Languages › Japanese What Does the Japanese Phrase Shibaraku Mean? Share Flipboard Email Print Utamaru Kido/Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated February 07, 2019 Shibaraku is a Japanese word that means "for a while," "for a long time" and "for the time being. In Japanese characters, it is, "しばらく ." Shibaraku is also the name of a Kabuki play. Example Shibaraku omachi kudasai.しばらくお待ちください。 Translation Wait a moment, please.