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China wēn hòu
Japan on kou

溫厚 is a Chinese, Japanese and old Korean word for "gentle" or "gentleness." This can also mean "kindness" (more as an adjective like "kind person").

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See Also:  Kindness | Caring


China wēn róu

Gentleness is moving wisely, touching softly, holding carefully, speaking quietly and thinking kindly. When you feel mad or hurt, use your self-control. Instead of harming someone, talk things out peacefully. You are making the world a safer, gentler place.

See Also:  Kindness | Caring

Heart of Judo

China róu
Japan yawara
Heart of Judo

This Kanji literally means flexible, pliable, gentle, or yielding. This is also the first Kanji of the Japanese martial arts titles of Judo and Jujutsu (Jujitsu). In those cases, it's pronounced "ju" in Japanese. However, alone, the classic pronunciation is "yawara." Some translate this Kanji (in the context of martial arts) as "The Heart of Judo."

Please note that this just means pliable, gentle, and yielding in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. They do know what Judo and Jujitsu are but if this character is seen alone in China or Korea, people generally will not think of the martial arts context.

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Mandarin/ ci2
Taiwan tz`u / tzu
Japanese yoshimi よしみ
 yasushi やすし
 megumu めぐむ
 megumi めぐみ
 megu めぐ
 chika ちか
 shigeru しげる
 utsumi うつみ
 itsuku いつく
Chinese compassionate; gentle; merciful; kind; humane
Japanese (personal name) Yoshimi; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Megumu; (female given name) Megumi; (personal name) Megu; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Ji; (personal name) Shigeru; (surname) Utsumi; (female given name) Itsuku
Affection (as that of a mother), mercy, compassion, tenderness; mother; kindness
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Mercy / Compassion / Love


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Mandarin píng hé / ping2 he2
Taiwan p`ing ho / ping ho
Japanese heiwa / hewa へいわ
 hirawa ひらわ
 hirana ひらな
 hirakazu ひらかず
 hiyori ひより
 nodoka のどか
 shizuka しずか
Chinese gentle; mild; moderate; placid; Pinghe county in Zhangzhou 漳州[Zhang1 zhou1], Fujian
Japanese (mahj) concealed winning hand consisting of chows, a pair that isn't a value pair, and an open wait (chi:); (noun or adjectival noun) peace; harmony; (f,p) Heiwa; (place-name, surname) Hirawa; (female given name) Hirana; (surname, given name) Hirakazu; (female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Nodoka; (female given name) Shizuka
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Peace / Peaceful


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Japanese yoshiatsu よしあつ
Chinese See: 溫厚
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) gentle; (given name) Yoshiatsu

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Mandarin wēn hòu / wen1 hou4
Taiwan wen hou
Chinese good-natured; warm and generous; gentle
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Mandarin wēn róu / wen1 rou2
Taiwan wen jou
Chinese gentle and soft; tender
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Mandarin chūn yǔ / chun1 yu3
Taiwan ch`un yü / chun yü
Japanese harusame はるさめ
Chinese spring rain; gift from above
Japanese (1) gentle spring rain; (2) thin noodles made from bean starch (or potato starch); gentle spring rain; (female given name) Harusame
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Mandarin sī wén / si1 wen2
Taiwan ssu wen
Japanese shibun しぶん
Chinese refined; educate; cultured; intellectual; polite; gentle
Japanese this academic subject or field of study; Confucian studies
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Mandarin yāo / yao1
Taiwan yao
Chinese tender; gentle; to die prematurely
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Mandarin kuān / kuan1
Taiwan k`uan / kuan
Japanese yururuka ゆるるか
 yutaka ゆたか
 makoto まこと
 hirosu ひろす
 hiroshi ひろし
 hiro ひろ
 satoru さとる
 kanji かんじ
 kan かん
 akira あきら
Chinese Japanese variant of 寬|宽
Japanese (adj-nari) (archaism) relaxed; (noun or adjectival noun) lenient; gentle; (female given name) Yururuka; (male given name) Yutaka; (female given name) Makoto; (personal name) Hirosu; (male given name) Hiroshi; (surname, female given name) Hiro; (given name) Satoru; (personal name) Kanji; (s,m) Kan; (given name) Akira

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Mandarin yōu / you1
Taiwan yu
Japanese yutaka ゆたか
 yuu / yu ゆう
 yui ゆい
 yasashi やさし
 yasa やさ
 masaru まさる
 masa まさ
 hiroshi ひろし
 hiro ひろ
 sunao すなお
 suguru すぐる
 suguri すぐり
 juri じゅり
 satoshi さとし
 kokoro こころ
 atsushi あつし
Chinese excellent; superior
Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) gentle; (2) elegant; classy; (3) superior; skilled; (4) excellent (in marking, grading, etc.); (5) actor; (prefix) gentle; affectionate; (given name) Yutaka; (female given name) Yuu; (female given name) Yui; (female given name) Yasashi; (female given name) Yasa; (female given name) Masaru; (personal name) Masa; (given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hiro; (female given name) Sunao; (female given name) Suguru; (female given name) Suguri; (female given name) Juri; (male given name) Satoshi; (female given name) Kokoro; (given name) Atsushi
Abundant, excessive; exceptional, extra; at ease; an actor; chiefly translit. u sounds, cf. 鬱, 憂, 烏, etc; to surpass

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Mandarin wēn / wen1
Taiwan wen
Japanese on
Chinese warm; lukewarm; temperature; to warm up; mild; soft; tender; to review (a lesson etc); fever (TCM); old variant of 瘟[wen1]; surname Wen
Warm, mild, bland, gentle; acquainted with; to warm.

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Mandarin wén / wen2
Taiwan wen
Japanese remon れもん
 yuni ゆに
 mon もん
 munson むんそん
 mun むん
 minemoto みねもと
 minehara みねはら
 man まん
 bunji ぶんじ
 bunsaku ぶんさく
 bunkou / bunko ぶんこう
 bun ぶん
 fun ふん
 fuminori ふみのり
 fumi ふみ
 fukuwara ふくわら
 fukumoto ふくもと
 fukumitsu ふくみつ
 fukumi ふくみ
 fukuhara ふくはら
 biyon びよん
 nobu のぶ
 kanou / kano かのう
 kazaru かざる
 kazari かざり
 kasari かさり
 kasano かさの
 kasau かさう
 osamu おさむ
 ayami あやみ
 aya あや
 ai あい
Chinese language; culture; writing; formal; literary; gentle; (old) classifier for coins; Kangxi radical 67; surname Wen
Japanese (1) one-thousandth of a kan (obsolete unit of currency); (2) 2.4 cm (traditional unit used to measure shoe sizes); (3) letter; character; sentence; (4) (abbreviation) scripture; incantation; (1) sentence; (2) composition; text; writings; (3) the literary arts (as opposed to the military arts); academia; literature; letter; writings; (1) (kana only) figure; design; (2) (kana only) style (of writing); figure (of speech); (3) (kana only) design; plot; plan; (4) (kana only) minor market fluctuation; technical correction; (5) (kana only) (abbreviation) cat's cradle; (6) (kana only) (abbreviation) lease rod (in a loom); (female given name) Remon; (female given name) Yuni; (personal name) Mon; (surname) Munson; (surname) Mun; (personal name) Minemoto; (personal name) Minehara; (surname) Man; (personal name) Bunji; (personal name) Bunsaku; (given name) Bunkou; (surname, female given name) Bun; (surname) Fun; (personal name) Fuminori; (surname, female given name) Fumi; (personal name) Fukuwara; (personal name) Fukumoto; (personal name) Fukumitsu; (personal name) Fukumi; (personal name) Fu
Letters, literature, writing; refined; culture; civil; a despatch; veined; a cash; to gloss; a text

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Mandarin mín / min2
Taiwan min
Chinese gentle and affable

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Mandarin tiǎo / tiao3
Taiwan t`iao / tiao
Japanese utsuro うつろ
Chinese quiet and secluded; gentle, graceful, and elegant
Japanese (place-name) Utsuro

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Mandarin qīng / qing1
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese kyō
Chinese light; easy; gentle; soft; reckless; unimportant; frivolous; small in number; unstressed; neutral; to disparage
Light; frivolous; to slight; light (not heavy)

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Japanese koto こと
Japanese (particle) (1) particle indicating a command; (2) (feminine speech) particle indicating mild enthusiasm; (3) particle indicating a gentle interrogative; (4) particle used to soften a judgment or conclusion; (female given name) Koto

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Japanese hotokegao ほとけがお
Japanese gentle face

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Mandarin xián jìng / xian2 jing4
Taiwan hsien ching
Chinese gentle and refined

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Mandarin píng huǎn / ping2 huan3
Taiwan p`ing huan / ping huan
Chinese level; almost flat; not strongly sloping; fig. moderate; mild-mannered; gentle

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Japanese yowabi よわび
Japanese simmering; low fire; gentle heating

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Mandarin bīn bīn / bin1 bin1
Taiwan pin pin
Chinese refined, gentle, and elegant

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Japanese junryou / junryo じゅんりょう
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) good and obedient; gentle; meek

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Mandarin wēi fēng / wei1 feng1
Taiwan wei feng
Japanese soyokaze そよかぜ
 soyoka そよか
Chinese breeze; light wind
Japanese gentle breeze; soft wind; breath of air; zephyr; (surname) Soyokaze; (female given name) Soyoka
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Japanese juujun / jujun じゅうじゅん
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) obedient; gentle; meek; submissive; docile

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Mandarin hē hē / he1 he1
Taiwan ho ho
Japanese kaka かか
Chinese (onom.) gentle laughter; chuckle
Japanese (adv,n) sound of laughter

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Mandarin hé huǎn / he2 huan3
Taiwan ho huan
Chinese mild; gentle; to ease up; to relax

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Japanese yume ゆめ
Japanese (1) gentle woman; affectionate woman; (2) beautiful graceful woman; gentle woman; affectionate woman; (female given name) Yume

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Mandarin yōu róu / you1 rou2
Taiwan yu jou
Japanese yuujuu / yuju ゆうじゅう
Chinese gentle; carefree; indecisive; weak
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) indecisiveness

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Japanese yuuo / yuo ゆうお
 masao まさお
Japanese man of gentle manners; man of delicate features; (personal name) Yuuo; (given name) Masao

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Mandarin tián hé / tian2 he2
Taiwan t`ien ho / tien ho
Chinese quiet and gentle

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Search for Gentle in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gentleness 溫厚
on kou / onkou / on ko / onkowēn hòu / wen1 hou4 / wen hou / wenhou
Gentleness 溫柔
wēn róu / wen1 rou2 / wen rou / wenrou wen jou / wenjou
Heart of Judo yawararóu / rou2 / rou jou
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