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Bad Experience, Caution Lingers

A bird wounded by an arrow
China shāng gōng zhī niǎo
Japan shou kyuu no tori
Mockup of Calligraphy Artwork

This literally means, "bird wounded by an arrow."

Figuratively, this refers to a wounded or damaged person. It's very similar to the western proverb, "a person once bitten is twice shy." To explain further, this is about someone who has become overly cautious due to a bad experience.

This phrase is used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.



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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bad Experience, Caution Lingers 傷弓之鳥
伤弓之鸟
shou kyuu no tori
shoukyuunotori
sho kyu no tori
shokyunotori
shāng gōng zhī niǎo
shang1 gong1 zhi1 niao3
shang gong zhi niao
shanggongzhiniao
shang kung chih niao
shangkungchihniao

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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