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Fire in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Fire
  2. Red Panda / Firefox
  3. Fire and Water Have No Mercy
  4. Fire Snake
  5. Fire Dragon
  6. Sacred Fire
  7. Five Elements
  8. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
  9. Put out a burning wood cart...
10. Five Elements
11. Ash
12. Five Elements


Fire

(One of the five elements)
China huǒ
Japan hi
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This is the symbol for fire, flame, or blaze in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.


Fire is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.


See Also...  Five Elements

Red Panda / Firefox

China hóng xióng māo
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This is the Chinese title for the red panda, or firefox.

Some also call this the lesser Panda.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

China shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
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This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy". This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate".

Fire Snake

China huǒ shé
Japan hi hebi
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This is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire snake" or "blazing serpent".

Fire Dragon

China huǒ lóng
Japan hi ryuu
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This is how to write "Fire Dragon" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This title is used more often in Chinese; a little lesser-known in Japanese.

Sacred Fire

China shèng huǒ
Japan seika
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This is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean term that applies to the sacred fire of the ancient Greek Olympic torch or games.

This could also apply to other sacred or holy fires, as it can be a somewhat generic term.

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
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This is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

China fèng huáng niè pán
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This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes". Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana".

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water

An utterly inadequate measure
China bēi shuǐ chē xīn
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This is a warning against a futile effort. This proverb literally refers to one who is "trying to put out a burning cart of wood with a cup of water", or "throw a cup of water on a cartload of wood". The lesson to be learned is about using the right measure or tool for the job, and not to waste your effort if you are inadequately equipped for the task at hand - in other words the postscript should be "go get a bucket or a fire hose".

Five Elements

Japanese
Japan chi sui ka fuu kuu
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This is the specifically-Japanese version of the five elements. This is a little different than the ancient or original Chinese version.

The elements are written in this order:
1. Earth / Terra / Ground
2. Water
3. Fire
4. Wind / Air
5. Sky / Emptiness / Void / Ether

Note: This set of Kanji can also be romanized as "ji sui ka fuu kuu", "jisuikafuukuu", or "jisuikafuku".


These can also be written in the order 地火風水空 (chi ka sui fuu kuu). Let me know when you place your order if you want the Kanji to be in this character order.

Ash

China huī
Japan hai
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This is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for ash or ashes. This can also refer to dust, lime, or gray. When speaking of emotions in Chinese, it can refer to being discouraged or dejected.

In Japanese, this can be the surname, Hai.

Five Elements

China wǔ xíng
Japan gogyou
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This is the title of the five elements which are: wood, fire, water, earth and metal. The first character means "5" and the second character is simply "elements".

According to ancient Chinese science, all matter in the world is made up of these elements. One idea presented with the five elements is that when energy is added, matter is believed to expand. When energy is removed, matter contracts. Oddly, this concept is not far from Einstein's theories, and modern science. Just a few thousand years before Einstein.


More info: Wikipedia - Five Elements (Wu Xing).


See Also...  Wood | Water | Earth | Metal | Five Elements


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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
Abby
Achieve Inner Peace
Achievement
Adventure
Aikido
Aries
Autumn
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Black
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Bushido
Capricorn
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Children
Cliff
Commitment
Community
Destiny
Diego
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Eight
Ellie
Enjoy Life
Ethan
Father
Flowers
Flying
Forever
Fortune
Free Will
Ghost
Goat
God is Always With You
God of Abraham
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Good
Good Luck
Great
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Happiness
Harmony
Harvest
Horse
Humor
I Love Mother
I Need You
Jasmine Flower
Kodokan
Koi Fish
Light
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Laugh Love
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Sutra
Love
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
Lucky
Madison
Male
Marriage
Moon
Mountain
One Life One Chance
One True Love
People
Pine
Plum
Power
Pride
Reason
Respect
Revolution
Richard
Self-respect
Sheep
Simon
Sincerity and Devotion
Spirit of the Tiger
Star
Strength
Strength Vigor
The Saint
Tiger
Tigers
Tree
Twins
Unique
United
Vigor
Warrior
Water
White
Whore
Wing Chun Fist
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang
Zachary
Zhong Kui

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
Fire
hihuǒ
huo
huo3
Red Panda / Firefox红熊猫
紅熊貓
n/ahóng xióng māo
hong xiong mao
hung hsiung mao
hong2 xiong2 mao1
hongxiongmao
Fire and Water Have No Mercy水火无情
水火無情
n/ashuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui huo wu qing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shuihuowuqing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Fire Snake火蛇
火蛇
hi hebi
hihebi
huǒ shé
huo she
huo3 she2
huoshe
Fire Dragon火龙
火龍
hi ryuu
hiryuu
hi ryu
huǒ lóng
huo long
huo lung
huo3 long2
huolong
Sacred Fire圣火
聖火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng huo
sheng4 huo3
shenghuo
Five Elements金木水火土
金木水火土
n/ajīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin mu shui huo tu
chin mu shui huo t`u
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jinmushuihuotu
chinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo tu
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes凤凰涅磐
鳳凰涅磐
n/afèng huáng niè pán
feng huang nie pan
feng huang nieh p`an
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
fenghuangniepan
fenghuangniehpan
feng huang nieh pan
Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water
杯水车薪
杯水車薪
n/abēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei shui che xin
pei shui ch`e hsin
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
beishuichexin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
Five Elements (Japanese)地水火风空
地水火風空
chi sui ka fuu kuu
chisuikafuukuu
chi sui ka fu ku
n/a
Ash
haihuī
hui
hui1
Five Elements五行
五行
gogyou
gogyo
wǔ xíng
wu xing
wu hsing
wu3 xing2
wuxing

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

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