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The Old Way / Old School

Japan kodou
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古道 is the Japanese word meaning "The Old Way." The first character literally means old or ancient. The second character means "the way" and is the same character as used in Taoism / Daoism (Taoism literally means "the way").

This second character can also be translated as "method," as in a way of doing things.

古道 is sometimes Romanized as "kodo" though officially, the Romaji should be "Kodou."

My Japanese-English dictionary further translates this word as old road, ancient methods, ancient moral teachings, the way of learning.

Note that this would be understood differently in Chinese. Most Chinese people would just read this as, "The old road" without the other meanings derived in Japanese.

Retro / Old School

China fù gǔ
Japan fukko
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The meaning of this title can vary depending on context. It used to just mean a return to the old ways.

It can also mean, "to turn back the clock," "retro" (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s), "revival," or "restoration."

The return to "the old ways" was also an aspiration of Confucius about 2500 years ago. This proves that "going retro" or "old school" has been cool since at least 500 B.C.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
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復古


复古

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Mandarin fù gǔ / fu4 gu3
Taiwan fu ku
Japanese fukko ふっこ
Chinese to return to old ways (a Confucian aspiration); to turn back the clock; neoclassical school during Tang and Song associated with classical writing 古文; retro (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) revival; restoration
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先輩


先辈

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Mandarin xiān bèi / xian1 bei4
Taiwan hsien pei
Japanese senpai せんぱい
Chinese elders; former generations
Japanese senior (at work or school); superior; elder; older graduate; progenitor; old-timer
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Mandarin xiāng / xiang1
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese tasuku たすく
 aitaka あいたか
 aiji あいじ
 ai あい
Chinese appearance; portrait; picture; government minister; (physics) phase; (literary) to appraise (esp. by scrutinizing physical features); to read sb's fortune (by physiognomy, palmistry etc); each other; one another; mutually; surname Xiang
Japanese (1) appearance; look; countenance; (2) a 'seeming' that fortune-tellers relate to one's fortune; (3) (linguistics terminology) aspect; (4) (physics) phase (e.g. solid, liquid and gaseous); (suffix) minister of state; (1) one's nature; one's destiny; (2) custom; tradition; habit; (adverb) (kana only) alternately; in succession; (prefix) together; mutually; fellow; (given name) Tasuku; (surname) Aitaka; (personal name) Aiji; (surname, female given name) Ai
lakṣana 攞乞尖拏. Also, nimitta. A 'distinctive mark, sign', 'indication, characteristic', 'designation'. M. W. External appearance; the appearance of things; form; a phenomenon 有爲法 in the sense of appearance; mutual; to regard. The four forms taken by every phenomenon are 生住異滅 rise, stay, change, cease, i. e. birth, life, old age, death. The Huayan school has a sixfold division of form, namely, whole and parts, together and separate, integrate and disintegrate. A Buddha or Cakravartī is recognized by his thirty-two lakṣana , i. e. his thirty-two characteristic physiological marks.

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Mandarin guān / guan1
Taiwan kuan
Japanese kan
Chinese Taoist monastery; palace gate watchtower; platform; to look at; to watch; to observe; to behold; to advise; concept; point of view; outlook; surname Guan
vipaśyanā; vidarśanā. To look into, study, examine, contemplate; contemplation, insight; a study, a Taoist monastery; to consider illusion and discern illusion, or discern the seeming from the real; to contemplate and mentally enter into truth. 覺 is defined as awakening, or awareness, 觀 as examination or study. It is also an old tr. of the word Yoga; and cf. 禪 17. Guan is especially a doctrine of the Tiantai school as shown in the 止觀 q.v; meditative insight

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古流

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Japanese koryuu / koryu こりゅう
Japanese old manners; old style; old school (of art)

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古文

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Mandarin gǔ wén / gu3 wen2
Taiwan ku wen
Japanese komon こもん
 kobun こぶん
Chinese old language; the Classics; classical Chinese as a literary model, esp. in Tang and Song prose; classical Chinese as a school subject
Japanese (abbreviation) (obscure) kanji; (1) ancient writing (i.e. Edo-period or older); classical literature; (2) ancient Chinese character (pre-Qin period)

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学閥

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Japanese gakubatsu がくばつ
Japanese alma mater clique; old school tie

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學名


学名

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Mandarin xué míng / xue2 ming2
Taiwan hsüeh ming
Chinese scientific name; Latin name (of plant or animal); (according to an old system of nomenclature) on entering school life, a formal personal name given to new students

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學堂


学堂

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Mandarin xué táng / xue2 tang2
Taiwan hsüeh t`ang / hsüeh tang
Chinese college; school (old)

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官學


官学

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Mandarin guān xué / guan1 xue2
Taiwan kuan hsüeh
Chinese school or academic institution (old)

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村塾

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Mandarin cūn shú / cun1 shu2
Taiwan ts`un shu / tsun shu
Chinese (old) village school; rural school

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正宗

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Mandarin zhèng zōng / zheng4 zong1
Taiwan cheng tsung
Japanese masamune まさむね
Chinese orthodox school; fig. traditional; old school; authentic; genuine
Japanese (1) famous sword; sword blade by Masamune; (2) (colloquialism) sake; Japanese rice wine; brand of sake from Nada region during Tempo era (1830-1844); (surname, given name) Masamune
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旧弊

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Japanese kyuuhei / kyuhe きゅうへい
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) old-fashioned; conservatism; standing evil; the old school; antiquated

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旧波

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Japanese kyuuha / kyuha きゅうは
Japanese old school; old style; conservative people

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旧派

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Japanese kyuuha / kyuha きゅうは
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) old school; old style

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書會


书会

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Mandarin shū huì / shu1 hui4
Taiwan shu hui
Chinese calligraphy society; village school (old); literary society (old)

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義學


义学

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Mandarin yì xué / yi4 xue2
Taiwan i hsüeh
Japanese gigaku
Chinese free school (old)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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舊派


旧派

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Mandarin jiù pài / jiu4 pai4
Taiwan chiu p`ai / chiu pai
Chinese old school; conservative faction

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老牌

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Mandarin lǎo pái / lao3 pai2
Taiwan lao p`ai / lao pai
Chinese old, well-known brand; old style; old school; an old hand; experienced veteran

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館地


馆地

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Mandarin guǎn dì / guan3 di4
Taiwan kuan ti
Chinese school (old)

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鼓篋


鼓箧

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Mandarin gǔ qiè / gu3 qie4
Taiwan ku ch`ieh / ku chieh
Chinese beginning-school ceremony (old usage); classical learning

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同田貫

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Japanese doutanuki / dotanuki どうたぬき
Japanese (1) Eiroku-period swordsmithing school, named for a place in the old Higo province; (2) sword of the Dotanuki school, usually thicker and heavier than regular Japanese swords; (3) in fiction, a heavier variant of Japanese sword

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工讀生


工读生

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Mandarin gōng dú shēng / gong1 du2 sheng1
Taiwan kung tu sheng
Chinese student who also works part-time; (old) reform-school student

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出身校

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Japanese shusshinkou / shusshinko しゅっしんこう
Japanese one's old school or university; alma mater; the school or university one attended

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回娘家

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Mandarin huí niáng jiā / hui2 niang2 jia1
Taiwan hui niang chia
Chinese (of a wife) to return to her parental home; (fig.) to return to one's old place, job, school etc

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水鴎流

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Japanese suiouryuu / suioryu すいおうりゅう
Japanese old sword fighting; sword drawing style or school from Shizuoka prefecture

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羅睺羅


罗睺罗

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Mandarin luó hóu luō / luo2 hou2 luo1
Taiwan lo hou lo
Japanese Ragora
Rāhula, the eldest son of Śākyamuni and Yaśodharā; also羅睺; 羅吼; 羅云; 羅雲; 曷怙羅 or 何怙羅 or 羅怙羅. He is supposed to have been in the womb for six years and born when his father attained buddhahood; also said to have been born during an eclipse, and thus acquired his name, though it is defined in other ways; his father did not see him till he was six years old. He became a disciple of the Hīnayāna, but is said to have become a Mahāyānist when his father preached this final perfect doctrine, a statement gainsaid by his being recognized as founder of the Vaibhāṣika school. He is to be reborn as the eldest son of every buddha, hence is sometimes called the son of Ānanda.

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華嚴經


华严经

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Mandarin huá yán jīng / hua2 yan2 jing1
Taiwan hua yen ching
Japanese Kegon kyō
Chinese Avatamsaka sutra of the Huayan school; also called Buddhavatamsaka-mahavaipulya Sutra, the Flower adornment sutra or the Garland sutra
Avataṃsaka-sūtra, also 大方廣佛華嚴經. Three tr. have been made: (1) by Buddhabhadra, who arrived in China A.D. 406, in 60 juan, known also as the 晉經 Jin sūtra and 舊經 the old sūtra; (2) by Śikṣānanda, about A.D. 700, in 80 juan, known also as the 唐經 Tang sūtra and 新經 the new sūtra; (3) by Prajñā about A.D. 800, in 40 juan. The treatises on this sūtra are very numerous, and the whole are known as the 華嚴部; they include the 華嚴音義 dictionary of the Classic by 慧苑 Huiyuan, about A.D. 700; Flower Ornament Sūtra

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胴田貫

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Japanese doutanuki / dotanuki どうたぬき
Japanese (1) Eiroku-period swordsmithing school, named for a place in the old Higo province; (2) sword of the Dotanuki school, usually thicker and heavier than regular Japanese swords; (3) in fiction, a heavier variant of Japanese sword

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パイセン

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Japanese paisen パイセン
Japanese (slang) senior (at work or school); superior; elder; older graduate; progenitor; old-timer

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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
The Old Way
Old School
古道kodou / kodo
Retro
Old School
復古
复古
fukko / fukofù gǔ / fu4 gu3 / fu gu / fugu fu ku / fuku
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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