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This proverb is about the state of being as alone as you possibly can be. It can be translated as, "Alone with only your shadow for comfort/company."
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影 means shadow in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Depending on context, this can also mean silhouette, reflection, image, or presence.
影武者 is the title for Shadow Warrior in Chinese and Japanese.
This may refer to a few video games that share this English title, or a Japanese moved called Kagemusha.
If you are looking for the Japanese TV show, that was originally 影の軍団 (Kage no Gundan) which more literally means "Army of Shadows," but was re-titled Shadow Warrior when released outside Japan in English.
In Japan, this title can also refer to a body double or decoy of an army general or leader used to avoid assassination. It can also be somebody who does all the work (or fighting) behind the scenes (not getting much if any credit).
茶道 means The Way of Tea (literally, "tea way") in Chinese and Japanese.
This may refer to a tea ceremony or a general lifestyle of tea preparing and drinking.
In Japanese, this can be pronounced sadō or chadō (seems that sadō refers more often to a tea ceremony, and chadō when it's the Way of Tea).
茶道 is also used in Buddhist context with the same meaning of the Way of Tea.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Alone with only your shadow for company||煢煢孑立形影相吊|
|qióng qióng jié lì xíng yǐng xiāng diào|
qiong2 qiong2 jie2 li4 xing2 ying3 xiang1 diao4
qiong qiong jie li xing ying xiang diao
|ch`iung ch`iung chieh li hsing ying hsiang tiao
chiung chiung chieh li hsing ying hsiang tiao
|Shadow of Karma|
Dogged by Karma
|gou you / gouyou / go yo / goyo||yè yǐng / ye4 ying3 / ye ying / yeying||yeh ying / yehying|
|影子||keiko||yǐng zi / ying3 zi5 / ying zi / yingzi||ying tzu / yingtzu|
|Shadow||影||kage||yǐng / ying3 / ying|
|Shadow Warrior||影武者||kagemusha||yīng wǔ zhǔ|
ying1 wu3 zhu3
ying wu zhu
|ying wu chu
|The Way of Tea||茶道||cha dou / chadou / cha do / chado||chá dào / cha2 dao4 / cha dao / chadao||ch`a tao / chatao / cha tao|
|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.
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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.
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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