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Shogun / Japanese General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
Shogun / Japanese General Wall Scroll

In the west, when someone mentions "Shogun" we may be filled with thoughts of gallant warriors. Some might even think of the TV mini-series with Richard Chamberlain. Often westerners use the words Samurai and Shogun interchangeably. So I will clear it up really quickly...

Shogun in the simplest definition is a General. You could also use words such as commander, lord, overlord, highest ranking, or commanding officer, since "Shogun" has held some slightly ambiguous meanings at times in Japanese history.

Sometimes a Shogun was a general, other times he was the leader of a military government in Japan.

Variants of the same characters are used in China for the rank and title of a General of the People's Liberation Army (and the same term and characters have been used for the last 2200 years since the Qin Dynasty).

Chinese or Korean Army General

China jiāng jūn
Japan shougun
Chinese or Korean Army General Wall Scroll

There is a slight variation in the way the first character is written. 將軍 is the more Chinese and Korean Hanja version. So if you want to specifically refer to a Chinese or Korean General, this is the way. Japanese people would still easily identify this as "shogun."

Note: This term is also used for Admiral in Korean in certain context (if you need a better title for Admiral, just let me know).

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Mandarin sēng / seng1
Taiwan seng
Japanese sou / so そう
Chinese monk; Sangha, the Buddhist monastic order
Japanese monk; priest; (surname) Sou
僧伽 saṅgha, an assembly, collection, company, society. The corporate assembly of at least three (formerly four) monks under a chairman, empowered to hear confession, grant absolution, and ordain. The church or monastic order, the third member of the triratna. The term 僧 used alone has come to mean a monk, or monks in general. Also僧佉, 僧加, 僧企耶.; A fully ordained monk, i.e. a bhikṣu as contrasted with the śramaņa; community of monks and nuns
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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese kotowari ことわり
Chinese texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up
Japanese (1) reason; principle; logic; (2) (Buddhist term) general principle (as opposed to individual concrete phenomenon); (3) (in neo-Confucianism) the underlying principles of the cosmos; reason; truth; way of things; justice; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Risaki; (personal name) Ria; (given name) Ri; (female given name) Michi; (personal name) Masaru; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Makoto; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sunaho; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (female given name) Satomi; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Sadamu; (female given name) Kotoha
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.
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Mandarin shàn // chán / shan4 // chan2
Taiwan shan // ch`an / shan // chan
Japanese zen ぜん
Chinese to abdicate; dhyana (Sanskrit); Zen; meditation (Buddhism)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (surname) Yuzuri; (personal name) Zen
To level a place for an altar, to sacrifice to the hills and fountains; to abdicate. Adopted by Buddhists for dhyāna, 禪 or 禪那, i.e. meditation, abstraction, trance. dhyāna is 'meditation, thought, reflection, especially profound and abstract religious contemplation'. M.W. It was intp. as 'getting rid of evil', etc., later as 靜慮 quiet meditation. It is a form of 定, but that word is more closely allied with samādhi, cf. 禪定. The term also connotes Buddhism and Buddhist things in general, but has special application to the 禪宗 q.v. It is one of the six pāramitās, cf. 波. There are numerous methods and subjects of meditation. The eighteen brahmalokas are divided into four dhyāna regions 'corresponding to certain frames of mind where individuals might be reborn in strict accordance with their spiritual state'. The first three are the first dhyāna, the second three the second dhyāna, the third three the third dhyāna, and the remaining nine the fourth dhyāna. See Eitel. According to Childers' Pali Dictionary, 'The four jhānas are four stages of mystic meditation, whereby the believer's mind is purged from all earthly emotions, and detached as it were from his body, which remains plunged in a profound trance.' Seated cross-legged, the practiser 'concentrates his mind upon a single thought. Gradually his soul becomes filled with a supernatural ecstasy and serenity', his mind still reasoning: this is the first jhāna. Concentrating his mind on the same subject, he frees it from reasoning, the ecstasy and serenity remaining, which is the second jhāna. Then he divests himself of ecstasy, reaching the third stage of serenity. Lastly, in the fourth stage the mind becomes indifferent to all emotions, being exalted above them and purified. There are differences in the Mahāyāna methods, but similarity of aim.
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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese ki
 oni おに
Chinese ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; sinister plot; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
Japanese (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (astron) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) spirit of a deceased person; (3) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) it (i.e. in a game of tag); (prefix) (5) (slang) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa; (surname) Kisaragi; (surname) Oniyanagi; (personal name) Onikatsu; (surname) Oni
preta 薜荔多, departed, dead; a disembodied spirit, dead person, ghost; a demon, evil being; especially a 餓鬼 hungry ghost. They are of many kinds. The Fan-i ming i classifies them as poor, medium, and rich; each again thrice subdivided: (1) (a) with mouths like burning torches; (b) throats no bigger than needles; (c) vile breath, disgusting to themselves; (2) (a) needle-haired, self-piercing; (b) hair sharp and stinking; (c) having great wens on whose pus they must feed. (3) (a) living on the remains of sacrifices; (b) on leavings in general; (c) powerful ones, yakṣas, rākṣasas, piśācas, etc. All belong to the realm of Yama, whence they are sent everywhere, consequently are ubiquitous in every house, lane, market, mound, stream, tree, etc.
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Mandarin yín / yin2
Taiwan yin
Japanese shirogane しろがね
 shirokane しろかね
 gin ぎん
 kane かね
Chinese silver; silver-colored; relating to money or currency
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (5) (shogi) silver general; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (personal name) Ginji; (surname) Ginsaki; (surname, female given name) Gin
rūpya. Silver; money.
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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese kogane こがね
 kin きん
 kane かね
 kana かな
Chinese gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]; surname Jin; surname Kim (Korean); Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) gold; (n,n-suf) (1) gold (Au); golden (color); gold (medal, cup); (adj-no,n) (2) valuable; of highest value; (3) gold coin; money; (4) (abbreviation) Friday; (5) metal (fourth of the five elements); (6) Jin (dynasty of China; 1115-1234 CE); (n,n-suf) (7) (shogi) (abbreviation) gold general; (8) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) testicles; (suf,ctr) (9) karat; carat; (1) money; (2) metal; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) money; (2) metal; (surname) Kimu; Kim; (surname) Yun; (personal name) Dzin; (personal name) Chin; (surname) Chiyon; (personal name) Jin; (surname) Jiyon; (surname) Jun; (surname) Jiyai; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kintaka; (personal name) Kinji; (surname, female given name) Kin; (surname) Kiyon; (personal name) Kaneyuki; (personal name) Kanenori; (surname) Kanetaka; (personal name) Kaneshi; (personal name) Kanekatsu; (surname) Kane
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.
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Mandarin yìn dù / yin4 du4
Taiwan yin tu
Japanese indo インド
Chinese India
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (kana only) India; (place-name) India
印特伽; 身毒; 賢豆; 天竺 Indu (meaning 'moon' in Sanskrit), Hindu, Sindhu; see also 信度 and 閻浮 India in general. In the Tang dynasty its territory is described as extending over 90, 000 li in circuit, being bounded on three sides by the sea; north it rested on the Snow mountains 雪山, i. e. Himālayas; wide at the north, narrowing to the south, shaped like a half-moon; it contained over seventy kingdoms, was extremely hot, well watered and damp; from the centre eastwards to 震旦 China was 58, 000 li; and the same distance southwards to 金地國, westwards to 阿拘遮國, and northwards to 小香山阿耨達.
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Mandarin jiāng jun / jiang1 jun1
Taiwan chiang chün
Chinese general; high-ranking military officer; to check or checkmate; fig. to embarrass; to challenge; to put sb on the spot; Chiangchun township in Tainan county 台南縣|台南县[Tai2 nan2 xian4], Taiwan
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Mandarin yuè fēi / yue4 fei1
Taiwan yüeh fei
Japanese gakuhi がくひ
Chinese Yue Fei (1103-1142), Song dynasty patriot and general
Japanese (personal name) Gakuhi
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Mandarin zhāng fēi / zhang1 fei1
Taiwan chang fei
Japanese chouhi / chohi ちょうひ
Chinese Zhang Fei (168-221), general of Shu and blood-brother of Liu Bei in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, famous as fearsome fighter and lover of wine
Japanese (personal name) Chouhi
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Mandarin zhì huì / zhi4 hui4
Taiwan chih hui
Japanese chie ちえ
Chinese wisdom; knowledge; intelligent; intelligence
Japanese (1) wisdom; wit; sagacity; sense; intelligence; (2) (Buddhist term) prajna (insight leading to enlightenment); (female given name) Tomoe; (female given name) Chihe; (female given name) Chie
jñāna as 智 knowledge and prajñā as 慧 discernment, i.e. knowledge of things and realization of truth; in general knowledge and wisdom; but sometimes implying mental and moral wisdom.
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Mandarin yú jiā / yu2 jia1
Taiwan yü chia
Japanese yuga ゆが
Chinese yoga (loanword)
Japanese (Buddhist term) yoga; (surname) Yuka
yoga; also 瑜誐; 遊迦; a yoke, yoking, union, especially an ecstatic union of the individual soul with a divine being, or spirit, also of the individual soul with the universal soul. The method requires the mutual response or relation of 境, 行, 理, 果 and 機; i.e. (1) state, or environment, referred to mind; (2) action, or mode of practice; (3) right principle; (4) results in enlightenment; (5) motivity, i.e. practical application in saving others. Also the mutual relation of hand, mouth, and mind referring to manifestation, incantation, and mental operation; these are known as 瑜伽三密, the three esoteric (means) of Yoga. The older practice of meditation as a means of obtaining spiritual or magical power was distorted in Tantrism to exorcism, sorcery, and juggling in general.
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Mandarin pú sà / pu2 sa4
Taiwan p`u sa / pu sa
Japanese bosatsu ぼさつ
 bosachi ぼさち
Chinese Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) (Buddhist term) bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (n,n-suf) (1) (Buddhist term) bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (surname) Mizoro
bodhisattva, cf. 菩提薩埵. While the idea is not foreign to Hīnayāna, its extension of meaning is one of the chief marks of Mahāyāna. 'The Bodhisattva is indeed the characteristic feature of the Mahāyāna.' Keith. According to Mahāyāna the Hinayanists, i.e. the śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha, seek their own salvation, while the bodhisattva's aim is the salvation of others and of all. The earlier intp. of bodhisattva was 大道心衆生 all beings with mind for the truth; later it became 大覺有情 conscious beings of or for the great intelligence, or enlightenment. It is also intp. in terms of leadership, heroism, etc. In general it is a Mahayanist seeking Buddhahood, but seeking it altruistically; whether monk or layman, he seeks enlightenment to enlighten others, and he will sacrifice himself to save others; he is devoid of egoism and devoted to helping others. All conscious beings having the Buddha-nature are natural bodhisattvas, but require to undergo development. The mahāsattva is sufficiently advanced to become a Buddha and enter nirvāṇa, but according to his vow he remains in the realm of incarnation to save all conscious beings. A monk should enter on the arduous course of discipline which leads to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.
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Mandarin qí lín / qi2 lin2
Taiwan ch`i lin / chi lin
Japanese kirin きりん
Chinese qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe
Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) Kirin (brand of beer); (surname, female given name) Kirin
Male and female unicorns; the qilin in general.
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Mandarin guān yǔ / guan1 yu3
Taiwan kuan yü
Chinese Guan Yu (-219), general of Shu and blood-brother of Liu Bei in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, fearsome fighter famous for virtue and loyalty; posomethingumously worshipped and identified with the guardian Bodhisattva Sangharama
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Mandarin mǎ xiē ěr / ma3 xie1 er3
Taiwan ma hsieh erh
Chinese Marshall (name); George Catlett Marshall (1880-1959), US general in WWII and Secretary of State 1947-1949, author of the postwar Marshall plan for Europe and Nobel peace laureate
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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese ji
 goto ごと
 kon こん
 koto こと
Chinese matter; thing; item; work; affair; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1],回[hui2]
Japanese (Buddhist term) individual concrete phenomenon (as opposed to a general principle); (suffix) (1) nominalizing suffix; (2) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (1) (kana only) thing; matter; (2) (kana only) incident; occurrence; event; something serious; trouble; crisis; (3) (kana only) circumstances; situation; state of affairs; (4) (kana only) work; business; affair; (5) (kana only) after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to; (suffix noun) (6) (kana only) nominalizing suffix; (7) (kana only) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (n,n-suf) (8) (kana only) alias; aka; nickname; alternative name; also known as; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Tsukae; (surname) Kotozaki; (given name) Koto
artha 日迦他 (迦 being an error for 遏); affair, concern, matter; action, practice; phenomena; to serve. It is 'practice' or the thing, affair, matter, in contrast with 理 theory, or the underlying principle; affair, event

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese shi
Chinese to serve as an official; an official; the two chess pieces in Chinese chess guarding the "general" or "king" 將|将[jiang4]
Japanese official; civil service; (given name) Tsukou

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Mandarin shòu / shou4
Taiwan shou
Japanese ju じゅ
Chinese to receive; to accept; to suffer; subjected to; to bear; to stand; pleasant; (passive marker)
Japanese (Buddhist term) vedana (sensation); (place-name) Uke
To receive, be, bear; intp. of vedana, 'perception,' 'knowledge obtained by the senses, feeling, sensation.' M. W. It is defined as mental reaction to the object, but in general it means receptivity, or sensation; the two forms of sensation of physical and mental objects are indicated. It is one of the five skandhas; as one of the twelve nidānas it indicates the incipient stage of sensation in the embryo.

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Mandarin dìng / ding4
Taiwan ting
Japanese sada さだ
Chinese to set; to fix; to determine; to decide; to order
Japanese (adverb) (archaism) (kana only) certainly; truly; (given name) Yasushi; (given name) Tetsujou; (surname, given name) Tei; (given name) Jou; (personal name) Sadayuki; (surname) Sadame; (personal name) Sadamune; (surname, given name) Sadamu; (female given name) Sadami; (personal name) Sadanori; (personal name) Sadatsugu; (personal name) Sadazumi; (personal name) Sadaji; (given name) Sadashi; (surname, female given name) Sada
To fix, settle. samādhi. 'Composing the mind'; 'intent contemplation'; 'perfect absorption of thought into the one object of meditation.' M. W. Abstract meditation, the mind fixed in one direction, or field. (1) 散定 scattered or general meditation (in the world of desire). (2) 禪定 abstract meditation (in the realms of form and beyond form). It is also one of the five attributes of the dharmakāya 法身, i. e. an internal state of imperturbability or tranquility, exempt from all external sensations, 超受陰; cf. 三摩提; to establish

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Mandarin zōng / zong1
Taiwan tsung
Japanese mune むね
 shuu / shu しゅう
Chinese school; sect; purpose; model; ancestor; clan; to take as one's model (in academic or artistic work); classifier for batches, items, cases (medical or legal), reservoirs; surname Zong
Japanese center (centre); pillar; principle; sect; (given name) Motoi; (personal name) Muneto; (surname) Munetaka; (surname, female given name) Mune; (female given name) Miyako; (personal name) Hajime; (surname) Chon; (given name) Takashi; (surname) Souzaki; (surname) Sou; (surname, given name) Shuu
Ancestors, ancestral; clan; class, category. kind; school, sect; siddhānta, summary, main doctrine, syllogism, proposition, conclusion, realization. Sects are of two kinds: (1) those founded on principles having historic continuity, as the twenty sects of the Hīnayāna, the thirteen sects of China, and the fourteen sects of Japan: (2) those arising from an individual interpretation of the general teaching of Buddhism, as the sub-sects founded by Yongming 永明 (d. 975), 法相宗, 法性宗, 破相宗, or those based on a peculiar interpretation of one of the recognized sects, as the Jōdo-shinshū 淨土眞宗 found by Shinran-shōnin. There are also divisions of five, six, and ten, which have reference to specific doctrinal differences. Cf. 宗派; a tenet

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Japanese shou / sho しょう
Chinese See:
Japanese commander; general; leader; (given name) Masaru; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (male given name) Hitoshi; (personal name) Tamotsu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Tasuku; (given name) Susumu; (personal name) Shouji; (female given name) Shou; (given name) Akira

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Mandarin qiāng // jiàng // jiāng / qiang1 // jiang4 // jiang1
Taiwan ch`iang // chiang / chiang // chiang
Japanese masaru まさる
 masashi まさし
 susumu すすむ
Chinese to desire; to invite; to request; general; commander-in-chief (military); king (chess piece); to command; to lead; will; shall; to use; to take; to checkmate; just a short while ago; (introduces object of main verb, used in the same way as 把[ba3])
Japanese (given name) Masaru; (personal name) Masashi; (personal name) Susumu
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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese beki べき
 haba はば
 kin きん
Chinese towel; general purpose cloth; women's headcovering (old); Kangxi radical 50
Japanese (mathematics term) exponent; power; (1) width; breadth; (2) freedom (e.g. of thought); latitude; (3) gap; difference (e.g. in price); range (e.g. of voice); napkin; cloth; (surname) Haba; (personal name) Kin

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Mandarin cháng / chang2
Taiwan ch`ang / chang
Japanese towa とわ
 toko とこ
 tsune つね
 tada ただ
Chinese always; ever; often; frequently; common; general; constant; surname Chang
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) eternity; perpetuity; immortality; (prefix) constant; unchanging; eternal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) usual state of things; (adj-no,n) (1) (kana only) ordinary; common; usual; (2) (kana only) free of charge; (3) unaffected; as is; safe; (adverb) (4) only; merely; just; simply; (5) but; however; nevertheless; (female given name) Hisashi; (personal name) Toko; (female given name) Toki; (personal name) Tsunemine; (personal name) Tsuneji; (surname) Tsunesaki; (surname, given name) Tsune; (personal name) Chiyan; (personal name) Jouji; (surname, given name) Jou; (personal name) Sanpiru
nitya; śāśvata. Prolonged, constant, always, unceasing, permanent, perpetual, ever, eternal; normal, ordinary, regular.

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Mandarin/ mu4
Taiwan mu
Japanese maku まく
Chinese curtain or screen; canopy or tent; headquarters of a general; act (of a play)
Japanese (1) curtain; bunting; (n,ctr) (2) act (in play); (surname) Maku

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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese kou / ko こう
 kimi きみ
 ooyake おおやけ
Chinese public; collectively owned; common; international (e.g. high seas, metric system, calendar); make public; fair; just; Duke, highest of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; honorable (gentlemen); father-in-law; male (animal)
Japanese (n,suf) (1) public matter; governmental matter; (2) prince; duke; (n,n-suf) (3) lord; sir; (suffix noun) (4) familiar or derogatory suffix; (pn,adj-no) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (adj-no,n) public; open; formal; official; governmental; (given name) Hiromu; (female given name) Hiromi; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Shizuka; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (given name) Kou; (given name) Kin; (given name) Kimihiro; (personal name) Kiminori; (surname, female given name) Kimi; (given name) Isao; (female given name) Akira
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair.

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Mandarin gòng / gong4
Taiwan kung
Japanese muta むた
 mita みた
 domo ども
 tomo とも
 goto ごと
 guchi ぐち
Chinese common; general; to share; together; total; altogether; abbr. for 共產黨|共产党[Gong4 chan3 dang3], Communist party
Japanese (archaism) together with ...; (suffix) (1) (humble language) (kana only) first-person plural (or singular); (2) (derogatory term) (kana only) second or third person plural (implies speaker is of higher status than those referred to); (n,n-pref) (1) together with; (2) same; (suffix) (3) (kana only) both; all; neither; none; (4) (kana only) including ...; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (suffix) (kana only) including...; with ...; inclusive of; ...and all; (given name) Tomoni; (personal name) Tomo
All altogether, both, same, in common; in common with

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Mandarin/ ge4
Taiwan ko
Japanese tsu
Chinese individual; this; that; size; classifier for people or objects in general
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (counter) (kana only) counter for the hito-futa-mi counting system (forming hitotsu, futatsu, mitsu, and misoji, yasoji, etc.); (counter) (1) counter for articles; (2) counter for military units; (3) individual; (counter) counter for the ichi-ni-san counting system (usu. directly preceding the item being counted); a noun read using its on-yomi

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Mandarin gài / gai4
Taiwan kai
Japanese kaiji かいじ
Chinese general; approximate
Japanese (personal name) Kaiji
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Japanese General
shougun / shogunjiāng jūn
jiang1 jun1
jiang jun
chiang chün
Chinese or Korean Army General 將軍
shougun / shogunjiāng jūn
jiang1 jun1
jiang jun
chiang chün
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.

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

4 Noble Truths
Compassionate Heart
Heart and Soul
Ki Aikido
Martial Arts
Mind Body Spirit
Mind Like Water
No Worries
Peaceful Warrior
Right Decision
Spirit of Taekwondo
Tao Te Ching

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 by 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 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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as General Kanji, General Characters, General in Mandarin Chinese, General Characters, General in Chinese Writing, General in Japanese Writing, General in Asian Writing, General Ideograms, Chinese General symbols, General Hieroglyphics, General Glyphs, General in Chinese Letters, General Hanzi, General in Japanese Kanji, General Pictograms, General in the Chinese Written-Language, or General in the Japanese Written-Language.