Himitsu – How to say Secret in Japanese?

Ever wondered how to say secret in Japanese? In this article, we will analyze the word himitsu [秘密] which means secret and also some synonyms like naisho and "Kimitsu". You will also learn many secret words for your vocabulary.

What does Himitsu mean?

The word himitsu [秘密] can be a noun or adjective like na [な] which means secret; secrecy; confidence; privacy; mystery; discretion; secret and also esoteric teachings. The word [秘密] has a larger, more generalized and more lasting feel.

The word himitsu is composed of the ideogram [秘] which means secret and hide together with the ideogram [密] which means secrecy, density, detail and care. There's not much secret about that word.

See below some phrases, related words or composed by himitsu:

  • Himitsuhojikeiyaku [秘密保持契約] - Non-disclosure agreement;
  • Himitsu no tobira [秘密の扉] - Secret door;
  • Himitsu ga arimasu [秘密があります] - There is a secret;
  • Himitsuna kanojou [秘密な彼女] - Secret girlfriend;
  • Himitsujanai [秘密じゃない] - No secrets;
  • Kojintekinahimitsu [個人的な秘密] - Personal secret;
  • Kigyouhimitsu [企業秘密] – Corporate Secrets; business, industrial or commercial secrets;
  • Himitsu no bakuro [秘密の暴露] - Secret disclosure;
  • Himitsukeisatsu [秘密警察] - Secret police;
  • Himitsukessha [秘密結社] - Secret Society;
  • Himitsuhugi [秘密主義] - Secrecy;
  • Himitsuyaku [密約] - Secret agreement;
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Naisho - For your eyes only

It is also common to use the word naisho [内緒] to refer to some personal secrets, confidences and privacy. The word can also present a circumstance (especially physical) and also inner fulfillment and personal enlightenment.

The expression is used naishogoto [内緒事] to indicate a secret; private matter or confidential matter. When we talk or tell a secret it's called naishhanashi [内緒話] which means secret conversation.

The word naisho [内緒] has a less formal feel, a bit more personal and temporary. Usually this kind of secret is not something to be kept for many years, nor something very serious, but that doesn't mean it's for gossip.

See some examples of word usage naisho:

  • Kore wa naisho dayo [これは内緒] Please keep this a secret;
  • Naisho de tabako wo suu [内緒でたばこを吸う] - Hidden smoking;
  • "Naisho no hanashi" significa "segredo" em japonês. - [内緒の話] - Secret conversation;
  • Naisho de soko and itta [私は内緒でそこへ行った] - I went there in secret;
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Kimitsu - State Secret - Confidential

We also have the formal word "Kimitsu" [機密] used to refer to institutional, governmental or military. A highly classified and confidential information. Can be used to refer to secret funds, security and more.

Below are some examples of usage and compound words with kimitsu:

  • Kimitsujouhou [機密情報] - Confidential information;
  • Kimitshogo - [機密保護] - Security (data, passwords and others);
  • Kokkakimitsu [国家機密] - State secrets; national secret;
  • Kimitsuhi [機密費] - Secret funds;
  • Kimitsubunsho [機密文書] - Confidential/classified document;
  • Kimitsushorui [機密書類] – Classified, confidential, top secret or sensitive documents;
  • Kimitsurouei [機密漏洩] – Leakage of official secrets; leakage of confidential information;
  • Tokumukikan [特務機関] - Secret military agency; secret service;
  • Gunjikimitsu [軍事機密] - Military secret;
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Other secret Japanese words

Who doesn't remember the character of the Hunter x Hunter anime called Hisoka? knew the word Hisoka [密か] is an adjective meaning secret, reserved, private and surreptitious? Do these meanings not represent the character's characteristic well?

We also have the word shinpi [神秘] which means mysterious; mystery; secret and sacred mysteries. We also have kakushigoto [隠し事] which means hidden thing or secrecy. omnitsu [隠密] is used for occult, clandestine, covert and spy secrets.

The word hiketsu [秘訣] refers to secrets involving methods and tricks, key code, mysteries involving art and commerce, and recipes and tricks. hide [秘伝] can also mean medicine secrets, recipes and art mysteries;

  • Naibun [内分] - Secret, confidential;
  • Shuhigimu [守秘義務] Duty of confidentiality;
  • Hitoshirenu [人知れぬ] - Secret; hidden; unnoticed; inside;
  • Misokagoto [密か事] – Secret; private matter; love affair; Link;
  • Inji [隠事] - Secret (obscure term);
  • Naibun [内聞] - Private information; secret;
  • okyurushi [奥許し] - Secret, initiation, diploma;
  • Himeyaka [秘めやか] - Secret;
  • Shitagokoro [下心] - Secret intent; ulterior motive;
  • Shiikuretto [シークレット] - From the English secret;
  • Gokui [極意] - Inner secrets (art, skill); mysteries; essence;
  • Maruhi [マル秘] = Confidential; secret; referring to the symbol [㊙];
  • Uchiuchi [内々] – Secretly; private; confidential; within the family circle;
  • Hisaku [秘策] – Secret plan; secret scheme; secret strategem; secret method;
  • Mitsuji [密事] - Secret matter;
  • Kakureru [隠れる] - Hide; encrypt; to vanish;
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Exposing Secrets in Japanese

Now let's learn words related to revealing secrets and things like that:

  • Bakurohanashi [暴露話] - Expose; reveal conversation; self talk;
  • Tousatsu [盗撮] – Stealth photography; non-consensual photography; peeking photos;
  • netabar [ネタバレ] - Spoiler;
  • touched [盗聴] - Interception; telephone tapping; bug;
  • Ashigaderu [足が出る] - Exceed budget; having a secret revealed;
  • Gekihaku [激白] – Frankly revealing; revelation; disclosure; confession;
  • Confession [告白] – Confession; recognition; love confession; profess feelings;
  • Kougai [口外] - Revealer; disclosure; saying; letting out;
  • Taneakashi [種明かし] – Reveal how a trick is done; disclosure of a secret; exposure; explanation;
  • tag [他言] - Tell others; revealing to others;
  • Kenshou [顕正] - Revealing the truth; Demonstrating the truth;
  • Himitsuroueizai [秘密漏洩罪] – Crime of revealing state secrets; in charge of revealing them;
  • Mitomeru [認める] - Recognize; admit; to accept;
  • Sarakedasu [さらけ出す] - Expose; to disclose; lay bare; to confess;

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