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2. Fire Snake
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
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14. Four Elements
15. The Planet Mars
This is the Chinese title for the red panda, or firefox.
Some also call this the lesser Panda.
This is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire snake" or "blazing serpent".
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
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.
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".
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).
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.
This is the Chinese, older Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja way to write fire fly, lightning bug, or glow worm (Luciola cruciata).
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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).
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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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.
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.
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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/a||hóng xióng māo|
hong xiong mao
hung hsiung mao
|hong2 xiong2 mao1|
|Fire and Water Have No Mercy||水火无情|
|n/a||shuǐ huǒ wú qíng|
shui huo wu qing
shui huo wu ch`ing
|shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2|
shui huo wu ching
|Firefly / Glow Worm||萤|
|n/a||jīn 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
|chi sui ka fuu kuu|
chi sui ka fu ku
|Phoenix Rise from the Ashes||凤凰涅磐|
|n/a||fèng 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/a||bēi 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|
|dì shuǐ huǒ fēng|
di shui huo feng
ti shui huo feng
|di4 shui3 huo3 feng1|
|The Planet Mars||火星|
|kasei / kase||huǒ xīng|
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