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Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

Japan en sou
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This is Enso, which is really NOT a regular Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. In this case, it can be considered a religious symbol, as it is strongly-associated with Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Enso Circle

This is a typical appearance of Enso with an inscription by master calligrapher Bishou Imai.

Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment." Others call it the "Infinity Circle." If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji that make up the word "Enso," you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness." I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.

Please note when you start making your customizations for an Enso wall scroll, you will see some possible ways it might be written, listed under the different calligraphy styles that we normally offer. However, Enso does not really conform to normal Asian calligraphy styles. Therefore, do not expect that you can make a style selection and expect the actual result to be identical. The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc. You cannot control or constrain that, as you cannot constrain art, without removing some of the artistic quality. Note: Our calligraphy selection process does not take this into account, as it was designed for Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji selection.

Please ignore the part where you are invited to pick a calligraphy style in the following pages.

Both our Japanese and Chinese master calligraphers are Buddhist (not as devout as monks but Buddhist none the less). Therefore, you can be assured that your Enso symbol will be written with the utmost effort and feeling.


By the way, when "Enso" is written in Kanji, it looks like this: 円相


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Characters
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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese maru まる
Chinese zero
Japanese (1) circle (sometimes used for zero); (2) 'correct' (when marking); (3) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (4) period; full stop; (5) maru mark; semivoiced sound; p-sound
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Mandarin wán / wan2
Taiwan wan
Japanese gan わに
Chinese ball; pellet; pill
Japanese (1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (n,n-suf) (1) fishball; meatball; (2) pill; (surname) Wani; (surname) Maro; (personal name) Marufuku; (surname) Maruzaki; (surname) Marusaki; (surname) Marui; (surname) Maru; (surname) Gan
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Mandarin quān / quan1
Taiwan ch`üan / chüan
Japanese ken けん
Chinese Japanese variant of 圈
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) sphere; circle; range; (2) (mathematics term) category (only in the context of "category theory")

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Mandarin yuán // huán / yuan2 // huan2
Taiwan yüan // huan
Chinese circle; round; circle; encircle

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Mandarin quān // juàn // juān / quan1 // juan4 // juan1
Taiwan ch`üan // chüan / chüan // chüan
Chinese circle; ring; loop; classifier for loops, orbits, laps of race etc; CL:個|个[ge4]; to surround; to circle; pen (pig); a fold; to confine; to lock up; to pen in

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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese en まる
Chinese circle; round; circular; spherical; (of the moon) full; unit of Chinese currency (Yuan); tactful; to justify
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (personal name) Maru; (female given name) Madoka; (surname) Matome; (personal name) Dan; (personal name) Enpuku; (surname) En
Round, all-round, full-orbed, inclusive, all-embracing, whole, perfect, complete.

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese shū めぐる
Chinese to make a circuit; to circle; circle; circumference; lap; cycle; complete; all; all over; thorough; to help financially; surname Zhou; Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC)
Japanese (1) Zhou (dynasty of China); Chou; (2) (geometry term) perimeter; (n-suf,ctr) (3) counter for laps or circuits; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Meguri; (given name) Makoto; (personal name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Tsukashi; (given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Juu; (surname) Shiyu; (given name) Shuutei; (personal name) Shuuji; (personal name) Shuukichi; (given name) Shuuki; (surname, given name) Shuu; (surname) Shu; (surname) Kane; (personal name) Osamu; (given name) I
Around, on every side, complete.
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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese meguru めぐる
 mitsu みつ
 maroshi まろし
 maroka まろか
 maru まる
 madoka まどか
 nodoka のどか
 tsubura つぶら
 en えん
Chinese yen (Japanese currency); Japanese variant of 圓|圆
Japanese (1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Mitsu; (given name) Maroshi; (female given name) Maroka; (surname, given name) Maru; (surname, female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Nodoka; (surname, female given name) Tsubura; (surname, female given name) En
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Mandarin dōu / dou1
Taiwan tou
Japanese  かぶと
Chinese pocket; bag; to wrap up or hold in a bag; to move in a circle; to canvas or solicit; to take responsibility for; to disclose in detail; combat armor (old)
Japanese helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Helmet, hood; pocket, bag; translit. tu.

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Mandarin huí / hui2
Taiwan hui
Japanese kai めぐり
Chinese to circle; to go back; to turn around; to answer; to return; to revolve; Hui ethnic group (Chinese Muslims); time; classifier for acts of a play; section or chapter (of a classic book)
Japanese (counter) (1) counter for occurrences; (2) counter for games, rounds, etc.; counter for innings (baseball); (n,n-pref) (3) Islam; (4) (abbreviation) Hui (people); (surname) Meguri; (surname) Mawari; (surname) Magari; (surname) Kizahashi
turn

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Japanese nagashi ながし
 jou / jo じょう
 koeda こえだ
 eda えだ
Chinese See:
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); (1) article (in document); provision; (2) stripe; streak; line; passage; paragraph; (given name) Nagashi; (surname) Jou; (surname) Koeda; (personal name) Eda

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Mandarin kuàng / kuang4
Taiwan k`uang / kuang
Japanese waku わく
 kamachi かまち
Chinese frame (e.g. door frame); casing; fig. framework; template; to circle (i.e. draw a circle around something); to frame; to restrict; Taiwan pr. [kuang1]
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) frame; framework; (2) border; box; (3) limit; restriction; quota; (kana only) door frame; window frame; frame sections of the door or window that provide most of its structural integrity

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Mandarin lín / lin2
Taiwan lin
Japanese rin りん
Chinese woods; forest; CL:片[pian4]; circle(s) (i.e. specific group of people); a collection (of similar things); surname Lin
Japanese (1) woods; forest; copse; thicket; (2) bunch; line (of something); collection; (surname, female given name) Rin; (surname) Rimu; (surname) Ri; (female given name) Ramu; (surname) Yau; (surname) Hayashitaka; (surname) Hayashizaki; (surname) Hayashisaki; (p,s,f) Hayashi; (surname, given name) Shigeru; (surname) Shige; (surname) Kuwamatsu; (surname) Kuwabara; (surname) Kuwabayashi; (surname) Kuwaza; (surname) Imu; (female given name) Atsumi
A grove, or wood; a band.
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Mandarin xuàn // xuán / xuan4 // xuan2
Taiwan hsüan
Japanese sen
Chinese to whirl; immediately; variant of 鏇|镟[xuan4]; to revolve; a loop; a circle
Revolve, turn round, whirl.

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Mandarin tuán / tuan2
Taiwan t`uan / tuan
Chinese to roll up into a ball with one's hands; spiral; circle; variant of 團|团[tuan2]

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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese kin すじ
Chinese muscle; tendon
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); muscle; (surname) Suji
sinew

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Mandarin jué / jue2
Taiwan chüeh
Chinese half-circle jade ring

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Mandarin huán / huan2
Taiwan huan
Japanese gen たまみ
Chinese ring; hoop; loop; (chain) link; classifier for scores in archery etc; to surround; to encircle; to hem in; surname Huan
Japanese (1) ring; circle; loop; (2) hoop; (3) wheel; (4) circle (e.g. of friends); (1) (archaism) bracelet (made of stringed jewels or bells and worn at the elbow); (2) bracer (for the elbow of an archer); (1) ring; band; rim; (2) (mathematics term) (chem) ring; (prefix noun) (3) circum-; (female given name) Tamami; (surname, female given name) Tamaki; (female given name) Kururi; (personal name) Kanji; (given name) Kan
a jade ring or bracelet

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Mandarin qióng // jué / qiong2 // jue2
Taiwan ch`iung // chüeh / chiung // chüeh
Chinese (red stone); half-circle jade ring

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Mandarin lún / lun2
Taiwan lun
Japanese rin るん
Chinese wheel; disk; ring; steamship; to take turns; to rotate; by turn; classifier for big round objects: disk, or recurring events: round, turn
Japanese (1) ring; circle; loop; (2) hoop; (3) wheel; (4) circle (e.g. of friends); (counter) counter for wheels and flowers; (female given name) Run; (female given name) Rin; (female given name) Meguri
The two wheels of a cart compared by the Tiantai school to 定 (or to its Tiantai form 止觀) and 慧 meditation and wisdom; see 止觀 5. Also 食 food and 法 the doctrine, i. e. food physical and spiritual.

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Mandarin zhuǎn / zhuan3
Taiwan chuan
Japanese ten うたた
Chinese to revolve; to turn; to circle about; to walk about; classifier for revolutions (per minute etc): revs, rpm; classifier for repeated actions; to turn; to change direction; to transfer; to forward (mail)
Japanese (surname) Utata
vartana; pravartana; vṛtti. Turn, transform, revolve, evolve, change, the process of birth and rebirth; again, re-.

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Mandarin zhuì / zhui4
Taiwan chui
Chinese circle shrines and make sacrifices

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Japanese marubatsu まるばつ
Japanese circle and cross; right and wrong (answers); true-false

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丸く

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Japanese maruku まるく
Japanese (adverb) (1) in a circle; (2) amicably

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丸一

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Japanese maruichi まるいち
Japanese bisected-circle seal; (surname) Maruichi

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丸十

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Japanese marujuu / maruju まるじゅう
Japanese cross in a circle; (surname) Marujuu

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丸形

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Japanese marugata まるがた
Japanese (1) round shape; circle; (2) circular form; (surname) Marugata

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)
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