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Lightning Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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Start your custom "Lightning Symbol" project by clicking the button next to your favorite "Lightning Symbol" title below...

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Lightning
  2. Electricity / Lightning
  3. Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack
  4. God of Thunder
  5. Firefly / Glow Worm


Lightning

China shǎn diàn
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This is the title for lightning in Chinese.

The first character means, flash, or to dodge / get out of the way. In this case, it's the "flash" meaning. Sometimes this character can be used to mean lightning by itself.

The second character means electricity.


See Also...  Thunder | Rain | Storm

Electricity / Lightning

China diàn
Japan den
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This is the title for electricity in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While this character means electric or electricity, it can also be used to mean lightning.


Note: This Kanji is not usually used alone like this in Japanese.


See Also...  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Electricity / Lightning

Japanese Only
Japan den ki
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This is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.


See Also...  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

Tokkan
Japan tokkan
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This Japanese word can be translated as "lightning attack", "charge", or "rush". Basically it's about a fast run or attack at the speed of lightning.

God of Thunder

China léi shén
Japan rai jin
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This is how to write the Japanese "Thunder God". They don't really have separate words for thunder and lightning in Japanese, so this is also the "Lightning God".

These characters make sense in Chinese as well (though not a common title).

This is also the origin of the English name Raiden.

Firefly / Glow Worm

China yíng
Japan hotaru
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This is the Chinese, older Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja way to write fire fly, lightning bug, or glow worm (Luciola cruciata).


蛍Note: After post WWII language reforms in Japan, they started using a more simple version of this Kanji. This version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.


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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

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...

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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
Lightning闪电
閃電
n/ashǎn diàn
shan dian
shan tien
shan3 dian4
shandian
Electricity / Lightning
dendiàn
dian
tien
dian4
Electricity / Lightning電気
電氣
den ki
denki
n/a
Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack突貫
突貫
tokkan
tokan
n/a
God of Thunder雷神
雷神
rai jin
raijin
léi shén
lei shen
lei2 shen2
leishen
Firefly / Glow Worm
hotaruyíng
ying
ying2

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 "lightning symbol" 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 Lightning Kanji, Lightning Characters, Lightning in Mandarin Chinese, Lightning Characters, Lightning in Chinese Writing, Lightning in Japanese Writing, Lightning in Asian Writing, Lightning Ideograms, Chinese Lightning symbols, Lightning Hieroglyphics, Lightning Glyphs, Lightning in Chinese Letters, Lightning Hanzi, Lightning in Japanese Kanji, Lightning Pictograms, Lightning in the Chinese Written-Language, or Lightning in the Japanese Written-Language.

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