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Bamboo

China zhú
Japan take
Bamboo

竹 is the character that means bamboo in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In Asian cultures, bamboo is often seen as a symbol of a noble gentleman (being tall, straight, and honest).

There are also some multi-character bamboo words that regard individual bamboo plants, species of bamboo, bamboo as lumber, and edible bamboo shoots. However, this single-character seems most appropriate for a wall scroll, and covers the whole category of Asian bamboo.

Bamboo Moon

China yuè zhú
Japan tsuki take
Bamboo Moon

月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon." Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.


The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).

Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

Innocent Children's Games
China qīng méi zhú mǎ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

This literally means, "green plums and hobby-horse." Figuratively, it means, "innocent children's games," "childhood sweethearts," or "a couple who grew up as childhood friends."

This phrase may sound a little strange as it's a kind of Chinese proverb or idiom. It makes much more sense in Chinese than English.

Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot

China bǎi chǐ gān tóu gèng jìng yī bù
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot

This proverb literally translates as: [Even a] one-hundred foot [tall] bamboo [can] progress even one [more] step.

Figuratively, this means: After having achieved a fair degree of success, one should try to do still better.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your Bamboo search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin zhú / zhu2
Taiwan chu
Japanese take / たけ
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot
Chinese bamboo; CL:棵[ke1],支[zhi1],根[gen1]; Kangxi radical 118
Japanese (1) bamboo; (2) middle (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Chikusaki; (personal name) Takematsu; (personal name) Takehana; (surname) Taketaka; (personal name) Takesue; (surname) Takezaki; (surname) Takesaki; (p,s,f) Take
veṇu, bamboo.


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Mandarin jiǎn / jian3
Taiwan chien
Japanese kan / かん
Chinese simple; uncomplicated; letter; to choose; to select; bamboo strips used for writing (old)
Japanese brevity; simplicity; (surname) Kan; (given name) Isamu; (personal name) Ikufumi; (given name) Akira
A tablet, memorandum; to abridge; appoint; examine; abrupt, concise, direct; to choose

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Mandarin zhú / zhu2
Taiwan chu
Chinese "bamboo" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 118)


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Mandarin shāo / shao1
Taiwan shao
Chinese pot-scrubbing brush made of bamboo strips; basket (container) for chopsticks; variant of 筲[shao1]

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Mandarin suǎn / suan3
Taiwan suan
Chinese ancient utensil for washing rice (or being used as a plate); ancient bamboo container for hats

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Mandarin biǎn / bian3
Taiwan pien
Chinese horizontal rectangular inscribed tablet hung over a door or on a wall; shallow round woven bamboo basket

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese short slender pointed piece of metal, bamboo etc; skewer; prod used to extract samples from sacks of grain etc; (dialect) to stick in; to bolt (a door); to arrange (flowers in a vase); to graft (tree); to pedicure; to peel (an apple etc)

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Mandarin/ bi4
Taiwan pi
Chinese weapon handle of bamboo strips

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Mandarin guàng // guāng / guang4 // guang1
Taiwan kuang
Chinese woven wood and bamboo utensil; classifier for threads and strings; see 桄榔[guang1 lang2]

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Mandarin zhàn / zhan4
Taiwan chan
Japanese san / さん    etsuri / えつり
Chinese Japanese variant of 棧|栈[zhan4]
Japanese (1) frame (i.e. of a sliding door); (2) crosspiece; bar; (3) (See 猿・4) sliding wooden bolt (for holding a door or window shut); (4) rung (of a ladder); (1) (abbreviation) sheathing (under thatched roofing); (2) lath (used as a foundation for a mud plaster wall); (3) (See 桟竹) decorative rafters (of alternating wood and bamboo); (surname) Kakehashi

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Mandarin jiǎn / jian3
Taiwan chien
Chinese bamboo conduit; wooden peg; spout; same as 筧|笕

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Mandarin zhàn / zhan4
Taiwan chan
Japanese kakebashi / かけばし    kakehashi / かけはし
Chinese a wooden or bamboo pen for sheep or cattle; wood or bamboo trestlework; a warehouse
Japanese (surname) Kakebashi; (surname) Kakehashi

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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Chinese material (such as rocks, earth, bamboo etc) used to hastily repair a dike; (literary) door bar (vertical bar used to prevent the horizontal movement of a door bolt)

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Mandarin chá / cha2
Taiwan ch`a / cha
Chinese a raft made of bamboo or wood; to fell trees; to hew

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Mandarin shàn / shan4
Taiwan shan
Chinese bamboo fish trap; used in names of places connected with Shantou 汕頭|汕头[Shan4 tou2]

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Mandarin pán // qiáng / pan2 // qiang2
Taiwan p`an // ch`iang / pan // chiang
Chinese classifier for strips of land or bamboo, shops, factories etc; slit bamboo or chopped wood (dialect); "piece of wood" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 90), mirror image of 片[pian4]

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Mandarin běn / ben3
Taiwan pen
Japanese fugo;mokko;mokkou;ishimi / fugo;mokko;mokko;ishimi / ふご;もっこ;もっこう;いしみ
Chinese a basket or pan used for earth; manure etc
Japanese implement for carrying heavy loads, generally made of bamboo and woven grass or rope

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Mandarin/ ba1
Taiwan pa
Japanese magaki / まがき
Chinese an article made of bamboo strips; fence
Japanese (1) (archaism) short roughly woven fence; (2) divider between boxes (i.e. for box seats) in a theatre, etc.; (surname) Magaki

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Mandarin qǐn / qin3
Taiwan ch`in / chin
Chinese smiling countenance; bamboo rope

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Mandarin zhào / zhao4
Taiwan chao
Japanese zaru / ざる
Chinese loosely woven bamboo ladle
Japanese (1) (kana only) draining basket (traditionally made of bamboo); colander; strainer; sieve; (2) (abbreviation) (kana only) (See ざる蕎麦) zaru soba (soba served on a bamboo draining basket with dipping sauce); (3) (colloquialism) (kana only) strong drinker; someone who can drink like a fish; (surname) Zaru

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Japanese takanna / たかんな Japanese (1) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (2) (abbreviation) (kana only) inexperienced doctor; quack; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (place-name) Takanna

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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Chinese bamboo with black patches

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Mandarin chī / chi1
Taiwan ch`ih / chih
Japanese chi / ち
Chinese to whip with bamboo strips
Japanese (archaism) (See 五刑) light caning (10-50 times)

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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Japanese kasa / かさ
Chinese bamboo rain hat
Japanese (1) conical hat (East-Asian style); coolie hat; (2) (See 傘・かさ・2) something shaped like a conical hat or an umbrella; shade (of a lamp); mushroom cap; pileus; (personal name) Riyuu; (surname) Ryuu; (surname) Kasa

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Mandarin/ si4
Taiwan ssu
Chinese square bamboo container for food or clothing

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Mandarin/ da2
Taiwan ta
Chinese rough bamboo mat; surname Da

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Mandarin/ zi3
Taiwan tzu
Chinese bamboo mat; bed mat

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Chinese bamboo screen

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Mandarin fàn / fan4
Taiwan fan
Chinese bamboo mold

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Japanese sasazaki / ささざき    sasaki / ささき    sasa / ささ Japanese bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (surname) Sasazaki; (surname) Sasaki; (surname, female given name) Sasa

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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
Bambootakezhú / zhu2 / zhuchu
Bamboo Moon月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhuyüeh chu / yüehchu
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse青梅竹馬
青梅竹马
qīng méi zhú mǎ
qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
qing mei zhu ma
qingmeizhuma
ch`ing mei chu ma
chingmeichuma
ching mei chu ma
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot百尺竿頭更進一步
百尺竿头更进一步
bǎi chǐ gān tóu gèng jìng yī bù
bai3 chi3 gan1 tou2 geng4 jing4 yi1 bu4
bai chi gan tou geng jing yi bu
baichigantougengjingyibu
pai ch`ih kan t`ou keng ching i pu
pai chih kan tou keng ching i pu
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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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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