King and Queen - Japanese Power Titles


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Have you ever wondered how to spell queen or king in Japanese? How do you speak princess in the Japanese language? Or how about President, Mayor, Noble, Governor and others? In this article we will learn about some power titles in the Japanese language.

How do you say Rei in Japanese?

There are several ways to say Rei and Rainha in Japanese, the main ideogram used is [王] which literally means Rei. The ideogram also conveys the idea of sovereign, monarch, tycoon, champion and master.

This ideogram [王] can be understood as “mediator between Heaven and Earth”, where the upper horizontal line symbolizes the sky and the lower line the earth. Your reading is a “O”Elongated that I like to romanize as“or”[おう] and another obsolete kimi [君].

Usually the ideogram of rei [王] is accompanied by an honorific of treatment as daring [王様] or with some type of suffix that identifies the type of king as in the case of kokuou [国王] which literally means king of a country.

In the One Piece anime we see the word straight kaizokuou [海賊王] which literally means King of the Pirates. Below we will see some words related to the ideogram of king [王] which can also indicate a person of power or king of a certain thing:

  • Ookimi [大君] - Emperor; King; Prince;
  • Oujo [王女] - Princess;
  • Ouji [王子] - Prince;
  • Oushitsu [王室] - Royal Family;
  • Oute [王手] - No Xadrex check;
  • Ouhi [王妃] - Queen consort;
  • Oukoku [王国] - Kingdom; Monarchy;
  • Oujya [王者] - King; Monarch; Ruler; Champion;
  • Ouchou [王朝] - Dynasty;
  • Shukun [主君] - Lord; Sir; Master;
  • Kunshu [君主] - Monarch; sovereign;

There are many other words referring to royalty or power that use the ideogram [王], but it is not enough to be stuck with that. If you want to go deeper into these words, just use the online dictionary jisho.

King and queen - power titles in Japanese
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How do you say Queen in Japanese?

Japanese Queen can be Joou [女王] or also ouhi [王妃], but in the second case she is a “Queen consort” or wife of the king, which means that she has the same position and designation as her husband, but she does not have the same political or military powers.

We have other words like sasaki [后] which means Empress and Queen. For Japanese queens and empresses we have the term kougou [皇后], while we have the general term kouhi [皇妃] royalty regardless of nationality.

Below are other words involving queens and empresses:

  • Oujoubachi [女王蜂] - Queen of bees;
  • Oujouari [女王蟻] - Queen of insects;
  • Jokou [女皇] - Empress; queen;
  • Koutaigou [皇太后] - Mother Queen; Empress Dowager;
  • Seioubo [西王母] - Queen Mother of the West (an ancient Chinese goddess);
  • Kuiin [クイーン] - Queen of English Queen;
  • Kokubo [国母] - Empress; Empress Dowager;
  • Jotei [女帝] - Empress;
  • Enpuresu [エンプレス] - Empress;
King and queen - power titles in Japanese

How do you say prince and princess in Japanese?

There are different ways to speak prince or princess in Japanese, the most common being for princess oujo [王女] and the most common for prince ouji [王子]. One should not forget to always use treatment fees sama [様] how oujosama [王女様].

In the West it is common to hear about the expression hime [姫] to refer to a princess or lady. Despite being a very common word, it is not so used to refer directly to princesses daughters of kings. Don't forget the formal himesama [姫様].

Usually hime it is used as a generic term to refer to daughters of nobles, so it should not always be taken as literally meaning princess. The word hime it can also be used as a prefix for cute and small things.

Anime fans in the West tend to translate the word otome as a princess, despite having a certain background of truth in the past, the word is generally used to refer to young girls, maidens and virgins who are between 17 and 20 years old.

List of words related to princess and prince:

  • Hidenka [妃殿下] - Princess; your royal highness;
  • Purinsesu [プリンセス] - English princess;
  • Ohimesama [お姫様] - Princess; Spoiled girl;
  • Himemiko [姫御子] - Imperial Princess;
  • Himemiya [姫宮] - Princess;
  • Koushu [公主] - Princess, disney type;
  • Koujo [公女] - young nobleman; Princess;
  • Otohime [乙姫] - Younger princess;
  • Koushaku [公爵] - Princípe; Duke;
  • Purinsu [プリンス] - Princípe;
  • Miyasama [宮様] - Princípe; Princess;
  • Shinnou [親王] - Imperial Prince; Prince of royal blood;
  • Outei [王弟] - Royal Prince; younger brother of the Crown Prince;
  • Ouji [皇子] - Imperial Prince;
  • Kou [公] - Suffix of a prince, duke, lord, lord or government person;
King and queen - power titles in Japanese

Other Japanese power titles

To end the article we will share a list of Japanese power titles below:

  • Jinkun [人君] - Sovereign;
  • Heika [陛下] - Your majesty; Your Majesty; Majesty;
  • Denka [殿下] - Your highness; your Highness; highness;
  • Geika [猊下] - Your Highness; Your grace; His Eminence;
  • Genshu [元首] - Head of state; Governor;
  • Mikoto [尊] - Sir; Your Highness;
  • Tennouheika [天皇陛下] His Majesty the Emperor;
  • Shugensha [主権者] - Sovereign; Ruler;
  • Okami [御上] - Honorific of majesty, emperor, lord and other authorities;
  • Kimi [君] - Also used to refer to kings and monarchs;
  • Meikun [名君] - Wise ruler; enlightened monarch; benevolent lord;
  • Seiou [聖王] - Virtuous ruler; worthy monarch;
  • Sangen [尊厳] - Majesty; holiness;
  • Shihaisha [支配者] - Governor; Leader; Ruler;
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