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  1. Doctor
  2. Benevolent and Skilled Doctor
  3. Acupuncture and Moxibustion
  4. Acupuncture
  5. Birth / Life
  6. Healing Hands
  7. Sensei / Master / Teacher / Mister
  8. You May Learn from Victory,...
  9. Tea


Doctor

Chinese
China yī shēng
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This is the title used to refer to medical doctors or physicians in China.

Note: Sometimes this same term is used in Korean but not common.

Doctor

Japanese Kanji
Japan i shi
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This is the most common title used to refer to medical doctors or physicians in Japanese Kanji.

Doctor

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Japan i sha
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This a secondary title used to refer to medical doctors or physicians in Japanese Kanji.

Doctor

Korean Hanja
China yī shī
Japan i shi
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This is the title used to refer to medical doctors or physicians in old Korean Hanja.

Notes:
Also means "doctor" in Chinese, but not the most commonly-used title.
This is the ancient/traditional form of doctor in Japanese (they simplified the first character in Japan after WWII).

Benevolent and Skilled Doctor

China miào shǒu rén xīn xuán hú jì shì
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This phrase celebrates the benevolence, skill, and service to his/her patients.

Here's a breakdown of the characters:
妙手 miào shǒu admirable skill in curing disease (when used in reference to doctors).
仁心 rén xīn kindheartedness, charity, benevolent heart.
悬壶济世 xuán hú jì shì practice medicine or pharmacy to help the people or public.

Benevolent and Skilled Doctor

Short version
China miào shǒu rén xīn
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This phrase celebrates the benevolence, skill, and service to his/her patients.

Here's a breakdown of the characters:
妙手 miào shǒu admirable skill in curing disease (when used in reference to doctors).
仁心 rén xīn kindheartedness, charity, benevolent heart.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion

China zhēn jiǔ
Japan shin kyuu
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word for acupuncture moxibustion.

Acupuncture

China zhēn shù
Japan shinjutsu
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This a way to write acupuncture in Chinese. The first character means "needle" or "pin". The second character means "technique" or "method".


This is theoretically a Japanese word as well, but not commonly used.

Acupuncture

China zhēn liáo fǎ
Japan hari ryou hou
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This is one of two ways to write acupuncture in Chinese and Japanese. The first character means "needle" or "pin". The second character means "to treat" or "to cure". The last character means "method" or "way".

This is the only reasonable selection if your audience is Japanese. This is the formal way to express acupuncture in Chinese, so this version is universal in most of Asia (the best all around choice in most cases).

Birth / Life

China shēng
Japan shou / iku
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This Chinese word means "to be born" and "to give birth". Also it's often used to refer to life itself, and sometimes "to grow".

This character is used in a lot of compound words such as "yi sheng", which means "doctor" (literally "healer of life"), "sheng ri" which means "birthday" (literally "birth day") and "xue sheng" which means student (literally "studying life" or "learner [about] life"). Few Chinese people will think of the literal meaning when this use words like doctor and student - but it is interesting to note.

This character has the same root meaning in Korean Hanja and Japanese. However, in Japanese, there are many possible pronunciations, and this can be used to mean "raw" or "unprocessed" (as in draft beer). Therefore, not be the best if your audience is Japanese.


See Also...  Vitality

Healing Hands

China miào shǒu huí chūn
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This can be translated as "healing hands".

The first two characters are used to describe a doctor or medical professional who has admirable skill in curing disease. Literally: Wonderful or skilled hands.

The last two characters mean "Springing back to life".

Altogether, it suggests that these skilled hands can cure whatever ails you and bring you back to life. This is a great honor to bestow on your doctor or other healthcare professional that has helped you.

Sensei / Master / Teacher / Mister

China xiān shēng
Japan sen sei
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If you've taken even a single karate class in your life, you know this term. This is sensei, which is associated in the west with a master or instructor of karate, aikido, judo, and other Japanese martial arts.

In reality, this is a term of respect for almost any professional or skilled person (doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc). In some cases, it is used for musicians and artists who have achieved a certain level of fame, skill, or accomplishment.

It should be noted that this is also a courtesy title in Chinese, but more like calling someone "mister" or "gentleman". It doesn't really have the "master" or "teacher" meaning in Chinese - see our Chinese "Master / Sifu / Shi Fu" entry if your audience is Chinese.

In Korean Hanja, this means teacher, instructor, schoolmaster, or schoolmistress.

This entry is more for educational purposes. This is kind of a strange thing to put on a wall scroll. It's a title that is used more orally to show respect, rather than something written in calligraphy. If you feel that it is appropriate in your circumstances, we are very willing to create a piece of sensei Japanese calligraphy artwork for you.

You May Learn from Victory,
You Will Learn from Failure

China bǎi shèng nán lǜ dí sān zhé nǎi liáng yī
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This Chinese proverbs literally translates as: [Even a general who has won a] hundred victories [may be] hard put to see through the enemy's [strategy], [but one who has] broken [his] arm three [times] [will] be a good doctor.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot always depend on past successes to guarantee future success, but one can always learn from lessons drawn from failure.


See Also...  Failure - Mother Of Success | Experience - Mother Of Success | Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 | Hard Knocks

Tea

China chá
Japan cha
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This character means tea. It can refer to prepared tea (ready-to-drink) or to dry tea leaves.

The origin of tea is China, but the same character is used in Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja with the exact same meaning. Japanese and Korean even borrowed the pronunciation from Chinese (pronounced "cha" in all three languages).

It's said that an early doctor (or herbologist) in ancient China kept poisoning himself as he tried different new herb concoctions. He invented tea as a means to detoxify himself as he recovered from 1 of the 76 times he nearly poisoned himself to death. Tea is seen not just as a drink, but as a form of medicine used to remove impurities from the body.

The word "chai" (used in many languages to refer to various teas) is derived from this Chinese word.


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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

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Doctor医生
醫生
n/ayī shēng
yi sheng
i sheng
yi1 sheng1
yisheng
Doctor医师
医師 / 醫師
i shi
ishi
n/a
Doctor医者
醫者
i sha
isha
n/a
Doctor医师
醫師
i shi
ishi
yī shī
yi shi
i shih
yi1 shi1
yishi
Benevolent and Skilled Doctor妙手仁心悬壶济世
妙手仁心懸壺濟世
n/amiào shǒu rén xīn xuán hú jì shì
miao shou ren xin xuan hu ji shi
miao shou jen hsin hsüan hu chi shih
miao4 shou3 ren2 xin1 xuan2 hu2 ji4 shi4
Benevolent and Skilled Doctor妙手仁心
妙手仁心
n/amiào shǒu rén xīn
miao shou ren xin
miao shou jen hsin
miao4 shou3 ren2 xin1
miaoshourenxin
Acupuncture and Moxibustion针灸
鍼灸 / 針灸
shin kyuu
shinkyuu
shin kyu
zhēn jiǔ
zhen jiu
chen chiu
zhen1 jiu3
zhenjiu
Acupuncture针术
針術
shinjutsuzhēn shù
zhen shu
chen shu
zhen1 shu4
zhenshu
Acupuncture针疗法
針療法
hari ryou hou
hariryouhou
hari ryo ho
zhēn liáo fǎ
zhen liao fa
chen liao fa
zhen1 liao2 fa3
zhenliaofa
Birth / Life
shou / iku
sho / iku
shēng
sheng
sheng1
Healing Hands妙手回春
妙手回春
n/amiào shǒu huí chūn
miao shou hui chun
miao shou hui ch`un
miao4 shou3 hui2 chun1
miaoshouhuichun
miaoshouhuichun
miao shou hui chun
Sensei / Master / Teacher / Mister先生
先生
sen sei
sensei
xiān shēng
xian sheng
hsien sheng
xian1 sheng1
xiansheng
You May Learn from Victory, You Will Learn from Failure百胜难虑敌三折乃良医
百勝難慮敵三折乃良醫
n/abǎi shèng nán lǜ dí sān zhé nǎi liáng yī
bai sheng nan lv di san zhe nai liang yi
pai sheng nan lü ti san che nai liang i
bai3 sheng4 nan2 lv4 di2 san1 zhe2 nai3 liang2 yi1
Tea
茶 / 茶
chachá
cha
ch`a
cha2
cha
cha

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "doctor" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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

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