Peace in Japanese – Different Ways to Say It

Ever wondered how to spell or say the word Peace in Japanese? Many look for this word out of curiosity or simply to get a tattoo . In this article, we are going to share different ways and means to say Peace in Japanese.

The main word for Peace in Japanese is Heiwa [平和] which can also mean harmony. It could mean something like having a mild temper; educated; peaceful and calm. What are the secrets behind these ideograms that make up Heiwa ?

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Mistakes When Tattooing Peace in Ideograms

Many mistakenly tattoo ideograms with the idea that it literally means peace. I myself searched on google and found images of certain ideograms translated as peace, but it doesn't mean that either in Japanese or Chinese.

In fact, the two characters [平] and [和] make up the word peace, and both separate convey the idea of peace. But erroneously people present the word as if it means only peace, leaving and ignoring other meanings.

The normal thing is to tattoo only one ideogram instead of the whole word, so which of these ideograms to tattoo? Difficult to answer this question as both mean Peace. By understanding the meaning of these ideograms, you will arrive at the correct option.

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Japanese-style peace [和]

The character [和] that many tattoos thinking it mainly means peace is actually a word that refers to Japan. It is the old 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, ancient name of Japan . The ideogram can also be used in the sense of making peace or reconciling, coming into harmony.

The meaning of peace in the ideogram [和] came to replace the ideogram nodo [閑] which means tranquil, calm and peaceful . In China and Korea this ideogram [和] also conveys the idea of peace, but it is not the main ideogram to compose this meaning.

How the ideogram [和] is used to refer to traditional things from Japan like arte, music and objects. It can be difficult to find some words related to peace, but let's try to show them below:

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KanjiRomajiMeaning
和平waheipeace
和やかnagoyakaLight; calm; kind; harmonious; Pacific
和解wakaireconciliation; rapprochement; commitment; conciliation
和議wagipeace conference; peace negotiation
和むnagomube softened; calm down
和睦wabokureconciliation; peace; rapprochement
和戦wazenwar and peace; peace
和約wayakupeace agreement
和楽warakupeace and harmony
和を結ぶwawomusubimake peace
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Ideogram of Peace in Japanese [平]

You should definitely not tattoo this character [平]. Despite being present in the word Peace, and constantly being translated as peace, its true meaning is something flat, something common, mediocre, a person of low status, a freshman or newbie.

Many end up using this ideogram for being the first to compose the word peace in Japanese Heiwa [平和]. This ideogram is very generic and comprises several words that have nothing to do with peace.

Despite this, hei [平] is present in many words with peace, including the period called the Peace Period in Heian Japan .

Below are some words related to peace that use the ideogram [平]:

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KanjiRomajiMeaning
平安heianJapanese Period; peace; tranquility
平等byoudouequality; impartiality; uniformity
平均heikinaverage; swing; balance
平らtairacalm; quiet; placid; compound; stable; chilled out
平気heikicoldness; calm; composure; unconcern
平静heiseicalm; serenity; tranquility
太平taiheipeace; tranquility
昌平shouheipeace; tranquility
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Peace in Chinese [安]

Although peace in Chinese is also Hépíng [平和] Another common character used in the Chinese language to refer to peace is [安]. He gives the idea of calm, Pacific, still and quiet. It also conveys the sense of comfortable; make yourself comfortable; safe and satisfied.

In the Japanese language [安] conveys the idea of something cheap. But the ideogram can compose some words with the meaning of relax, cheap, low, calm, rested, content and peaceful. even the adjective yasui [安い] conveys this idea.

The word anzen [安全] conveys the idea of security. The word anshin [安心] means peace of mind or relief. Below are some Japanese words related to Peace that have the Chinese character [安]:

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KanjiRomajiMeaning
安易a-ieasy; simple
安静anseirest; still
安否anpisafety; welfare
安らかyasurakaPacific; quiet; calm
安心感anshinkansense of security
安泰antaiPeace; safety; tranquility
安穏annonPeace; still; tranquility
安寧anniepeace (public); stability; tranquility
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Other Ways to Say Peace in Japanese and Related

There are other Japanese words for peace, harmony and tranquility. Some are adjectives, some are even verbs, let's see below a list of other ways to say peace in Japanese and related words.

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穆穆bokubokuquiet and kind; humble and dignified
無事bujisafety; Peace; quietude
円満anmanharmonious; Pacific; happy
"raku"comfort; ease; relief; in peace; relaxation
ピースpeesufrom english peace
仲直りnakanaorireconciliation; make amends
休意kyuuipeace; tranquility

Other ideograms can convey the idea of peace as [治] which means to reign, to be at peace and to calm down. We believe that the best ideogram to tattoo is [和] or [安], but it's up to you to decide an ideogram or word.

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Peace phrases in Japanese

I hope this article has helped you understand the different ways to say 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

Peace talks 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.

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