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Tom Clan Generational Poem

China ěr chāng yǒu yán sì jié kāi wén yì guāng zōng chuán shì zé yuǎn jìn běn lì dào lóng jī shàn jiā guó zhòng xué yè guǎng chéng fāng
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Tom <mark>Clan</mark> Generational Poem

This is the Tom Clan Generational Poem. If you are interested in this poem, you probably already know the meaning, so for now we'll forgo including a translation.

Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin

China chén
HK Chan
Japan chin
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Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin

This is the most common character for a Chinese surname that romanizes as "Chen".

This is also a surname You or Yo in Japanese, though it can also be pronounced as Chin in Japanese.

In Korean, it is a surname romanized as Jin.

As a word, this character means: to lay out; to exhibit; to display; to narrate; to state; to explain; to tell.

The Chen clan or family was a small kingdom from 1046 BC to 479 BC. It was one of 12 small-but-powerful vassal states during the Spring and Autumn Period 770-475 BC. This name reappeared as the Chen Dynasty (陳朝) of the Southern dynasties from 557 AD to 589 AD.

Family / Members of a Family

China jiā zú
Japan ka zoku
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Family / Members of a Family

This is family in Japanese Kanji. It represents all the members of a family. This can also mean household or clan depending on context.

First Born

Japan souryou
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First Born

This is a Japanese title for the eldest child, oldest child, first born child, or child who carries on the family name.

In more ancient times, this was used to refer to the head of a warrior clan. It can also be a place name or given name "Souryou" or "Soryo" in Japanese.

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Character Images Characters / Kanji
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Mandarin táng / tang2
Taiwan t`ang / tang
Japanese  どうざき
Chinese (main) hall; large room for a specific purpose; relationship between cousins etc on the paternal side of a family; of the same clan; classifier for sets (or suites) of furniture, classes etc; CL:間|间[jian1]
Japanese (n,n-suf,n-pref) (1) temple; shrine; hall; (2) prefix to building meaning "magnificent"; (surname) Douzaki; (surname) Dou; (surname) Takadono; (given name) Keidou
prāsāda. A hall, temple, court.

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Mandarin xìng / xing4
Taiwan hsing
Japanese shō そう
Chinese family name; surname; CL:個|个[ge4]; to be surnamed
Japanese (1) surname; family name; (2) hereditary title (used in ancient Japan to denote rank and political standing); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) surname; family name; (1) hereditary title (used in ancient Japan to denote rank and political standing); (2) (archaism) clan

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese shitsu むろらん
Chinese room; work unit; grave; scabbard; family or clan; one of the 28 constellations of Chinese astronomy; surname Shi
Japanese greenhouse; icehouse; cellar; (n,n-suf) (1) room; (2) (obscure) wife (of someone of high rank); (3) (obscure) scabbard; (4) (astron) Chinese "Encampment" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (personal name) Muroran; (surname) Muromasa; (surname) Murozaki; (surname) Murosaki; (place-name/surname) Muro; (surname) Hamamuro; (surname) Dai; (surname) Shitsu
House, household, abode; translit. ś, s, śr;, śl. Cf. 尸; 舍; 音; for 室摩 v. 沙門.

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Mandarin zōng / zong1
Taiwan tsung
Japanese shū もとい
Chinese school; sect; purpose; model; ancestor; clan; to take as one's model (in academic or artistic work); classifier for batches, items, cases (medical or legal), reservoirs; surname Zong
Japanese center (centre); pillar; principle; sect; (given name) Motoi; (personal name) Muneto; (surname) Munetaka; (f,s) Mune; (female given name) Miyako; (personal name) Hajime; (surname) Chon; (given name) Takashi; (surname) Souzaki; (surname) Sou; (surname/given name) Shuu
Ancestors, ancestral; clan; class, category. kind; school, sect; siddhānta, summary, main doctrine, syllogism, proposition, conclusion, realization. Sects are of two kinds: (1) those founded on principles having historic continuity, as the twenty sects of the Hīnayāna, the thirteen sects of China, and the fourteen sects of Japan: (2) those arising from an individual interpretation of the general teaching of Buddhism, as the sub-sects founded by Yongming 永明 (d. 975), 法相宗, 法性宗, 破相宗, or those based on a peculiar interpretation of one of the recognized sects, as the Jōdo-shinshū 淨土眞宗 found by Shinran-shōnin. There are also divisions of five, six, and ten, which have reference to specific doctrinal differences. Cf. 宗派.

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Mandarin xiōng / xiong1
Taiwan hsiung
Japanese kyō けい
Chinese elder brother
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) (familiar language) used after the name of someone who is an older brother figure; (2) used with various honorifics to mean (older) brother; (1) (archaism) eldest son; (2) (archaism) older brother; older sister; (3) (archaism) older person; (4) (archaism) head of a clan; head of a region; (5) (archaism) skilled craftsman; (n,n-suf) (1) elder brother; (pn,adj-no) (2) (familiar language) (masculine speech) pronoun or suffix used in reference to an older brother figure; Mister; Mr; (humble language) elder brother; older brother; (personal name) Kei
Elder brother.

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Mandarin zhī // shì / zhi1 // shi4
Taiwan chih // shih
Japanese hamauji はまうじ
 tomo とも
 ujifuku うじふく
 uji うじ
Chinese see 月氏[Yue4 zhi1] and 閼氏|阏氏[yan1 zhi1]; clan name; maiden name
Japanese (suffix) (1) (honorific or respectful language) Mr; Mrs; Ms; Miss; (2) clan; (3) (honorific or respectful language) he; him; (counter) (4) (honorific or respectful language) counter for people; family name; lineage; birth; (surname) Hamauji; (female given name) Tomo; (personal name) Shi; (personal name) Ujifuku; (surname) Uji

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Mandarin/ zu2
Taiwan tsu
Japanese zoku やから
Chinese race; nationality; ethnicity; clan; by extension, social group (e.g. office workers 上班族)
Japanese party (of people); set (of people); clan; family; fellow; (n,n-suf) (1) tribe; clan; band; (2) (taxonomical) tribe; (3) group (of the periodic table); (female given name) Yakara; (surname) Shi

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Mandarin shè / she4
Taiwan she
Japanese sha やしろ
Chinese society; group; club; agency; (old) god of the land
Japanese shrine (usually Shinto); (n,n-suf) (1) (abbreviation) company; association; society; (2) regional Chinese god of the earth (or a village built in its honour); (ctr,suf) (3) counter for companies, shrines, etc.; (p,s,f) Yashiro
Gods of the land; a village, clan, society.

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Mandarin bèi / bei4
Taiwan pei
Japanese hai やから
Chinese contemporaries; generation; lifetime
Japanese party (of people); set (of people); clan; family; fellow; (suffix noun) suffixed to words indicating a class of people to create a plural (esp. in impolite contexts); group; gang; bunch; comrade; fellow

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Mandarin fān / fan1
Taiwan fan
Japanese mamoru まもる
 magaki まがき
 ban ばん
 han はん
 shigeru しげる
Chinese fence; hedge; screen; barrier; vassal state; Taiwan pr. [fan2]
Japanese (n,n-suf) feudal domain (Edo and early Meiji periods, precursor to current prefectures); fiefdom; province; clan; (given name) Mamoru; (surname) Magaki; (surname) Ban; (surname) Han; (given name) Shigeru

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Mandarin shǒu / shou3
Taiwan shou
Japanese shu おびと
Chinese head; chief; first (occasion, thing etc); classifier for poems, songs etc
Japanese (1) (archaism) office; official; (2) chief; head; decapitated head of an enemy; (counter) counter for songs and poems; (1) (archaism) eldest son; (2) (archaism) older brother; older sister; (3) (archaism) older person; (4) (archaism) head of a clan; head of a region; (5) (archaism) skilled craftsman; (1) neck; (2) head; (3) (kana only) dismissal; discharge; firing (from a job); head (of a doll); (archaism) Obito (hereditary title, often given to powerful regional families); (personal name) Obito

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Mandarin/ fa2
Taiwan fa
Japanese isao いさを
Chinese powerful individual, family or group; clique; (loanword) valve
Japanese (n,n-suf) clique; clan; faction; (personal name) Isao

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上忍 Mandarin shàng rěn / shang4 ren3
Taiwan shang jen
Japanese jōnin じょうにん
Japanese Ninja clan master; highest-ranking ninja
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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一味 Mandarin yī wèi / yi1 wei4
Taiwan i wei
Japanese ichimi かずみ
Chinese blindly; invariably
Japanese (adv,n) unique or peculiar flavor (flavour); (noun/participle) clan; partisans; conspirators; gang; crew; (given name) Kazumi; (surname) Ichimi
One, or the same flavour, kind or character, i.e. the Buddha's teaching.

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一族 Mandarin yī zú / yi1 zu2
Taiwan i tsu
Japanese ichizoku いちぞく
Chinese social group; subculture; family; clan; see also 族[zu2]
Japanese (1) family; relatives; dependents; (2) household

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Mandarin yī mén / yi1 men2
Taiwan i men
Japanese ichi mon ひとかど
Japanese (1) family; clan; kin; (2) sect; school; adherents; followers; disciples; (3) (sumo) group of related sumo stables; (surname) Hitokado; (surname) Kazuto; (surname/given name) Ichimon; (surname) Ichikado
The one door out of mortality into nirvāṇa, i.e. the Pure-land door.

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同藩 Japanese douhan / dohan どうはん
Japanese the same clan

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各藩 Japanese kakuhan かくはん
Japanese each clan

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大族 Mandarin dà zú / da4 zu2
Taiwan ta tsu
Chinese large and influential family; clan

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大藩 Japanese taihan たいはん
Japanese large feudal domain; large fiefdom; powerful clan

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家家 Mandarin jiā jiā / jia1 jia1
Taiwan chia chia
Japanese keke いえいえ
Japanese every house or family
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家族 Mandarin jiā zú / jia1 zu2
Taiwan chia tsu
Japanese kazoku かぞく
Chinese family; clan
Japanese (n,adj-no) family; members of a family
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Mandarin jiā mén / jia1 men2
Taiwan chia men
Japanese kamon かもん
 iekado いえかど
Chinese house door; family clan
Japanese one's family; one's clan; (given name) Kamon; (surname/given name) Iekado

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宗室 Mandarin zōng shì / zong1 shi4
Taiwan tsung shih
Japanese soushitsu / soshitsu そうしつ
Chinese imperial clan; member of the imperial clan; clansman; ancestral shrine
Japanese (given name) Soushitsu
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宗正 Mandarin zōng zhèng / zong1 zheng4
Taiwan tsung cheng
Japanese yahiro やひろ
 munemasa むねまさ
 munetada むねただ
 sousei / sose そうせい
Chinese Director of the Imperial Clan in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
Japanese (surname) Yahiro; (surname/given name) Munemasa; (personal name) Munetada; (personal name) Sousei

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宗族 Mandarin zōng zú / zong1 zu2
Taiwan tsung tsu
Japanese sōzoku そうぞく
Chinese Chinese clan
Japanese one's family or clan

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尚氏 Japanese shoushi / shoshi しょうし
Japanese Sho clan; royal family of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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平語 Japanese heigo / hego へいご
Japanese The Tale of the Taira Clan

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德川 Mandarin dé chuān / de2 chuan1
Taiwan te ch`uan / te chuan
Chinese Tokugawa, the ruling clan of Japan from 1550-1850

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土豪 Mandarin tǔ háo / tu3 hao2
Taiwan t`u hao / tu hao
Japanese dogou / dogo どごう
Chinese local tyrant; local strong man; (slang) nouveau riche
Japanese powerful local clan; (surname) Dogou

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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4-character wall scroll.
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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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tom Clan Generational Poem尔昌友延嗣捷开文裔光宗传世泽远晋本立道隆积善家国重学业广成芳
n/aěr chāng yǒu yán sì jié kāi wén yì guāng zōng chuán shì zé yuǎn jìn běn lì dào lóng jī shàn jiā guó zhòng xué yè guǎng chéng fāng
er chang you yan si jie kai wen yi guang zong chuan shi ze yuan jin ben li dao long ji shan jia guo zhong xue ye guang cheng fang
erh ch`ang yu yen ssu chieh k`ai wen i kuang tsung ch`uan shih tse yüan chin pen li tao lung chi shan chia kuo chung hsüeh yeh kuang ch`eng fang
er3 chang1 you3 yan2 si4 jie2 kai1 wen2 yi4 guang1 zong1 chuan2 shi4 ze2 yuan3 jin4 ben3 li4 dao4 long2 ji1 shan4 jia1 guo2 zhong4 xue2 ye4 guang3 cheng2 fang1
erh chang yu yen ssu chieh kai wen i kuang tsung chuan shih tse yüan chin pen li tao lung chi shan chia kuo chung hsüeh yeh kuang cheng fang
Chen / Chan / Yo / Jin
Family / Members of a Family家族
ka zoku
jiā zú
jia zu
chia tsu
jia1 zu2
First Born惣領

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

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