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Mizu in Chinese / Japanese...

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Mind Like Water

Mizu No Kokoro
Japan mizu no kokoro
Mind Like Water Vertical Wall Scroll

水の心 is the Japanese Buddhist and martial arts phrase, "mizu no kokoro," which means, "mind like water" or "heart of water."

The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it's surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.


(One of the five elements)
China shuǐ
Japan mizu / sui
Water Vertical Wall Scroll

水 is the symbol for water in Japanese and Chinese.

Water 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.

Lucky / Auspicious / Good Omen

China ruì
Japan zui
Lucky / Auspicious / Good Omen Vertical Wall Scroll

瑞 is a Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word that means: lucky; auspicious; propitious; freshness; purity; luster; good omen.

In Japanese, this can be the following female given names: Yutaka; Midzuho; Mizuho; Mizuki; Mizue; Mizu; Mio; Tamami. It can also be a Japanese surname, Zui or Shirushi.

In Buddhist context, this can represent an auspicious jade token or good omen.

No Mind / Mushin

China wú xīn
Japan mu shin
No Mind / Mushin Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japanese, this word means innocent, or one with no knowledge of good and evil. It literally means "without mind."

無心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: "No mind, a mind without ego. A mind like a mirror which reflects and dos not judge." The original term was "mushin no shin," meaning, "mind of no mind." It is a state of mind without fear, anger, or anxiety. Mushin is often described by the phrase, "mizu no kokoro," which means, "mind like water." The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it's surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

This has a good meaning in conjunction with Chan / Zen Buddhism in Japan. However, out of that context, it means mindlessness or absent-minded. To non-Buddhists in China, this is associated with doing something without thinking.
In Korean, this usually means indifference.

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More info: Wikipedia: Mushin

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin shuǐ / shui3
Taiwan shui
Japanese mizu(p);mi / みず(P);み    sui / すい
No Mind / Mushin Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese water; river; liquid; beverage; additional charges or income; (of clothes) classifier for number of washes; surname Shui
Japanese (1) (み is generally used in compounds) (See 湯・ゆ・1) water (esp. cool, fresh water, e.g. drinking water); (2) fluid (esp. in an animal tissue); liquid; (3) flood; floodwaters; (4) (みず only) {sumo} (See 力水) water offered to wrestlers just prior to a bout; (5) (みず only) {sumo} (See 水入り) break granted to wrestlers engaged in a prolonged bout; (1) (abbreviation) (See 水曜日) Wednesday; (2) (See 氷水) shaved ice (served with flavored syrup); (3) (See 五行・1) water (fifth of the five elements); (female given name) Yoshimi; (female given name) Minamo; (female given name) Minato; (female given name) Mina; (personal name) Mizuhai; (personal name) Mizutsugi; (surname) Mizutaka; (surname) Mizuzaki; (surname) Mizusaki; (female given name) Mizuki; (personal name) Mizuarai; (surname, female given name) Mizu; (female given name) Sui; (female given name) Io; (female given name) Akua; (female given name) Aoi
water; liquid.

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Mandarin ruì / rui4
Taiwan jui
Japanese mizu;zui / みず;ずい
No Mind / Mushin Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese lucky; auspicious; propitious; rayl (acoustical unit)
Japanese (n,n-pref) (1) (みず only) (archaism) youth; freshness; purity; luster (lustre); beauty; (2) good omen; (n,n-pref,n-suf) (3) (ずい only) (abbreviation) (obscure) Sweden; (4) (ずい only) (abbreviation) (obscure) Switzerland; (personal name) Yutaka; (female given name) Midzuho; (female given name) Mizuho; (female given name) Mizuki; (female given name) Mizue; (surname, female given name) Mizu; (female given name) Mio; (female given name) Tamami; (surname) Zui; (surname) Shirushi
Auspicious: a jade token; good omens

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Mandarin/ xi1
Taiwan hsi
Japanese tani / たに
Chinese Japanese variant of 溪[xi1]
Japanese valley; (surname) Mizu; (surname) Tani; (female given name) Kei

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Mandarin/ zi4
Taiwan tzu
Japanese ji;koro(ok) / じ;ころ(ok)
Chinese self; oneself; from; since; naturally; surely
Japanese (prefix) (1) self-; (2) (じ only) (See 至) from ...; (3) (じ only) this ... (in contrast to some other ...); aforementioned; (female given name) Mizu; (surname) Satsuka
sva, svayam; the self, one' s own, personal; of itself, naturally, of course; also, from (i. e. from the self as central). 自 is used as the opposite of 他 another, other's, etc., e. g. 自力 (in) one's own strength as contrasted with 他力 the strength of another, especially in the power to save of a Buddha or Bodhisattva. It is also used in the sense of ātman 阿怛摩 the self, or the soul.


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Japanese mizu / ミズ Japanese Ms



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Mandarin zhēn kǒng / zhen1 kong3
Taiwan chen k`ung / chen kung
Japanese mizo / みぞ    mizu / みず    harimedo / はりめど    shinkou / shinko / しんこう
Chinese pinhole
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) eye of a needle; (2) hole
A needle's eye: it is as difficult to be reborn as a man as it is to thread a needle on earth by throwing the thread at it from the sky; eye of a needle



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Mandarin zhēn yan // zhēn yǎn / zhen1 yan5 // zhen1 yan3
Taiwan chen yen // chen
Japanese mizu / みず
Chinese (medicine) sty; eye of a needle; pinprick; pinhole
Japanese eye of a needle


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Japanese awabimusubi / あわびむすび Japanese (1) var. of knot often used to tie mizu-hiki; (2) woman's hairstyle, braided in this fashion


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Japanese awajimusubi / あわじむすび Japanese (1) (See 鮑結び・1) var. of knot often used to tie mizu-hiki; (2) woman's hairstyle, braided in this fashion


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Japanese awabimusubi / あわびむすび Japanese (1) var. of knot often used to tie mizu-hiki; (2) woman's hairstyle, braided in this fashion


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Japanese medo(針孔);mizo(針孔);mizu;harimedo(針孔);shinkou(針孔)(ok) / medo(針孔);mizo(針孔);mizu;harimedo(針孔);shinko(針孔)(ok) / めど(針孔);みぞ(針孔);みず;はりめど(針孔);しんこう(針孔)(ok) Japanese (1) eye of a needle; (2) (針孔 only) (dialectal) (See 穴・あな・1) hole


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Japanese awabimusubi / あわびむすび Japanese (1) var. of knot often used to tie mizu-hiki; (2) woman's hairstyle, braided in this fashion


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Japanese mizuyoukan / mizuyokan / みずようかん Japanese (See 羊羹) mizu yōkan; soft adzuki-bean jelly

Search for Mizu 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
Mind Like Water水の心mizu no kokoro
Watermizu / suishuǐ / shui3 / shui
Good Omen
zuiruì / rui4 / ruijui
No Mind
mu shin / mushinwú xīn / wu2 xin1 / wu xin / wuxinwu hsin / wuhsin
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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