuche
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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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