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Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road
China dào
Japan michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism Vertical Wall Scroll

道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism." If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path."

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.

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The Way of the Wave

Japan nami no michi
The Way of the Wave Vertical Wall Scroll

波の道 is the simple way to write "The Way of the Wave" in Japanese.

I added this at the request of several customers. 波の道 is not a very common Japanese phrase.

波 = Wave
の = Of
道 = Way
The word order is the opposite of English. Most Japanese phrases that end in "の道" are translated to English as "The Way of..."

Technically, you could write "波道" as a shorter version of "The Way of the Wave". However, without context, 波道 can mean channel or suggest a path to redirect ocean flow.

Animal Kingdom

China dòng wù wáng guó
Japan doubutsu oukoku
Animal Kingdom Vertical Wall Scroll

動物王國 is literally what it says.

There is even a TV show in China that is similar to Wild Kingdom or what you would currently see on the Discovery Channel that has this same title.

For your information: In the Chinese way of thinking, the Tiger is the king of the animal kingdom (lions are not native to China, so the tiger took the role that we have given to the lion in our western way of thinking).

The Japanese version has a slight variation on the last character. Let me know if your audience is Japanese, and we will have it written in that form for you.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ ju2
Taiwan chü
Japanese tsubone / つぼね    kyoku / きょく
Chinese office; situation; classifier for games: match, set, round etc
Japanese (1) court lady; lady-in-waiting (Heian period); (2) (See 曹司・1) separate room in a palace (esp. for a lady) (Heian period); (3) room for a very low class prostitute; (4) (See 局女郎) very low class prostitute; (n,n-suf) (1) bureau; department; (2) (abbreviation) (See 郵便局,放送局) office (e.g. post, telephone); broadcasting station (e.g. television, radio); channel; exchange; (3) affair; situation; (n,n-suf,ctr) (4) game (of go, shogi, etc.); (surname, female given name) Tsubone

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Mandarin cáo / cao2
Taiwan ts`ao / tsao
Japanese sou / so / そう    uke / うけ
Chinese trough; manger; groove; channel; (Tw) (computing) hard drive
Japanese (See 琵琶) body (of a biwa); (archaism) basin; tub
A trough, manger, channel.

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Mandarin cáo / cao2
Taiwan ts`ao / tsao
Japanese sō
Chinese transport by water; watercourse; canal
A channel, canal; transport, especially by the 漕河 Grand Canal.

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Japanese mio / みお Japanese (1) waterway; channel; (2) wake (of a ship); (female given name) Rei; (female given name) Mio

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Mandarin jīng / jing1
Taiwan ching
Japanese tsune / つね    tate / たて    kyou / kyo / きょう
Chinese classics; sacred book; scripture; to pass through; to undergo; to bear; to endure; warp (textile); longitude; menstruation; channel (TCM); abbr. for economics 經濟|经济[jing1 ji4]; surname Jing
Japanese (female given name) Tsune; (surname) Tate; (surname) Kyou
A warp, that which runs lengthwise; to pass through or by, past; to manage, regulate; laws, canons, classics. Skt. sūtras; threads, threaded together, classical works. Also called 契經 and 經本. The sūtras in the Tripiṭaka are the sermons attributed to the Buddha; the other two divisions are 律 the Vinaya, and 論 the śāstras, or Abhidharma; cf. 三藏. Every sūtra begins with the words 如是我聞 'Thus did I hear', indicating that it contains the words of Śākyamuni.


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Japanese suji / スジ Japanese (1) muscle; tendon; sinew; (2) vein; artery; (3) fiber; fibre; string; (4) line; stripe; streak; (5) reason; logic; (6) plot; storyline; (7) lineage; descent; (8) school (e.g. of scholarship or arts); (9) aptitude; talent; (10) source (of information, etc.); circle; channel; (11) well-informed person (in a transaction); (12) logical move (in go, shogi, etc.); (13) (shogi) ninth vertical line; (14) seam on a helmet; (15) (abbreviation) gristly fish paste (made of muscle, tendons, skin, etc.); (16) (archaism) social position; status; (n-suf,n,adj-no) (17) on (a river, road, etc.); along; (suf,ctr) (18) counter for long thin things; counter for roads or blocks when giving directions; (19) (archaism) (Edo period) counter for hundreds of mon (obsolete unit of currency); (given name) Suji


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Japanese horikiri / ほりきり Japanese (archaism) man-made water channel (e.g. round a castle); artificial trench; moat; (surname) Horizetsu; (surname) Horisetsu; (place-name, surname) Horigiri; (place-name, surname) Horikiri; (surname) Horiki; (place-name) Hokkiri



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Mandarin dǎo rù / dao3 ru4
Taiwan tao ju
Japanese dounyuu / donyu / どうにゅう
Chinese to introduce into; to channel; to lead; to guide into; to import (data)
Japanese (noun/participle) introduction; bringing in; leading in; installation


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Mandarin yǐn shuǐ / yin3 shui3
Taiwan yin shui
Japanese hikimizu / ひきみず    hikinomizu / ひきのみず
Chinese to pilot a ship; to channel water; to draw water (for irrigation)
Japanese (surname) Hikimizu; (place-name) Hikinomizu


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Mandarin yǐn hé / yin3 he2
Taiwan yin ho
Chinese irrigation channel


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Japanese keiro / kero / けいろ Japanese (1) course; route; path; channel; (2) process; means



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Mandarin guī jīng / gui1 jing1
Taiwan kuei ching
Chinese channel tropism (TCM)


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Japanese mio / みお Japanese (1) waterway; channel; (2) wake (of a ship); (surname) Midzuo; (surname) Mizunoo; (place-name, surname) Mizuo; (surname, female given name) Mio; (given name) Suibi


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Mandarin shuǐ lù / shui3 lu4
Taiwan shui lu
Japanese suiro / すいろ
Chinese waterway
Japanese (1) waterway; canal; channel; watercourse; aqueduct; (2) swimming pool lane; (surname) Mizumichi


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Mandarin shuǐ dào / shui3 dao4
Taiwan shui tao
Japanese suidou / suido / すいどう
Chinese aqueduct; sewer
Japanese (1) water supply; water service; waterworks; (2) channel; strait; (3) water course; waterway; (surname) Mizumichi; (place-name) Suidou


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Mandarin hé cáo / he2 cao2
Taiwan ho ts`ao / ho tsao
Chinese river bed; channel


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Mandarin hé dào / he2 dao4
Taiwan ho tao
Japanese kadou / kado / かどう
Chinese river course; river channel
Japanese river channel; floodway; (surname) Koudou; (surname) Kawamichi


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Japanese ryuuro / ryuro / りゅうろ Japanese channel; duct; passage; watercourse; flow channel


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Japanese kaikyou / kaikyo / かいきょう Japanese channel (e.g. between two land masses); strait; (surname) Kaikyou



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Mandarin hǎi xiá / hai3 xia2
Taiwan hai hsia
Chinese channel; strait
Japanese See: 海峡



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Mandarin hǎi mén / hai3 men2
Taiwan hai men
Japanese kaimon / かいもん
Chinese Haimen county level city in Nantong 南通[Nan2 tong1], Jiangsu
Japanese strait; channel; (place-name) Kaimon


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Mandarin qú dào / qu2 dao4
Taiwan ch`ü tao / chü tao
Chinese irrigation ditch; (fig.) channel; means


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Japanese dobugawa / どぶがわ Japanese ditch with running water; drainage channel; (surname) Mizogawa; (place-name, surname) Mizokawa; (place-name) Dobugawa



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Mandarin gōu qú / gou1 qu2
Taiwan kou ch`ü / kou chü
Japanese koukyo / kokyo / こうきょ
Chinese channel; moat; irrigation canal
Japanese ditch; sewer; canal



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Mandarin xī jìng / xi1 jing4
Taiwan hsi ching
Chinese path; way through; channel



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Mandarin zé xī / ze2 xi1
Taiwan tse hsi
Japanese sawanishi / さわにし
Chinese Jersey (Channel Islands)
Japanese (surname) Sawanishi


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Japanese miotsukushi;reihyou / miotsukushi;rehyo / みおつくし;れいひょう Japanese marks in a water channel


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Japanese seto / せと Japanese strait; channel; (place-name, surname) Sedo; (surname) Setozaki; (p,s,f) Seto


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Mandarin guàn qú / guan4 qu2
Taiwan kuan ch`ü / kuan chü
Chinese irrigation channel



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Mandarin guàn shū / guan4 shu1
Taiwan kuan shu
Chinese to imbue with; to inculcate; to instill into; to teach; to impart; to channel water to another place

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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
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
The Way of the Wave波の道nami no michi
Animal Kingdom動物王國
doubutsu oukoku
dobutsu okoku
dòng wù wáng guó
dong4 wu4 wang2 guo2
dong wu wang guo
tung wu wang kuo
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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