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China dōng
Japan higashi / tou
East Vertical Wall Scroll

東 is the direction East in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Sometimes used as an abbreviation for the Eastern Hemisphere.

This can also be the surname Dong in China.
In Japan, this can be an abbreviation for a kind of six-stringed zither, or the personal name, Yamato.

東 is used as a suffix for many words in Asia. In fact, it's part of the CJK word 東方 meaning Orient or Oriental. The word 東方 more literally translates as, "Eastern Kingdoms," "Eastern Countries," or simply "The East."


Moving / Motion / Ever-Changing
China dòng
Japan dou
Dynamic Vertical Wall Scroll

動 is the only Chinese/Japanese/Korean word that can encompass the idea of "dynamic" into one character.

動 can also mean:
to use; to act; to move; to change; motion; stir.

In Buddhist context, it means: Movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.

The key point of this word is that it represents motion or always moving. Some might say "lively" or certainly the opposite of something that is stagnant or dead.

Note: In Japanese, this can also be a female given name, Yurugi.

Winter Season

China dōng
Japan fuyu
Winter Season Vertical Wall Scroll

冬 is the word/character used to describe the Winter season in Chinese and Japanese. It also means winter in Korean Hanja, though a second character is usually added in Korean.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Japanese fuyu / ふゆ
Winter Season Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) winter; (female given name) Fuyu; (female given name) Natsu; (given name) Toumin; (personal name) Tou
hima; hemanta; winter.

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese dou / do / どう
Chinese (of something) to move; to set in movement; to displace; to touch; to make use of; to stir (emotions); to alter; abbr. for 動詞|动词[dong4 ci2], verb
Japanese motion; change; confusion; (female given name) Yurugi
Move, stir, motion, mutable; movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Japanese ton / トン    higashi(p);himukashi(ok);hingashi(ok) / ひがし(P);ひむかし(ok);ひんがし(ok)
Chinese east; host (i.e. sitting on east side of guest); landlord; surname Dong
Japanese (1) {mahj} east wind tile; (2) {mahj} winning hand with a pung (or kong) of east wind tiles; east; (personal name) Yamato; (surname) Higashitsuru; (place-name, surname) Higashi; (surname, given name) Hajime; (given name) Noboru; (surname) Ton; (given name) Toumin; (personal name) Toufuku; (surname) Touhama; (surname) Toua; (surname, given name) Tou; (surname) Takatou; (female given name) Saki; (surname) Kochizaki; (surname, female given name) Adzuma; (p,s,f) Azuma; (female given name) Azukiyo; (surname, female given name) Azu; (
pūrva, east.



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Mandarin dān dōng / dan1 dong1
Taiwan tan tung
Japanese tanhigashi / たんひがし
Chinese Dandong prefecture-level city in Liaoning province 遼寧省|辽宁省 in northeast China
Japanese (place-name) Tanhigashi



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Mandarin zhǔ dòng / zhu3 dong4
Taiwan chu tung
Japanese shudou / shudo / しゅどう
Chinese to take the initiative; to do something of one's own accord; spontaneous; active; opposite: passive 被動|被动[bei4 dong4]; drive (of gears and shafts etc)
Japanese leadership



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Mandarin dòng/ dong4 li4
Taiwan tung li
Japanese douryoku / doryoku / どうりょく
Chinese motive power; force; (fig.) motivation; impetus
Japanese (n,adj-f) (1) power; motive power; dynamic force; (2) {engr} (See 三相交流・さんそうこうりゅう) three-phase electricity; (personal name) Ichiriki



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Mandarin dòng tài / dong4 tai4
Taiwan tung t`ai / tung tai
Japanese doutai / dotai / どうたい
Chinese movement; motion; development; trend; dynamic (science)
Japanese (See 静態) movement; dynamic state



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Mandarin dòng/ dong4 ji1
Taiwan tung chi
Japanese douki / doki / どうき
Chinese motor; locomotive; motive; motivation; intention
Japanese (1) motive; incentive; (2) motif



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Mandarin dòng/ dong4 wu4
Taiwan tung wu
Japanese doubutsu / dobutsu / どうぶつ
Chinese animal; CL:隻|只[zhi1],群[qun2],個|个[ge4]
Japanese animal



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Mandarin dōng jīng / dong1 jing1
Taiwan tung ching
Japanese toukyou(p);toukei(ok) / tokyo(p);toke(ok) / とうきょう(P);とうけい(ok)
Chinese Tokyo, capital of Japan; Tonkin, northern Vietnam during the French colonial period
Japanese Tokyo; (place-name) Luoyang, China; (place-name, surname) Tokyo



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Mandarin dōng guāng / dong1 guang1
Taiwan tung kuang
Japanese harumitsu / はるみつ    toukou / toko / とうこう
Winter Season Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Dongguang county in Cangzhou 滄州|沧州[Cang1 zhou1], Hebei
Japanese (given name) Harumitsu; (place-name, surname) Toukou



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Mandarin dōng ōu / dong1 ou1
Taiwan tung ou
Chinese Eastern Europe



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Mandarin ān dōng ní / an1 dong1 ni2
Taiwan an tung ni
Chinese Anthony (name)



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Mandarin dōng dì wèn / dong1 di4 wen4
Taiwan tung ti wen
Chinese East Timor (officially Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste)



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Mandarin yùn dòng jiā / yun4 dong4 jia1
Taiwan yün tung chia
Japanese undouka / undoka / うんどうか
Chinese athlete; sportsman; activist
Japanese (1) (See 活動家) activist; campaigner; crusader (e.g. for women's rights); (2) athlete; sporty person

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Mandarin jǐng // dòng / jing3 // dong4
Taiwan ching // tung
Japanese donburi / どんぶり    don / どん
Chinese old variant of 井[jing3]; (Tw) bowl of boiled rice with other food on top (loanword from Japanese "donburi")
Japanese (1) porcelain bowl; (2) (abbreviation) bowl of rice with food on top; (abbreviation) bowl of rice with food on top; (surname) Takai

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Mandarin tóng // dòng / tong2 // dong4
Taiwan t`ung // tung / tung // tung
Chinese ignorant; Dong (ethnic group)

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese kooru / こおる
Chinese to freeze; to feel very cold; aspic or jelly
Japanese (female given name) Kooru

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese boom (of a drum)

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Chinese field; farm; used in place names

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Mandarin tóng // dòng / tong2 // dong4
Taiwan t`ung // tung / tung // tung
Chinese name of a mountain; cave; cavern

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese name of a mountain

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese place name in Guangxi province

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Chinese frighten

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Mandarin dǒng / dong3
Taiwan tung
Chinese to understand; to comprehend

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese mune / むね    tou / to / とう
Chinese classifier for houses or buildings; ridgepole (old)
Japanese (1) (often むな as a prefix) ridge (of roof); (2) (See 刀背) back of a sword; (suf,ctr) (3) counter for buildings, apartments, etc.; (1) large building; building with a long roof; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for buildings, apartments, etc.; (surname, female given name) Mune; (given name) Munagi; (personal name) Ton; (given name) Tou

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese radon (chemistry)

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese hora / ほら
Chinese cave; hole; zero (unambiguous spoken form when spelling out numbers); CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese cave; den; grotto; (surname) Horasaki; (surname) Hora; (surname) Hokora; (surname) Hoga; (surname) Hou; (given name) Haruka; (surname) Hayashi; (surname) Dou; (personal name) Tamotsu; (surname) Utsubo
A hole, cave; to see through, know.

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese rainstorm

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Chinese milk; sound of a drum

Search for Dong in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
higashi / tou
higashi / to
dōng / dong1 / dongtung
dou / dodòng / dong4 / dongtung
Winter Seasonfuyudōng / dong1 / dongtung
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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