Have you ever wondered how the word Peace is written or spoken in Japanese? Many seek this word out of curiosity or simply to get a Tattoo. In this article we will share different ways and forms of saying Peace in Japanese.
The main word for Peace in Japanese is Heiwa [平和] which can also mean harmony. It can mean something like having a mild temperament; polite; peaceful and calm. What are the secrets behind these ideograms that make up Heiwa?
Tattooing a Peace Ideogram Mistakes
Many erroneously tattoo ideograms with the idea that it literally means peace. I found images of certain ideograms translated as peace on google myself, but it doesn’t mean that in either Japanese or Chinese language.
In fact, the two ideograms [平] and [和] make up the word peace, and both separate pass on the idea of peace. But people mistakenly present the word as meaning only peace, leaving and ignoring other meanings.
It is normal to tattoo only one ideogram instead of the whole word, so which of these ideograms to tattoo? It is difficult to answer this question as both mean Peace. By understanding the meaning of these ideograms, you will arrive at the correct option.
Peace in Japanese Style [和]
The ideogram [和] that many tattoo thinking it mainly means peace, is actually a word that refers to Japan. It is the ancient name of Japan, this ideogram is constantly used to refer to Japanese and traditional things.
The ideogram wa [和] was chosen to replace [倭] around 707 because it has the etymology Yamato, the ancient name of Japan. The ideogram can also be used with a sense of making peace or reconciling, entering into harmony.
The sense of peace in the ideogram [和] came to replace the ideogram node [閑] which means quiet, calm and peaceful. In China and Korea this ideogram [和] also passes on the idea of peace, but it is not the main ideogram to compose this meaning.
As the ideogram [和] is used to refer to traditional things in Japan such as art, music and objects. It may be difficult to find some words related to peace, but we will try to show them below:
|和やか||nagoyaka||light; calm; kind; harmonious; peaceful|
|和解||wakai||reconciliation; rapprochement; compromise; conciliation|
|和議||wagi||peace conference; peace negotiation|
|和む||nagomu||get softened up; relax|
|和睦||waboku||reconciliation; peace; rapprochement|
|和戦||wazen||war and peace; peace|
|和楽||waraku||peace and harmony|
Peace Ideogram in Japanese [平]
You definitely should not tattoo this ideogram [平]. Although it is present in the word Peace, and constantly being translated as peace, its true meaning is something flat, flat, something common, mediocre, a person of low status, a freshman or a novice.
Many end up using this ideogram as the first to compose the word peace in Japanese Heiwa [平和]. This ideogram is very generic and composes several words that have nothing to do with peace.
Nevertheless, hey [平] is present in many words with peace, including the period called the Period of Peace in Heian Japan.
See below some words related to peace that use the ideogram [平]:
|平安||heian||Japanese Period; peace; tranquility|
|平等||byoudou||equality; impartiality; uniformity|
|平均||heikin||average; balance; balance|
|平ら||taira||calm; peaceful; placid; compound; stable; relaxed|
|平気||heiki||coolness; calm; composure; carelessness|
|平静||heisei||calm; serenity; tranquility|
Peace in Chinese [安]
Although peace in Chinese is also Hepíng [平和] another common ideogram used in the Chinese language to refer to peace is [安]. It passes the idea of calm, peaceful, quiet and tranquil. It also passes the sense of comfortable; at ease; safe and satisfied.
In Japanese [安] he passes the idea of something cheap. But the ideogram can compose a few words with a sense of relaxation, cheap, low, calm, restful, happy and peaceful. Even the adjective yasui [安い] passes on that idea.
The word anzen [安全] passes on the idea of security. The word anshin [安心] means peace of mind or relief. See below some words in Japanese related to Peace that have the Chinese ideogram [安]:
|安心感||anshinkan||sense of security|
|安泰||antai||Peace; security; tranquility|
|安穏||annon||Peace; quiet; tranquility|
|安寧||annei||peace (public); stability; tranquility|
There are other Japanese words for peace, harmony and tranquillity. Some are adjectives, some are even verbs, let’s see below a list of other ways to say peace in Japanese and related words.
|穆穆||bokuboku||tranquil and kind; humble and worthy|
|無事||buji||security; peace; quiet|
|円満||anman||harmonious; peaceful; happy|
|楽||raku||comfort; ease; relief; in peace; relaxation|
|仲直り||nakanaori||reconciliation; making peace|
Another ideogram can pass on the idea of peace as [治] which means to reign, be at peace and calm down. We believe that the best ideogram to tattoo is [和] or [安], but it is up to you to decide an ideogram or word.
Peace Phrases in Japanese
I hope this article has helped you to understand the different ways of saying peace in Japanese. To finish the article, let’s leave some phrases about peace in Japanese:
ご冥福をお祈りします。 Gomeifuku wo inorishimasu May your soul rest in peace.
和平会談は再度失敗した. waheikaidan wa saidoshiipai The peace talks have failed again.
平和はとても大切です。 Heiwa wa totemo taisetsudesu Peace is very important
彼らは和睦を求めた。 karera wa waiboku wo motometa They asked for peace
日本はとても平和だ Nihon wa totemo Heiwa da Japan is very peaceful
私の望むのは安らぎと静けさだけです。 Watashi no nozo no wa yasuragi to shizuke sadake desu All I want is peace and quiet.