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China bù dí
Buddy Vertical Wall Scroll

布迪 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Buddy.


Japan badi
Buddy Vertical Wall Scroll

バヂ is the name Buddy written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Best Friends / Buddies

China qīn yǒu
Japan shin yuu
Best Friends / Buddies Vertical Wall Scroll

親友 is the Japanese way to say "best friend."

The first character can mean "relative" or sometimes "parents." The second character means "friend." Think about the close relationship that Japanese people have with their parents and relatives, and this starts to mean "close friends."

Some Japanese-English dictionaries also translate this as "bosom friend," "old friend," "intimate friend," "buddy," "crony" or "chum."

Note that in Chinese, this has the meaning of "relatives and friends." It's a good meaning in Chinese but it's not quite the same as "best friends."

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Buddy布迪bù dí / bu4 di2 / bu di / budipu ti / puti
Best Friends
shin yuu / shinyuu / shin yu / shinyuqīn yǒu / qin1 you3 / qin you / qinyouch`in yu / chinyu / chin yu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.