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Mother and Children in Chinese / Japanese...

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No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own

Japan ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents / till he comes to have children of his own

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

This is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Love Between Child and Parents

China fù cí zǐ xiào
Love Between Child and Parents

This Chinese proverb means, "benevolent father, filial son."

Figuratively, this is the natural love between parents and children.

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

China shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

This is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite."

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your mother and children search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ mu3
Taiwan mu
Japanese haha(p);hawa(ok);kaka(ok);omo(ok);iroha(ok);amo(ok) / はは(P);はわ(ok);かか(ok);おも(ok);いろは(ok);あも(ok)
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
Chinese mother; elderly female relative; origin; source; (of animals) female
Japanese (humble language) (かか was used by children) (See 父) mother
mātṛ, a mother.

三族

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Mandarin sān zú / san1 zu2
Taiwan san tsu
Japanese sanzoku / さんぞく
Chinese (old) three generations (father, self and sons); three clans (your own, your mother's, your wife's)
Japanese three types of relatives (e.g. father, children and grandchildren; parents, siblings, wife and children; etc.)

六親


六亲

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Mandarin liù qīn / liu4 qin1
Taiwan liu ch`in / liu chin
Japanese rokushin / ろくしん
Chinese six close relatives, namely: father 父[fu4], mother 母[mu3], older brothers 兄[xiong1], younger brothers 弟[di4], wife 妻[qi1], male children 子[zi3]; one's kin
Japanese the six blood relations
The six immediate relations— father and mother, wife and child, elder and younger brothers; six kinds of blood relations, for which there are various definitions

子持

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Japanese komochi / こもち Japanese (1) parenthood; parent or someone with children on the way (esp. an expecting mother); (2) (of a fish) containing roe (eggs); (place-name) Komochi

石榴

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Mandarin shí liú / shi2 liu2
Taiwan shih liu
Japanese zakuro / ざくろ
Chinese pomegranate
Japanese (kana only) pomegranate (Punica granatum); (female given name) Zakuro
The pomegranate, symbol of many children because of its seeds; a symbol held in the hand of 鬼子母神 Hariti, the deva-mother of demons, converted by the Buddha.

子持ち

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Japanese komochi / こもち Japanese (1) parenthood; parent or someone with children on the way (esp. an expecting mother); (2) (of a fish) containing roe (eggs)

御母様

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Japanese otaasama;otatasama / otasama;otatasama / おたあさま;おたたさま Japanese (honorific or respectful language) (See 御母様・おかあさま) mother (used by children of court nobles and noble families)

訶利底


诃利底

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Mandarin hē lì dǐ / he1 li4 di3
Taiwan ho li ti
Japanese Karitei
Hāritī; also 訶利帝 (or 訶哩帝); 呵利底; 呵利帝 (or 呵利陀); 阿利底 Ariti; intp. as captivating, charming; cruel; dark green, yellow, etc.; mother of demons, a rākṣasī who was under a vow to devour the children of Rājagṛha, but was converted by the Buddha, and became the guardian of nunneries, where her image, carrying a child and with children by her, is worshipped for children or in children's ailments.

鬼子母

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Mandarin guǐ zǐ mǔ / gui3 zi3 mu3
Taiwan kuei tzu mu
Hāritī, 訶梨帝 intp. as pleased, or pleasing. A 'woman who having vowed to devour all the babies at Rādjagriha was reborn as a rākshasī, and gave birth to 500 children, one of which she was to devour every day. Converted by Śākyamuni she entered a convent. Her image is to be seen in all nunneries'. Eitel. Another account is that she is the mother of 500 demons, and that from being an evil goddess or spirit she was converted to become a protectress of Buddhism.

畫荻教子

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Mandarin huà dí jiào zǐ / hua4 di2 jiao4 zi3
Taiwan hua ti chiao tzu
Chinese to write on the sand with reeds while teaching one's son (idiom); mother's admirable dedication to her children's education

子持ち;子持

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Japanese komochi / こもち Japanese (1) parenthood; parent or someone with children on the way (esp. an expecting mother); (2) (of a fish) containing roe (eggs)

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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
No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own
子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
kowomotteshiruoyanoon
Love Between Child and Parents父慈子孝fù cí zǐ xiào
fu4 ci2 zi3 xiao4
fu ci zi xiao
fucizixiao
fu tz`u tzu hsiao
futzutzuhsiao
fu tzu tzu hsiao
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
谁言寸草心报得三春晖
shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
shui2 yan2 cun4 cao3 xin1 bao4 de2 san1 chun1 hui1
shui yan cun cao xin bao de san chun hui
shui yen ts`un ts`ao hsin pao te san ch`un hui
shui yen tsun tsao hsin pao te san chun hui
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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