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Kun

Sea Creature
China kūn
Japan kon
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A 鲲 (Kun) is a famous sea monster, often associated or used interchangeably with a 鵬 (Peng).

This is comparable to Leviathan or Jonah's whale.

In Chinese mythology, the Kun is a giant fish said to be able to turn into a bird.

This character and the mythological creature is also known in Japanese and Korean. However, in some context, this character can refer to fry (fish babies).

A Bright Future

Incredible 10,000-Mile Flight of the Peng
China péng chéng wàn lǐ
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鵬程萬里 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to wish someone a long and successful career.

It's really about the 10,000 Flight of the Peng (Peng, also known as Roc is a mythical fish that can turn into a bird and take flight).

Zhuangzi

庄子 - Zhuangzi

Breaking down each character:
1. Peng or Roc (a kind of bird).
2. Journey (in this case, a flight).
3. 10,000 (Ten Thousand).
4. Li is a unit of distance often referred to as a "Chinese Mile," though the real distance is about half a kilometer.

Direct Translation: "Peng's Journey [of] 10,000 Li."
Literal meaning: "The 10,000-Li Flying Range Of The Roc."
Perceived meaning: "To have a bright future" or "To go far."

This proverb/idiom comes from the book of Zhuangzi. It tells the tale of a huge fish which could turn into a gigantic bird. This bird was called "peng" and was many miles long. This legendary size allowed the Peng to fly from the Northern Sea to the Southern Sea in a single bound.

Wishing someone "a Peng's Journey of 10,000 Li," will imply that they will be able to travel far without stopping, and will have great success, a long career, and a prosperous future.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin shù // gǔn / shu4 // gun3
Taiwan shu // kun
Chinese see 豎筆|竖笔[shu4 bi3]; radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 2)

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese mamoru まもる
Chinese one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing earth; female principle; ☷; ancient Chinese compass point: 225° (southwest)
Japanese (archaism) southwest; kun (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: earth, southwest); (given name) Mamoru
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 坤[kun1]

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese tsubo つぼ
 tsuho つほ
 tsufu つふ
Chinese palace corridor; fig. women's quarters; women
Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (1) jar; pot; vase; (2) dice cup; (3) depression (i.e. the basin of a waterfall); (4) (archaism) target (when aiming an arrow); (5) (kana only) (figurative) bull's-eye; (6) (kana only) key point (of a conversation, etc.); (7) (kana only) acupuncture point; moxibustion point; (8) (kana only) nodes on a fingerboard (of a shamisen, etc.); (irregular kanji usage) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) jar; pot; vase; (2) dice cup; (3) depression (i.e. the basin of a waterfall); (4) (archaism) target (when aiming an arrow); (5) (kana only) (figurative) bull's-eye; (6) (kana only) key point (of a conversation, etc.); (7) (kana only) acupuncture point; moxibustion point; (8) (kana only) nodes on a fingerboard (of a shamisen, etc.)

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 崑|昆[kun1]

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kon こん
Chinese used in place names, notably Kunlun Mountains 崑崙|昆仑[Kun1 lun2]; (also used for transliteration)
Japanese (given name) Kon

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Mandarin kùn / kun4
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kon
Chinese to trap; to surround; hard-pressed; stranded; destitute
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese a bunch; to tie together; bundle

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kouri / kori こり
Chinese movable door sill
Japanese (n,n-suf,ctr) (1) wrapped package; bale; (2) portmanteau; wicker trunk; luggage; baggage; portmanteau; wicker trunk; luggage; baggage

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Mandarin gùn / gun4
Taiwan kun
Chinese stick; rod; truncheon

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese to boil; to roll; to take a hike; Get lost!

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kon こん
Chinese descendant; elder brother; a style of Chinese poetry
Japanese (surname) Kon

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese makoto まこと
Chinese sincere
Japanese (given name) Makoto

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese descendant; elder brother

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese (jade)

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Mandarin kùn / kun4
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese sleepy; tired

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese roller; to level with a roller

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese full

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 捆[kun3]

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese cord; embroidered sash; to sew

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese brilliant

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 焜[kun1]

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Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese beautiful jade; bamboo

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese imperial robe

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese a border or band on the edge of a dress

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Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese mitsu みつ
 fundoshi ふんどし
 fudoshi ふどし
 tousagi / tosagi とうさぎ
 tafusagi たふさぎ
Chinese pants (old)
Japanese (1) T-shaped section of a loincloth; (2) (sumo) mawashi; (1) (kana only) loincloth; breechcloth; breechclout; traditional Japanese male underwear; (2) kimono underskirt; (3) (sumo) wrestler's ornamental apron; (kana only) loincloth; breechcloth; breechclout; traditional Japanese male underwear

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese to revolve; stone roller

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kon
Insects, creeping things.

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese to bank up the roots of plants

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese fine horse

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 髡[kun1]

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese scalping; to make the head bald (as corporal punishment)

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese old variant of 髡[kun1]

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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Chinese variant of 鯀|鲧[Gun3]

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kon こん
Chinese fry (newly hatched fish); legendary giant fish that could transform into a giant bird 鵬|鹏[Peng2]
Japanese (archaism) kun (in Chinese mythology, giant fish said to be able to turn into a bird)
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Mandarin gǔn / gun3
Taiwan kun
Japanese kon こん
Chinese Gun, mythical father of Yu the Great 大禹[Da4 Yu3]
Japanese (personal name) Kon

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese large bird, possibly related to crane or swan (archaic); mythical monstrous bird, cf Sinbad's roc

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese variant of 鵾|鹍, large bird, possibly related to crane or swan (archaic); mythical monstrous bird, cf Sinbad's roc

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese steel sword

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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese threshold; inner appartments; woman; wife (honorific)

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese quinone (chemistry)

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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
Kun
konkūn / kun1 / kun k`un / kun
A Bright Future 鵬程萬里
鹏程万里
péng chéng wàn lǐ
peng2 cheng2 wan4 li3
peng cheng wan li
pengchengwanli
p`eng ch`eng wan li
pengchengwanli
peng cheng wan li
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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.


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