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Shogun / Japanese General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
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In the west, when someone mentions "Shogun" we may be filled with thoughts of gallant warriors. Some might even think of the TV mini-series with Richard Chamberlain. Often westerners use the words Samurai and Shogun interchangeably. So I will clear it up really quickly...

Shogun in the simplest definition is a General. You could also use words such as commander, lord, overlord, highest ranking, or commanding officer, since "Shogun" has held some slightly ambiguous meanings at times in Japanese history.

Sometimes a Shogun was a general, other times he was the leader of a military government in Japan.

Variants of the same characters are used in China for the rank and title of a General of the People's Liberation Army (and the same term and characters have been used for the last 2200 years since the Qin Dynasty).

Chinese or Korean Army General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
Chinese or Korean Army General Wall Scroll

There is a slight variation in the way the first character is written. This is the more Chinese and Korean Hanja version. So if you want to specifically refer to a Chinese or Korean General, this is the way. Japanese people would still easily identify this as "shogun."

Note: This term is also used for Admiral in Korean in certain context (if you need a better title for Admiral, just let me know).


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin shàng / shang4
Taiwan shang
Japanese noboru のぼる
 takashi たかし
 susumu すすむ
 jouji / joji じょうじ
 jou / jo じょう
 sakigami さきがみ
 kouzaki / kozaki こうざき
 kou / ko こう
 kamura かん
 kamiyanagi かむら
 kamino かみやなぎ
 kami かみの
 kano かみ
 kado かの
 uwa かど
 ueyanagi うわ
 ueyagi うえやなぎ
 uetsuru うえやぎ
 uetaka うえつる
 uezaki うえたか
 uesaki うえざき
 ue うえさき
Chinese on top; upon; above; upper; previous; first (of multiple parts); to climb; to get onto; to go up; to attend (class or university); see 上聲|上声[shang3 sheng1]
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) from the standpoint of; as a matter of (e.g. fact); in the field of; being of the type of; (2) aboard (a ship or vehicle); on top of; on; above; (3) first volume (e.g. book); (n,pref) (4) superior quality; best; top; high class; (5) going up; (6) governmental; imperial; (7) presenting; showing; (prefix) (8) ana- (medical, biol.); (1) upper reaches (of a river); upper stream; (2) top; upper part; upper half (of the body); (3) long ago; (4) beginning; first; (5) (honorific or respectful language) person of high rank (e.g. the emperor); (6) government; imperial court; (7) imperial capital (i.e. Kyoto); capital region (i.e. Kansai); region (or direction of) the imperial palace; (8) head (of a table); (9) (honorific or respectful language) wife; mistress (of a restaurant); (n,pref) upper; upward; outer; surface; top; (n,adj-no,n-adv,n-suf) (1) above; up; over; elder (e.g. daughter); (2) top; summit; (3) surface; on; (4) before; previous; (5) superiority; one's superior (i.e. one's elder); (6) on top of that; besides; what's more; (7) upon (further inspection, etc.); based on (and occurring after); (8) matters concerning...; as concerns ...; (9) since (i.e. "for that reason"); (suffix noun) (10) (honorific or respectful language) suffix indicating higher social standing; (11) (archaism) place of one's superior (i.e. the throne); (12) (archaism) emperor; sovereign; shogun; daimyo; (13) (archaism) noblewoman (esp. the wife of a nobleman); (surname) Noboru; (given name) Takashi; (given name) Susumu; (surname) Jouji; (surname) Jou; (surname) Sakigami; (surname) Kouzaki; (surname) Kou; (place-name) Kamura; (surname) Kamiyanagi; (place-name) Kamino; (place-name, surname) Kami; (place-name) Kano; (surname) Kado; (place-name) Uwa; (surname) Ue
uttarā 嗢呾羅; above upper, superior; on; former. To ascend, offer to a superior.

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中奥

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Japanese nakaoku なかおく
Japanese area of the Edo castle where the shogun would work and spend his daily life; (place-name, surname) Nakaoku

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上使

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Japanese joushi / joshi じょうし
Japanese shogun's envoy; emissary

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上様

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Japanese kamisama かみさま
 uezama うえざま
 uesama うえさま
Japanese (1) emperor; shogun; (2) honored person (honoured)

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上意

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Mandarin shàng yì / shang4 yi4
Taiwan shang i
Japanese joui / joi じょうい
Japanese will or decree (esp. of shogun); emperor's wishes
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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便所

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Mandarin biàn suǒ / bian4 suo3
Taiwan pien so
Japanese benjo べんじょ
 binsho びんしょ
Chinese (dialect) toilet; privy
Japanese toilet; lavatory; rest room; latrine; comfort station; (archaism) hairdresser's room in the residence of the shogun or a noble
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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台名

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Japanese taimei / taime たいめい
Japanese command of a shogun or a high official

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大奥

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Japanese oooku おおおく
Japanese inner palace (in Edo Castle); palace's ladies chambers; shogun's harem; (surname) Oooku

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大旆

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Japanese taihai たいはい
Japanese banner (imperial, shogun, etc.); standard

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天下

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Mandarin tiān xià / tian1 xia4
Taiwan t`ien hsia / tien hsia
Japanese tenka てんか
 amori あもり
 amashita あました
Chinese land under heaven; the whole world; the whole of China; realm; rule
Japanese (1) the whole world; (2) the whole country; (3) society; the public; (4) supremacy over a nation; government of a country; the ruling power; (5) having one's own way; doing as one pleases; (can be adjective with の) (6) peerless; incomparable; superlative; world-famous; (7) (archaism) shogun (Edo period); (given name) Tenka; (place-name) Amori; (surname) Amashita
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

定番

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Japanese jouban / joban じょうばん
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) standard; routine; regular; basic; staple; (noun/participle) (1) standing guard; watchman; (2) watchman at the shogun's palaces (Edo period); (place-name) Jouban

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将軍

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Japanese shougun / shogun しょうぐん
Japanese general; shogun
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幕府

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Mandarin mù fǔ / mu4 fu3
Taiwan mu fu
Japanese bakufu ばくふ
Chinese (orig.) tents forming the offices of a commanding officer; administration of a military government; (medieval Japan) "bakufu", administration of the shogun
Japanese bakufu; shogunate

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御台

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Japanese midai みだい
Japanese wife of a shogun or a highest-ranking nobleman; (1) (abbreviation) dining table; (2) (abbreviation) (archaism) (feminine speech) cooked rice; (place-name) Midai

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徒組

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Japanese kachigumi かちぐみ
Japanese winners (those who have succeeded socially, economically, etc.); bodyguards in service of the shogun who would walk ahead of him on an outing(Edo period)

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公方

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Japanese kubou / kubo くぼう
 kimikata きみかた
Japanese public affairs; the court; the shogun; the shogunate; (given name) Kubou; (surname) Kimikata

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国人

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Japanese kunihito くにひと
 kunito くにと
Chinese See: 國人
Japanese (1) indigenous person; inhabitant of a country; (2) local lords and samurai; (1) indigenous person; inhabitant of a country; (2) local; native; (3) local lords and samurai; (1) indigenous person; inhabitant of a country; (2) local lords and samurai; (3) daimyo who did not leave his domains to meet the shogun in Kyoto (during the Muromachi period); (given name) Kunihito; (given name) Kunito

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旗本

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Japanese hatamoto はたもと
Japanese shogunal vassal; direct retainer of a shogun; (surname) Hatamoto

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愛妾

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Japanese aishou / aisho あいしょう
Japanese beloved concubine; favourite concubine (e.g. of the shogun)

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町触

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Japanese machifure まちふれ
Japanese town order (Edo period); order issued by a shogun or daimyo affecting a whole town, and passed on by town officials.

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直参

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Japanese jikisan じきさん
Japanese immediate follower (of the shogun)

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直臣

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Japanese naomi なおみ
 naoomi なおおみ
 tadaomi ただおみ
Japanese (obscure) immediate follower (of the shogun); (given name) Naomi; (given name) Naoomi; (personal name) Tadaomi

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老中

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Japanese oinaka おいなか
Japanese member of shogun's council of elders; (surname) Oinaka

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鬢所

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Japanese binsho びんしょ
Japanese (archaism) hairdresser's room in the residence of the shogun or a noble

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お膝下

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Japanese ohizamoto おひざもと
Japanese home territory of a powerful figure; Imperial Court; businessman's turf; Shogun's headquarters

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お膝元

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Japanese ohizamoto おひざもと
Japanese home territory of a powerful figure; Imperial Court; businessman's turf; Shogun's headquarters

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お膝許

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Japanese ohizamoto おひざもと
Japanese home territory of a powerful figure; Imperial Court; businessman's turf; Shogun's headquarters

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ご朱印

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Japanese goshuin ごしゅいん
Japanese letter bearing the shogun's scarlet seal

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中小姓

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Japanese chuugoshou / chugosho ちゅうごしょう
Japanese low class samurai, who guarded the shogun on outings (Edo period)

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中小性

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Japanese chuugoshou / chugosho ちゅうごしょう
Japanese low class samurai, who guarded the shogun on outings (Edo period)

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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
Shogun
Japanese General
將軍
将军
shougun / shogunjiāng jūn
jiang1 jun1
jiang jun
jiangjun
chiang chün
chiangchün
Chinese or Korean Army General 將軍
将军
shougun / shogunjiāng jūn
jiang1 jun1
jiang jun
jiangjun
chiang chün
chiangchün
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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