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Sword

China jiàn
Japan ken / tsurugi
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll

This Character is pronounced "jian" in Chinese. When you say it, imagine that you are making the sound of a sword as it clashes with a metal shield. This might get you closer to the correct pronunciation in Chinese.

I actually wonder if this word came from the metallic ringing sounds of a sword in battle - but such knowledge is lost in history.

The sword is a symbol of a warrior. The one thing that a soldier in ancient China lived and died by. A warrior with his skills and sword proves himself of great value. A warrior who losses his sword instantly becomes worthless.

劍 is an excellent scroll for someone in the military (especially officers of all services - as well as enlisted NCO Marines since they still carry swords even if mainly for ceremonial purposes). Or perhaps someone who practices variations of kung fu or tai chi that involve weapons.

Please note that while this character is understood with the sword meaning in Japanese, you might be looking for the word "katana" which also means sword in Japanese but means "knife" in Chinese.


There are other ways to write sword, and here are a few...
Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese
If you are particular about the version you receive, please let me know when you place your order (Note: Special styles are only available from one of our master calligraphers).

We have a forum entry that addresses the many ways to write sword. You can find that here: 100 Ways to Write Sword - Deciphering Ancient Seal Script

Simplicity

China jiǎn
Japan kan
Simplicity Vertical Wall Scroll

簡 expresses the idea of something simple, or the essence of simplicity in life in Chinese.

This can also refer to a simple slip of bamboo for taking notes or writing a letter (especially in Korean Hanja).

Technically this is a word meaning simple and brevity in Japanese but it's rarely used in modern Japanese. Therefore, you should probably only select this character if your audience is Chinese.


See Also:  Brevity

Strong / Healthy

China jiàn
Japan ken
Strong / Healthy Vertical Wall Scroll

This "strong" character is the more "healthy" version of strong. 健 is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.

Beyond "healthy," it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.

Sword

China jiàn
Japan ken
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll

剱 is the modern Japanese way to write sword.

This Kanji character comes from original Chinese. This form would also be understood in Chinese (there are often several ways to write the same character) but I suggest this one only if your audience is Japanese (because they've settled on a slightly different form as the standard in China).

In Japanese, this character also means saber/sabre, blade, bayonet, stinger and clock hand (clock hands are the "swords" of the clock).


See Also:  Katana

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your jian search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Japanese yutaka / ゆたか    yasushi / やすし    masaru / まさる    hamaken / はまけん    tsuyoshi / つよし    tateshi / たてし    tatsuru / たつる    tatsu / たつ    takeru / たける    takeshi / たけし    take / たけ    takashi / たかし    sukoyaka / すこやか    jiin / jin / じぇん    kensou / kenso / けんそう    kenji / けんじ    kenshou / kensho / けんしょう    kenkichi / けんきち    ken / けん
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese healthy; to invigorate; to strengthen; to be good at; to be strong in
Japanese (personal name) Yutaka; (given name) Yasushi; (given name) Masaru; (surname) Hamaken; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (personal name) Tateshi; (personal name) Tatsuru; (given name) Tatsu; (given name) Takeru; (given name) Takeshi; (surname) Take; (personal name) Takashi; (surname) Sukoyaka; (given name) Jen; (personal name) Kensou; (personal name) Kenji; (personal name) Kenshou; (given name) Kenkichi; (surname, female given name) Ken
Sturdy, strong, hard, bold; unwearied; translit. ga, gha.

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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Japanese tsurugi / つるぎ    ken / けん
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Japanese variant of 劍|剑
Japanese sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (1) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (2) bayonet; (3) swordsmanship; (4) stinger; ovipositor; dart; (female given name) Mayaka; (surname, female given name) Tsurugi; (surname) Kenzaki; (given name) Ken


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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Japanese tsurugi / つるぎ    ken / けん
Chinese double-edged sword; CL:口[kou3],把[ba3]; classifier for blows of a sword
Japanese (out-dated kanji) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (out-dated kanji) (1) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (2) bayonet; (3) swordsmanship; (4) stinger; ovipositor; dart
A sword, a two-edged sword.; A sword, two-edged sword.


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Mandarin jiǎn / jian3
Taiwan chien
Japanese kan / かん
Chinese simple; uncomplicated; letter; to choose; to select; bamboo strips used for writing (old)
Japanese brevity; simplicity; (surname) Kan; (given name) Isamu; (personal name) Ikufumi; (given name) Akira
A tablet, memorandum; to abridge; appoint; examine; abrupt, concise, direct; to choose

健康

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Mandarin jiàn kāng / jian4 kang1
Taiwan chien k`ang / chien kang
Japanese kenkou / kenko / けんこう
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese health; healthy
Japanese (1) health; (adjectival noun) (2) healthy; sound; fit; wholesome; (given name) Takeyasu; (given name) Kenkou

健美

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Mandarin jiàn měi / jian4 mei3
Taiwan chien mei
Japanese masami / まさみ    takeyoshi / たけよし    takemi / たけみ    kenmi / けんみ    kenbi / けんび
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese healthy and beautiful; to do fitness exercises; abbr. for 健美運動|健美运动[jian4 mei3 yun4 dong4]
Japanese (female given name) Masami; (male given name) Takeyoshi; (female given name) Takemi; (female given name) Kenmi; (personal name) Kenbi

先見


先见

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Mandarin xiān jiàn / xian1 jian4
Taiwan hsien chien
Japanese senken / せんけん
Chinese foresight; prescience
Japanese (noun/participle) foresight; anticipation; (personal name) Sakimi

兼愛


兼爱

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Mandarin jiān ài / jian1 ai4
Taiwan chien ai
Chinese "universal love", principle advocated by Mozi 墨子[Mo4 zi3], stressing that people should care for everyone equally

再見


再见

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Mandarin zài jiàn / zai4 jian4
Taiwan tsai chien
Japanese shaichen;shaichien / ツァイチェン;ツァイチエン    saiken / さいけん
Chinese goodbye; see you again later
Japanese (interjection) (kana only) good-bye (chi: zàijiàn); see you; (noun/participle) looking at again; watching again; discovering again; seeing again

堅信


坚信

see styles
Mandarin jiān xìn / jian1 xin4
Taiwan chien hsin
Japanese kenshin / けんしん
Chinese to believe firmly; without any doubt
Japanese (Christian rite of) confirmation; (personal name) Kenshin
firm faith

堅忍


坚忍

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Mandarin jiān rěn / jian1 ren3
Taiwan chien jen
Japanese kennin / けんにん
Chinese persevering
Japanese (noun/participle) perseverance

堅毅


坚毅

see styles
Mandarin jiān/ jian1 yi4
Taiwan chien i
Chinese firm and persistent; unswerving determination

堅韌


坚韧

see styles
Mandarin jiān rèn / jian1 ren4
Taiwan chien jen
Chinese tough and durable; tenacious

建造

see styles
Mandarin jiàn zào / jian4 zao4
Taiwan chien tsao
Japanese kenzou / kenzo / けんぞう
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to construct; to build
Japanese (noun/participle) building; construction; (personal name) Takezou; (given name) Kenzou

強健


强健

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Mandarin qiáng jiàn / qiang2 jian4
Taiwan ch`iang chien / chiang chien
Japanese kyouken / kyoken / きょうけん
Chinese sturdy
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) robust (health); strong (constitution); sturdy

意見


意见

see styles
Mandarinjiàn / yi4 jian4
Taiwan i chien
Japanese iken / いけん
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese idea; opinion; suggestion; objection; complaint; CL:點|点[dian3],條|条[tiao2]
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) opinion; view; comment
Thoughts, ideas, concepts, views.

日漸


日渐

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Mandarinjiàn / ri4 jian4
Taiwan jih chien
Chinese to progress (or increase, change etc) day by day; more (or better etc) with each passing day

正見


正见

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Mandarin zhèng jiàn / zheng4 jian4
Taiwan cheng chien
Japanese shouken / shoken / しょうけん
Japanese {Buddh} (See 八正道) right view; (female given name) Masami; (surname) Shoumi; (surname, given name) Shouken
samyag-dṛṣṭi, right views, understanding the four noble truths; the first of the 八正道; 'knowledge of the four noble truths. ' Keith.

見性


见性

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Mandarin jiàn xìng / jian4 xing4
Taiwan chien hsing
Japanese kenshou / kensho / けんしょう
Japanese self-awareness; consciousness of one's own character
To behold the Buddha-nature within oneself, a common saying of the Chan (Zen) or Intuitive School; to see the (buddha-)nature

建築師


建筑师

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Mandarin jiàn zhù shī / jian4 zhu4 shi1
Taiwan chien chu shih
Chinese architect

弓箭手

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Mandarin gōng jiàn shǒu / gong1 jian4 shou3
Taiwan kung chien shou
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese archer

柬埔寨

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Mandarin jiǎn pǔ zhài / jian3 pu3 zhai4
Taiwan chien p`u chai / chien pu chai
Japanese kanbojia / カンボジア
Sword Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Cambodia
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (kana only) Cambodia
Cambodia


see styles
Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Chinese variant of 澗|涧[jian4]

see styles
Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Japanese ken / けん    kudan / くだん
Chinese item; component; classifier for events, things, clothes etc
Japanese (n,ctr) matter; case; item; affair; subject; (can be adjective with の) (1) (kana only) the aforementioned; the said; (man, incident, etc.) in question; the above-mentioned; the aforesaid; (2) the usual; (female given name) Kudan

see styles
Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Chinese short; shallow; thin plate

see styles
Mandarin jiǎn / jian3
Taiwan chien
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese Japanese variant of 儉|俭[jian3]
Japanese economizing; thriftiness; prudence; frugality; (given name) Ken

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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Chinese to overstep one's authority; to usurp

see styles
Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Chinese to usurp


see styles
Mandarin jiǎn / jian3
Taiwan chien
Japanese ken
Chinese frugal; thrifty; needy
dearth

see styles
Mandarin jiān / jian1
Taiwan chien
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese double; twice; simultaneous; holding two or more (official) posts at the same time
Japanese (conjunction) cum (e.g. bedroom-cum-study); holding both roles (e.g. Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs); and; in addition; concurrently; at the same time; (personal name) Kensou; (personal name) Kenji; (personal name) Kenshou; (personal name) Ken; (given name) Kaneru; (male given name) Kaneyoshi; (personal name) Kaneyuki; (surname) Kanemura; (personal name) Kanenori; (personal name) Kaneshi; (surname) Kanezaki; (surname) Kanesaki; (surname, female given name) Kane; (given name) Kanuru
Both; also; to unite, join, comprehend.

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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
Sword
ken / tsurugijiàn / jian4 / jianchien
Simplicity
kanjiǎn / jian3 / jianchien
Strong
Healthy
kenjiàn / jian4 / jianchien
Sword
kenjiàn / jian4 / jianchien
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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