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Gold / Metal

(One of the five elements)
China jīn
Japan kin
Gold / Metal

金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.

Gold / Metal is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

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Mandarin sōng / song1
Taiwan sung
Japanese su
Chinese loose; to loosen; to relax
Japanese (1) (kana only) cavity (in old root vegetables, tofu, metal casting, etc.); pore; hollow; bubble; blowhole; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) porous; pithy; spongy

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Mandarin yín / yin2
Taiwan yin
Japanese ginji ぎんじ
 ginsaki ぎんさき
 gin ぎん
Chinese silver; silver-colored; relating to money or currency
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (5) (shogi) (abbreviation) silver general; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (personal name) Ginji; (surname) Ginsaki; (surname, female given name) Gin
rūpya. Silver; money.
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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese kimu キム
 yun ゆん
 chin ぢん
 chiyon ちん
 jin ちよん
 jiyon じん
 jun じよん
 jiyai じゅん
 kon じやい
 kintaka こん
 kinji きんたか
 kin きんじ
 kiyon きん
 kaneyuki きよん
 kanenori かねゆき
 kanetaka かねのり
 kaneshi かねたか
 kanekatsu かねし
 kane かねかつ
 kanuchi かね
 kanaya かぬち
 kanataka かなや
 kanazaki かなたか
 kanasaki かなざき
 kana かなさき
Chinese gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]; surname Jin; surname Kim (Korean); Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) gold; (n,n-suf) (1) gold (Au); golden (color); gold (medal, cup); (adj-no,n) (2) valuable; of highest value; (3) gold coin; money; (4) (abbreviation) Friday; (5) metal (fourth of the five elements); (6) Jin (dynasty of China; 1115-1234 CE); (n,n-suf) (7) (shogi) (abbreviation) gold general; (8) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) testicles; (suf,ctr) (9) karat; carat; (1) money; (2) metal; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) money; (2) metal; (surname) Kimu; Kim; (surname) Yun; (personal name) Dzin; (personal name) Chin; (surname) Chiyon; (personal name) Jin; (surname) Jiyon; (surname) Jun; (surname) Jiyai; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kintaka; (personal name) Kinji; (surname, female given name) Kin; (surname) Kiyon; (personal name) Kaneyuki; (personal name) Kanenori; (surname) Kanetaka; (personal name) Kaneshi; (personal name) Kanekatsu; (surname) Kane
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.
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Mandarin wǔ xíng / wu3 xing2
Taiwan wu hsing
Japanese gogyou / gogyo ごぎょう
Chinese five phases of Chinese philosophy: wood 木, fire 火, earth 土, metal 金, water 水
Japanese (1) wu xing (the five elements of traditional Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water); (2) (Buddhist term) five practices of the Bodhisattvas; (3) the five pillars of Islam; (surname, given name) Gogyou
The five lines of conduct. I. According to the 起信論 Awakening of Faith they are almsgiving; keeping the commandments; patience under insult; zeal or progress; meditation. II. According to the 涅槃經 Nirvana Sutra they are saintly or bodhisattva deeds; arhat, or noble deeds; deva deeds; children's deeds (i. e. normal good deeds of men, devas, and Hinayanists); sickness conditions, e. g. illness, delusion, etc.; — into all these lines of conduct and conditions a Bodhisattva enters. III. The five elements, or tanmātra— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water; or earth, water, ire, air, and ether (or space) as taught by the later Mahāyāna philosophy; idem 五大; five practices
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Mandarin bǎn / ban3
Taiwan pan
Japanese itabana ばん
 itahana いたばな
 itazaki いたはな
 itasaki いたざき
 itaka いたさき
 ita いたか
Chinese board; plank; plate; shutter; table tennis bat; clappers (music); CL:塊|块[kuai4]; accented beat in Chinese music; hard; stiff; to stop smiling or look serious
Japanese (1) board; plank; (2) sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab; (3) cutting board; chopping board; (4) (abbreviation) chef (esp. of high-end Japanese cuisine); cook; (5) stage (i.e. at a theatre); (personal name) Ban; (personal name) Itabana; (personal name) Itahana; (surname) Ita
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.

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Mandarin jiāo / jiao1
Taiwan chiao
Japanese kyō
Chinese to pour liquid; to irrigate (using waterwheel); to water; to cast (molten metal); to mold
To sprinkle, to water: perfidious, infamous.

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Mandarin/ yi3
Taiwan i
Chinese a kind of metal or jade ornament worn in ancient times to ward off evil spirits

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese short slender pointed piece of metal, bamboo etc; skewer; prod used to extract samples from sacks of grain etc; (dialect) to stick in; to bolt (a door); to arrange (flowers in a vase); to graft (tree); to pedicure; to peel (an apple etc)

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Mandarin qìng / qing4
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese kei / ke けい
 kaoru かおる
 iwao いわお
Chinese chime stones, ancient percussion instrument made of stone or jade pieces hung in a row and struck as a xylophone
Japanese sounding stone; qing; ancient Chinese chime shaped like a chevron (inverted 'v'), orig. of stone, today often metal, in Japan primarily used at Buddhist temples; inverted copper or iron bell shaped like a bowl (sounded when reciting sutras); (given name) Kei; (m,f) Kaoru; (given name) Iwao
A piece of flat stone or metal, used as a gong, or for musical percussion; stone chime

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Mandarin/ bo2
Taiwan po
Japanese haku はく
Chinese plaited matting (of rushes, bamboo etc); silkworm basket; metal foil; foil paper
Japanese (1) foil; (gold, etc.) leaf; (2) prestige

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Mandarin jiǎ / jia3
Taiwan chia
Japanese yoroi よろい
 masaru まさる
 hajime はじめ
 shin しん
 kouzaki / kozaki こうざき
 kou / ko こう
 kine きね
 kabutokinoe かぶときのえ
 kabuto かぶと
Chinese first of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; (used for an unspecified person or thing); first (in a list, as a party to a contract etc); letter "A" or roman "I" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; armor plating; shell or carapace; (of the fingers or toes) nail; bladed leather or metal armor (old); ranking system used in the Imperial examinations (old); civil administration unit (old); ancient Chinese compass point: 75°
Japanese armor; armour; (1) carapace; shell; (2) 1st in rank; grade A; (3) instep; back of hand; (4) the A party (e.g. in a contract); the first party; plaintiff (label in legal documents); first sign of the Chinese calendar; treble range (in Japanese music); high note; helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece; (surname) Yoroi; (given name) Masaru; (surname, given name) Hajime; (surname) Shin; (surname) Kouzaki; (surname, given name) Kou; (surname, female given name) Kinoe; (surname) Kine; (surname) Kabutokinoe; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Scale, mail; the first of the ten 'celestial stems '; armor

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Mandarin duàn / duan4
Taiwan tuan
Japanese tan
Chinese variant of 鍛|锻[duan4]
To forge metal, work upon, calcine.

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Mandarin móu / mou2
Taiwan mou
Chinese iron pot; metal cap

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Mandarin hóu / hou2
Taiwan hou
Chinese metal arrowhead

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Mandarin/ ye4
Taiwan yeh
Chinese thin plates of metal
A thin metal plate; a thin metal plate

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Mandarin lóng / long2
Taiwan lung
Japanese kin
A metal chime; bowl-bell

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Mandarin jiǎn / jian3
Taiwan chien
Chinese ancient weapon like a long solid metal truncheon

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Mandarin tiě / tie3
Taiwan t`ieh / tieh
Japanese tetsu てつ
 kurogane くろがね
Chinese iron (metal); arms; weapons; hard; strong; violent; unshakeable; determined; close; tight (slang); surname Tie
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) iron (Fe); (adj-no,n) (2) strong and hard (as iron); (n,n-suf,n-pref) (3) (abbreviation) railway; (n,n-pref) (4) (colloquialism) railway enthusiast; (surname, given name) Tetsu; (surname) Kurogane

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Mandarin huán / huan2
Taiwan huan
Japanese tamaki たまき
Chinese (ancient weight); metal ring
Japanese (1) (archaism) bracelet (made of stringed jewels or bells and worn at the elbow); (2) bracer (for the elbow of an archer); (1) ring; link; (2) open spirals of heavy metal wire twisted into a kettle and used to lift it (tea ceremony); (given name) Tamaki
A metal ring; a ring.

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Mandarin dāng // chēng / dang1 // cheng1
Taiwan tang // ch`eng / tang // cheng
Japanese kojiri こじり
Chinese clank; clang; sound of metal; frying pan; griddle
Japanese (1) (ornamental) tip of a scabbard; (2) bottom of a bargeboard or cantilever; (surname) Kojiri

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Mandarin dǐng / ding3
Taiwan ting
Japanese tei / te てい
 kanae かなえ
 agata あがた
Chinese ancient cooking cauldron with two looped handles and three or four legs; pot (dialect); to enter upon a period of (classical); Kangxi radical 206; one of the 64 hexagrams of the Book of Changes
Japanese (archaism) three-legged metal pot or kettle (used in ancient China); (given name) Tei; (p,s,f) Kanae; (personal name) Agata

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Mandarin chāng / chang1
Taiwan ch`ang / chang
Chinese metal utensil; mounting; fitting

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Mandarin/ ta4
Taiwan t`a / ta
Chinese to encase the end with metal

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Mandarin lún / lun2
Taiwan lun
Chinese (metal); roentgenium (chemistry)

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Mandarin xiāo / xiao1
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese shō
Chinese to melt (metal); to cancel or annul; to sell; to spend; to fasten with a bolt; bolt or pin
To melt metal, dissolve, dispel, dissipate, spend, cancel, end; to melt (metal)

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me めい
Chinese to engrave; inscribed motto
Japanese inscription; (surname) Mei
To engrave, on metal, stone, or the tablets of the heart; to inscribe

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Mandarin xiǎn // xǐ / xian3 // xi3
Taiwan hsien // hsi
Japanese sen せん
Chinese shining metal; (old) the 16th of the month (abbreviation used in telegrams); to mill (machining); Taiwan pr. [xian3]
Japanese (abbreviation) (colloquialism) pig iron; (given name) Sen

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Mandarin tóng / tong2
Taiwan t`ung / tung
Japanese dousaki / dosaki どうさき
 dou / do どう
 akagane あかがね
Chinese copper (chemistry); see also 紅銅|红铜[hong2 tong2]; CL:塊|块[kuai4]
Japanese (1) copper (Cu); (2) (abbreviation) bronze (medal); (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (1) copper (Cu); (2) (abbreviation) bronze (medal); (surname) Dousaki; (surname) Dou; (surname) Akagane
tāmra. copper, brass.

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Mandarin sōu / sou1
Taiwan sou
Chinese to engrave (metal of wood)

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