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Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
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This is a universal word in Japanese, Korean and Chinese which means love and affection. Some may translate this as "love between a man and a woman". Depending on context, it can mean utter devotion or favorite.

Love

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

Passions / Feelings / Emotions

China qíng
Japan jou / nasake
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This means feelings, emotions, passions, and sometimes refers to the situation you are in (with your emotions). At least, this is the definition in Chinese and Japanese. This word is a bit stronger in Korean Hanja, where it means affection, love, compassion, sympathy, tender feelings, and emotions. Just as in Chinese and Japanese, this can also refer to your circumstances or your facts of life in Korean.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
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This can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


See Also...  I Love You

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

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Japan sai ai
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This Japanese word means the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
印
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Mandarin yìn / yin4
Taiwan yin
Japanese shirushi しるし
 in いん
Chinese to print; to mark; to engrave; a seal; a print; a stamp; a mark; a trace; image; surname Yin; abbr. for 印度[Yin4 du4]
Japanese (1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) seal; stamp; mark; print; (2) (Buddhist term) mudra (symbolic hand gesture); (n,n-suf,n-pref) (3) (abbreviation) India; In (surname)
mudrā; seal, sign, symbol, emblem, proof, assurance, approve; also 印契; 契印; 印相. Manual signs indicative of various ideas, e. g. each finger represents one of the five primary elements, earth, water, fire, air, and space, beginning with the little finger; the left hand represents 定 stillness, or meditation, the right hand 慧 discernment or wisdom; they have also many other indications. Also, the various symbols of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, e. g. the thunderbolt; cf. 因.

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嫪
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Mandarin lào / lao4
Taiwan lao
Japanese 
Chinese longing (unrequited passion); surname Lao
to have affection

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寵
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Mandarin chǒng / chong3
Taiwan ch`ung / chung
Japanese chou / cho ちょう
Chinese to love; to pamper; to spoil; to favor
Japanese favor; favour; affection; Chou (given name)

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標
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Mandarin biāo / biao1
Taiwan piao
Japanese shirube しるべ
 shirushi しるし
 shime しめ
Chinese the topmost branches of a tree; surface; sign; to mark; (outward) sign; indication; prize; award; bid
Japanese guidance; guide; (1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) (Shinto) (abbreviation) rope used to cordon off consecrated areas or as a talisman against evil; (2) (archaism) cordoning off; cordoning-off sign; Maaku (female given name)
Signal, flag, banner; the troops under a particular banner; a notice, list, signboard, ticket; to publish.

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情
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Mandarin qíng / qing2
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese jou / jo じょう
Chinese feeling; emotion; passion; situation
Japanese (1) feelings; emotion; sentiment; (2) compassion; sympathy; (3) passion; affection; love; (4) the way things really are; the actual situation; Makoto (personal name)
The feelings, passions, desires, affections, sensations; sentient; affinities; affairs, facts. Particular affections, duties, or affairs.
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愛
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Mandarin ài / ai4
Taiwan ai
Japanese mana まな
 ai あい
Chinese to love; affection; to be fond of; to like
Japanese (prefix) beloved; dear; (n,n-suf) (1) love; affection; care; (2) (Buddhist term) attachment; craving; desire; Rui (female given name)
kāma; rāga. Love, affection, desire; also used for tṛṣṇā, thirst, avidity, desire, one of the twelve nidānas. It is intp. as 貪 coveting, and 染著 defiling attachment; also defined as defiling love like that toward wife and children, and undefiling love like that toward one's teachers and elders.
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慈
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Mandarin/ ci2
Taiwan tz`u / tzu
Japanese ji よしみ
Chinese compassionate; gentle; merciful; kind; humane
Japanese Yoshimi (personal name)
Affection (as that of a mother), mercy, compassion, tenderness; mother.
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Mercy / Compassion / Love
瞖
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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese ei
Chinese variant of 翳[yi4]
timira, an affection of the eye, eye-film, cataract, dim sight, blindness.

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萌
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Mandarin méng / meng2
Taiwan meng
Japanese  もゆる
Chinese to sprout; to bud; to have a strong affection for (slang); adorable (loanword from Japanese 萌え moe, slang describing affection for a cute character)
Japanese Moyuru (female given name)
a sprout

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証
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Mandarin zhèng / zheng4
Taiwan cheng
Japanese shirushi しるし
 shou / sho しょう
 akashi あかし
Chinese to admonish; variant of 證|证[zheng4]
Japanese (1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) proof (e.g. of love, of innocence); evidence; testimony; vindication (of innocence); (suffix noun) (2) license; membership card; permit; (1) proof (e.g. of love, of innocence); evidence; testimony; vindication (of innocence); (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (2) to testify (usu. Christian religious context); Shou (given name)

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貪
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Mandarin tān / tan1
Taiwan t`an / tan
Japanese don どん
 tan たん
Chinese to have a voracious desire for; to covet; greedy; corrupt
Japanese (1) coveting; (2) (Buddhist term) raga (desire)
rāga; colouring, dyeing, tint, red; affection, passion, vehement longing or desire; cf. M. W. In Chinese: cupidity, desire; intp. tainted by and in bondage to the five desires; it is the first in order of the 五鈍使 pañca-kleśa q. v., and means hankering after, desire for, greed, which causes clinging to earthly life and things, therefore reincarnation.

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老
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Mandarin lǎo / lao3
Taiwan lao
Japanese rou / ro ろう
Chinese prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity; old (of people); venerable (person); experienced; of long standing; always; all the time; of the past; very; outdated; (of meat etc) tough
Japanese old age; age; old people; the old; the aged; Rou (surname)
jarā; old, old age.

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友愛
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友愛
友爱
Mandarin yǒu ài / you3 ai4
Taiwan yu ai
Japanese yuuai / yuai ゆうあい
Chinese friendly affection; fraternal love
Japanese fraternity; friendship; Yume (female given name)

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寵愛
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寵愛
宠爱
Mandarin chǒng ài / chong3 ai4
Taiwan ch`ung ai / chung ai
Japanese chouai / choai ちょうあい
Chinese to dote on sb
Japanese (noun/participle) favor; favour; affection

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念い
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念い Japanese omoi おもい
Japanese (1) thought; (2) imagination; mind; heart; (3) desire; wish; hope; expectation; (4) love; affection; (5) feelings; emotion; sentiment; experience

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和人
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和人 Japanese wahito わひと
 wajin わじん
Japanese (archaism) you (nuance of either deep affection or contempt); (archaism) Japanese person (term esp. used in ancient China, etc.); Wajin (personal name)

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恩好
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恩好 Mandarin ēn hǎo / en1 hao3
Taiwan en hao
Japanese onkō
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恩情
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恩情 Mandarin ēn qíng / en1 qing2
Taiwan en ch`ing / en ching
Japanese onjou / onjo おんじょう
Chinese kindness; affection; grace; favor
Japanese compassion; affection

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恩愛
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恩愛
恩爱
Mandarin ēn ài / en1 ai4
Taiwan en ai
Japanese onnai おんない
 onai おんあい
Chinese conjugal love
Japanese kindness and affection; love; On'ai (female given name)
Grace and love; human affection, which is one of the causes of rebirth.

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棄恩
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棄恩
弃恩
Mandarin qì ēn / qi4 en1
Taiwan ch`i en / chi en
Japanese kion
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残心
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残心 Japanese zanshin ざんしん
Japanese (1) continued alertness; unrelaxed alertness; remaining on one's guard; being prepared for a counterstroke; (2) follow-through (e.g. in archery); (3) lingering affection; attachment; regret; regrets; reluctance
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Alert / On Guard
未練
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未練 Japanese miren みれん
Japanese (adj-na,n) lingering affection; attachment; regret; regrets; reluctance; ruefulness;

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想い
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想い Japanese omoi おもい
Japanese (1) thought; (2) imagination; mind; heart; (3) desire; wish; hope; expectation; (4) love; affection; (5) feelings; emotion; sentiment; experience

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情け
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情け Japanese nasake なさけ
Japanese (1) pity; sympathy; compassion; mercy; (2) affection;

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情分
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情分 Mandarin qíng fèn / qing2 fen4
Taiwan ch`ing fen / ching fen
Chinese mutual affection; friendship

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情意
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情意 Mandarin qíng yì / qing2 yi4
Taiwan ch`ing i / ching i
Japanese joui / joi じょうい
Chinese friendly regard; affection
Japanese feeling; emotion; will

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情愛
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情愛
情爱
Mandarin qíng ài / qing2 ai4
Taiwan ch`ing ai / ching ai
Japanese jouai / joai じょうあい
Chinese affection; friendly feelings towards sb; love
Japanese affection; love; Jon'e (female given name)

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情義
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情義
情义
Mandarin qíng yì / qing2 yi4
Taiwan ch`ing i / ching i
Japanese jougi / jogi じょうぎ
Chinese affection; comradeship
Japanese justice and humanity
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Love and Honor
情見
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情見
情见
Mandarin qíng jiàn / qing2 jian4
Taiwan ch`ing chien / ching chien
Japanese jōken
The perverted views produced by passion or affection.

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我人
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我人 Mandarin wǒ rén / wo3 ren2
Taiwan wo jen
Japanese warehito われひと
 wahito わひと
Chinese we
Japanese myself and others; (archaism) you (nuance of either deep affection or contempt); Wareto (personal name)

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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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Love and Affection爱情
愛情
aijou
aijo
ài qíng
ai qing
ai ch`ing
ai4 qing2
aiqing
aiching
ai ching
Love
aiài
ai
ai4
Passions / Feelings / Emotions
jou / nasake
jo / nasake
qíng
qing
ch`ing
qing2
ching
ching
Best Love / Most Sincere Love至爱
至愛
n/azhì ài
zhi ai
chih ai
zhi4 ai4
zhiai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love最愛
最愛
sai ai
saiai
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