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Crane in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Crane
  2. White Crane
  3. Swan / White Crane
  4. Construction Crane
  5. White Crane Fist
  6. Jin Ji Du Li
  7. Wu Xing Fist
  8. Every Creature Has A Domain


Graceful bird of longevity
Japan tsuru
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This is a famous bird of China. Known in China to be a very spiritual creature, the crane is a symbol of both longevity, and the journey of souls and spirits of ancestors.

Note: This character can mean crane or stork in Japanese.

White Crane

China bái hè
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White <mark>Crane</mark>

This means White Crane.

This title directly means "White Crane" in Chinese, but in English, this particular crane is referred to as the "red-crowned crane" or "Grus Japonensis". This crane is mostly white with a red bill (crown).

Swan / White Crane

Japan hakuchou / shirotori
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Swan / White <mark>Crane</mark>

This is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for white swan (Cygnus Bechstein).

The title literally means white-feathered bird. This title can also be used to refer to a white crane.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Hakuchou.

Construction Crane

China qǐ zhòng jī
Japan kijuuki
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Construction <mark>Crane</mark>

A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name. This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.

In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2014, construction has barely slowed.

If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane".

White Crane Fist

China bái hè
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White <mark>Crane</mark> Fist

This is the title for White Crane Fist style of martial arts. This is also known as "Baihequan" or "Fujian White Crane".

Jin Ji Du Li

China jīn jī dú lì
Japan kin kei doku ritsu
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Jin Ji Du Li

"Jin Ji Du Li", means "golden rooster stands on one leg".

This also called "crane stance" in English. This is used in wushu, karate and other forms of martial arts.

This can be pronounced, "kinkei dokuritsu" in Japanese, but it's rarely a title used in Japanese.

Wu Xing Fist

Five Forms Fist of Kung Fu
China wǔ xíng quán
Japan gokeiken
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Wu Xing Fist

This is "Wu Xing Fist" or "Five Form Fist". The forms refer to Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, and Leopard. This term is used in Kung Fu, and is recognized by both Chinese and Japanese practitioners of martial arts.

Every Creature Has A Domain

China hǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
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Every Creature Has A Domain

Every Creature has a Domain The first line (which is the column on the right) says, "The Ocean is the World of the Dragon". The next column says, "The Clouds are the Domain of the Cranes".

This is a somewhat poetic way to say that everyone and everything has its place in the world.

The image to the right is what this calligraphy can look like in xing-kaishu style by Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping.

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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
White Crane白鹤
n/abái hè
bai he
pai ho
bai2 he4
Swan / White Crane白鳥
hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
Construction Crane起重机
qǐ zhòng jī
qi zhong ji
ch`i chung chi
qi3 zhong4 ji1
chi chung chi
White Crane Fist白鹤拳
n/abái hè
bai he quan
pai ho ch`üan
bai2 he4 quan2
pai ho chüan
Jin Ji Du Li金鸡独立
kin kei doku ritsu
jīn jī dú lì
jin ji du li
chin chi tu li
jin1 ji1 du2 li4
Wu Xing Fist五形拳
gokeikenwǔ xíng quán
wu xing quan
wu hsing ch`üan
wu3 xing2 quan2
wu hsing chüan
Every Creature Has A Domain海为龙世界云是鹤家乡
n/ahǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
hai wei long shi jie yun shi he jia xiang
hai wei lung shih chieh yün shih ho chia hsiang
hai3 wei2 long2 shi4 jie4 yun2 shi4 he4 jia1 xiang1

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