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猟師 is hunter or huntsman in Japanese Kanji.
There are several ways to say “hunter” in Japanese, but this is probably the most common.
The first Kanji means hunting or game.
The second Kanji means master, specialist, or teacher. In this case, it will be read as “master.” So this is also “game master” or “hunt master.”
射手 means archer, shooter, or marksman in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Depending on the context, it can also mean “goal-getter” in Chinese. This would also be the word for a bowman.
射手 is modern in Asia, meaning that it's only been in use for a few hundred years. However, the more ancient version of the archer is often not even recognized by the current generation of Chinese and Japanese people.
The first character means “shoot” or “fire” (in the context of a gun or bow). It's also a suffix for radioactive things (in the context of chemistry) - radioactive things “fire off” electrons. In Japanese, the first Kanji is a short name and suffix for archery.
The second character means “hand,” but the hand can also mean a person, in the same way, that a “farmhand” is a person in English.
Ancient title for Archer
弋人 is the ancient way to write archer in both Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
If you carried a bow into battle in an army of ancient Asia, this would be your title.
Note: 弋人 is an antiquated term that is rarely used in modern Chinese, Korean or Japanese. Beyond archer, this can also mean a ceremonial hunter in Japanese.
Note: This title is so old, that most Asian people will not recognize this as a normal word. It has not been in regular use for many generations.
Modern Chinese Version
弓箭手 is how to write “archer” in modern Chinese.
弓箭手 literally means “bow arrow hand.”
There are other ways to write “archer” in Chinese, but this is probably the most common title for modern China. The other, less-common version of “archer” is also more universal because it has the same meaning in Japanese (this one is not used in Japan).
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Hunter||獵人 / 猟人|
|ryou jin / ryoujin / ryo jin||liè rén / lie4 ren2 / lie ren / lieren||lieh jen / liehjen|
|Hunter||亨特||hēng tè / heng1 te4 / heng te / hengte||heng t`e / hengte / heng te|
|Hunter||ハンター||hantaa / hanta|
|猟師||ryou shi / ryoushi / ryo shi|
|Archer||射手||i te / sha shu|
ite / shashu
|shè shǒu / she4 shou3 / she shou / sheshou|
|Archer||弋人||yokujin||yì rén / yi4 ren2 / yi ren / yiren||i jen / ijen|
|Archer||弓箭手||gōng jiàn shǒu|
gong1 jian4 shou3
gong jian shou
|kung chien shou
|liè hù zuò|
lie4 hu4 zuo4
lie hu zuo
|lieh hu tso
|Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol|
|射手座||ite-za||shè shǒu zuò|
she4 shou3 zuo4
she shou zuo
|she shou tso
|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.
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