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Lightning Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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

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


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

Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

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.


China léi
Japan rai / kaminari
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This can mean thunder, lightning, thunderbolt, mine (weapon), or slang for something terrifying or a fit of anger.

Some will say it is the symbol of the god of thunder or god of lightning.

This is also a Chinese surname that romanizes as Lei.

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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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.

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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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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

Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Electricity / Lightning
Electricity / Lightning電気
den ki
n/ashǎn diàn
shan dian
shan tien
shan3 dian4
Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack突貫
God of Thunder雷神
rai jin
léi shén
lei shen
lei2 shen2
rai / kaminariléi
Firefly / Glow Worm

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" 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.

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