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Honey / Nectar

Japan mitsu
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This is the simplest way to write "honey" in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

This can also be the female given name "Mitsu" in Japanese.


China hé nèi
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This is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Honey.

This sounds like "honey" in Chinese but does not mean honey (product of bees).


Japan hanii
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This is the name Honey written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

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China ài
Japan ai
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This is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

This is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west, and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

This character can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.

It's very common for couples to say "I love you" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, "love" is not a term used very often. In fact, a person is more likely to say "I like you" rather than "I love you" in Japanese. So this word is well-known but seldom spoken.

More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.

See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Younger Sister

China mèi
Japan mai / imouto
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This is the single-character for younger sister.

In colloquial Japanese speech, this can be a way to say, darling, dear, honey, or my betrothed (only used when referring to a woman).

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mai.

In Chinese, you will generally see this used in double form, "妹妹" or "mei mei" when referring to a younger sister.

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Mandarin fú // fū / fu2 // fu1
Taiwan fu
Japanese pu
 furukatsuto ふるかつと
 furi ふり
 osachi おさち
Chinese (classical) this, that; he, she, they; (exclamatory final particle); (initial particle, introduces an opinion); husband; man; manual worker; conscripted laborer (old)
Japanese (1) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (2) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (3) (kana only) embellishment; (1) (archaism) that; (2) (archaism) he; she; that person; husband; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) male; man; (2) (archaism) husband; (surname) Pu; (personal name) Furukatsuto; (personal name) Furi; (surname) Fu; (personal name) Osachi
A man; a sage, officer, hero; a husband, mate; a fellow; a particle, i. e. for, so, etc.

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Mandarin mèi / mei4
Taiwan mei
Japanese mai まい
 sezaki せざき
 imoto いもと
Chinese younger sister
Japanese (humble language) younger sister; (1) (archaism) (familiar language) darling (only of a woman); dear; honey; my betrothed; (2) (archaism) one's sister; (3) (archaism) (familiar language) (feminine speech) friend; (female given name) Mai; (surname) Sezaki; (place-name) Se; (place-name) Imoto
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Mandarin qì // qī / qi4 // qi1
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese tsumasaki つまさき
 tsuma つま
 takazuma たかづま
 sai さい
Chinese to marry off (a daughter); wife
Japanese (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) female; woman; (2) (archaism) wife; (1) wife; (2) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (3) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (4) (kana only) embellishment; (1) edge; tip; end; (2) gable wall; (3) gable; one's wife; (surname) Tsumasaki; (personal name) Tsuma; (surname) Takadzuma; (personal name) Sai

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Mandarin zào / zao4
Taiwan tsao
Chinese Chinese honey locust (Gleditsia sinensis); now written zào jiá 皂莢|皂荚

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Mandarin/ nu:3
Chinese cakes of rice-flour and honey

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Mandarin/ mi4
Taiwan mi
Japanese mitsu みつ
Chinese honey
Japanese (1) nectar; (2) honey; (3) honeydew; (4) treacle; molasses; (5) sorbitol (when visible as dark patches inside an apple); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) nectar; (2) honey; (3) honeydew; (4) treacle; molasses; (5) sorbitol (when visible as dark patches inside an apple); (female given name) Mitsu
Honey; translit. m.
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Mandarin yīng / ying1
Taiwan ying
Japanese mizore みぞれ
Chinese sleet; snowflakes
Japanese (1) (kana only) sleet (mixture of snow and rain); (2) (kana only) shaved ice topped with honey; (female given name) Mizore

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Mandarin niàng / niang4
Taiwan niang
Chinese to ferment; to brew; to make honey (of bees); to lead to; to form gradually; wine; stuffed vegetables (cooking method)

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Mandarin sān tián / san1 tian2
Taiwan san t`ien / san tien
Japanese sankan
The three sweet things— cream, honey, curd.

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Mandarin hā ní / ha1 ni2
Taiwan ha ni
Chinese honey (term of endearment) (loanword)

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Mandarin sì shé / si4 she2
Taiwan ssu she
Japanese shida
idem 四毒蛇. The Fanyimingyi under this heading gives the parable of a man who fled from the two bewildering forms of life and death, and climbed down a rope (of life) 命根, into the well of impermanence 無常, where two mice, night and day, gnawed the rattan rope; on the four sides four snakes 四蛇 sought to poison him, i. e. the 四大 or four elements of his physical nature); below were three dragons 三毒龍 breathing fire and trying to seize him. On looking up he saw that two 象 elephants (darkness and light) had come to the mouth of the well; he was in despair, when a bee flew by and dropped some honey (the five desires 五欲) into his mouth, which he ate and entirely forgot his peril.

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Japanese naratake ならたけ
Japanese (kana only) honey fungus (Armillaria mellea); honey mushroom

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Japanese shinmitsu しんみつ
Japanese fresh honey; newly harvested honey; virgin honey

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Mandarin měi mì / mei3 mi4
Taiwan mei mi
Japanese bimitsu

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Mandarin zào jiǎo / zao4 jiao3
Taiwan tsao chiao
Chinese Chinese honey locust (Gleditsia sinensis)

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Mandarin zào jiá / zao4 jia2
Taiwan tsao chia
Chinese Chinese honey locust (Gleditsia sinensis)

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Japanese saikachi さいかち
Japanese (kana only) honey locust; Gleditsia japonica; (place-name) Saikachi

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Mandarin shí mì / shi2 mi4
Taiwan shih mi
Japanese sekimitsu
Stone honey; a toffee, made of sugar, or sugar and cream (or butter).

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Mandarin mì náng / mi4 nang2
Taiwan mi nang
Chinese honey sac (bee anatomy)

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Mandarin mì táo / mi4 tao2
Taiwan mi t`ao / mi tao
Chinese honey peach; juicy peach

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Mandarin mì táng / mi4 tang2
Taiwan mi t`ang / mi tang
Chinese honey

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Mandarin mì guàn / mi4 guan4
Taiwan mi kuan
Chinese honey pot; fig. comfortable living conditions; privileged environment

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Mandarin mì fēng / mi4 feng1
Taiwan mi feng
Japanese mitsubachi みつばち
 michibachi みちばち
Chinese bee; honeybee; CL:隻|只[zhi1],群[qun2]
Japanese (ik) (kana only) honeybee (Apis sp.); honey bee

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Mandarin mì jiàn / mi4 jian4
Taiwan mi chien
Chinese food preserved in sugar or honey

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Japanese hachikuma はちくま
Japanese (kana only) crested honey buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus); Oriental honey buzzard; pern

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Mandarin fēng mì / feng1 mi4
Taiwan feng mi
Japanese hanii / hani はにい
 hachimitsu はちみつ
Chinese honey
Japanese (ik) (kana only) honey; (kana only) honey; (female given name) Hanii; (female given name) Hachimitsu
[bees'] honey

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Japanese koeoke こえおけ
Japanese night-soil bucket; honey bucket

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Mandarin shí mì / shi2 mi4
Taiwan shih mi
Japanese jikimitsu
To eat honey, i.e. to absorb the Buddha's teaching.

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Mandarin ā nān / a1 nan1
Taiwan a nan
Chinese honey (endearment in addressing a little girl)

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Japanese shutou / shuto しゅとう
Japanese dish of pickled skipjack tuna entrails sometimes mixed with sake, honey, mirin and onions (specialty of Kochi Prefecture)

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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
Honey / Nectar mitsumì / mi4 / mi
Honey 和內
hé nèi / he2 nei4 / he nei / henei ho nei / honei
Honey ハニーhanii / hani
aiài / ai4 / ai
Younger Sister mai / imouto
mai / imoto
mèi / mei4 / mei

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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