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和 is the simplest form of peace and harmony.
和 can also be translated as the peaceful ideas of gentle, mild, kind, and calm. With the more harmonious context, it can be translated as union, together with, on good terms with, or on friendly terms.
Most people would just translate this character as peace and/or harmony. This is a very popular character in Asian cultures - you can even call it the "peace symbol" of Asia. In fact, this peace and harmony character was seen repeatedly during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (a major theme of the games).
In old Chinese poems and literature, you might see this used as a kind of "and." As in two things summed together. As much as you could say, "the sun and moon," you could say "the sun in harmony with the moon."
Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals.
These characters can also mean "to endure," "restrain oneself," "forbearance," and in some context it can mean "perseverance" or "endurance."
This is also used as a tenet of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and other Korean martial arts where it's titled "Endurance" and romanized as "In Neh."
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your peace and harmony search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| hé / he2
kanou / kano かのえ
| to mix (ingredients) together; to blend; classifier for rinses of clothes; classifier for boilings of medicinal herbs; to combine a powdery substance (flour, plaster etc) with water; Taiwan pr. [huo4]; to complete a set in mahjong or playing cards; to compose a poem in reply (to sb's poem) using the same rhyme sequence; to join in the singing; to chime in with others; and; together with; with; sum; union; peace; harmony; Taiwan pr. [han4] when it means "and" or "with"; surname He; Japanese (food, clothes etc)
(1) (mathematics term) sum; (2) harmony; peace; (n,n-pref,adj-no) (3) Japan; Japanese-style; (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) soft; fragile; weak; poorly built; insubstantial; (adj-nari) (archaism) tranquil; calm; quiet; peaceful; calm (at sea); lull; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Wazusaki; (surname) Wazaki; (surname) Wasaki; (female given name) Wakana; (surname, given name) Wa; (female given name) Yori; (given name) Yoshi; (surname, female given name) Yawara; (female given name) Yamato; (female given name) Yasura; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Yasu; (female given name) Mutsumi; (female given name) Madoka; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Honoka; (female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Hina; (male given name) Hito
Harmony, peace; to blend, mix; with, unite with; respond, rhyme; to be soft
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| píng hé / ping2 he2
p`ing ho / ping ho
heiwa / hewa へいわ
| gentle; mild; moderate; placid; Pinghe county in Zhangzhou 漳州[Zhang1 zhou1], Fujian
(mahj) concealed winning hand consisting of chows, a pair that isn't a value pair, and an open wait (chi:); (noun or adjectival noun) peace; harmony; (f,p) Heiwa; (place-name, surname) Hirawa; (female given name) Hirana; (surname, given name) Hirakazu; (female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Nodoka; (female given name) Shizuka
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Peace / Peaceful
| wō / wo1
| dwarf; Japanese (derog.) (old)
(1) (mathematics term) sum; (2) harmony; peace; (n,n-pref,adj-no) (3) Japan; Japanese-style; (1) Yamato; ancient province corresponding to modern-day Nara Prefecture; (2) (ancient) Japan; (can act as adjective) (3) Japanese; (surname, given name) Yamato; (personal name) Shidori; (personal name) Shitori; (given name) Shidzu; (female given name) Shizu
| waraku わらく
| (noun/participle) peace and harmony; Japanese music; (surname) Waraku; (personal name) Kazuyoshi; (personal name) Aera
| hé mù / he2 mu4
| peaceful relations; harmonious
(noun/participle) reconciliation; peace; rapprochement
| marumitsu まるみつ
| (noun or adjectival noun) perfection; harmony; peace; smoothness; completeness; satisfaction; integrity; (surname) Marumitsu; (place-name) Enman; (surname) Enma
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|和||wa||hé / he2 / he||ho|
|wa kai / wakai||hé xié / he2 xie2 / he xie / hexie||ho hsieh / hohsieh|
|seihitsu||jìng mì / jing4 mi4 / jing mi / jingmi||ching mi / chingmi|
|忍耐||nin tai / nintai||rěn nài / ren3 nai4 / ren nai / rennai||jen nai / jennai|
|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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