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Shinto

shén dào
shin tou / shin dou
Shinto Scroll

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

okami / daijin
Okami / God Scroll

大神 is Okami, 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

amaterasu oomikami
Amaterasu Oomikami Scroll

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) or 天照皇大神 (with 皇 added in the middle).

tiān gǒu
ten gu
Tengu Scroll

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
ka nai an zen
Safety and Well-Being of the Family Scroll

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.


See Also:  Peace and Prosperity


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
shinto / shindo
shén dào / shen2 dao4 / shen dao / shendaoshen tao / shentao
Okami
God
大神okami / daijin
Amaterasu Oomikami天照大神amaterasu oomikami
amaterasuoomikami
amaterasu omikami
amaterasuomikami
Tengu天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangout`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou
Safety and Well-Being of the Family家內安全
家内安全
ka nai an zen
kanaianzen
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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