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Nature in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Nature
  2. Mother Nature
  3. Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature
  4. Beauty of Nature
  5. Tathata / Ultimate Nature of All Things
  6. Human Nature
  7. The Nature of Martial Arts
  8. Kindness and Forgiving Nature

Nature

The natural world
China zì rán
Japan shi zen
Nature

自然 is the simple way to express nature in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as "the natural world."

In Japanese and Korean, this term is sometimes used to refer to spontaneity or a spontaneous act.

Mother Nature

China dà zì rán
Japan dai shi zen
Mother Nature

大自然 is the simple way to express "mother nature" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as "the great nature" or "all of nature."

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China zì rán píng héng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

自然平衡 means "nature balanced."

The first two characters mean nature (as in mother nature, or all biological life).
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japan shizen no cho wa
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

自然の調和 means "nature in harmony" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean nature (as in mother nature, or the natural world).
The middle Hiragana is a possessive article that connects the two ideas.
The last two Kanji mean "in harmony" or "in balance."

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China shēng tài píng héng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

This title is about the way and balance of nature.

The first two characters mean nature or the way of life.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Note: We have two versions of this title on our website. 生態平衡 is the one we recommend, as it is a little more natural (no pun intended).

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japan shizenkai no kinkou
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

This is a verbose way to say "nature in balance" in Japanese

The first three Kanji have the meaning of "the natural world" or "the natural kingdom" (kind of like animal kingdom but including plants, and all things biological).
The third character is a Hiragana that acts to connect the two ideas here.
The last two Kanji mean equilibrium or balance.

Beauty of Nature

Ka-Chou-Fuu-Getsu
Japan ka chou fuu getsu
Beauty of Nature

花鳥風月 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 represents 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")

Tathata / Ultimate Nature of All Things

China zhēn rú
Japan shinnyo
Tathata / Ultimate Nature of All Things

This comes from the Sanskrit and Pali word often romanized as "tathata" or "tathatā." Originally written, "तथता."

It's a Buddhist term that is often translated as "thusness" or "suchness" but this does not explain it.
A better explanation may be, "the ultimate nature of all things." However, this gives it too strong of a feeling. This concept is sometimes described as being in awe of the simple nature of something - like a blade of grass blowing in the wind, or ripples on water. It is what it is supposed to be, these things are following their nature. Amazing in their mundane simplicity.

Every sect of Buddhism will have a slightly different flavor, or explanation, so don't get fixated on one definition.


Notes: Sometimes Buddhists use the word dharmatā, a synonym to tathatā.

In Japan, this can also be the female given name Mayuki, or the surname Majo.

Human Nature

China rén xìng
Human Nature

This title is the essence of what it means to act and be human.

These two characters refer to the way we are as people.

人性 is also sometimes translated as human personality, human instinct, humanity, or humanism.

The first character literally means human or people.

The second character means nature. It can also mean property, quality, attribute, or essence. It can even be a modifier like "-ity" or "-ness," which is why this word is also translated as "humanity."

The Nature of Martial Arts

China zì rán wǔ dào
Japan shi zen bu do
The Nature of Martial Arts

The first two characters create a word that means nature, natural, or spontaneous. The last two characters are often translated as martial arts.

Kindness and Forgiving Nature

China rén shù
Japan jinjo
Kindness and Forgiving Nature

These two characters create a word in Chinese and Japanese that means something like benevolence with magnanimity or kindness with a forgiving nature.

If this describes you, then you are the type of person that I would like to call my friend.

This may not be the most common word in daily use but it's old enough that it transcended cultures from China to Japan in the 5th century when Japan lacked a written language, and absorbed Chinese characters and words into their language.
Note: 仁恕 is not commonly used in Korean.

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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
Nature自然shi zen / shizenzì rán / zi4 ran2 / zi ran / zirantzu jan / tzujan
Mother Nature大自然dai shi zen
daishizen
dà zì rán
da4 zi4 ran2
da zi ran
daziran
ta tzu jan
tatzujan
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
自然平衡zì rán píng héng
zi4 ran2 ping2 heng2
zi ran ping heng
ziranpingheng
tzu jan p`ing heng
tzujanpingheng
tzu jan ping heng
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
自然の調和shizen no cho wa
shizennochowa
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
生態平衡
生态平衡
shēng tài píng héng
sheng1 tai4 ping2 heng2
sheng tai ping heng
shengtaipingheng
sheng t`ai p`ing heng
shengtaipingheng
sheng tai ping heng
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
自然界の均衡shizenkai no kinkou
shizenkainokinkou
shizenkai no kinko
shizenkainokinko
Beauty of Nature花鳥風月ka chou fuu getsu
kachoufuugetsu
ka cho fu getsu
kachofugetsu
Tathata
Ultimate Nature of All Things
真如shinnyozhēn rú / zhen1 ru2 / zhen ru / zhenruchen ju / chenju
Human Nature人性rén xìng / ren2 xing4 / ren xing / renxingjen hsing / jenhsing
The Nature of Martial Arts自然武道shi zen bu do
shizenbudo
zì rán wǔ dào
zi4 ran2 wu3 dao4
zi ran wu dao
ziranwudao
tzu jan wu tao
tzujanwutao
Kindness and Forgiving Nature仁恕jinjorén shù / ren2 shu4 / ren shu / renshujen shu / jenshu
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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