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14:49 Jun 5, 2001
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: harmony
being able to work and co-exist together without strife or conflict
Doris Reynolds

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na和 (wa) 調和 (chouwa) 協和 (kyouwa)
Timothy Takemoto



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和 (wa) 調和 (chouwa) 協和 (kyouwa)


When people talk about the Japanese being keen on "harmony" the single character (which is also used as a character to express Japan) 和 (wa) is often used. This is used to refer to the concept or principle of harmony.

Emphasise harmony = wa wo omonjiru

In somewhat more practical speach, when talking about specific cases of harmony, 調和 is often used.

Harmony with the environment =環境との調和 kankyou to no chouwa

協和 Kyouwa
This word captures the sense of being in concord, or accord. It is also the name of a large firm that, presumably, wants to emphasise this principle.

On the net I found the following in a list of "What our school tries to teach our students"

Haru no you na kokoro de hito to kyouwa suru.

To be in harmony and cooperated with people, in the spirit and joy of Spring.

(There is no "joy" in the original but "in the spirit of spring sounds too bouncy, like a spring)

Either of these would do depending on the context and structure of the sentence.

Timothy Takemoto
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Phonetic pronunciation of "harmony".
Used as-is in Japanese to mean harmony in a musical or spritual sense.

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