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Fragrant Herb / Housou

Japan housou
Fragrant Herb / Housou Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japanese, this means fragrant herb, and is often used as a given name romanized as Housou or Hoso.

Note: Sometimes romanized as Yoshikusa.

Bellflower / Herb of Bellflower

China jié gěng
Japan ki kyou
Bellflower / Herb of Bellflower Vertical Wall Scroll

桔梗 means "Chinese bellflower" in Japanese.

In Chinese, it refers to the "Platycodon grandiflorus" (Platycodon grandiflorum), "balloon flower," or "bellflower."

Please note that in Chinese, this particular 2-character title suggests that you are talking about the medicinal herb derived from the stem of this flower/plant.


China zàng hóng huā
Saffron Vertical Wall Scroll

藏紅花 is the Chinese title for saffron (Crocus sativus).

The most valuable herb or spice, by weight, on earth.


China jié gěng huā
Japan ki kyou bana
Bellflower Vertical Wall Scroll

Wikipedia Chinese Bellflower 桔梗花 means "Chinese bellflower" in Japanese.

In Chinese, it refersto the "Platycodon grandiflorus" (Platycodon grandiflorum), "balloon flower," or "bellflower."

桔梗花 is the three-character version of this title, which clearly suggests that you are talking about the flower, and not the medicinal herb derived from this kind of plant.


China chá
Japan cha
Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

茶 means tea. It can refer to prepared tea (ready-to-drink) or to dry tea leaves.

The origin of tea is China but the same character is used in Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja with the exact same meaning. Japanese and Korean even borrowed the pronunciation from Chinese (pronounced "cha" in all three languages).

It's said that an early doctor (or herbologist) in ancient China kept poisoning himself as he tried different new herb concoctions. He invented tea as a means to detoxify himself as he recovered from 1 of the 76 times he nearly poisoned himself to death. Tea is seen not just as a drink but as a form of medicine used to remove impurities from the body.

The word "chai" (used in many languages to refer to various teas) is derived from this Chinese word.

茶 also means camellia, as Asian teas are often based on the leaves of camellia plant varieties.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Japanese housou / hoso / ほうそう
Tea Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese fragrant herb; (given name) Housou


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Japanese anjerika / アンジェリカ
Tea Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese angelica (any herb of the genus Angelica, esp. garden angelica, Angelica archangelica); (female given name) Angelica; Anjelica; Anjerika

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Mandarin cǎo / cao3
Taiwan ts`ao / tsao
Japanese soukou / soko / そうこう    kusa / くさ
Chinese variant of 草[cao3]
Japanese (1) kanji "grass radical" (radical 140); (2) grass crown; (out-dated kanji) (1) grass; weed; herb; thatch; (2) (archaism) ninja; (prefix) (3) not genuine; substandard; (surname) Takakusa; (surname) Kusa

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Mandarin suī / sui1
Taiwan sui
Chinese a kind of medicinal herb

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Mandarin/ qi4
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese a kind of aromatic herb (old)

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Chinese plantain herb (Plantago); Taiwan pr. [fou2]

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Mandarin/ ba1
Taiwan pa
Japanese hana / はな
Chinese a herb; banana
Japanese (female given name) Hana

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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Japanese oro / おろ
Chinese (herb); pigsty
Japanese (surname) Oro

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Mandarin xún / xun2
Taiwan hsün
Japanese jun / じゅん
Chinese herb (old); surname Xun
Japanese (surname) Jun

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Mandarin/ tu2
Taiwan t`u / tu
Japanese daka
Chinese thistle; common sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus); bitter (taste); cruel; flowering grass in profusion
A bitter herb; weeds; to encroach; translit. da, dha, dhya, dhu.

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Mandarin shà / sha4
Taiwan sha
Chinese (auspicious herb)

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Mandarin/ ze2
Taiwan tse
Chinese (medicinal herb)

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Mandarin hóng / hong2
Taiwan hung
Chinese herb

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Mandarin guān / guan1
Taiwan kuan
Chinese meaning unknown ("herb mentioned in old books"); Japanese variant of 蔻[kou4], cardamom or nutmeg

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Mandarin làng / lang4
Taiwan lang
Chinese (herb); place name

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Mandarin cáo / cao2
Taiwan ts`ao / tsao
Chinese (a kind of herb)

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Mandarin xuàn / xuan4
Taiwan hsüan
Chinese (herb)

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Chinese withered (plant, herb etc)

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Mandarin bò // báo // bó / bo4 // bao2 // bo2
Taiwan po // pao
Japanese usu / うす
Chinese see 薄荷[bo4 he5]; meager; slight; weak; ungenerous or unkind; frivolous; to despise; to belittle; to look down on; to approach or near; thin; cold in manner; indifferent; weak; light; infertile; surname Bo
Japanese (prefix) light (e.g. colour, color); (surname) Haku; (surname) Takausu; (surname) Suzuki; (surname) Susuki; (surname) Usu
Thin, poor, shabby: to slight, despise; to reach to; the herb mint.

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Mandarin xiāng / xiang1
Taiwan hsiang
Chinese aromatic herb used for seasoning; variant of 香[xiang1]

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Mandarin/ qi2
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese (herb); implore; pray; place name

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Mandarin/ li2
Taiwan li
Chinese red algae; Gracilaria, several species, some edible; Japanese ogonori; arch. used for vanilla-like herb

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Mandarin/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Chinese a kind of herb (old)

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Mandarin/ qi2
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese (herb); place name


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Mandarin sān qī / san1 qi1
Taiwan san ch`i / san chi
Japanese mina / みな    sanshichi / さんしち
Chinese pseudoginseng (Panax pseudoginseng), hemostatic herb
Japanese (female given name) Mina; (surname, given name) Sanshichi


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Mandarin xiān cǎo / xian1 cao3
Taiwan hsien ts`ao / hsien tsao
Japanese sensou / senso / せんそう
Chinese medicinal herb (genus Mesona); grass jelly
Japanese (given name) Sensou


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Mandarin āi lěi / ai1 lei3
Taiwan ai lei
Chinese centaury herb with flowers (TCM); Herba Centaurii altaici cum flore


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Mandarin suō ā / suo1 a1
Taiwan so a
Japanese shaka
sahā, a herb in the Himālayas imparting immortality to the finder, v. 娑婆.


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Japanese touki;touki / toki;toki / とうき;トウキ Japanese (1) (kana only) dong dang gui (aromatic herb similar to dong quai, Angelica acutiloba); (2) (obscure) (See 唐当帰) dong quai (aromatic herb used to treat various gynecological symptoms, Angelica sinensis)


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Mandarin mù xiāng / mu4 xiang1
Taiwan mu hsiang
Japanese mokukoo / もくこお    konoka / このか
Chinese costus root (medicinal herb); aucklandia; Saussurea costus; Dolomiaea souliei
Japanese (surname) Mokukoo; (female given name) Konoka
根香; 薰陸香; 多伽羅 tagara. An incense-yielding tree, putchuk; vangueria spinosa or tabernae montana coronaria; Eitel; aromatic tree

Search for Herb in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Fragrant Herb
芳草housou / hoso
Herb of Bellflower
桔梗ki kyou / kikyou / ki kyo / kikyojié gěng / jie2 geng3 / jie geng / jiegengchieh keng / chiehkeng
zàng hóng huā
zang4 hong2 hua1
zang hong hua
tsang hung hua
Bellflower桔梗花ki kyou bana
ki kyo bana
jié gěng huā
jie2 geng3 hua1
jie geng hua
chieh keng hua
Teachachá / cha2 / chach`a / cha
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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