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Shogun / Japanese General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
Shogun / Japanese General Vertical Wall Scroll

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

There is a slight variation in the way the first character is written. 將軍 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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Mandarin shàng // shǎng / shang4 // shang3
Taiwan shang
Japanese jou / jo / じょう    kami / かみ    uwa / うわ    ue / うえ
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) (See 下・げ・2,上巻) 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) (ant: 下・しも・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) (See 御上・1) person of high rank (e.g. the emperor); (6) government; imperial court; (7) (See 上方・かみがた) 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) (as ...上は) since (i.e. "for that reason"); (suffix noun) (10) (honorific or respectful language) (See 父上) 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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Japanese joushi / joshi / じょうし Japanese shogun's envoy; emissary


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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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Japanese uesama;uezama;kamisama / うえさま;うえざま;かみさま Japanese (1) emperor; shogun; (2) honored person (honoured); (3) (かみさま only) (polite language) (another person's) wife


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



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Mandarin shèng qún / sheng4 qun2
Taiwan sheng ch`ün / sheng chün
Japanese shōgun
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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


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Japanese kokujin(p);kunibito;kokunin;kuniudo;kunyuudo / kokujin(p);kunibito;kokunin;kuniudo;kunyudo / こくじん(P);くにびと;こくにん;くにうど;くにゅうど Japanese (1) indigenous person; inhabitant of a country; (2) (くにびと only) local; native; (3) local lords and samurai; (4) (くにうど, くにゅうど only) (See ざいこくしゅう) 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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Japanese oooku / おおおく Japanese (See 江戸城) inner palace (in Edo Castle); palace's ladies chambers; shogun's harem; (surname) Oooku


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


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Mandarin tiān xià / tian1 xia4
Taiwan t`ien hsia / tien hsia
Japanese tenka(p);tenga;tenge / てんか(P);てんが;てんげ
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


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Japanese tenryou / tenryo / てんりょう Japanese (1) imperial lands; (2) shogun's demesne; (place-name) Tenryou


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Japanese teiban / teban / ていばん    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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Japanese shougun / shogun / しょうぐん Japanese general; shogun


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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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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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Japanese midai / みだい    odai / おだい Japanese wife of a shogun or a highest-ranking nobleman; (1) (abbreviation) (See 御台盤・1) dining table; (2) (abbreviation) (archaism) (feminine speech) (secret language of court ladies) (See 御台盤・2) cooked rice; (place-name) Midai


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


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


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


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Japanese jikishin / じきしん Japanese (obscure) (See 直参・じきさん) immediate follower (of the shogun); (given name) Naomi; (given name) Naoomi; (personal name) Tadaomi


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Japanese roujuu;roujuu / roju;roju / ろうじゅう;ろうぢゅう Japanese member of shogun's council of elders; (surname) Oinaka



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Mandarin shèng jun / sheng4 jun1
Taiwan sheng chün
Japanese Shōgun
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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

Search for Shogun 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
Japanese General
shougun / shogunjiāng jūn
jiang1 jun1
jiang jun
chiang chün
Chinese or Korean Army General將軍
shougun / shogunjiāng jūn
jiang1 jun1
jiang jun
chiang chün
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