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War Machine

Japan senki
War Machine Vertical Wall Scroll

戦機 is a Japanese word that means war machine.

It can also mean the time for battle, military secrets, or battle strategy depending on the context.


Japan hata
Opportunity Vertical Wall Scroll

機 is an odd one - I've seen this on coffee cups and posters with the meaning of "opportunity."

機 is a correct definition but this character also means "machine." In fact, if you put the character for "flying" in front of this character, you have the Chinese word for "airplane" (literally: flying machine). Alone, on a wall scroll, it will be generally understood as "opportunity" but I want you to know this extra information before you make your selection. Note that in Japanese and Korean, this has a similar meaning but can also mean machine or loom.

See Also:  Success

Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

China wēi jī
Japan kiki
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical Wall Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity."

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity." 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher," which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis." Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.

Construction Crane

China qǐ zhòng jī
Japan kijuuki
Construction Crane Vertical Wall Scroll

A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name. This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.

In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2018, construction has barely slowed.

If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane."

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


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin xíng / xing2
Taiwan hsing
Japanese kata(p);gata / かた(P);がた
Construction Crane Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese mold; type; style; model
Japanese (1) model; type (e.g. of machine, goods, etc.); (2) (がた when a suffix) (See 朝型) type; style; pattern; (3) mold (mould); template; model; (4) kata (standard form of a movement, posture, etc. in martial arts, sport, etc.); (5) form (i.e. customary procedure); (6) size (i.e. clothing, shoes); (7) inch (in diagonal display size); (8) (obscure) (See 品種・2) (taxonomical) form

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Mandarin/ ji1
Taiwan chi
Japanese hata / はた    ki / き
Construction Crane Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese machine; engine; opportunity; intention; aircraft; pivot; crucial point; flexible (quick-witted); organic; CL:臺|台[tai2]; surname Ji
Japanese loom; (1) chance; opportunity; (n,n-suf) (2) machine; (3) aircraft; (counter) (4) counter for aircraft; (5) counter for remaining lives (in video games); (surname) Hata; (given name) Hakaru; (personal name) Takumi; (surname) Ki
The spring, or motive principle, machine, contrivance, artifice, occasion, opportunity; basis, root or germ; natural bent, fundamental quality; key

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Mandarin tǐng / ting3
Taiwan t`ing / ting
Japanese tei / te / てい
Chinese straight; erect; to stick out (a part of the body); to (physically) straighten up; to support; to withstand; outstanding; (coll.) quite; very; classifier for machine guns
Japanese (counter) counter for long and narrow things such as guns, scissors, spades, hoes, inksticks, palanquins, candles, jinrikishas, shamisen, oars, etc.; (personal name) Tei

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Mandarin chèng // chēng / cheng4 // cheng1
Taiwan ch`eng / cheng
Japanese hakari / はかり
Chinese steelyard; Roman balance; CL:臺|台[tai2]; variant of 稱|称[cheng1], to weigh
Japanese scales; weighing machine; (surname, female given name) Hakari
a scale for measuring weight

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Mandarin jū // chē / ju1 // che1
Taiwan chü // ch`e / chü // che
Japanese sha / しゃ    kuruma / くるま
Chinese war chariot (archaic); rook (in Chinese chess); rook (in chess); car; vehicle; CL:輛|辆[liang4]; machine; to shape with a lathe; surname Che
Japanese (suffix noun) car; vehicle; (1) car; automobile; vehicle; (2) wheel; (surname) Chiya; (surname) Cha; (surname) Shiya; (surname) Sha; (surname) Kuruma
A cart, wheeled conveyance.


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Japanese ichidai / いちだい Japanese one machine; one vehicle


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Japanese ikki / いっき Japanese (1) one machine; (2) an aircraft (airplane); one aircraft; (3) one player (in video games); (personal name) Hitoki; (male given name) Kazuki; (personal name) Itsuki; (personal name) Ikki


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Mandarin zhǔ zi / zhu3 zi5
Taiwan chu tzu
Japanese yukiko / ゆきこ    keiko / keko / けいこ    kazuko / かずこ    omoko / おもこ
Chinese Master (term used by servant); Your Majesty; operator (of machine)
Japanese (female given name) Yukiko; (female given name) Keiko; (female given name) Kazuko; (female given name) Omoko



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Mandarin tíng jī / ting2 ji1
Taiwan t`ing chi / ting chi
Chinese (of a machine) to stop; to shut down; to park a plane; to finish shooting (a TV program etc); to suspend a phone line; (of a prepaid mobile phone) to be out of credit



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Mandarin tíng chē / ting2 che1
Taiwan t`ing ch`e / ting che
Japanese teisha / tesha / ていしゃ
Chinese to pull up (stop one's vehicle); to park; (of a machine) to stop working; to stall
Japanese (noun/participle) (ant: 発車・はっしゃ) stopping (of a train, car, etc.); stop



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Mandarin bèi pǐn / bei4 pin3
Taiwan pei p`in / pei pin
Japanese bihin / びひん
Chinese machine parts or tools kept in reserve; spare parts
Japanese fixtures; furnishings; equipment


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Mandarin bào gōng / bao4 gong1
Taiwan pao kung
Chinese planing; planing machine operator; planer


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Mandarin bào chuáng / bao4 chuang2
Taiwan pao ch`uang / pao chuang
Chinese planer; planing machine


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Japanese meiki / meki / めいき Japanese high-performance machine, airplane, etc.



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Mandarin qǐ dòng / qi3 dong4
Taiwan ch`i tung / chi tung
Chinese to start (a machine); to set in movement; to launch (an operation); to activate (a plan)


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Mandarin qì xiè / qi4 xie4
Taiwan ch`i hsieh / chi hsieh
Japanese kikai / きかい
Chinese apparatus; instrument; equipment; weapon
Japanese (1) machine; mechanism; (2) instrument; appliance; apparatus


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Japanese touya;touoku / toya;tooku / とうや;とうおく Japanese rooftop structure, e.g. tower, elevator machine room, etc.; (place-name, surname) Touya



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Mandarin yà bǎn / ya4 ban3
Taiwan ya pan
Chinese vise jaw; press board (machine); see-saw



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Mandarin shòu mìng / shou4 ming4
Taiwan shou ming
Japanese jumyou / jumyo / じゅみょう
Chinese life span; life expectancy; lifetime (of a machine)
Japanese (surname) Jumyou
jīvita, life, length of days, age; life span


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Mandarin wài shǒu / wai4 shou3
Taiwan wai shou
Japanese sotode / そとで
Chinese right-hand side (of a machine); right-hand side (passenger side) of a vehicle
Japanese (surname) Sotode



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Mandarin shī líng / shi1 ling2
Taiwan shih ling
Chinese out of order (of machine); not working properly; a failing (of a system)


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Japanese shidou / shido / しどう Japanese (noun/participle) starting (machine, engine, car, etc.); activation


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Japanese jikki / じっき Japanese real machine (as opposed to model or simulation); real aeroplane


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Mandarin gōng zuò / gong1 zuo4
Taiwan kung tso
Japanese kousaku / kosaku / こうさく
Chinese to work; (of a machine) to operate; job; work; task; CL:個|个[ge4],份[fen4],項|项[xiang4]
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) handicraft; (2) work; construction; manufacturing; (3) maneuvering; manoeuvering; (given name) Kousaku



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Mandarin cháng shí / chang2 shi2
Taiwan ch`ang shih / chang shih
Japanese jouji / joji / じょうじ
Chinese frequently; often; usually; regularly
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) usually; ordinarily; (2) continuous; 24-hour (e.g. observation, operation (of a machine), care (of patient)); always on



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Mandarin wǎng fù / wang3 fu4
Taiwan wang fu
Japanese oufuku / ofuku / おうふく
Chinese to go and come back; to make a return trip; backwards and forwards (e.g. of piston or pump action); to reciprocate (of machine part)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) making a round trip; going and returning; coming and going; (2) (abbreviation) (See 往復切符) round-trip ticket; return ticket; (3) correspondence; exchanging (letters); (4) socializing; visiting one another
going and returning


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Japanese shinpai;shinhai / しんぱい;しんはい Japanese (1) heart and lungs; (can be adjective with の) (2) cardiopulmonary; (3) (abbreviation) (See 人工心肺) heart and lung machine


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Japanese aiki / あいき Japanese favourite aeroplane, camera or other machine (favorite, airplane)


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Japanese atsukau / あつかう Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to deal with (a person); to treat; to handle; to take care of; to entertain; (2) to deal with (a problem); to handle; to manage; (3) to operate (e.g. a machine); to handle; to work; (4) to deal in; to sell; (5) to cover (a topic); to treat; to discuss; to take up; (6) (as AをBとして扱う) to treat A as B; (7) (archaism) to mediate (an argument); (8) (archaism) to be too much for one; to find unmanageable; (9) (archaism) to gossip


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Mandarin bān shǒu / ban1 shou3
Taiwan pan shou
Chinese spanner; wrench; lever (on a machine)

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Lookup Machine in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
War Machine戦機senki
hatajī / ji1 / jichi
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
Construction Crane起重機
kijuuki / kijukiqǐ zhòng jī
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qi zhong ji
ch`i chung chi
chi chung chi
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 professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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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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