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Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
Love and Affection

愛情 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.

Passions / Feelings / Emotions

China qíng
Japan jou / nasake
Passions / Feelings / Emotions

情 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. 情 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.
情 is also the original Korean Hanja for the surname Jeong (정).

In Japanese, this can be the surname Sei.


China ài
Japan ai

愛 is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

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

愛 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

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Japan moai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love

This Japanese word means the best love, beloved, 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.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
Best Love / Most Sincere Love

至愛 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

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin qíng / qing2
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese jou / jo / じょう
Best Love / Most Sincere Love
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; (personal name) Makoto; (personal name) Hyonjon; (surname) Sei; (personal name) Jouji; (personal name) Jou; (female given name) Kokoro
The feelings, passions, desires, affections, sensations; sentient; affinities; affairs, facts. Particular affections, duties, or affairs.

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Mandarin ài / ai4
Taiwan ai
Japanese ai / あい
Chinese to love; to be fond of; to like; affection; to be inclined (to do something); to tend to (happen)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) (See 愛する) love; affection; care; (2) {Buddh} attachment; craving; desire; (female given name) Rui; (female given name) Rabu; (given name) Yoshimi; (female given name) Yoshiki; (female given name) Yoshi; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Medzuru; (female given name) Mego; (female given name) Megumu; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Megu; (female given name) Mei; (female given name) Manami; (female given name) Manabu; (female given name) Mana; (female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Hikari; (female given name) Haato; (female given name) Nozomi; (given name) Naruko; (female given name) Na
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; to desire

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Mandarin/ ci2
Taiwan tz`u / tzu
Japanese yoshimi / よしみ    yasushi / やすし    megumu / めぐむ    megumi / めぐみ    megu / めぐ    chika / ちか    ji / じ    shigeru / しげる    utsumi / うつみ    itsuku / いつく
Best Love / Most Sincere Love
Chinese compassionate; gentle; merciful; kind; humane
Japanese (personal name) Yoshimi; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Megumu; (female given name) Megumi; (personal name) Megu; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Ji; (personal name) Shigeru; (surname) Utsumi; (female given name) Itsuku
Affection (as that of a mother), mercy, compassion, tenderness; mother; kindness



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



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Mandarin ài qíng / ai4 qing2
Taiwan ai ch`ing / ai ching
Japanese aijou / aijo / あいじょう
Chinese romance; love (romantic); CL:個|个[ge4],份[fen4]
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) love; affection



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Mandarin cí ài / ci2 ai4
Taiwan tz`u ai / tzu ai
Japanese jiai / じあい
Chinese love; devotion (to children); affection, esp. towards children
Japanese affection; kindness; love; (female given name) Yasue; (personal name) Shigee; (female given name) Itsumi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin jìng ài / jing4 ai4
Taiwan ching ai
Japanese keiai / keai / けいあい
Chinese respect and love
Japanese (noun/participle) respect and affection; (personal name) Yoshinari; (male given name) Takayoshi; (personal name) Takae; (personal name) Atsue
Reverence and love; reverent love; beloved


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Japanese zanshin / ざんしん
Best Love / Most Sincere Love
Japanese (1) continued alertness; unrelaxed alertness; remaining on one's guard; being prepared for a counterstroke; (2) follow-through (e.g. in archery); (3) (orig. meaning) lingering affection; attachment; regret; regrets; reluctance


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Mandarin qīn qíng / qin1 qing2
Taiwan ch`in ch`ing / chin ching
Chinese affection; family love; love, esp. within a married couple or between parents and children


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Japanese oyaomoi / おやおもい
Best Love / Most Sincere Love
Japanese love or affection for one's parents

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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 (See 寵愛) favor; favour; affection; (given name) Chou

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Mandarin biāo / biao1
Taiwan piao
Japanese maaku / maku / まあく    hyou / hyo / ひょう    shirube / しるべ    shimegi / しめぎ    shimeki / しめき    shime / しめ    kozue / こずえ
Chinese mark; sign; label; to mark with a symbol, label, lettering etc; to bear (a brand name, registration number etc); prize; award; bid; target; quota; (old) the topmost branches of a tree; visible symptom; classifier for military units
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; (female given name) Maaku; (surname) Hyou; (surname) Shirube; (surname) Shimegi; (surname) Shimeki; (surname) Shime; (female given name) Kozue
Signal, flag, banner; the troops under a particular banner; a notice, list, signboard, ticket; to publish; to explain

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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; cataracts

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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 (prefix noun) old age; age; old people; the old; the aged; senior; elder; (surname) Rou; (surname) Oi
jarā; old, old age; old age, decay (Skt. jarā)

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Mandarin méng / meng2
Taiwan meng
Japanese moyuru / もゆる    moyu / もゆ    moeru / もえる    moemi / もえみ    moegi / もえぎ    moeka / もえか    moi / もい    memi / めみ    mebae / めばえ    megumu / めぐむ    megumi / めぐみ    megu / めぐ    mei / me / めい    bou / bo / ぼう    hou / ho / ほう    hajime / はじめ    tomoe / ともえ    kizashi / きざし
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 (female given name) Moyuru; (female given name) Moyu; (female given name) Moeru; (female given name) Moemi; (female given name) Moegi; (female given name) Moeka; (female given name) Moe; (female given name) Moi; (female given name) Memi; (female given name) Mebae; (female given name) Megumu; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Megu; (female given name) Mei; (personal name) Bou; (given name) Hou; (female given name) Hajime; (female given name) Tomoe; (female given name) Kizashi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin zhèng / zheng4
Taiwan cheng
Japanese shou / sho / しょう    satoshi / さとし    katsuhata / かつはた    isamu / いさむ    akira / あきら    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); (given name) Shou; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Katsuhata; (given name) Isamu; (given name) Akira; (female given name) Akashi

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Mandarin tān / tan1
Taiwan t`an / tan
Japanese tan;don / たん;どん
Chinese to have a voracious desire for; to covet; greedy; corrupt
Japanese (1) coveting; (2) {Buddh} (usu. とん) 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; craving

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Mandarin shǎn / shan3
Taiwan shan
Japanese sen / せん
Chinese to dodge; to duck out of the way; to beat it; shaken (by a fall); to sprain; to pull a muscle; lightning; spark; a flash; to flash (across one's mind); to leave behind; (Internet slang) (of a display of affection) "dazzlingly" saccharine; surname Shan
Japanese (female given name) Sen
Flash; get out of the way; to glitter



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Mandarin yǒu ài / you3 ai4
Taiwan yu ai
Japanese yuuai / yuai / ゆうあい
Chinese friendly affection; fraternal love
Japanese fraternity; friendship; (female given name) Yume; (female given name) Yumana; (female given name) Yuma; (female given name) Yuchika; (female given name) Yue; (f,p) Yuuai; (female given name) Yuua; (female given name) Yui; (female given name) Yua; (personal name) Tomoyoshi; (given name) Tomonaru; (given name) Tomochika; (female given name) Tomoe; (personal name) Tomoaki; (female given name) Tomoa; (female given name) Toa


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Japanese wajin / わじん    yorito / よりと    masando / まさんど    masahito / まさひと    nagito / なぎと    katsuhito / かつひと    kazundo / かずんど    kazunto / かずんと    kazuhito / かずひと    kazuto / かずと    kazushito / かずしと    kazuo / かずお Japanese (archaism) you (nuance of either deep affection or contempt); (archaism) Japanese person (term esp. used in ancient China, etc.); (personal name) Wajin; (given name) Yorito; (given name) Masando; (personal name) Masahito; (personal name) Nagito; (personal name) Katsuhito; (given name) Kazundo; (given name) Kazunto; (given name) Kazuhito; (male given name) Kazuto; (given name) Kazushito; (given name) Kazuo



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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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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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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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Mandarin sī mù / si1 mu4
Taiwan ssu mu
Japanese shibo / しぼ
Chinese to cherish the memory of sb; to think of with respect
Japanese (noun/participle) yearning; deep affection
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin yuàn qīn / yuan4 qin1
Taiwan yüan ch`in / yüan chin
Japanese onshin
Hate and affection.


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


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


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

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Love and Affection愛情
aijou / aijoài qíng / ai4 qing2 / ai qing / aiqingai ch`ing / aiching / ai ching
jou / nasake
jo / nasake
qíng / qing2 / qingch`ing / ching
aiài / ai4 / ai
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiaichih ai / chihai
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