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06:19 Feb 16, 2012
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English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Philosophy
English term or phrase: other world
I need to write an article in Japanese, where I am to mention the concept of "the other world" in European Romanticism (world of angels, fairies, spirits or even God). I am afraid that this concept doesnt 100% overlap with 「異界」, as "the other world" is always higher/better than the human world, whereas 「異界」 can be the world of kappas or oni or whatever other creatures, placed below humans in the Japanese cultural/mental hierarchy. It is also not 「他界」as it is not connected to death conceptually so much. I'd rather use 「異界」, but add an explanation, like "higher/better/lofty". However I dont want to sound childish using 「より良い」or anything of this kind. Can anybody please give me a good intelligent Japanese adjective to transmit any of the above meanings ("higher/better/lofty")? I cannot think of anything, but 理想的な. Will it work? Thank you for your kind attention and help.
Reznik Ksenia
Hong Kong
Local time: 08:11
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Summary of answers provided
4 +2あの世
YukoShiino
2 +1上界 or 天上界Teddy Okuyama
2霊界
Akiko Sasanuma Howard


  

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霊界


Explanation:
Do you mean 霊界(spiritual world) ???

Akiko Sasanuma Howard
New Zealand
Local time: 13:11
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Native speaker of: Japanese
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): +1
上界 or 天上界


Explanation:
These are originally Buddhist terms and obviously not equivalent to the thoughts of European Romanticism, but I believe they come close. In Buddhism, it describes a hightened state of conciousness where pleasure is experienced through concentrated self-control.

Teddy Okuyama
Japan
Local time: 09:11
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in JapaneseJapanese

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Harumi Uemura: I think this matches because 上 can mean better or upper.
17 hrs
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10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
あの世


Explanation:
あの世 means the world you enter after we die. It does not
mean a lower world below the current world.

Example sentence(s):
  • あの世は、花畑だった。
  • 三途の川はこの世とあの世の間にある

    Reference: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/keyword/%BB%B0%C5%D3%A4%CE%C0%EE
    Reference: http://www.kofuku-no-kagaku.or.jp/magazine/episode/IM/0511_I...
YukoShiino
United States
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Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jason Daniels: 賛成!
4 hrs
  -> ありがとうございます。

agree  Mami Y.: この回答好きだったんですけれど(笑)。。
152 days
  -> ありがとうございます。
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