Japanese Honor in Japanese...

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  1. Honor

  2. Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

  3. Glory and Honor

  4. Respect / Honor / Esteem

  5. Love and Honor

  6. Loyalty

  7. Strength and Honor

  8. Love and Honor

  9. Respect, Honor, Truth

10. Honor Courage Commitment

11. Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

12. Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision

13. Integrity

14. Man of Remarkable Character / Hero

15. Honorable Death - No Surrender

16. Mutual Respect

17. Relationship

18. Respectful Heart

19. Respect

20. Guanxi


Honor (Japanese / Simplified version)

míng yù
meiyo
Honor (Japanese / Simplified version) Scroll

This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation.

It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions - see our other "honor" listing for that).

譽 Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. You can make a special request for the traditional second character as shown to the right (just click on that character to the right of you want to order that version). Before WWII, both Japan and China used the traditional form but modern Japanese and Chinese use this simplified form. Koreans still use the traditional form when they are not writing in their modern Hangul glyphs.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

cāo shǒu
soushu
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor Scroll

操守 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor/honour.

The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honor/honour, and/or faith.

The second character means to defend, guard, keep watch, be observant.

So, this is about being observant of, and guarding your integrity and honor.

Glory and Honor

róng
ei
Glory and Honor Scroll

榮 relates to giving someone a tribute or praise.

It's a little odd as a gift, so this may not be the best selection for a wall scroll.

I've made this entry just because this character is often misused as "honorable" or "keeping your honor". It's not quite the same meaning, as this usually refers to a tribute or giving an honor to someone.

榮 is often found in tattoo books incorrectly listed as the western idea of personal honor or being honorable. Check with us before you get a tattoo that does not match the meaning you are really looking for. As a tattoo, this suggests that you either have a lot of pride in yourself or that you have a wish for prosperity for you and/or your family.

栄In modern Japanese Kanji, glory and honor looks like the image to the right.

There is a lot of confusion about this character, so here are some alternate translations for this character: prosperous, flourishing, blooming (like a flower), glorious beauty, proud, praise, rich, or it can be the family name "Rong". The context in which the character is used can change the meaning between these various ideas.

In the old days, this could be an honor paid to someone by the Emperor (basically a designation by the Emperor that a person has high standing).

To sum it up: 榮 has a positive meaning, however, it's a different flavor than the idea of being honorable and having integrity.

Respect / Honor / Esteem

zūn jìng
sonkei
Respect / Honor / Esteem Scroll

尊敬 is how to express the ideas of respect, honor, reverence, esteem, nobility, and sometimes the state of being noble, all in one word. Most of the time this is used in the form of "giving respect" but depending on context, it can suggest that you should try to be "worthy of respect".

Although pronounced differently, the Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are the same across these languages. 尊敬 is an indication that this word is very old, and crosses many barriers and cultures in the Orient (East Asia).

Love and Honor

ai to homa re
Love and Honor Scroll

愛と譽れ means to love and honor in Japanese.

The first Kanji is literally "love".
The second character just acts to connect the ideas like "and" or "with".
The last two Kanji mean "honor" or "honour". 愛と譽れ is the kind of honor that suggests you are praising or admiring someone.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Love and Honor

zhōng chéng
chuu sei
Loyalty Scroll

Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.

Notes:
1. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

2. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.

3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.


See Also:  Honor | Trust | Integrity | Sincerity

Strength and Honor

chikara to mei yo
Strength and Honor Scroll

力と名譽 is, "strength and honor" in Japanese Kanji (with one Hiragana).

The first Kanji is understood as strength, power, or force.

The second character is a connecting particle like, "and" or "with".

The last two Kanji mean honor, honour, credit, or prestige. This last word is also used in the Bushido code to mean honor.

Love and Honor

ai to keii
Love and Honor Scroll

愛と敬意 is a Japanese phrase that means "Love and Honor" or "Love and Respect".

There's a few ways to express this idea in Japanese, so you may see other versions used.

Respect, Honor, Truth

keii meiyo shinjitsu
Respect, Honor, Truth Scroll

This means "Respect, Honor, Truth" in Japanese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Honor Courage Commitment

meiyo yuuki ketsui
Honor Courage Commitment Scroll

This means "Honor, Courage, Commitment" in Japanese.

名譽勇気決意 is a common military phrase in English used in the Navy and Marines.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

xìn yì
shingi
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty Scroll

信義 is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation.

To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".

Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision

Also means: honor loyalty morality righteousness
gi
Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision Scroll

義 is about doing the right thing or making the right decision, not because it's easy but because it's ethically and morally correct.

No matter the outcome or result, one does not lose face if tempering proper justice.

義 can also be defined as righteousness, justice, morality, honor, or "right conduct". In more a more expanded definition, it can mean loyalty to friends, loyalty to the public good, or patriotism. This idea of loyalty and friendship comes from the fact that you will treat those you are loyal to with morality and justice.

義 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius doctrine.

儀 There's also an alternate version of this character sometimes seen in Bushido or Korean Taekwondo tenets. It's just the addition of a radical on the left side of the character. If you want this version, click on the image to the right instead of the button above.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Judgment | Impartial | Confucius Tenets

zhèng zhí
shoujiki
Integrity Scroll

Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.

Japanese jikiPlease note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.

Note: This entry is cross-listed as "honesty" because it also fits that definition.


Beyond Integrity, this word also means "upright" and "honest" in Chinese. Means "integrity," "honesty" or "frankness" in Japanese.


See Also:  Honor | Honesty | Truth | Trust

Man of Remarkable Character / Hero

ketsubutsu
Man of Remarkable Character / Hero Scroll

This Japanese title can mean, "great man", "heroic figure", or "remarkable character".

You would be giving someone a great honor by presenting this wall scroll to them as a gift.

Honorable Death - No Surrender

gyokusai shugi
Honorable Death - No Surrender Scroll

This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender", or simply "No surrender".

If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide", or "Ideology of honorable death".

玉砕主義 is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Mutual Respect

xiāng hù zūn zhòng
sougo sonchou
Mutual Respect Scroll

相互尊重 means mutual respect in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first two characters are a word that means each other, mutual or reciprocal.

The last two characters are a word that means to respect, honor, value, eminent, or hold in high esteem.

Relationship

Most common Japanese version
guān xì
kan kei
Relationship Scroll

The dictionary definition is:
relation, relationship, connection, participation, involvement, concern, influence, effect, related to, connected to, or as a suffix to sexual it can mean sexual relations or relationship.

But there's more to it...

In Japan, your relationship that you have with certain people can open doors for you. Having this relationship with someone also means they would never rip you off but instead are honor-bound to treat you fairly.


See our Chinese Guanxi entry for more information. This term is used in very similar ways in China, Japan, and Korea.


See Also:  Guanxi

Respectful Heart

zūn jìng xīn
son kei shin
Respectful Heart Scroll

尊敬心 means respectful heart in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

The root is 尊敬 which means respect, honor, reverence, esteem, and/or nobility. Therefore, you can also define this as honorable heart, reverent heart, noble heart, etc.

In ancient times, it was thought your brain was the heart in your chest. Therefore, 心 or heart can also mean "mind". Hence, 尊敬心 can also be translated as respectful mind, honorable mind, etc.

You'll see 尊敬心 romanized as Sonkeishin or Sonkeshin from Japanese.

Respect

Politeness, Gratitude and Propriety
rei
Respect Scroll

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

礼 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

礼, beyond respect, can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship or an expression of gratitude.

禮 Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use this simplified 礼 version of the original 禮 character for respect. 礼 also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. While 禮 is the traditional and original version, 礼 has been used as a shorthand version for many centuries. Click on the big 禮 character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese and older Japanese version.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Confucius

Guanxi

The Chinese Concept of Relationship and Exchange of Favors
guān xì
kankei
Guanxi Scroll

The dictionary definition is:
relations / relationship / to concern / to affect / to have to do with / connection.

But there's more to it...

In China, your relationship that you have with certain people can open doors for you. Having guanxi with someone also means they would never defraud you but instead are honor-bound to treat you fairly (of course, this goes both ways). Sometimes it is suggested that guanxi is the exchange of favors. I would say this is more having a relationship that allows you to ask for, and expect favors without shame.

There is no concept in western culture that exactly matches guanxi but perhaps having a social or professional network is similar.

Note that there are some variations common within Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for this word...

関Japanese tend to use a Chinese alternate form as shown to the right for
the first character.

關There's also another alternate form of that first character (currently used as the official Simplified form in mainland China) which looks like the character shown to the right. It's basically the central radical of the alternate version shown above but without the "door radical" around it. In more free-flowing calligraphy styles, this version would be the likely choice for a calligrapher.

係In Modern Japanese, they use the character shown to the right.
They also tend to use this same form in Korean Hanja (I've only checked this word in my Korean dictionary but it has not been confirmed by a translator's review).

系If that was not confusing enough, there is another alternate form of that second character. See right.

An Asian calligrapher of any nationality may use any of these forms at their discretion. However, They would tend to stick to the most common form used in their respective languages.

If you have any preference on any of these issues, please give us a special note with your order, and we'll make sure it's done the way you want.




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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
Honor (Japanese
Simplified version)
名譽
名誉
meiyomíng yù / ming2 yu4 / ming yu / mingyuming yü / mingyü
Fidelity
Personal Integrity
Honor
操守soushu / soshucāo shǒu / cao1 shou3 / cao shou / caoshouts`ao shou / tsaoshou / tsao shou
Glory and Honor
荣 / 栄
eiróng / rong2 / rongjung
Respect
Honor
Esteem
尊敬sonkeizūn jìng / zun1 jing4 / zun jing / zunjingtsun ching / tsunching
Love and Honor愛と譽れ
愛と誉れ
ai to homa re
aitohomare
Loyalty忠誠
忠诚
chuu sei / chuusei / chu sei / chuseizhōng chéng
zhong1 cheng2
zhong cheng
zhongcheng
chung ch`eng
chungcheng
chung cheng
Strength and Honor力と名譽
力と名誉
chikara to mei yo
chikaratomeiyo
Love and Honor愛と敬意ai to keii / aitokeii / ai to kei / aitokei
Respect, Honor, Truth敬意, 名譽, 真実
敬意, 名誉, 真実
keii meiyo shinjitsu
keiimeiyoshinjitsu
kei meiyo shinjitsu
keimeiyoshinjitsu
Honor Courage Commitment名譽, 勇気, 決意
名誉, 勇気, 決意
meiyo yuuki ketsui
meiyoyuukiketsui
meiyo yuki ketsui
meiyoyukiketsui
Faithful
Honorable
Trustworthy
Fidelity
Loyalty
信義
信义
shingixìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyihsin i / hsini
Justice
Rectitude
Right Decision

giyì / yi4 / yii
Integrity正直shoujiki / shojikizhèng zhí
zheng4 zhi2
zheng zhi
zhengzhi
cheng chih
chengchih
Man of Remarkable Character
Hero
傑物
杰物
ketsubutsu
Honorable Death - No Surrender玉砕主義gyokusai shugi
gyokusaishugi
Mutual Respect相互尊重sougo sonchou
sougosonchou
sogo soncho
sogosoncho
xiāng hù zūn zhòng
xiang1 hu4 zun1 zhong4
xiang hu zun zhong
xianghuzunzhong
hsiang hu tsun chung
hsianghutsunchung
Relationship關繫 / 関繫 / 關係
関係
kan kei / kankeiguān xì / guan1 xi4 / guan xi / guanxikuan hsi / kuanhsi
Respectful Heart尊敬心son kei shin
sonkeishin
zūn jìng xīn
zun1 jing4 xin1
zun jing xin
zunjingxin
tsun ching hsin
tsunchinghsin
Respect
reilǐ / li3 / li
Guanxi關繫 / 関繫 / 關係
关系 / 関係
kankeiguān xì / guan1 xi4 / guan xi / guanxikuan hsi / kuanhsi
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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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