Free Spirit

09:26 Oct 15, 2004
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
Social Sciences - Astronomy & Space
English term or phrase: Free Spirit
For a tattoo of mine
Samantha


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5 +1自由な精神; 自由
jsl (X)
4自由魂 or 自由な魂
nztisnz
3自由奔放
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自由な精神; 自由


Explanation:
"free spirit" is "自由な精神" (jiyuu-na seishin). But, I guess that haveing 5 tatoo characters on your body may be a bit long. So, for this purpose, I may suggest "自由" (jiyuu: 'freedom') as an alternative.


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free spirit
自由魂 or 自由な魂


Explanation:
For spirit I would use 魂 which is more 'soul' than 'spirit'.
The first may be simpler for a tattoo.



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free spirit
自由奔放


Explanation:
"Jiyuu-honpou" - "jiyuu" is freedom, "honpou" is "to behave as you feel, unfettered by the customs of society."

Together, they would mean something like: "freewheeling," or "Bohemian," but have the cooler feel of "free and easy."

It's alternative that refers more to a free-spirited, Bohemian, "On the Road" lifestyle or attitude.

It's clean, correct, aesthetically attractive, and even somewhat erudite. And hey, tattoo removal is a pain in the...

BTW, depending on your preferences, you might like 傍若無人 ("boujaku bujin"): "(behaving) as if nobody was around." This has both positive and negative connotations, though, so be careful. To overgeneralize, as I understand it "boujaku bujin" is a compliment in China and an insult in Japan.

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