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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. Firefly / Glow Worm
  4. Fire and Water Have No Mercy
  5. Fire Snake
  6. Fire Dragon
  7. Fire Horse
  8. Sacred Fire
  9. Green Fire
10. Five Elements
11. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
12. Put out a burning wood cart...
13. Ash


Fire

(One of the five elements)
China huǒ
Japan hi
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Fire

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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Red Panda<br>Firefox

This is the Chinese title for the red panda, or firefox.

Some also call this the lesser Panda.

Firefly / Glow Worm

China yíng
Japan hotaru
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Firefly / Glow Worm

This is the Chinese, older Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja way to write firefly, lightning bug, or glow worm (Luciola cruciata).


蛍Note: After post WWII language reforms in Japan, they started using a more simple version of this Kanji. This version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

China shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
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Fire and Water Have No Mercy

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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Fire Snake

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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Fire Dragon

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.

Fire Horse

China huǒ mǎ
Japan oma hi
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Fire Horse

This is the title, "Fire Horse."

This is not a common title for calligraphy. You might be looking for 丙午, 43rd year of the sexagenary cycle (year of the Fire Horse, renowned for disasters and the birth of women destined to kill their husbands).

Sacred Fire

China shèng huǒ
Japan seika
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Sacred Fire

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.

Green Fire

China lú huǒ chún qīng
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Green Fire

This literally means, "[The] furnace fire [has become] pure green.

This is an allusion to Daoist alchemy. figuratively, this speaks of an art or technique brought to the point of perfection.

Five Elements

China wǔ xíng
Japan gogyou
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Five Elements

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

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
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Five Elements

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.

Five Elements

Japan chi sui ka fuu kuu
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Five Elements

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.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

China fèng huáng niè pán
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Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

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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Put out a burning wood cart<br>with a cup of water

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."

Ash

China huī
Japan hai
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Ash

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.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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...

Adventure
Beloved
Bruce Lee
Bushido
Cancer
Chase
Chicken
Crane
Crazy
Crystal
Dance
Dark
Darkness
Dawn
Determination
Discipline
Dog Symbol
Earth Dragon
Energy
Eternity
Family
Fighter
Fire
Fish
Five Elements
Force
Forgiven
Four Elements
Friends
Fright
Goat
Gold
Good Faith in What
Goodness
Happy Chinese New Year
Hare
Harmony
Honesty
Honor
Honor and Respect
Horse
I Love You
Iron
Jade
Jesus Christ
Life Goes On
Life in Balance
Light
Listen
Longevity
Love
Loyalty
Lucky
Milan
Mother and Son
Oneself
Orchid
Peace
Rabbit
Rebirth
Recover
Resilience
Respect and Love
Respect and Loyalty
Responsibility
River
Rooster
Sagittarius
Samurai
Silent Warrior
Snake
Snow
Snow Leopard
Soldier
Soul
Storm
Success
Tai Chi Chuan
Tiger
Trust
Truth
Turtle
Understanding
Water
Year of the Monkey
You Are My Eternal Love
Zion

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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Fire hihuǒ / huo3 / huo
Red Panda / Firefox 紅熊貓
红熊猫
hóng xióng māo
hong2 xiong2 mao1
hong xiong mao
hongxiongmao
hung hsiung mao
hunghsiungmao
Firefly / Glow Worm
hotaruyíng / ying2 / ying
Fire and Water Have No Mercy 水火無情
水火无情
shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu qing
shuihuowuqing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Fire Snake 火蛇hi hebi / hihebihuǒ shé / huo3 she2 / huo she / huoshe
Fire Dragon 火龍
火龙
hi ryuu / hiryuu / hi ryu / hiryuhuǒ lóng / huo3 long2 / huo long / huolong huo lung / huolung
Fire Horse 火馬
火马
oma hi / omahihuǒ mǎ / huo3 ma3 / huo ma / huoma
Sacred Fire 聖火
圣火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng4 huo3
sheng huo
shenghuo
Green Fire 爐火純青
炉火纯青
lú huǒ chún qīng
lu2 huo3 chun2 qing1
lu huo chun qing
luhuochunqing
lu huo ch`un ch`ing
luhuochunching
lu huo chun ching
Five Elements 五行gogyou / gogyowǔ xíng / wu3 xing2 / wu xing / wuxing wu hsing / wuhsing
Five Elements 金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
jinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo tu
Five Elements 地水火風空
地水火风空
chi sui ka fuu kuu
chisuikafuukuu
chi sui ka fu ku
chisuikafuku
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes 鳳凰涅磐
凤凰涅磐
fèng huáng niè pán
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nie pan
fenghuangniepan
feng huang nieh p`an
fenghuangniehpan
feng huang nieh pan
Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water
杯水車薪
杯水车薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
beishuichexin
pei shui ch`e hsin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
Ash haihuī / hui1 / hui

In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line. In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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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