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The Name Monkey King in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Drunken Monkey
  2. Drunken Monkey Kung Fu
  3. Monkey / Ape
  4. Monkey Fist
  5. Monkey King
  6. Monkey Stealing Peaches
  7. Monkey Fist
  8. Sun Wukong / Son Goku
  9. Wukong / Goku
10. Monkey


Drunken Monkey

China zuì hóu
Drunken Monkey Wall Scroll

醉猴 is the short title for Drunken Monkey (often used as a title for a style of martial arts or kung fu which mimics the movements of a drunk monkey). This martial arts style was inspired by the novel, "Journey to the West."


See Also:  Monkey Fist

Drunken Monkey

Japan yo i saru
Drunken Monkey Wall Scroll

酔い猿 is the Japanese title for Drunken Monkey.


See Also:  Monkey Fist

Drunken Monkey Kung Fu

China zuì hóu gōng fu
Drunken Monkey Kung Fu Wall Scroll

This is the title for Drunken Monkey Kung Fu (Gong Fu). The martial arts style inspired by the novel, "Journey to the West."


See Also:  Monkey Fist

Monkey / Ape

China yuán
Japan saru
Monkey / Ape Wall Scroll

猿 is one of those cases when an error was made as Chinese characters were absorbed into the Japanese language during the 5th century.

In Japanese, this means monkey.
In Chinese, this means ape.

The Japanese word for ape, means monkey in Chinese, so you can see how they were simply reversed.

Monkey Fist

Saruken
Japan saruken
Monkey Fist Wall Scroll

猿拳 is the Japanese martial arts title, "Monkey Fist," referring to Monkey-Style Kung Fu.

猿拳 is very similar to a Chinese term that uses a different first character (the characters for ape and monkey were reversed when Japan borrowed Chinese characters, so this would be "Ape Fist" if a Chinese person read it).

Monkey King

China měi hóu wáng
Monkey King Wall Scroll

美猴王 is the specific title for "Monkey King." A character made famous by the ancient novel, Journey to the West. It literally means "Handsome/Beautiful Monkey King."


See Also:  Monkey Fist | Drunken Monkey

Monkey King

China hóu wáng
Monkey King Wall Scroll

猴王 is the short title for "Monkey King." This can refer to the character made famous by the ancient novel, Journey to the West.

This literally reads "Monkey King." However, this title is open to interpretation, and could be used for someone who is the boss of the primate exhibit at the zoo, or certain characters in Chinese opera.


See Also:  Monkey Fist | Drunken Monkey

Monkey Stealing Peaches

Martial arts term
China hóu tōu táo
Monkey Stealing Peaches Wall Scroll

猴子偷桃 is a martial arts term that I find hilarious. I thought Stephen Chow had just made this up for his Monkey King movie. After some research, it turns out to be real.

This can be translated as "monkey stealing peaches" or "monkey steals the peach." It refers to distracting an opponent with one hand and seizing his testicles with the other.

In colloquial Chinese speech, this can refer to grabbing somebody by the balls (without any martial arts technique to the grabbing).

Monkey Fist

China hóu quán
Monkey Fist Wall Scroll

This literally means what you think, it's the "Monkey Fist" school of Kung Fu. A style that mimics the punches and movements of monkeys and apes.

Becoming popular during the Qing Dynasty, this style can trace its origins back to as early as the Song Dynasty. Some of the romance and popularity of this style comes from the novel "Journey to the West" which features the Monkey King and his fighting skills.

This novel and martial arts style has spawned a stream of Hong Kong movies featuring the Monkey King, and other Kung Fu style variations such as "Drunken Monkey" and "Monkey Stealing Peaches" (a technique of disabling your opponent by grabbing and yanking on his testicles).


Note: This kind of makes sense in Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji but probably unknown by all Koreans and Japanese except those who have an interest in this form of Kung Fu.

Sun Wukong / Son Goku

Monkey King
China sūn wù kōng
Japan son go kuu
Sun Wukong / Son Goku Wall Scroll

孫悟空 is the name, Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King. He is a main character with supernatural powers in the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West.

This title is also known as the real name of the Monkey King in Japanese. This can also be the Son Goku better known as simply Goku, a fictional character of the Dragon Ball Japanese manga series.

Wukong / Goku

Monkey King
China wù kōng
Japan go kuu
Wukong / Goku Wall Scroll

悟空 is the short name or given name of, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West.

This title is also known as the given name of the Monkey King in Japanese. This can also be Goku, short for Son Goku, a fictional character of the Dragon Ball Japanese manga series (also based loosely on the Monkey King).

Monkey

Year of the Monkey / Zodiac Sign
China hóu
Monkey Wall Scroll

猴 is the character for monkey in Chinese.
猴 means ape in Japanese due to a error made long ago as Japan absorbed Chinese characters.

If you were born in the year of the monkey, you . . .


Are smart, brave, active and competitive.
Like new things.
Have a good memory.
Are quick to respond
Have an easy time winning people's trust.
Are however, not very patient.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Note: This character does have the meaning of monkey in Korean Hanja but is not used very often.




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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Drunken Monkey 醉猴zuì hóu / zui4 hou2 / zui hou / zuihou tsui hou / tsuihou
Drunken Monkey 酔い猿yo i saru / yoisaru
Drunken Monkey Kung Fu 醉猴功夫 / 醉猴功伕
醉猴功夫
zuì hóu gōng fu
zui4 hou2 gong1 fu
zui hou gong fu
zuihougongfu
tsui hou kung fu
tsuihoukungfu
Monkey
Ape
saruyuán / yuan2 / yuan yüan
Monkey Fist 猿拳saruken
Monkey King 美猴王měi hóu wáng
mei3 hou2 wang2
mei hou wang
meihouwang
Monkey King 猴王hóu wáng / hou2 wang2 / hou wang / houwang
Monkey Stealing Peaches 猴子偷桃hóu tōu táo
hou2 zi5 tou1 tao2
hou zi tou tao
houzitoutao
hou tzu t`ou t`ao
houtzutoutao
hou tzu tou tao
Monkey Fist 猴拳hóu quán / hou2 quan2 / hou quan / houquan hou ch`üan / houchüan / hou chüan
Sun Wukong
Son Goku
孫悟空
孙悟空
son go kuu / songokuu / son go ku / songokusūn wù kōng
sun1 wu4 kong1
sun wu kong
sunwukong
sun wu k`ung
sunwukung
sun wu kung
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 nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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.

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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