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  1. Illusion
  2. Reality and Illusion
  3. Fantasy / Illusion
  4. Dream / Dreams
  5. Life Is But A Dream
  6. Lost / Dazed and Confused
  7. Dream / Vision


Illusion

China huàn xiàng
Japan gen zou
Illusion

幻像 is a universal word for Illusion in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition, or fantasy.

The second character means statue, picture, image, figure, portrait, shape, form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem, or in rare/ancient context: an elephant.


象Note that the first character can be written without the left-side radical in Chinese. This form is shown to the right. Both forms are acceptable in Chinese but the character shown to the right is more likely to be read as "elephant."


See Also:  Reality

Reality and Illusion

Japan gen jitsu to gen sou
Reality and Illusion

現実と幻想 is the Japanese way to write, "reality and illusion."

Reality and Illusion

Buddhism Concept
China zhēn wàng
Reality and Illusion

真妄 is a specifically Buddhist term that means, "reality and illusion." Out of Buddhist context, it might be read as, "The real and the absurd."

Separately, the first character means real, true, and genuine, and the second character means absurd, fantastic, or related to fantasy.

Fantasy / Illusion

China huàn xiǎng
Japan gensou
Fantasy / Illusion

幻想 is illusions or fantasy in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also refer to delusion or daydreaming. It sort of means a dream or idea that cannot be true or real ( at least not in this realm).

Dream / Dreams

China mèng
Japan yume
Dream / Dreams

夢 is the very simple word for dreams in Chinese and Japanese. It can also mean having a vision or simply an illusion.

Life Is But A Dream

China rén shēng rú mèng
Life Is But A Dream

人生如夢 is an old Chinese proverb that suggests, "life is but a dream."

This kind of follows the Buddhist idea that the world is a temporal place, where reality may not be as real as you think.

Lost / Dazed and Confused

China
Japan mei
Lost / Dazed and Confused

迷 is one of those characters that can mean a lot of different things depending on context. When written alone, as a single character on a wall scroll, it opens up the possibilities, and allows you to decide what it means to you.

The key definition is "to be lost." This could be physically or mentally lost. It can be someone lost in their thoughts, lost in an ocean, or just confused about where they are. The reason for the confused state may be due to internal or external reasons.

Here are some entries from various Asian dictionaries...

Chinese: lost, confused, bewilder, crazy about, fan, enthusiast, mystery.

Japanese: lost, astray, be perplexed, in doubt, err, illusion.

Korean: lost, bewildered, fascinated, deluded.

Dream / Vision

China mèng xiǎng
Japan mu sou
Dream / Vision

夢想 is the two-character version of "dream," which can mean "to dream of [something]," vision, imagine, or reverie.

Be careful, as in some context, it can mean to dream of something in vain.

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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
Illusion幻像
幻像 / 幻象
gen zou / genzou / gen zo / genzohuàn xiàng
huan4 xiang4
huan xiang
huanxiang
huan hsiang
huanhsiang
Reality and Illusion現実と幻想gen jitsu to gen sou
genjitsutogensou
gen jitsu to gen so
genjitsutogenso
Reality and Illusion真妄zhēn wàng
zhen1 wang4
zhen wang
zhenwang
chen wang
chenwang
Fantasy
Illusion
幻想gensou / gensohuàn xiǎng
huan4 xiang3
huan xiang
huanxiang
huan hsiang
huanhsiang
Dream
Dreams

yumemèng / meng4 / meng
Life Is But A Dream人生如夢
人生如梦
rén shēng rú mèng
ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
ren sheng ru meng
renshengrumeng
jen sheng ju meng
jenshengjumeng
Lost
Dazed and Confused
meimí / mi2 / mi
Dream
Vision
夢想
梦想
mu sou / musou / mu so / musomèng xiǎng
meng4 xiang3
meng xiang
mengxiang
meng hsiang
menghsiang
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