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Shrine in Chinese / Japanese...

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Holy Land

China shèng dì
Japan seichi
Holy Land Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be titled or translated a lot of different ways: sacred ground, the Holy Land, Holy city, sacred place, Holy ground, or shrine. I have actually seen all of these English translations used when coming from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Guardian / Defender

China wèi shì
Japan eishi
Guardian / Defender Vertical Wall Scroll

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.


China sēn
Japan mori
Forest Vertical Wall Scroll

森 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for forest.

This can also refer to a dense forest-like place or thing. It can also refer to a shrine grove or sacred grove (a forest of religious significance).

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin sēn / sen1
Taiwan sen
Japanese mori / もり
Forest Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese forest; Mori (Japanese surname)
Japanese (1) forest; (2) shrine grove; (surname) Morihama; (personal name) Moritsugu; (surname) Moritaka; (personal name) Morizumi; (surname) Morisugi; (personal name) Morisue; (surname) Morizaki; (surname) Morisaki; (personal name) Morikatsu; (p,s,f) Mori; (female given name) Mitsuki; (personal name) Noriyuki; (surname) Tsurumori; (surname, given name) Shin; (female given name) Shizuka; (surname, given name) Shigeru; (personal name) Oota
Dense, forest-like.



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Mandarin shī zi // shī zǐ / shi1 zi5 // shi1 zi3
Taiwan shih tzu // shih
Japanese 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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Mandarin wáng zǐ / wang2 zi3
Taiwan wang tzu
Japanese ouji / oji / おうじ
Forest Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese prince; son of a king
Japanese (1) prince; (2) subordinate Kumano shrine; (female given name) Kimiko; (surname) Ooji; (place-name, surname) Ouji; (surname, female given name) Ouko


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Japanese shinkou;jinkou / shinko;jinko / しんこう;じんこう
Forest Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese {Shinto} (See 神体) 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 shèng dì / sheng4 di4
Taiwan sheng ti
Japanese seichi / sechi / せいち
Chinese holy land (of a religion); sacred place; shrine; holy city (such as Jerusalem, Mecca etc); center of historic interest
Japanese sacred place; holy ground; the Holy Land; (place-name) Seichi
stage of enlightenment



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Mandarin wèi shì / wei4 shi4
Taiwan wei shih
Japanese eji;eishi / eji;eshi / えじ;えいし
Chinese guardian; defender
Japanese (1) soldiers of the ritsuryo system that guarded gates of the imperial palace, the court, etc.; (2) term used in error to refer to young men that were made to do forced labour in the ritsuryo system; (3) guards originally stationed at the grand shrine at Ise and shrine at Atsuta, Nagoya to protect the officials there; (given name) Eiji

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Mandarin shā // chà / sha1 // cha4
Taiwan sha // ch`a / sha // cha
Chinese to brake; Buddhist monastery, temple or shrine (abbr. for 剎多羅, Sanskrit ksetra)
Japanese See:

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Mandarin táng / tang2
Taiwan t`ang / tang
Japanese dou / do / どう
Chinese (main) hall; large room for a specific purpose; CL:間|间[jian1]; relationship between cousins etc on the paternal side of a family; of the same clan; classifier for classes, lectures etc; classifier for sets of furniture
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) temple; shrine; chapel; (2) hall; (suffix) (3) (suffix attached to the names of some businesses, stores, etc.) company; (n,n-suf,n-pref) (4) (archaism) (See 表座敷) front room; (surname) Douzaki; (surname) Dou; (surname) Takadono; (given name) Keidou
prāsāda. A hall, temple, court.

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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese miya / みや    kyuu / kyu / きゅう
Chinese palace; temple; castration (as corporal punishment); first note in pentatonic scale; surname Gong
Japanese (1) shrine; (2) palace; imperial residence; (3) (honorific or respectful language) member of the imperial family; (4) headboard (on a bed); headstand; (5) (archaism) temple; (1) palace; (2) (See 五音) tonic (of the Japanese & Chinese pentatonic scale); (3) (abbreviation) (See 宮刑) ancient Chinese punishment (castration for men, or confinement for women); (n,n-suf) (4) (See 十二宮) zodiacal sign; (surname) Miyataka; (surname) Miyazaki; (surname) Miyasariki; (surname) Miyasaki; (surname) Miyagiki; (p,s,f) Miya; (surname) Tsukasa; (personal name) Gon; (personal name) Kyuuji; (personal name) Kyuu; (surname) Kimo
A palace, mansion; a eunuch.

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Mandarin miào / miao4
Taiwan miao
Japanese byou / byo / びょう
Chinese temple; ancestral shrine; CL:座[zuo4]; temple fair; great imperial hall; imperial
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) mausoleum; (2) shrine; (3) the (imperial) court
A fane, temple, palace; an intp. of caitya, cf. 支; mausoleum

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Mandarin/ du4
Taiwan tu
Japanese mori / もり
Chinese birchleaf pear (tree); to stop; to prevent; to restrict; surname Du
Japanese (1) forest; (2) shrine grove; (surname, female given name) Mori; (personal name) Dou; (surname) To
Stop, prevent; azalea; to close

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Mandarin xx / xx5
Taiwan xx
Japanese sakaki / さかき
Chinese (Japanese kokuji) sakaki (Cleyera japonica), evergreen tree used in Shinto to decorate sacred spaces
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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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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Mandarin shè / she4
Taiwan she
Japanese yashiro / やしろ    sha / しゃ
Chinese society; group; club; agency; (old) god of the land
Japanese shrine (usually Shinto); (n,n-suf) (1) (abbreviation) (See 会社) 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 shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Chinese stone shrine

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Mandarin/ ci2
Taiwan tz`u / tzu
Japanese hokora / ほこら
Chinese shrine; to offer a sacrifice
Japanese (kana only) hokora; small wayside shrine
The spring ancestral sacrifice; the spring; ancestral temple, tablet, etc.

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Mandarin kān / kan1
Taiwan k`an / kan
Japanese gan / がん
Chinese niche; shrine
Japanese (1) niche or alcove for an image; (2) (in Okinawa) portable shrine used to move a deceased from their house to the graveyard
A shrine; a cabinet, box; a coffin (for a monk); to contain.


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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 gobyou / gobyo / ごびょう Japanese (1) (honorific or respectful language) mausoleum; (2) (honorific or respectful language) shrine; (3) (honorific or respectful language) the (imperial) court


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Mandarin yī táng / yi1 tang2
Taiwan i t`ang / i tang
Japanese ichidou / ichido / いちどう
Japanese (1) one building (hall, temple, shrine, room); (2) same room; same place; same building; (surname) Ichidou
single seat



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Mandarin shàng gōng / shang4 gong1
Taiwan shang kung
Japanese jouguu / jogu / じょうぐう
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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Japanese geguu / gegu / げぐう 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 chuuguu / chugu / ちゅうぐう Japanese (1) (See 三后) 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) (See 皇居) demesne of the imperial palace; (place-name, surname) Nakamiya; (surname) Nakanomiya; (given name) Chuuguu


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Japanese sakan;shuten;soukan(ok) / sakan;shuten;sokan(ok) / さかん;しゅてん;そうかん(ok) Japanese (1) (archaism) (See 四等官) secretary (lowest of the four administrative ranks of the ritsuryo system); (2) (しゅてん only) (obsolete) (See 禰宜・1) shrine official (ranking below a negi); (personal name) Shuten; (personal name) Kiminori


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Japanese imamiya / いまみや Japanese (1) newly born imperial prince; (2) newly constructed (branch) shrine; (place-name, surname) Imamiya


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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 karimiya / かりみや Japanese temporary shrine; (place-name) Karimiya


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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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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Holy Land聖地
seichishèng dì / sheng4 di4 / sheng di / shengdisheng ti / shengti
eishiwèi shì / wei4 shi4 / wei shi / weishiwei shih / weishih
Forestmorisēn / sen1 / sen
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