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Earth

(Used in Japanese version of five elements)
China
Japan chi / ji / tsushi / tsuchi
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the single-character element and title of the planet Earth in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

Because this is a single-character, the definition is a little ambiguous, and can have many meanings depending on the context in which it is used. These meanings include: earth, ground, land, soil, dirt, place, territory, bottom (of a package, book, etc.), earth (one of the Japanese five elements), the region in question, the local area, skin, texture, fabric, material, weave, base, background, one's true nature, narrative (i.e. descriptive part of a story), real life, actuality, etc.

In Japanese, this Kanji can be pronounced several ways, including chi, ji, tsushi, or tsuchi.
This is also an element of the Japanese version of the five elements (the original Chinese version uses a different version of earth).

Silk Cloth

China juàn
Japan kinu
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for thin, tough silk fabric, or silk cloth.

This can also be the Japanese female given name, Masami.

Silk

China
Japan shi / ito
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the simplest way to write silk in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also mean thread, and it used as parts of words like "silk fabric" or "silk scarf".

In Japanese, this can be the surname Ito.

This is used far more in Chinese for silk (silk comes from China) than Japanese.


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
両
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Mandarin liǎng / liang3
Taiwan liang
Japanese ryou / ryo りょう
 moro もろ
Chinese Japanese variant of 兩|两
Japanese (n,pref) (1) both (e.g. both shoulders, etc.); (2) ryo (obsolete unit of currency); (3) 41-42 g (one sixteenth of a kin); (4) 2 tan (measure of fabric size); (counter) (5) counter for carriages (e.g. in a train); (prefix) (kana only) both; Ryou (place-name)

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反
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Mandarin fǎn / fan3
Taiwan fan
Japanese han はん
 tan たん
Chinese contrary; in reverse; inside out or upside down; to reverse; to return; to oppose; opposite; against; anti-; to rebel; to use analogy; instead; abbr. for 反切[fan3 qie4] phonetic system
Japanese (prefix) (1) anti-; (2) antithesis; (3) (abbreviation) fanqie; traditional Chinese spelling system in which two characters are used: the first one for the onset, the second one for rhyme and tone; (1) variable measure of fabric (28.8 cm in width); for kimonos: at least 10 m in length; for haori: at least 7.27 m in length; for other clothes: at least 6.06 m in length; (2) 300 tsubo (991.74 meters square, 0.24506 acres); (3) six ken (10.91 m); Sori (surname)
To turn over, turn or send back; contrary; to rebel.

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地
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Mandarin dì // de / di4 // de5
Taiwan ti // te
Japanese tsuchi つち
 tsushi つし
 chi
 ji
Chinese earth; ground; field; place; land; CL:片[pian4]; -ly; structural particle: used before a verb or adjective, linking it to preceding modifying adverbial adjunct
Japanese (1) earth; soil; dirt; clay; mud; (2) the earth (historically, esp. as opposed to the heavens); the ground; the land; (3) low-quality torinoko-gami (containing mud); (4) (period of) refraining from construction in the direction of the god of the earth (in On'y; (n,n-suf) (1) earth; ground; land; soil; (2) place; (3) territory; (4) bottom (of a package, book, etc.); (5) earth (one of the five elements); (1) (abbreviation) ground; land; earth; soil; (2) the region in question; the local area; (3) skin; (4) texture; fabric; material; weave; (5) base; background; (6) one's true nature; (7) narrative (i.e. descriptive part of a story); (8) real life; actuality; (9) (in the game; Hamadzi (surname)
pṛthivī, 鉢里體尾 the earth, ground; bhūmi, 歩弭 the earth, place, situation; talima, 託史麽 (or 託吏麽) ground, site; explained by 土地 earth, ground; 能生 capable of producing; 所依 that on which things rely. It is also the spiritual rank, position, or character attained by a Bodhisattva as a result of 住 remaining and developing in a given state in order to attain this 地 rank; v. 十住; 住位 and 十地.
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入
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Mandarin rù / ru4
Taiwan ju
Japanese shio しお
 iri いり
Chinese to enter; to go into; to join; to become a member of; to confirm or agree with; abbr. for 入聲|入声[ru4 sheng1]
Japanese (suf,ctr) (archaism) counter for soakings (of fabric in a dye); (irregular okurigana usage) (n,n-suf) (1) entering; (2) setting (of the sun); (3) containing; content; audience; (4) income; (5) beginning; Kaeru (surname)
To enter, entry, entrance; come, bring or take in; at home; awaken to the truth; begin to understand; to relate the mind to reality and thus evolve knowledge.

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段
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Mandarin duàn / duan4
Taiwan tuan
Japanese dan だん
 tan たん
Chinese paragraph; section; segment; stage (of a process); classifier for stories, periods of time, lengths of thread etc; surname Duan
Japanese (1) step; stair; (flight of) steps; (row of) stitches; columns (of print); (2) grade; rank; level; (counter) (3) counter for breaks in written language (or speech, etc.); (1) variable measure of fabric (28.8 cm in width); for kimonos: at least 10 m in length; for haori: at least 7.27 m in length; for other clothes: at least 6.06 m in length; (2) 300 tsubo (991.74 meters square, 0.24506 acres); (3) six ken (10.91 m); Dan (place-name/surname)
A piece; a section, paragraph. piṇda, a ball, lump, especially of palatable food, sustenance.

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氈
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Mandarin zhān / zhan1
Taiwan chan
Chinese felt (fabric)

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洴
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Mandarin píng / ping2
Taiwan p`ing / ping
Chinese wash; bleach (fabric)

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端
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Mandarin duān / duan1
Taiwan tuan
Japanese hana はな
 hata はた
 haji はじ
 hashita はした
 hashi はし
 tsuma つま
 tan たん
Chinese end; extremity; item; port; to hold something level with both hands; to carry; regular
Japanese (1) near; close; beside; vicinity; proximity; besides; while; (2) third person; (n,adj-na) (1) fraction; odd sum; (2) (abbreviation) loose change; (3) (archaism) low class female servant; (1) end (e.g. of street); tip; point; edge; margin; (2) beginning; start; first; (3) odds and ends; scrap; odd bit; least; (1) edge; tip; end; (2) gable wall; (3) gable; (1) origin; (2) variable measure of fabric (28.8 cm in width); for kimonos: at least 10 m in length; for haori: at least 7.27 m in length; for other clothes: at least 6.06 m in length; (suffix) (3) tip; extremity; Mizuki (female given name)
Beginning, coming forth, elementary principles; a point either beginning or end; straight, proper.

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紡
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Mandarin fǎng / fang3
Taiwan fang
Japanese matsuyo まつよ
Chinese to spin (cotton or hemp etc); fine woven silk fabric
Japanese Matsuyo (personal name)

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絹
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Mandarin juàn / juan4
Taiwan chüan
Japanese kinu きぬ
Chinese thin, tough silk fabric
Japanese silk; Masami (female given name)
thin silk
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Silk Cloth
綺
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Mandarin qǐ / qi3
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese ki
 kanbata かんばた
 kanhata かんはた
 kanihata かにはた
Chinese beautiful; open-work silk
Japanese (archaism) thin twilled silk fabric; Kirara (female given name)
A kind of open-work variegated silk.

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綌
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Mandarin xì / xi4
Taiwan hsi
Chinese coarse hempen fabric

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縁
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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese yosuga よすが
 yosuka よすか
 yoshi よし
 yukari ゆかり
 heri へり
 fuchi ふち
 enishi えん
 eni えにし
 e えに
Chinese Japanese variant of 緣|缘
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) something to rely on; aid; clue; way; means; (2) someone to rely on; relative; (3) reminder; memento; reason; significance; cause; (n,n-suf,adj-no) (kana only) related to (some person or place); affinity; connection; (n,n-suf) (1) (kana only) edge (of a river, woods, etc.); shoulder (of a road); (2) (kana only) rim; brim; hem; margin; fringe; selvage; (3) (kana only) fabric border (of a tatami mat, etc.); edging; rim; brim; edge; brink; (1) fate; destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together); (2) relationship (e.g. between two people); bond; link; connection; (3) family ties; affinity; Yori (female given name)

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繒
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Mandarin zèng // zēng / zeng4 // zeng1
Taiwan tseng
Japanese shō
Chinese to tie; to bind; silk fabrics; surname Zeng
wide silk fabric

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羅
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Mandarin luó / luo2
Taiwan lo
Japanese ra
 usumono うすもの
Chinese gauze; to collect; to gather; to catch; to sift; surname Luo
Japanese (1) lightweight fabric or clothing; silk gauze; thin silk; (2) (abbreviation) Latin (language); lightweight fabric or clothing; silk gauze; thin silk; Rou (surname)
A net (for catching birds), gauze, open work; sieve; to arrange in order; translit. la and ra sounds, e.g. 南羅 S. Lāra; Lāḍa; Lāṭa, in Gujarāt; 北羅 N. Lāra, Valabhī, on the western coast of Gujarāt.

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皺
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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Japanese shiwa しわ
 shibo しぼ
 sabi さび
Chinese to wrinkle; wrinkled; to crease
Japanese (1) (kana only) wrinkle; crease; (2) (kana only) ripple; (1) bumpy texture of a material (esp. woven fabric); (2) creases in an eboshi hat
wrinkles

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襴
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Mandarin lán / lan2
Taiwan lan
Japanese ran らん
 susotsuki すそつき
Chinese full length gown (old)
Japanese horizontally-wrapped fabric forming the bottom part of some traditional Japanese clothing

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お召
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お召 Japanese omeshi おめし
Japanese (1) (honorific or respectful language) summoning; calling; riding; wearing; dressing; clothing; (2) (abbreviation) (high-quality) silk crepe (fabric)

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ゴア
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ゴア Japanese goa ゴア
Japanese gore; triangular piece of fabric, used for making skirts, umbrellas, etc.

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上前
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上前 Mandarin shàng qián / shang4 qian2
Taiwan shang ch`ien / shang chien
Japanese uwamae うわまえ
Chinese to advance; to step forward
Japanese (1) part of the fabric that is wrapped farthest from the skin when wearing a garment that is wrapped in front of one (such as a kimono); (2) percentage; commission; Kamimae (surname)

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上色
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上色 Mandarin shàng shǎi // shàng sè / shang4 shai3 // shang4 se4
Taiwan shang shai // shang se
Chinese to color (a picture etc); to dye (fabric etc); to stain (furniture etc); top-quality; top-grade

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下前
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下前 Japanese shitamae したまえ
Japanese part of the fabric that is tucked closest to the skin when wearing a garment that is wrapped in front of one (such as a kimono); Shimomae (place-name/surname)

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亀綾
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亀綾 Japanese kameaya かめあや
Japanese (1) high-quality glossy white habutai silk; (2) raw silk twill fabric with fine diamond pattern

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反物
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反物 Japanese tanmono たんもの
Japanese (1) fabric; cloth; textiles; drapery; dry-goods; piece goods; (2) measure of kimono material

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大海
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大海 Mandarin dà hǎi / da4 hai3
Taiwan ta hai
Japanese taikai たいかい
 ooumi / oomi おおうみ
Chinese sea; ocean
Japanese ocean; large sea; (1) ocean; large sea; (2) fabric pattern; Honda (personal name)
mahāsamudra-sāgara 摩訶三母捺羅婆誐羅 The Ocean.

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帯板
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帯板 Japanese obiita / obita おびいた
Japanese (1) piece of stiff fabric worn under an obi to give more shape; (2) batten plate; stay plate

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布帛
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布帛 Mandarin bù bó / bu4 bo2
Taiwan pu po
Japanese fuhaku ふはく
Chinese cloth and silk; cotton and silk textiles
Japanese fabric; cloth

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布地
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布地 Japanese nunoji ぬのじ
 kireji きれじ
Japanese cloth; fabric;

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布目
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布目 Japanese nunome ぬのめ
Japanese texture; "grain" of a fabric or cloth; direction of the loom or weave in a roll of fabric; Yume (surname)

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広幅
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広幅 Japanese hirohaba ひろはば
Japanese double width cloth or fabric

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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Alina
Autumn
Ba Gua Zhang
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blessings
Blossom
Bodhi
Brotherly Love
Buddhism
Bushido
Cause and Effect
Cecilia
Cherry Blossom
Children
Christopher
Divine Protection
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Erin
Eternal Life
Faith in God
Fate
Felix
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Focus
Fortitude
Fortune
Friendship
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
God of Abraham
Gold
Gold Fish
Good Luck
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Happy
Harmony
Heart and Soul
Heart of A Lion
Honor
Hope
I Need You
Indestructable
Infinity
Integrity
Iris Flower
Jasmine Flower
Jordan
Kitten
Koi Fish
Life Goes On
Like
Live for the Day
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Love Die
Live Love Laugh
Long Life
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Flower
Love
Love and Devotion
Love You Forever
Luck
Moon
Mountain
Mugen
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Never Forget
New Beginning New Life
No Regrets
Peace
People
Plum
Prosperity
Pure
Remember
Rose
Serenity
Strength
Strong
Thankfulness
The Ease of the Scholar
Three
Tiger
Understanding
United
Warrior
White
Wisdom
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Year of the Dragon

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Earth
chi / ji / tsushi / tsuchi
di
ti
di4
Silk Cloth
kinujuàn
juan
chüan
juan4
Silk
shi / ito
si
ssu
si1

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 "fabric" 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 Fabric Kanji, Fabric Characters, Fabric in Mandarin Chinese, Fabric Characters, Fabric in Chinese Writing, Fabric in Japanese Writing, Fabric in Asian Writing, Fabric Ideograms, Chinese Fabric symbols, Fabric Hieroglyphics, Fabric Glyphs, Fabric in Chinese Letters, Fabric Hanzi, Fabric in Japanese Kanji, Fabric Pictograms, Fabric in the Chinese Written-Language, or Fabric in the Japanese Written-Language.

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