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Humble / Modest

China qiān xū
Japan ken kyo
Humble / Modest Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese and Korean, the first character means "modest." The second means "empty." Together these characters reinforce the ideas of modesty and being empty of ego.

This can also be translated as humbleness or humility.

虚In Japan, they tend to use a slightly-simplified version of the second Kanji for this word. It also happens to be an alternate/simplified version used in China too. If you want to order the modern Japanese/simplified version, just click in the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

See Also:  Moderation

Humility / Being Humble

China qiān xùn
Japan ken son
Humility / Being Humble Vertical Wall Scroll

謙遜 can also be translated as being modest, humble, or unpretentious.

Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

This Humility title is also used as one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do. Often romanized as "Kyum Son."

Also sometimes used in Japanese to express humility with an essence of modesty.

See Also:  Modesty | Humility

Humble / Modesty / Humility

China qiān xū
Japan ken kyo
Humble / Modesty / Humility Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japanese, first Kanji means "self-effacing," "humble oneself," "condescend," "be modest." The second means "void" or "emptiness."

謙虚 is the most common way to say humble or modest in Japanese without a derogatory meaning (some other words suggest weakness but this version holds a better humble meaning).

See Also:  Moderation


China qiān gōng
Humble Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character means "modest." The second means "respectful."

See Also:  Modesty | Purity

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Japanese kenkyo / けんきょ
Humble Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) modest; humble



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Mandarin qiān xùn / qian1 xun4
Taiwan ch`ien hsün / chien hsün
Japanese kenson / けんそん
Chinese humble; modest; unpretentious; modesty
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no,vs) humble; humility; modesty; being humble

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Mandarin/ xu1
Taiwan hsü
Japanese kyo
Chinese emptiness; void; abstract theory or guiding principles; empty or unoccupied; diffident or timid; false; humble or modest; (of health) weak; virtual; in vain
śūnya. Empty, vacant; unreal, unsubstantial, untrue; space; humble; in vain; void



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Mandarin qiān chéng / qian1 cheng2
Taiwan ch`ien ch`eng / chien cheng
Japanese kenjou / kenjo / けんじょう
Chinese modest and sincere; humble
Japanese (given name) Kenjou


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Japanese kenji / けんじ Japanese modest word; humble language


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Japanese tsuzumayaka / つづまやか Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) concise; brief; (2) humble; frugal; (3) modest; discrete


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Japanese tsutsumashii / tsutsumashi / つつましい Japanese (adjective) (kana only) modest; reserved; quiet; humble


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Japanese koshigahikui / こしがひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) humble; modest


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Japanese koshinohikui / こしのひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) humble; modest


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Japanese atamagahikui / あたまがひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) (idiom) humble; modest; unassuming


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Japanese koshigahikui / こしがひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) humble; modest


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Japanese koshinohikui / こしのひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) humble; modest


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Japanese tsutsumashii / tsutsumashi / つつましい Japanese (adjective) (kana only) modest; reserved; quiet; humble


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Japanese koshigahikui / こしがひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) (See 腰の低い) humble; modest


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Japanese koshinohikui / こしのひくい Japanese (exp,adj-i) (See 腰が低い) humble; modest

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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
ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Being Humble
ken son / kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
謙虚ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
qiān gōng
qian1 gong1
qian gong
ch`ien kung
chien kung
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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