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Zero

China líng
Japan rei / zero
Zero Vertical Wall Scroll

零 is the number zero in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. 零 is a strange selection for a wall scroll, so it's here mostly for reference. I guess it's OK if zero is important to you.


Note: In modern Japan and China, they will often just write a circle to represent zero in lieu of this character.

Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

Japan en sou
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll

〇 is the famous Enso symbol, which you will see widely-used by Japanese Zen Buddhists. In a twist, I am starting to see Enso used more and more by Chinese Buddhists.

Enso Circle


Here is the typical appearance of Enso artwork by Japanese calligrapher Kougetsu.

Enso is not a Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. There is some debate, but many consider Enso to be a religious symbol.

Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment." Others call it the "Infinity Circle." If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji (円相) that make up the word "En-so," you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness." I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.

The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese maru / まる
Chinese zero
Japanese (1) circle (sometimes used for zero); (2) 'correct' (when marking); (3) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (4) period; full stop; (5) maru mark; semivoiced sound; p-sound

〇×

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Japanese marubatsu / まるばつ Japanese circle and cross; right and wrong (answers); true-false

〇〇

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Japanese marumaru / まるまる Japanese (1) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (prefix noun) (2) certain; unnamed; undisclosed; unidentified

○;〇

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Japanese maru / まる Japanese (1) (See 丸・まる・1) circle (sometimes used for zero); (2) (See 二重丸・にじゅうまる) (ant: ×・ばつ・1) 'correct' (when marking); (3) (See 〇〇・まるまる・1) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (4) (See 句点) period; full stop; (5) (See 半濁点) maru mark; semivoiced sound; p-sound

一一〇番

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Japanese hyakutooban / ひゃくとおばん Japanese (noun/participle) police emergency tel. no. (in Japan)

〇×;○×

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Japanese marubatsu / まるばつ Japanese circle and cross; right and wrong (answers); true-false

〇×テスト

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Japanese marubatsutesuto / まるばつテスト Japanese true-false test; yes-no test

〇〇;○○

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Japanese marumaru / まるまる Japanese (1) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (prefix noun) (2) certain; unnamed; undisclosed; unidentified

コバルト六〇

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Japanese kobarutorokujuu / kobarutorokuju / コバルトろくじゅう Japanese cobalt-60

ストロンチウム九〇

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Japanese sutoronchiumukyuujuu / sutoronchiumukyuju / ストロンチウムきゅうじゅう Japanese strontium 90 (Sr-90)

九〇式大空中聴音機

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Japanese kyuumarushikidaikuuchuuchouonki / kyumarushikidaikuchuchoonki / きゅうまるしきだいくうちゅうちょうおんき Japanese Japanese war tuba; pre-radar acoustic locator used by the Imperial Japanese Army

〇×テスト;○×テスト

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Japanese marubatsutesuto / まるばつテスト Japanese true-false test; yes-no test

110番(P);一一〇番

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Japanese hyakutooban / ひゃくとおばん Japanese (noun/participle) police emergency tel. no. (in Japan)

コバルト60;コバルト六〇

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Japanese kobarutorokujuu / kobarutorokuju / コバルトろくじゅう Japanese cobalt-60

ストロンチウム90;ストロンチウム九〇

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Japanese sutoronchiumukyuujuu / sutoronchiumukyuju / ストロンチウムきゅうじゅう Japanese strontium 90 (Sr-90)

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Zero
零 / 〇
rei / zerolíng / ling2 / ling
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle〇 / 円相en sou / ensou / en so / enso
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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