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Kami

China kǎ mǐ
Kami Vertical Wall Scroll

卡米 is the name Kami transliterated into Mandarin Chinese.

Kami

Japan kemi
Kami Vertical Wall Scroll

ケミ is the name Kami written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).


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

Spirit / Spiritual Essence

China shén
Japan shin / kami
Spirit / Spiritual Essence Vertical Wall Scroll

神 is the simplest way to write spirit in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean.

This single character alone will conjure up ideas of the spiritual world. 神 can also be translated as "vital awareness" as in the fact that one must know they exist to exist (I think, therefore, I am).

Other translations include:
God, deity, mysterious, divine essence, lively, spiritual being, divinity, supernatural, soul, mind, nerves, and energy. In some extended context it can mean genius or unusual.

Japanese romanizations vary a lot when this character is combined into other words. However, shin is the original pronunciation taken from Chinese into Japanese. You'll also see it romanized as kami, gami, jin, and a few others, depending on context.


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kami卡米kǎ mǐ / ka3 mi3 / ka mi / kamik`a mi / kami / ka mi
Kamiケミkemi
Spirit
Spiritual Essence
shin / kamishén / shen2 / shen
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.