My husband was in Japan for 2 years and speaks and writes it fluently,
so I was able to ask him for his help on this one. Because of the
thousands of characters that can be combined in Japanese, and even
more in Chinese, I had to run a few searches to get the right
combinations together. Luckily the Japanese borrowed many of their
characters from the Chinese written language so identifying the
correct Chinese characters once I?d found the Japanese ones was a bit
There are three separate possibilities in Japanese for the word
fetish. The first is ?jubutsu.? The characters can be found on this
anime site. Just do a ?find? command for the word ?jubutsu? and the
second entry is the one that you want.
The second possibility is ?busshin.? Because there is another Buddhist
term pronounced the same way, I had to do a separate search for each
character present in the combination meaning ?fetish.? The first is
the character for ?mono,? or thing. It is the first character above
the listing ?mono no aware.?
The second character in the combination is ?kami,? or god.
The third is actually two separate words combined to form a phrase.
Its pronunciation is ?meishin no taisho.? The first word, ?meishin,?
means superstition. Its characters can be found here:
The second word, ?taisho,? means object. Finding this one was a bit
difficult. The first character in ?taisho? can be found here:
The second character can be found here:
So if you?re scoring at home, take the two characters of ?meishin,?
and add the two separate characters for ?tai? and ?sho? found on the
last two sites. Whew!
As far as the Chinese characters, I found an English to Chinese
translator, entered the word ?fetish,? and came up with characters
identical to the Japanese ?meishin.? Here is the site:
As far as meanings go, ?jubutsu? would be the more commonly used word,
but the others would certainly work as well. You will have to decide
which of the sets of characters above work best for you. If you have
need of any clarification please let me know how I can help.
English to Japanese dictionary from our personal library
jubutsu characters Japanese
mono character Japanese
kami character Japanese
meishin superstition Japanese