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Army in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Army / Military
  2. Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour
  3. Chinese or Korean Army General
  4. Soldiers
  5. Shogun / Japanese General
  6. Mighty / Powerful / Strong
  7. Military Intelligence


Army / Military

China jūn
Japan gun
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This character means army, military, or arms.

This is also a character used in the compound word that means "army general". It's the "gun" in the well-known Japanese title "Shogun" which means general.


See Also...  Shogun | Navy | Marine | Military

Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour

China yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
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Nothing could be more true. When I was in the Marine Corps, we trained for years for combat that often lasts only hours.

This Chinese proverb also reminds me of a common phrase used in the military to describe combat: "Weeks of total boredom, punctuated with five minutes of shear terror".

This may have some roots in Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Though I can not find this passage in his writings.

On the subject of the Art of War, if you have a favorite passage, we can create a custom calligraphy scroll with that phrase.

Chinese or Korean Army General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
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There is a slight variation in the way the first character is written. This is the more Chinese and Korean Hanja version. So if you want to specifically refer to a Chinese or Korean General, this is the way. Japanese people would still easily identify this as "shogun".

Note: This term is also used for Admiral in Korean in certain context (if you need a better title for Admiral, just let me know).

Soldiers

China bīng
Japan hei
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This character can be used to express soldiers, troops, a force, an army, weapons, arms, military, warfare, tactics, strategy, or warlike. The final meaning depends on context. It's also part of the Chinese title for the Terracotta soldiers. In fact, this character is usually used in compound words (words of more than one character). Sometimes this single character is the title used for the pawns in a chess game (in a related issue, this is also a nickname for soldiers with the rank of Private).


See Also...  Military | Warrior

Shogun / Japanese General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
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In the west, when someone mentions "Shogun" we may be filled with thoughts of gallant warriors. Some might even think of the TV mini-series with Richard Chamberlain. Often westerners use the words Samurai and Shogun interchangeably. So I will clear it up really quickly...

Shogun in the simplest definition is a General. You could also use words such as commander, lord, overlord, highest ranking, or commanding officer, since "Shogun" has held some slightly ambiguous meanings at times in Japanese history.

Sometimes a Shogun was a general, other times he was the leader of a military government in Japan.

Variants of the same characters are used in China for the rank and title of a General of the People's Liberation Army (and the same term and characters have been used for the last 2200 years since the Qin Dynasty).

Mighty / Powerful / Strong

China qiáng dà
Japan kyoudai
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This can mean mighty, powerful, large, formidable, or strong.

This term is often used to describe soldiers/troops/warriors, and whole armies.

Military Intelligence

China jūn shì qíng bào
Japan gunji-jouhou
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This is the full way to say "Military Intelligence".

The first two characters mean "military affairs".

The second two characters mean "intelligence" or "information-gathering".

If you work in the G2 section of your military unit, this is the wall scroll for you.


See Also...  Military


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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

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With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Army / Military
gunjūn
jun
chün
jun1
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour养兵千日用兵一时
養兵千日用兵一時
n/ayǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
yang bing qian ri yang bing yi shi
yang ping ch`ien jih yang ping i shih
yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 yang4 bing1 yi4 shi2
yang ping chien jih yang ping i shih
Chinese or Korean Army General将军
將軍
shougun
shogun
jiāng jūn
jiang jun
chiang chün
jiang1 jun1
jiangjun
Soldiers
heibīng
bing
ping
bing1
Shogun / Japanese General将军
將軍
shougun
shogun
jiāng jūn
jiang jun
chiang chün
jiang1 jun1
jiangjun
Mighty / Powerful / Strong强大
強大
kyoudai
kyodai
qiáng dà
qiang da
ch`iang ta
qiang2 da4
qiangda
chiangta
chiang ta
Military Intelligence军事情报
軍事情報
gunji-jouhou
gunji-joho
jūn shì qíng bào
jun shi qing bao
chün shih ch`ing pao
jun1 shi4 qing2 bao4
junshiqingbao
chünshihchingpao
chün shih ching pao

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "army" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

Some people may refer to this entry as Army Kanji, Army Characters, Army in Mandarin Chinese, Army Characters, Army in Chinese Writing, Army in Japanese Writing, Army in Asian Writing, Army Ideograms, Chinese Army symbols, Army Hieroglyphics, Army Glyphs, Army in Chinese Letters, Army Hanzi, Army in Japanese Kanji, Army Pictograms, Army in the Chinese Written-Language, or Army in the Japanese Written-Language.

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