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is the Japanese word for " princess", or more literally "demoiselle", i.e. a (usually young) lady of higher birth. Daughters of a monarch are actually referred to by other terms, e.g. , literally king's daughter, even though Hime can be used to address Ōjo.

The word Hime initially referred to any beautiful female. The antonym of Hime is Shikome (醜女), literally ugly female, though it is archaic and rarely used. Hime may also indicate feminine or simply small when used together with other words, such as Hime-gaki (a low line of hedge).

Hime is commonly seen as part of a Japanese female divinity's name, such as Toyotama-hime. The Kanji applied to transliterate Hime are 比売 or 毘売 rather than 姫. The masculine counterpart of Hime is Hiko (彦, 比古 or 毘古,) which is seen as part of Japanese male gods' names, such as Saruta-hiko. Unlike Hime, Hiko is neutral, non-archaic and still commonly used as a modern Japanese male given name, for example Nobuhiko Takada.

Usually, a "Hime" will go through a ceremony, in which she is considered a "Daoshi" and then later becomes a Hime. The ceremony is similar to the Japanese tea ceremony, and is usually up to 3 hours.

Hime (rapper)

is a Japanese hip hop artist. She released her debut solo album Hime hajime in October 2003 and is part of DJ Honda's studio. Her works are notable for their use of Japanese cultural themes, including tanka metre and sampling of kabuki and bunraku narrations. Her works also often touch on themes of female empowerment; she describes herself as the voice of the "Japanese doll". One example of the incorporation of traditional Japanese poetry and contemporary hip-hop can be heard in the song Tateba shakuyaku or Standing, she's a peony

                        "this sound,
                          giri and ninjo 
                          the spirit of harmony 
                          will the surprise attack 
                          come from the peony" 

In the chorus of the song, as seen above, Hime writes in a thirty-one-syllable tanka.

Hime's embrace of the ancient form of poetry in her rapping, as well as her frequent use of Japanese cliches and traditional rhythms, show a trend in some Japanese hip hop to localize at the same time that they are embracing a global musical form. "Hime's use of Japanese cliches is provocative in a club setting where the latest slang from MTV tends to be most valued". Yet she also uses rhyme, something imported, since Japanese does not have much of a structure for rhyming.

At the same time that she is embracing aspects of Japanese culture into her hip hop, we also see how Hime presents herself. Often in her videos she is dressed in ways that are clearly taken from American, and specifically hip hop, culture. She Recently appeared on BET Hip Hop Awards 2008.

Hime's songs "Black List", "Himehajime 2006", "In The Rain",and "Fuyajo" are featured in The Fast and the Furious video game for the PlayStation 2 and PSP.

Hime (fish)

Hime is a genus of flagfins native to the eastern Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.

Hime (disambiguation)

Hime is a Japanese woman of noble birth.

In Japanese, 'hime' means 'princess' or 'lady' (or 'feminine' or 'small' when combined with other words).

Hime may also refer to:

  • Hime (surname)
  • Hime (rapper) (born 1979), Japanese hip hop artist
  • Hime Station, a train station in Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Hime cut, a hairstyle originating in Japan
  • Hime (fish), a genus of flagfins
Hime (surname)

Hime is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Albert Henry Hime (1842–1919), British Army officer and politician in Natal
  • Charles Hime (1869–1940), South African cricketer
  • Francis Hime (born 1939), Brazilian composer, pianist and singer
  • Olivia Hime (born 1943), Brazilian singer and lyricist