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  1. Moon
  2. Bamboo Moon
  3. Moonlight
  4. April
  5. Yin Yang
  6. November
  7. February
  8. Month of March
  9. July
10. Clarity
11. August
12. Apollo
13. Great Expectations
14. Beauty of Nature
15. Looking Forward / Hoping
16. June
17. October
18. Kagetsu
19. The Month of May


Moon

China yuè
Japan tsuki
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This is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

This character is also used to refer to the month. This is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.

If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).

Bamboo Moon

China yuè zhú
Japan tsuki take
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This is the title, "Bamboo Moon". Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo", but that's the more natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.


The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke". However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).

Moonlight

China yuè guāng
Japan gekkou
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This is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for moonlight.

This can also be used to describe a moonbeam, and can be a given name all three languages (pronounced as Rumi when used as a female given name in Japanese).

April

Fourth Month
China sì yuè
Japan shi gatsu
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This is April in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the fourth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fourth month of the Gregorian calender (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "fourth month" or "fourth moon".

Yin Yang

China yīn yáng
Japan in you
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These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon".

Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.


See Also...  Taoism

November

Eleventh Month
China shí yī yuè
Japan juu ichi gatsu
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This is the Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean title for the month of November.

This literally means the eleventh month or moon.

February

China èr yuè
Japan futatsuki / nigatsu
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the month of February. This literally means "second month" or "second moon" (of the year).

Month of March

Third Month of the Year
China sān yuè
Japan mitsuki / sangatsu
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This is the Chinese, Japanese, and Chinese way to write the month of March.

This literally reads as "third month" or "third moon".

July

Seventh Month
China qī yuè
Japan shichigatsu
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This is how Chinese and Japanese express July (also used in old Korean Hanja). These characters literally mean "seventh month" or "seventh moon".

Clarity

China qīng
Japan sei
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This word means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moon light piercing pure water". The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through". Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear".

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character, but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.


Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above, but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When read in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.

August

Eighth Month
China bā yuè
Japan hachigatsu / yatsuki
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This is the month of August in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

These characters literally mean "eighth month" or "eighth moon".

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yatsuki, in much the same way August can be a female given name in English.

Apollo

China tài yáng shén
Japan taiyoushin
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This literally means "Sun God" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It's used in Chinese to mean the Greek God, Apollo. This can also be used in Chinese to refer to Nasa's Apollo missions to the moon.

Apollo

Japan aporo
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This is the Japanese Katakana title for Apollo. This can be the Greek God Apollo, or the title of the Nasa mission to the moon. Also the given name Apollo.

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
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This is one of those single characters that is vague, but in that vagueness, in also means many things. This character holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

This is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean, but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

Beauty of Nature

Ka-Chou-Fuu-Getsu
Japan ka chou fuu getsu
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This is the Japanese Kanji proverb for "Beauties of Nature".

The dictionary definition is, "the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics".

The Kanji each represent an element of nature that constitute beauty in traditional Japanese art and culture.

The Kanji breakdown:
花 = ka = flower (also pronounced "hana")
鳥 = chou = bird (also pronounced "tori").
風 = fuu = wind (also pronounced "kaze").
月 = getsu = moon (also pronounced "tsuki")

Looking Forward / Hoping

China qǐ wàng
Japan kibou
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This Chinese and Japanese word can be translated as:
to hope; to look forward; looking forward to; hoping for.

The first character means to plan. The second can mean to hope; to expect; to gaze (into the distance); to look towards. Sometimes it can mean full moon.
Together, these characters create this word about hoping, wishing, looking forward, and dreaming about the future.

June

Sixth Month
China liù yuè
Japan roku gatsu
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This is the month of June in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the sixth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the sixth month of the Gregorian calender (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "sixth month" or "sixth moon".

October

Tenth Month
China qī yuè
Japan juu gatsu
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This is how Chinese and Japanese express October (also used in old Korean Hanja). These characters literally mean "tenth month" or "tenth moon".

Kagetsu

Japan kagetsu
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This is a somewhat archaic Japanese word that literally means, "flowers and the moon". Colloquially, this refers to, "refined leisure", or "an elegant pastime".

The Month of May

Fifth Month
China wǔ yuè
Japan satsuki / go gatsu
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This is the month of May in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the fifth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fifth month of the Gregorian calender (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "fifth month" or "fifth moon".


Note: Sometimes Japanese parents will use this as a female given name, and use "Mei" (the sound of May in English) as the pronunciation.


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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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

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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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Moon
tsukiyuè
yue
yüeh
yue4
Bamboo Moon月竹
月竹
tsuki take
tsukitake
yuè zhú
yue zhu
yüeh chu
yue4 zhu2
yuezhu
Moonlight月光
月光
gekkou
geko
yuè guāng
yue guang
yüeh kuang
yue4 guang1
yueguang
April四月
四月
shi gatsu
shigatsu
sì yuè
si yue
ssu yüeh
si4 yue4
siyue
Yin Yang阴阳
陰陽
in you
inyou
in yo
yīn yáng
yin yang
yin1 yang2
yinyang
November十一月
十一月
juu ichi gatsu
juuichigatsu
ju ichi gatsu
shí yī yuè
shi yi yue
shih i yüeh
shi2 yi1 yue4
shiyiyue
February二月
二月
futatsuki / nigatsuèr yuè
er yue
erh yüeh
er4 yue4
eryue
Month of March三月
三月
mitsuki / sangatsusān yuè
san yue
san yüeh
san1 yue4
sanyue
July七月
七月
shichigatsuqī yuè
qi yue
ch`i yüeh
qi1 yue4
qiyue
chiyüeh
chi yüeh
Clarity
seiqīng
qing
ch`ing
qing1
ching
ching
August八月
八月
hachigatsu / yatsukibā yuè
ba yue
pa yüeh
ba1 yue4
bayue
Apollo太阳神
太陽神
taiyoushin
taiyoshin
tài yáng shén
tai yang shen
t`ai yang shen
tai4 yang2 shen2
taiyangshen
taiyangshen
tai yang shen
Apolloアポロ
アポロ
aporon/a
Great Expectations
bou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
wàng
wang
wang4
Beauty of Nature花鳥風月
花鳥風月
ka chou fuu getsu
kachoufuugetsu
ka cho fu getsu
n/a
Looking Forward / Hoping 企望
企望
kibou
kibo
qǐ wàng
qi wang
ch`i wang
qi3 wang4
qiwang
chiwang
chi wang
June六月
六月
roku gatsu
rokugatsu
liù yuè
liu yue
liu yüeh
liu4 yue4
liuyue
October十月
十月
juu gatsu
juugatsu
ju gatsu
qī yuè
shi yue
shih yüeh
shi2 yue4
shiyue
Kagetsu花月
花月
kagetsun/a
The Month of May五月
五月
satsuki / go gatsu
satsuki / gogatsu
wǔ yuè
wu yue
wu yüeh
wu3 yue4
wuyue

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 "moon" 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.

Some people may refer to this entry as Moon Kanji, Moon Characters, Moon in Mandarin Chinese, Moon Characters, Moon in Chinese Writing, Moon in Japanese Writing, Moon in Asian Writing, Moon Ideograms, Chinese Moon symbols, Moon Hieroglyphics, Moon Glyphs, Moon in Chinese Letters, Moon Hanzi, Moon in Japanese Kanji, Moon Pictograms, Moon in the Chinese Written-Language, or Moon in the Japanese Written-Language.

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