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China shén dào
Japan shin tou / shin dou

神道 is how to write Shinto, a Japanese national religion.

The meaning is "Way of the Gods."

This term also has meaning for Chinese Buddhists where it means the spirit world of devas, asuras, and pretas. It can also be understood as doctrines concerning the soul.

Okami / God

Japan okami / daijin
Okami / God

大神 is Okami. It is an honorific title for God (used in Shinto and other religions). If you directly translate this, you get something like, "Big Spirit" or "Great Spirit."

There are other titles that romanize as "Okami" in Japanese, so make sure this is the right meaning for you. Another common okami means wolf but is a completely different Kanji and meaning.

Amaterasu Oomikami

Japan amaterasu oomikami
Amaterasu Oomikami

天照大神 is the Japanese Shinto deity often referred to as the Sun Goddess.

The full name is often romanized as Amaterasu Oomikami/Omikami.
Sometimes also written as 天照大御神 (just the addition of 御 near the end).


China tiān gǒu
Japan ten gu

天狗 is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as, "heavenly dog."

Tengu are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings).

The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese any more. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)

Although the title contains the word "dog," the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.

Safety and Well-Being of the Family

Kanai Anzen
Japan ka nai an zen
Safety and Well-Being of the Family

家內安全 is kind of the Japanese way of saying, "Family First." It's really a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family, and/or, peace and prosperity in the household.

Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji on it. The purpose being to keep your family safe from harm.

According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep members of the family free from harm.

We were actually looking for a way to say "family first" in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't literally say "family first," it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.

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Mandarin xìn tú / xin4 tu2
Taiwan hsin t`u / hsin tu
Japanese shinto しんと
Chinese believer
Japanese layman; believer; adherent; follower; laity
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Mandarin shī zi // shī zǐ / shi1 zi5 // shi1 zi3
Taiwan shih tzu // shih
Japanese chishi ちし
 shishizaki ししざき
 shishi しし
Chinese lion; CL:隻|只[zhi1],頭|头[tou2]; Leo (star sign); Shihtzu township in Pingtung County 屏東縣|屏东县[Ping2 dong1 Xian4], Taiwan
Japanese (1) lion; (2) left-hand guardian dog at a Shinto shrine; (place-name) Chishi; (surname) Shishizaki; (place-name, surname) Shishi
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Japanese miyuki みゆき
 jinkou / jinko じんこう
 shinkou / shinko しんこう
Japanese (Shinto) transferring a shintai in a portable shrine, e.g. to another shrine or to a ceremony; (female given name) Miyuki; (place-name) Jinkou; (surname, given name) Shinkou
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Mandarin shén dào / shen2 dao4
Taiwan shen tao
Japanese jindou / jindo じんどう
 shindou / shindo しんどう
 shishidou / shishido ししどう
Chinese Shinto (Japanese religion)
Japanese Shinto; Shintoism; (surname) Jindou; (surname) Shindou; (surname) Shishidou
The spirit world of devas, asuras, and pretas. Psychology, or the doctrines concerning the soul. The teaching of Buddha. Shinto, the Way of the Gods, a Japanese national religion; the spiritual path
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Japanese kitou / kito きとう
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) prayer; grace (at meals); (2) (Shinto) (Buddhist term) exorcism

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Mandarin pú sà / pu2 sa4
Taiwan p`u sa / pu sa
Japanese mizoro みぞろ
Chinese Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) (Buddhist term) bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (n,n-suf) (1) (Buddhist term) bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (surname) Mizoro
bodhisattva, cf. 菩提薩埵. While the idea is not foreign to Hīnayāna, its extension of meaning is one of the chief marks of Mahāyāna. 'The Bodhisattva is indeed the characteristic feature of the Mahāyāna.' Keith. According to Mahāyāna the Hinayanists, i.e. the śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha, seek their own salvation, while the bodhisattva's aim is the salvation of others and of all. The earlier intp. of bodhisattva was 大道心衆生 all beings with mind for the truth; later it became 大覺有情 conscious beings of or for the great intelligence, or enlightenment. It is also intp. in terms of leadership, heroism, etc. In general it is a Mahayanist seeking Buddhahood, but seeking it altruistically; whether monk or layman, he seeks enlightenment to enlighten others, and he will sacrifice himself to save others; he is devoid of egoism and devoted to helping others. All conscious beings having the Buddha-nature are natural bodhisattvas, but require to undergo development. The mahāsattva is sufficiently advanced to become a Buddha and enter nirvāṇa, but according to his vow he remains in the realm of incarnation to save all conscious beings. A monk should enter on the arduous course of discipline which leads to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.
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Mandarin/ bi4
Taiwan pi
Japanese minematsu みねまつ
 hei / he へい
 fukumatsu ふくまつ
 fukuba ふくば
 fukugi ふくぎ
 fukuue / fukue ふくうえ
 nusa ぬさ
 shide しで
Chinese money; coins; currency; silk
Japanese (archaism) reward; present; gift; offering to the gods; (Shinto) staff with plaited paper streamers; (personal name) Minematsu; (surname) Hei; (personal name) Fukumatsu; (personal name) Fukuba; (personal name) Fukugi; (personal name) Fukuue; (surname) Nusa; (surname) Shide

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Mandarin chuí / chui2
Taiwan ch`ui / chui
Japanese sui すい
 shidaru しづ
 shizuri しだる
 shigeru しずり
Chinese to hang (down); droop; dangle; bend down; hand down; bequeath; nearly; almost; to approach
Japanese (1) zigzag-shaped paper streamer often used to adorn Shinto-related objects; (2) hornbeam (deciduous tree in the birch family); (surname) Sui; (female given name) Shidzu; (personal name) Shidaru; (female given name) Shizuri; (personal name) Shigeru
Drop, droop, let down, pass down; regard; to suspend

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Japanese shide しで
Japanese zigzag-shaped paper streamer often used to adorn Shinto-related objects

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Mandarin shén / shen2
Taiwan shen
Japanese tachibana たちばな
 sagaki さがき
 sakaki さかき
 kashiwa かしわ
Chinese sakaki tree (Japanese kokuji)
Japanese (1) sakaki (species of evergreen sacred to Shinto, Cleyera japonica); (2) evergreen (esp. one planted or used at a shrine); (personal name) Tachibana; (place-name) Sagaki; (surname, female given name) Sakaki; (surname) Kashiwa

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Mandarin biāo / biao1
Taiwan piao
Japanese maaku / maku まあく
 hyou / hyo ひょう
 shirube しるべ
 shimegi しめぎ
 shimeki しめき
 shime しめ
 kozue こずえ
Chinese mark; sign; label; to mark with a symbol, label, lettering etc; to bear (a brand name, registration number etc); prize; award; bid; target; quota; (old) the topmost branches of a tree; visible symptom; classifier for military units
Japanese guidance; guide; (1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) (Shinto) (abbreviation) rope used to cordon off consecrated areas or as a talisman against evil; (2) (archaism) cordoning off; cordoning-off sign; (female given name) Maaku; (surname) Hyou; (surname) Shirube; (surname) Shimegi; (surname) Shimeki; (surname) Shime; (female given name) Kozue
Signal, flag, banner; the troops under a particular banner; a notice, list, signboard, ticket; to publish; to explain

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Mandarin shè / she4
Taiwan she
Japanese yashiro やしろ
Chinese society; group; club; agency; (old) god of the land
Japanese shrine (usually Shinto); (n,n-suf) (1) (abbreviation) company; association; society; (2) regional Chinese god of the earth (or a village built in its honour); (ctr,suf) (3) counter for companies, shrines, etc.; (p,s,f) Yashiro
Gods of the land; a village, clan, society.

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Mandarin zhù / zhu4
Taiwan chu
Japanese yoshi よし
 megumi めぐみ
 munemoto むねもと
 munesue むねすえ
 hofuri ほふり
 hoori ほおり
 houri / hori ほうり
 hou / ho ほう
 hafuri はふり
 hajime はじめ
 norito のりと
 nori のり
 tsuu / tsu つう
 shuku しゅく
 shuu / shu しゅう
 ohori おほり
 iwao いわお
 iwae いわえ
 iwau いわう
 iwaishi いわいし
 iwai いわい
Chinese to wish; to express good wishes; to pray; (old) wizard; surname Zhu
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) congratulation; congratulations; celebration; festival; congratulatory gift; (1) (Shinto) junior Shinto priest; (2) (Shinto) (polite language) (obscure) Shinto priest; generic title for a member of the Shinto priesthood; (1) (abbreviation) public holiday; (prefix noun) (2) celebration; congratulation; congratulations; celebration; festival; congratulatory gift; (surname) Yoshi; (given name) Megumi; (personal name) Munemoto; (personal name) Munesue; (surname) Hori; (female given name) Hofuri; (surname) Hoori; (surname) Houri; (surname) Hou; (surname, female given name) Hafuri; (surname, given name) Hajime; (surname) Norito; (surname) Nori; (surname) Tsuu; (surname, female given name) Shuku; (surname) Shuu; (surname) Ohori; (personal name) Iwao; (female given name) Iwae; (personal name) Iwau; (place-name)
To invoke, either to bless or curse.

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Mandarin/ hu4
Taiwan hu
Japanese shaku しゃく
Chinese (old) ceremonial tablet (held by officials at an audience)
Japanese shaku (flat wooden or ivory baton carried in the right hand when in ceremonial imperial or Shinto garb)

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Japanese koma こま
Japanese (n,n-pref) (1) Korea (esp. the Goguryeo kingdom or the Goryeo dynasty); (2) (stone) guardian lion-dogs at Shinto shrine; (surname, female given name) Koma

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Japanese omiya おみや
Japanese Shinto shrine

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Japanese ofuda おふだ
 osatsu おさつ
Japanese type of household amulet or talisman, issued by a Shinto shrine, hung in the house for protection; bill; note (currency)

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Japanese gohei / gohe ごへい
Japanese (Shinto) (honorific or respectful language) staff with plaited paper streamers

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Japanese ryoube / ryobe りょうべ
 ryoubu / ryobu りょうぶ
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) two parts; both parts; (2) both realms (i.e. the Diamond Realm and the Womb Realm); (3) (abbreviation) Shinto-Buddhist amalgamation; (surname) Ryoube; (surname) Ryoubu

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Japanese nakamiya なかみや
 nakanomiya なかのみや
 chuuguu / chugu ちゅうぐう
Japanese (1) the empress, the empress dowager and the grand empress dowager; (2) emperor's second consort; (3) empress; palace of the empress; (4) building of a Shinto shrine built on middle ground; (5) demesne of the imperial palace; (place-name, surname) Nakamiya; (surname) Nakanomiya; (given name) Chuuguu

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Mandarin shàng gōng / shang4 gong1
Taiwan shang kung
Japanese jouguu / jogu じょうぐう
 kamiya かみや
 kamimiya かみみや
 kaminomiya かみのみや
 uemiya うえみや
 uenomiya うえのみや
Japanese building of a Shinto shrine complex built upon the highest ground; (place-name) Jouguu; (surname) Kamiya; (place-name, surname) Kamimiya; (surname) Kaminomiya; (surname) Uemiya; (surname) Uenomiya
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Mandarin sān jiào / san1 jiao4
Taiwan san chiao
Japanese mitsunori みつのり
Chinese the Three Doctrines (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism)
Japanese Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism; (given name) Mitsunori
The three teachings, i.e. 儒, 佛 (or 釋), and 道Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism; or, 孔, 老, 釋 Confucianism, Taoism (aIso known as 神敎), and Buddhism. In Japan they are Shinto, Confucianism, and Buddhism. In Buddhism the term is applied to the three periods of Śākyamuni's own teaching, of which there are several definitions: (1) The Jiangnan 南中 School describe his teaching as (a) 漸progressive or gradual; (b) 頓 immediate, i.e. as one whole, especially in the 華嚴經; and (c) 不定 or indeterminate. (2) 光統 Guangtong, a writer of the Iater Wei dynasty, describes the three as (a) 漸 progressive for beginners, i.e. from impermanence to permanence, from the void to reality, etc.; (b) 頓 immediate for the more advanced; and (c) 圓complete, to the most advanced, i.e. the Huayan as above. (3) The 三時敎q.v. (4) The 南山 Southern school deals with (a) the 性空of Hīnayāna; (b) 相空of Mahāyāna; and (c) 唯識圓 the perfect idealism. v. 行事鈔中 4. Tiantai accepts the division of 漸, 頓, and 不定 for pre-Lotus teaching, but adopts 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 perfect, with the Lotus as the perfect teaching; it also has the division of 三藏敎 , 通敎 , and 別敎 q.v.

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Japanese shimomiya しもみや
 shimonomiya しものみや
 shitamiya したみや
Japanese building of a Shinto shrine complex built upon the lowest ground; (place-name, surname) Shimomiya; (place-name) Shimonomiya; (place-name, surname) Shitamiya

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Japanese bukkei / bukke ぶっけい
Japanese act of visiting a Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple

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Japanese karidono かりどの
Japanese (Shinto) temporary shrine (houses the object in which the deity resides when main shrine is under repairs)

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Japanese nakamise なかみせ
Japanese nakamise; shops lining a passageway in the precincts of a Shinto shrine

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Japanese gusou / guso ぐそう
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) monk who attends to the principal image of a temple; (2) Buddhist monk serving at an attached Shinto shrine

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Japanese shuufutsu / shufutsu しゅばつ
 shuubatsu / shubatsu しゅうふつ
Japanese purification rite (esp. one held prior to a Shinto event)

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Mandarin dài fu // dà fū / dai4 fu5 // da4 fu1
Taiwan tai fu // ta
Japanese hiroo ひろお
 dayuu / dayu だゆう
 daibu だいぶ
 tayuu / tayu たゆう
Chinese doctor; physician; senior official (in imperial China)
Japanese (1) high-ranking noh actor; (2) head of a school of noh performance; (3) high ranking courtesan (esp. in Yoshiwara) (Edo-period); (4) joruri narrator; manzai narrator; (5) female role actor in kabuki; (6) low ranking priest in a Shinto shrine; high steward; grand master; (given name) Hiroo; (given name) Dayuu; (place-name) Daibu; (given name) Tayuu

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Mandarin dà shè / da4 she4
Taiwan ta she
Japanese taisha たいしゃ
 ooyashiro おおやしろ
 oomori おおもり
 ookoso おおこそ
Chinese Tashe township in Kaohsiung county 高雄縣|高雄县[Gao1 xiong2 xian4], southwest Taiwan
Japanese (1) (Shinto) grand shrine; famous shrine; (2) (Shinto) (abbreviation) Izumo Grand Shrine; (Shinto) (abbreviation) Izumo Grand Shrine; (place-name) Taisha; (surname) Ooyashiro; (surname) Oomori; (surname) Ookoso

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Search for Shinto 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
Shinto 神道shin tou / shin dou
shintou / shindou
shin to / shin do
shén dào / shen2 dao4 / shen dao / shendao shen tao / shentao
大神okami / daijin
Amaterasu Oomikami 天照大神amaterasu oomikami
amaterasu omikami
Tengu 天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangou t`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou
Safety and Well-Being of the Family 家內安全
ka nai an zen
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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