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Clarity

China qīng
Japan sei
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清 means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moonlight piercing pure water." The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through." Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear."

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.


Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When reading in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.

Purity

Clean and Pure
China jìng
Japan jou
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淨 is the most simple way to express purity or cleanliness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. As a single character, the concept is broad: This can be a verb (the act of cleaning, purifying, or to cleanse) but it can also be the state of being clean, pure, and chaste. In some context, it can be a place to clean (like a bathing room for the soul in a Buddhist context). In Japanese, this can be a female given name "Jou" or "jō" (the Japanese equivalent of the English girl's name "Chastity").

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

China zhuān xīn
Japan sen shin
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Wall Scroll

The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose," "focused on one single thing," "concentrated" and sometimes, "special."

The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.

Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart." It's often translated as, "dedication," as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts." It's also used to mean, "with single mind," "whole-heartedly," "paying attention," "undivided attention," "concentration (-ed)," "engrossed," "devotionally (listening/watching)," and/or "attentive."

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion."

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.


専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin/ yi1
Taiwan i
Japanese moto もと
 makoto まこと
 hiyuu / hiyu ひゆう
 hitotsu ひとつ
 hitoshi ひとし
 hito ひと
 hajime はじめ
 hajimu はじむ
 ninomae にのまえ
 dekata でかた
 tsukasa つかさ
 susumu すすむ
 kokoro こころ
 kazuha かずは
 kazu かず
 osamu おさむ
 iru いる
 itsu いつ
 ichi いち
Chinese one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1); also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
Japanese (numeric) one (chi:); (irregular okurigana usage) (numeric) (1) one; (2) for one thing; (3) only; (4) (not) even; (adverbial noun) (5) just (e.g. "just try it"); (prefix) (1) one; (numeric) (2) one; (prefix) (1) one; (numeric) (2) one; (adverb) (archaism) most; (num,pref) (1) one; (adj-no,suf) (2) best; (can be adjective with の) (3) first; foremost; (4) beginning; start; (5) bottom string (on a shamisen, etc.); (female given name) Moto; (male given name) Makoto; (female given name) Hiyuu; (given name) Hitotsu; (male given name) Hitoshi; (female given name) Hito; (surname, female given name) Hajime; (male given name) Hajimu; (surname) Ninomae; (surname) Dekata; (m,f) Tsukasa; (given name) Susumu; (female given name) Kokoro; (female given name) Kazuha; (surname, female given name) Kazu; (given name) Osamu; (given name) Iru; (female given name) Itsu; (surname, given name) Ichi
eka. One, unity, monad, once, the same; immediately on (seeing, hearing, etc.).
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Japanese saya さや
 saeru さえる
 sae さえ
 go
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness); (female given name) Saya; (female given name) Saeru; (surname, female given name) Sae; (personal name) Go

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese meishuu / meshu めいしゅう
 mei / me めい
 myoujin / myojin みん
 myou / myo みょうじん
 hinata みょう
 haru ひなた
 tooru はる
 sayaka とおる
 saya さやか
 satoshi さや
 asumi さとし
 akera あすみ
 akemine あけら
 akesaki あけみね
 ake あけさき
 akuru あけ
 akiraka あくる
 akira あきらか
 akinori あきら
 akitsugu あきのり
 aki あきつぐ
 akaru あき
 akari あかる
 akamine あかり
 akajio あかみね
 akashio あかじお
 akashi あかしお
Chinese bright; opposite: dark 暗[an4]; (of meaning) clear; to understand; next; public or open; wise; generic term for a sacrifice to the gods; Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); surname Ming; Ming (c. 2000 BC), fourth of the legendary Flame Emperors, 炎帝[Yan2 di4] descended from Shennong 神農|神农[Shen2 nong2] Farmer God
Japanese (1) brightness; (2) clarity; acumen; (3) power of vision; Ming (dynasty of China, 1368-1644); (1) (Buddhist term) vidya (wisdom); (2) mantra; (prefix) (3) the coming (4th of July, etc.); (adverb) (1) (archaism) clearly; brightly; (2) cleanly; purely; (surname) Meishuu; (female given name) Mei; (given name) Min; (surname) Myoujin; (surname) Myou; (female given name) Hinata; (female given name) Haru; (female given name) Toshi; (given name) Tooru; (female given name) Sayaka; (female given name) Saya; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Asumi; (surname) Akera; (personal name) Akemine; (surname) Akesaki; (place-name, surname) Ake; (female given name) Akuru; (surname) Akiraka; (surname, female given name) Akira; (u
vidyā, knowledge. ming means bright, clear, enlightenment, intp. by 智慧 or 聰明 wisdom, wise; to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence; it is a term for 眞言 because the 'true word' can destroy the obscurity of illusion; the 'manifestation' of the power of the object of worship; it means also dhāraṇīs or mantras of mystic wisdom. Also, the Ming dynasty A. D. 1368-1644.

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Mandarin xiǎn / xian3
Taiwan hsien
Japanese kenzou / kenzo けんぞう
 kensou / kenso けんそう
 kenji けんじ
 kenshou / kensho けんしょう
 kenki けんき
 ken けん
 akira あきら
 akinori あきのり
Chinese Japanese variant of 顯|显
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (archaism) exposure; clarity; (2) (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) exoteric Buddhism; public Buddhist teachings; (adjectival noun) (1) (kana only) exposed; scanty; bare; unconcealed; naked; (2) (kana only) public; open; (personal name) Kenzou; (personal name) Kensou; (personal name) Kenji; (personal name) Kenshou; (given name) Kenki; (given name) Ken; (female given name) Akira; (personal name) Akinori

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冱え

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Japanese sae さえ
Japanese (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)

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冴え

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Japanese sae さえ
Japanese (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)

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濁り

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Japanese nigori にごり
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) muddiness; murkiness; lack of clarity; (2) impurity; (3) Japanese voiced consonant mark; (4) (abbreviation) unrefined sake

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明亮

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Mandarin míng liàng / ming2 liang4
Taiwan ming liang
Japanese haruaki はるあき
Chinese bright; shining; glittering; to become clear
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness; (personal name) Haruaki

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明了

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Mandarin míng le / ming2 le
Taiwan ming le
Japanese meiryou / meryo めいりょう
Chinese to understand clearly; to be clear about; plain; clear; also written 明瞭|明了[ming2 liao3]
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness
To understand thoroughly; complete enlightenment; to clarify

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明瞭


明了

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Mandarin míng liǎo / ming2 liao3
Taiwan ming liao
Japanese meiryou / meryo めいりょう
Chinese to understand clearly; to be clear about; plain; clear
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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明視

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Japanese meishi / meshi めいし
Japanese (noun/participle) clarity of vision

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明鏡


明镜

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Mandarin míng jìng / ming2 jing4
Taiwan ming ching
Japanese meikyou / mekyo めいきょう
 akimi あきみ
Chinese mirror (as a metaphor for something beautiful, bright and flat -- such as a lake -- or something that provides clarity and insight); Der Spiegel
Japanese clear mirror; (personal name) Meikyou; (female given name) Akimi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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著明

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Japanese chomei / chome ちょめい
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity

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清晰度

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Mandarin qīng xī dù / qing1 xi1 du4
Taiwan ch`ing hsi tu / ching hsi tu
Chinese definition; sharpness; clarity

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不透明感

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Japanese futoumeikan / futomekan ふとうめいかん
Japanese sense of uncertainty; lack of clarity; indecisiveness

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明りょう

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Japanese meiryou / meryo めいりょう
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness

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クラリティ

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Japanese kurariti クラリティ
Japanese clarity

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クラリティー

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Japanese kuraritii / kurariti クラリティー
Japanese clarity

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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
Clarity seiqīng / qing1 / qing ch`ing / ching
Purity jou / jojìng / jing4 / jing ching
Devotion
Dedication
Attentive
Focused
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
专心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
zhuanxin
chuan hsin
chuanhsin
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy 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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