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The name Shogun in Chinese / Japanese...

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Shogun / Japanese General

 jiāng jūn
Shogun / Japanese General Scroll

将軍 or Shogun, in the simplest definition, is a General, but you could also use words such as commander, lord, overlord, highest ranking, or commanding officer.

The title “Shogun” has held some slightly ambiguous meanings at times in Japanese history.

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, but that's really not technically correct. In the case of the Samurai, the Shogun was a designated (by the emperor) leader of a gild of Samurai. In this context, the Shogun was a Samurai lord. Or effectively, a commanding officer of a company of Samurai - to put it in modern military terms.

Sometimes a Shogun was a general; other times, he was the leader of a military government in Japan - but not a front-line warrior like a Samurai.

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

 jiāng jūn
Chinese or Korean Army General Scroll

將軍 is the more Chinese and Korean Hanja version or General.

There is a slight variation in the way the first character is written compared to the Japanese Shogun (将軍) title. 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 a certain context (if you need a better title for Admiral, just let me know).

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Great Lord / Tycoon
(1) (honorific or respectful language) monarch; (2) (hist) (used during the Edo period in communications with other countries) shogun (of the Tokugawa government); (place-name) Ookimi


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 joushi / joshi
shogun's envoy; emissary


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shàng yì
    shang4 yi4
shang i
 joui / joi
will (esp. of shogun); decree; emperor's wishes
superior intention (?)


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


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


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 kubou / kubo
public affairs; the court; the shogun; the shogunate; (given name) Kubou



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shèng qún
    sheng4 qun2
sheng ch`ün
    sheng chün
greater than the herd


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 taimei / taime
command of a shogun or a high official


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 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
(1) indigenous person; inhabitant of a country; (2) (くにびと only) local; native; (3) (hist) local lords and samurai; (4) (くにうど, くにゅうど only) (hist) (See 在国衆) daimyo who did not leave his domains to meet the shogun in Kyoto (during the Muromachi period); (given name) Kunihito


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(See 江戸城) inner palace (in Edo Castle); palace's ladies chambers; shogun's harem; (surname) Oooku


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banner (imperial, shogun, etc.); standard


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tiān xià
    tian1 xia4
t`ien hsia
    tien hsia
 tenka(p); tenga; tenge
    てんか(P); てんが; てんげ
land under heaven; the whole world; the whole of China; realm; rule
(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
the world


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 tenryou / tenryo
(1) imperial lands; (2) shogun's demesne; (place-name) Tenryō


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 housho / hosho
(1) (See 奉書紙) hosho paper; (2) (hist) emperor's message; shogun's message


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 shougun / shogun
(1) general; (2) (abbreviation) (hist) (See 征夷大将軍・2) shogun


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mù fǔ
    mu4 fu3
mu fu
(orig.) tents forming the offices of a commanding officer; administration of a military government; (medieval Japan) "bakufu", administration of the shogun
(1) (hist) shogunate; bakufu; (2) (hist) shogun's headquarters; (3) (hist) (See 近衛) Imperial Guards office; residence of the Imperial Guards commander


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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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wife of a shogun or a highest-ranking nobleman; (place-name) Midai


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 aishou / aisho
(See めかけ) beloved concubine; favourite concubine (e.g. of the shogun)


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shogunal vassal; direct retainer of a shogun; (surname) Hatamoto


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offering (to a shogun, emperor, daimyo, kami or Buddha)


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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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immediate follower (of the shogun)


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(rare) (See 直参・じきさん) immediate follower (of the shogun); (given name) Naomi


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



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shèng jun
    sheng4 jun1
sheng chün


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(n,vs,vi) (honorific or respectful language) return (of the emperor, empress, shogun, etc.)


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(adj-na,adj-no) (1) secret; clandestine; covert; stealthy; (2) (hist) spy (for a daimyo, shogun, etc.); secret agent


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(archaism) hairdresser's room in the residence of the shogun or a noble


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home territory of a powerful figure; Imperial Court; businessman's turf; Shogun's headquarters

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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
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
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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