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Horse in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Horse
  2. Eight Black Horses
  3. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse
  4. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,...
  5. Knight
  6. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature
  7. Push or Knock
  8. Unicorn
  9. Zebra


Horse

Year of the Horse / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan uma
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This is the character for horse in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the horse, you . . .


Are outgoing and active.
Don't give up easily.
Are known to have a bad temper.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Eight Black Horses

China hēi bā mǎ
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This is "eight black horses" in Chinese. This is an unusual title for calligraphy, but several people have searched for it so we added it here. Eight horses is a sign of success in business in Chinese culture.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse

China lóng mǎ jīng shén
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This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone good health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse". These four characters are often accompanied by four more which mean, "...and the power and prestige of the tiger". Here we are just offering the first part which is considered the short version.

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have an amazing quality. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.


Note: In Japanese, this would be read as the spirit of 坂本龍馬 (Sakamoto_Ryōma), a beloved rebel who help abolish the old Japanese feudal system. This can be confusing, so I am declaring this proverb to be Chinese only.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,
the Power of a Tiger.

China lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
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This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger".

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.

Knight

China qí shì
Japan ki shi
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The first character has the element of "horse" in it, and alone can mean "one who rides". Together, these characters can be translated as "riding soldier" or "horseman soldier", which of course can also be translated as "knight".


Can also be translated as "cavalier".


See Also...  Warrior

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

China qí lǐn
HK keilun
Japan kirin
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This word is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse, but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced “Kirin” as in “Kirin Ichiban” beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. This is sometimes spelled as “kylin”.

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name “qilin” was given to the “new giraffe”. This is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a “giraffe of Africa”. The characters for “qilin” shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the “Chinese Unicorn”, even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).

Push or Knock

To weigh one's words
China fǎn fù tuī qiāo
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During the Tang Dynasty, a man named Jia Dao (born in the year 779), a well studied scholar and poet, went to the capital to take the imperial examination.

One day as he rides a donkey through the city streets, a poem begins to form in his mind. A portion of the poem comes into his head like this:

"The bird sits on the tree branch near a pond,
A monk approaches and knocks at the gate..."


At the same time, he wondered if the word "push" would be better than "knock" in his poem.

As he rides down the street, he imagines the monk pushing or knocking. Soon he finds himself making motions of pushing, and shaking a fist in a knocking motion as he debates which word to use. He is quite a sight as he makes his way down the street on his donkey with hands and fists flying about as the internal debate continues.

As he amuses people along the street, he becomes completely lost in his thoughts and does not see the mayor's procession coming in the opposite direction. Jia Bao is blocking the way for the procession to continue down the road, and the mayor's guards immediately decide to remove Jia Bao by force. Jia Bao, not realizing that he was in the way, apologizes, explains his poetic dilemma, and awaits his punishment for blocking the mayor's way.

The mayor, Han Yu, a scholar and author of prose himself, finds himself intrigued by Jia Dao's poem and problem. Han Yu gets off his horse, and addresses Jia Bao, stating, "I think knock is better". The relieved Jia Bao raises his head, and is invited by the mayor to join the procession, and are seen riding off together down the street exchanging their ideas and love of poetry.

In modern Chinese, this idiom is used when someone is trying to decide which word to use in their writing or when struggling to decide between two things when neither seems to have a downside.

Unicorn

China dú jiǎo shòu
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This is the Chinese name for the western unicorn (a horse with a spiral horn emerging from the head).

This is an unusual title for a Chinese wall scroll, but it's OK if you really love unicorns.

Chinese have their own ancient unicorn-like creature called a "qilin" (or kirin in Japanese).

Unicorn

Japan ikkakujuu
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This is the Japanese name for the western unicorn (a horse with a spiral horn emerging from the head). This can also refer to a narwhal depending on context.

This is an unusual title for a Japanese wall scroll, but it's OK if you really love unicorns.

Japanese have their own ancient unicorn-like creature called a "kirin" (or qilin in the original Chinese).

Zebra

China bān mǎ
Japan shimauma
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This is how to write zebra in Chinese. It will also be understood in Japanese, though they tend to write zebra as シマウマ in Katakana in Japan these days.

The actual meaning of the characters is something like "speckled horse".


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

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

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Abby
Achieve Inner Peace
Achievement
Adventure
Aikido
Aries
Autumn
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Black
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Bushido
Capricorn
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Children
Cliff
Commitment
Community
Destiny
Diego
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Eight
Ellie
Enjoy Life
Ethan
Father
Flowers
Flying
Forever
Fortune
Free Will
Ghost
Goat
God is Always With You
God of Abraham
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Good
Good Luck
Great
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Happiness
Harmony
Harvest
Horse
Humor
I Love Mother
I Need You
Jasmine Flower
Kodokan
Koi Fish
Light
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Laugh Love
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Sutra
Love
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
Lucky
Madison
Male
Marriage
Moon
Mountain
One Life One Chance
One True Love
People
Pine
Plum
Power
Pride
Reason
Respect
Revolution
Richard
Self-respect
Sheep
Simon
Sincerity and Devotion
Spirit of the Tiger
Star
Strength
Strength Vigor
The Saint
Tiger
Tigers
Tree
Twins
Unique
United
Vigor
Warrior
Water
White
Whore
Wing Chun Fist
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang
Zachary
Zhong Kui

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Horse
uma
ma
ma3
Eight Black Horses黑八马
黑八馬
n/ahēi bā mǎ
hei ba ma
hei pa ma
hei1 ba1 ma3
heibama
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse龙马精神
龍馬精神
n/alóng mǎ jīng shén
long ma jing shen
lung ma ching shen
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2
longmajingshen
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger.龙马精神虎虎生威
龍馬精神虎虎生威
n/alóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
Knight骑士
騎士
ki shi
kishi
qí shì
qi shi
ch`i shih
qi2 shi4
qishi
chishih
chi shih
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature麒麟
麒麟
kirinqí lǐn
qi lin
ch`i lin
qi2 lin3
qilin
chilin
chi lin
Push or Knock反复推敲
反復推敲
n/afǎn fù tuī qiāo
fan fu tui qiao
fan fu t`ui ch`iao
fan3 fu4 tui1 qiao1
fanfutuiqiao
fanfutuichiao
fan fu tui chiao
Unicorn独角兽
獨角獸
n/adú jiǎo shòu
du jiao shou
tu chiao shou
du2 jiao3 shou4
dujiaoshou
Unicorn一角獣
一角獣
ikkakujuu
ikakuju
n/a
Zebra斑马
斑馬
shimaumabān mǎ
ban ma
pan ma
ban1 ma3
banma

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "horse" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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

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