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  1. Mysterious
  2. Mysterious / Mystery
  3. Whore / Mysterious Woman
  4. Enigma / Mysterious
  5. The Mysterious Bond Between People
  6. Clever / Superb / Wonderful
  7. Enigma / Puzzle / Riddle
  8. Spirit / Spiritual Essence


Mysterious

China yōu xuán
Japan yū gen
Mysterious

幽玄 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word meaning, dim, deep, mysterious, subtle grace, hidden beauty, mysterious profundity, elegant simplicity, or subtle and profound.

This can also be the Japanese personal name Yuugen or Yugen.

Mysterious / Mystery

China shén mì
Japan shinpi
Mysterious / Mystery

This can be used as a noun or as an adjective to describe something that is mysterious.

Whore / Mysterious Woman

Danger: Means prostitute in Japanese!
China xuán rén
Japan kurouto
Whore / Mysterious Woman

This literally means "Mysterious Person/Woman."

In Japanese, this is associated with a "geisha," which matches this definition of "mysterious woman." However, this is the colloquial way to say "professional geisha" or "expert prostitute" in Japanese. It, therefore, might not be what you want on your wall.


Notes: This is a "Japanese only" term, though a Chinese person who sees these characters will think of a geisha or an alluring Japanese female musician.
While not often seen in Korean Hanja, this would mean a "dark woman," as in a woman that you cannot easily see through.

Enigma / Mysterious

China shén ào
Enigma / Mysterious

This Chinese word means mysterious or enigma. This version of enigma or mystery is somewhat spiritual - as if the soul is the puzzle to be solved.

The Mysterious Bond Between People

The invisible force that brings people together forever
China yuán
Japan en
The Mysterious Bond Between People

緣 / 縁 is a complicated single character. It can mean a lot of different things depending on how you read it.

In Japanese, it can mean fate; destiny; a mysterious force that binds two people together; a relationship between two people; bond; link; connection; family ties; affinity; opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship). It can also mean "someone to rely on," relative, reminder, memento, or the female given name, Yori.

It's basically the same in Chinese, where it's defined as cause, reason, karma, fate, or predestined affinity.

In Buddhist context, it's Pratyaya. 緣 / 縁 is the concept of indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes. It's when something happens (meeting someone) by circumstance, or a contributing environment. Instead of a direct cause or act, it is a conditioning cause without direct input or action by the involved people.

Occasionally, this character is used in a facetious way to say hem, seam, or edge of clothing. In this case, it's the seam that brings or holds the clothing together.


縁Note: Japanese will tend to use the variant of this Kanji shown to the right. If you want this version (and are ordering this from the Japanese master calligrapher), click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above.

Clever / Superb / Wonderful

China miào
Japan myou
Clever / Superb / Wonderful

This single character can mean a lot of things (a bit ambiguous). The meanings include: clever; wonderful; strange; unusual; superb; excellent; beautiful; mystic; supernatural; profound; mysterious; good; surpassing; fine, lovely, charming; special; outstanding; incomparable.

Enigma / Puzzle / Riddle

China mí / mèi
Japan nazo
Enigma / Puzzle / Riddle

This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word can mean riddle, puzzle, enigma, or mystery.

Spirit / Spiritual Essence

China shén
Japan shin / kami
Spirit / Spiritual Essence

神 is the simplest way to write spirit in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean.

This single character alone will conjure up ideas of the spiritual world. 神 can also be translated as "vital awareness" as in the fact that one must know they exist to exist (I think, therefore, I am).

Other translations include:
God, deity, mysterious, divine essence, lively, spiritual being, divinity, supernatural, soul, mind, nerves, and energy. In some extended context it can mean genius or unusual.

Japanese romanizations vary a lot when this character is combined into other words. However, shin is the original pronunciation taken from Chinese into Japanese. You'll also see it romanized as kami, gami, jin, and a few others, depending on context.

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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
Mysterious 幽玄yū gen / yūgenyōu xuán / you1 xuan2 / you xuan / youxuan yu hsüan / yuhsüan
Mysterious
Mystery
神秘shinpishén mì / shen2 mi4 / shen mi / shenmi
Whore
Mysterious Woman
玄人kurouto / kurotoxuán rén / xuan2 ren2 / xuan ren / xuanren hsüan jen / hsüanjen
Enigma
Mysterious
神奧
神奥
shén ào / shen2 ao4 / shen ao / shenao
The Mysterious Bond Between People 緣 / 縁
enyuán / yuan2 / yuan yüan
Clever
Superb
Wonderful
myou / myomiào / miao4 / miao
Enigma
Puzzle
Riddle

nazomí / mèi / mi2/mei4 / mi/mei /
Spirit
Spiritual Essence
shin / kamishén / shen2 / shen
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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