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Fire Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Red Panda / Firefox
  2. Fire Snake
  3. Fire
  4. Fire Dragon
  5. Fire and Water Have No Mercy
  6. Fire Horse
  7. Sacred Fire
  8. Firefly / Glow Worm
  9. Five Elements
10. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
11. Put out a burning wood cart...
12. Ash
13. Furinkazan
14. Four Elements
15. The Planet Mars

Red Panda / Firefox

China hóng xióng māo
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Red Panda / Firefox

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

Some also call this the lesser Panda.

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".


(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

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 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 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.

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 fire fly, 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.

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".


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.


military strategy
China fēng lín huǒ shān
Japan fuu rin ka zan
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This is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521–1573 A.D.). This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).

You can think of this as a sort of abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.

This is literally a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...

"Swift as wind, quiet as forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain"

"As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain"

"Move as swift as a wind, stay as silent as forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain"

"Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take tactical position on the mountain"

See Also...  Art Of War

Four Elements

Buddhist Term
China dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
Japan chisuikafuu
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Four Elements

This is a Buddhist term that means "earth, water, fire, wind". This is often just referred to as "the four elements". There is a more common title (the five elements) which adds wood to the mix. These four elements are used in some sects of Japanese Buddhism (not so much in Chinese).

The Planet Mars

China huǒ xīng
Japan kasei / kase
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The Planet Mars

This is the Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja and Chinese title for the planet Mars.

The characters literally mean, "fire star" or "spark".

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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

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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Red Panda / Firefox红熊猫
n/ahóng xióng māo
hong xiong mao
hung hsiung mao
hong2 xiong2 mao1
Fire Snake火蛇
hi hebi
huǒ shé
huo she
huo3 she2
Fire Dragon火龙
hi ryuu
hi ryu
huǒ lóng
huo long
huo lung
huo3 long2
Fire and Water Have No Mercy水火无情
n/ashuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui huo wu qing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu ching
Fire Horse火马
oma hi
huǒ mǎ
huo ma
huo3 ma3
Sacred Fire圣火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng huo
sheng4 huo3
Firefly / Glow Worm
Five Elements五行
wǔ xíng
wu xing
wu hsing
wu3 xing2
Five Elements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
chin mu shui huo tu
Five Elements地水火风空
chi sui ka fuu kuu
chi sui ka fu ku
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes凤凰涅磐
n/afèng huáng niè pán
feng huang nie pan
feng huang nieh p`an
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nieh pan
Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water
n/abēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei shui che xin
pei shui ch`e hsin
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
pei shui che hsin
fuu rin ka zan
fu rin ka zan
fēng lín huǒ shān
feng lin huo shan
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
Four Elements地水火风
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
di shui huo feng
ti shui huo feng
di4 shui3 huo3 feng1
The Planet Mars火星
kasei / kasehuǒ xīng
huo xing
huo hsing
huo3 xing1

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