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China xiàn xiàng
Japan genshou

I must first say that this word is an odd thing to put on a wall scroll in Asian cultures. It won't make a lot of sense alone, unless you have a special or personal meaning that you attach to it for yourself.

These two characters mean phenomenon in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Hanja. They can also be translated as "a happening" depending on context.

The sum of these characters is a little different than their individual meanings. But I will break it down anyway...
The first character means present, existing, actual, appear, now or current.
The second character alone means pattern after, imitate, image, shape, sign (of the times), form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem or elephant.

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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese wataru わたる
 risaki りさき
 ria りあ
 michi みち
 masaru まさる
 masashi まさし
 masa まさ
 makoto まこと
 tooru とおる
 tadasu ただす
 tadashi ただし
 takashi たかし
 sunaho すなほ
 satoru さとる
 satori さとり
 satomi さとみ
 satoshi さとし
 sadamu さだむ
 kotoha ことは
 osamu おさむ
 aya あや
Chinese texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up
Japanese (1) reason; principle; logic; (2) (Buddhist term) general principle (as opposed to individual concrete phenomenon); (3) (in neo-Confucianism) the underlying principles of the cosmos; reason; truth; way of things; justice; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Risaki; (personal name) Ria; (given name) Ri; (female given name) Michi; (personal name) Masaru; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Makoto; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sunaho; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (female given name) Satomi; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Sadamu; (female given name) Kotoha
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.
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Mandarin xiàng / xiang4
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese zou / zo ぞう
 saki さき
 kisa きさ
 amane あまね
Chinese elephant; CL:隻|只[zhi1]; shape; form; appearance; to imitate
Japanese elephant (Elephantidae spp.); phenomenon; (surname) Zou; (surname) Saki; (surname) Kisa; (female given name) Amane
gaja; hastin; also nāga; an elephant; v. 像 14; to resemble
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Mandarin xiàn xiàng / xian4 xiang4
Taiwan hsien hsiang
Japanese genshou / gensho げんしょう
Chinese appearance; phenomenon; CL:個|个[ge4],種|种[zhong3]
Japanese phenomenon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese tsutomu つとむ
 tsukae つかえ
 kotozaki ことざき
 koto こと
Chinese matter; thing; item; work; affair; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1],回[hui2]
Japanese (Buddhist term) individual concrete phenomenon (as opposed to a general principle); (suffix) (1) nominalizing suffix; (2) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (1) (kana only) thing; matter; (2) (kana only) incident; occurrence; event; something serious; trouble; crisis; (3) (kana only) circumstances; situation; state of affairs; (4) (kana only) work; business; affair; (5) (kana only) after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to; (suffix noun) (6) (kana only) nominalizing suffix; (7) (kana only) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (n,n-suf) (8) (kana only) alias; aka; nickname; alternative name; also known as; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Tsukae; (surname) Kotozaki; (given name) Koto
artha 日迦他 (迦 being an error for 遏); affair, concern, matter; action, practice; phenomena; to serve. It is 'practice' or the thing, affair, matter, in contrast with 理 theory, or the underlying principle; affair, event

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Mandarin zhǐ // zhēng / zhi3 // zheng1
Taiwan chih // cheng
Japanese chō
Chinese 4th note in pentatonic scale 五音[wu3 yin1], roughly sol; see also 徵|征[zheng1]; to invite; to recruit; to levy (taxes); to draft (troops); phenomenon; symptom; characteristic sign (used as proof); evidence
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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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 shì lǐ / shi4 li3
Taiwan shih li
Japanese jiri じり
Chinese reason; logic
Japanese reason; facts; propriety; sense
Practice and theory; phenomenon and noumenon, activity and principle, or the absolute; phenomena ever change, the underlying principle, being absolute, neither changes nor acts, it is the 眞如 q. v. also v. 理. For 事理法界 (事理無礙法界) v. 四法界; phenomena and principle

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Mandarin shì xiāng / shi4 xiang1
Taiwan shih hsiang
Japanese jisou / jiso じそう
Japanese aspect; phase; phenomenon
Phenomenon, affair, practice. The practices of the esoterics are called 事理部 as contrasted with their open teaching called 教相部.

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Japanese jishou / jisho じしょう
Japanese event; phenomenon; matter

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Japanese kasou / kaso かそう
Japanese appearance; phenomenon

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Japanese mukou / muko むこう
 mukahi むかひ
 mukai むかい
 nahi なひ
Japanese anthelion (optical phenomenon); (place-name) Mukou; (surname) Mukahi; (surname) Mukai; (female given name) Nahi

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Mandarin tiān xiàng / tian1 xiang4
Taiwan t`ien hsiang / tien hsiang
Japanese tenshou / tensho てんしょう
Chinese meteorological or astronomical phenomenon (e.g. rainbow or eclipse)
Japanese weather; astronomical phenomena

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Japanese saon さおん
Japanese combination tone (psychoacoustic phenomenon); difference tone

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Japanese gokou / goko ごこう
Japanese halo (optical phenomenon); glory

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Mandarin hòu guāng / hou4 guang1
Taiwan hou kuang
Japanese gokou / goko ごこう
Japanese (1) halo; aureole; aureola; nimbus; (2) halo (optical phenomenon); glory; (surname) Gokou
The halo behind an image; background halo

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Japanese chishou / chisho ちしょう
Japanese terrestrial phenomena (phenomenon)

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Mandarin yuán miào / yuan2 miao4
Taiwan yüan miao
Japanese enmyō
The mystery of the 'perfect' school, i.e. the complete harmony of 空假中 noumenon, phenomenon, and the middle way; perfectly sublime

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Mandarin yuán wù / yuan2 wu4
Taiwan yüan wu
Japanese engo えんご
Japanese (personal name) Engo
Completely to apprehend the truth. In Tiantai, the complete apprehension at the same time of noumenon, phenomenon, and the middle way; Yuanwu

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Mandarin yuán jiào / yuan2 jiao4
Taiwan yüan chiao
Japanese engyō
The complete, perfect, or comprehensive doctrine; the school or sect of Mahāyāna which represents it. The term has had three references. The first was by 光統 Guangtong of the Later Wei, sixth century, who defined three schools, 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 inclusive or complete. The Tiantai called its fourth section the inclusive, complete, or perfect teaching 圓, the other three being 三藏 Hīnayāna, 通 Mahāyāna-cum-Hīnayāna, 別 Mahāyāna. The Huayan so called its fifth section, i.e. 小乘; 大乘始; 大乘終; 頓 and 圓. It is the Tiantai version that is in general acceptance, defined as a perfect whole and as complete in its parts; for the whole is the absolute and its parts are therefore the absolute; the two may be called noumenon and phenomenon, or 空 and 假 (or 俗), but in reality they are one, i.e. the 中 medial condition. To conceive these three as a whole is the Tiantai inclusive or 'perfect' doctrine. The Huayan 'perfect' doctrine also taught that unity and differentiation, or absolute and relative, were one, a similar doctrine to that of the identity of contraries. In Tiantai teaching the harmony is due to its underlying unity; its completeness to the permeation of this unity in all phenomena; these two are united in the medial 中 principle; to comprehend these three principles at one and the same time is the complete, all-containing, or 'perfect' doctrine of Tiantai. There are other definitions of the all-inclusive doctrine, e.g. the eight complete things, complete in teaching, principles, knowledge, etc. 圓教四門 v. 四門; complete teaching

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Mandarin liù yīn / liu4 yin1
Taiwan liu yin
Japanese rokuin
The six causations of the 六位 six stages of Bodhisattva development, q. v. Also, the sixfold division of causes of the Vaibhāṣikas (cf. Keith, 177-8); every phenomenon depends upon the union of 因 primary cause and 緣 conditional or environmental cause; and of the 因 there are six kinds: (1) 能作因 karaṇahetu, effective causes of two kinds: 與力因 empowering cause, as the earth empowers plant growth, and 不障因 non-resistant cause, as space does not resist, i. e. active and passive causes; (2) 倶有因 sahabhūhetu, co-operative causes, as the four elements 四大 in nature, not one of which can be omitted; (3) 同類因 sabhāgahetu, causes of the same kind as the effect, good producing good, etc.; (4) 相應因 saṃprayuktahetu, mutual responsive or associated causes, e. g. mind and mental conditions, subject with object; Keith gives 'faith and intelligence'; similar to (2); (5) 遍行因 sarvatragahetu, universal or omnipresent cause, i. e. of illusion, as of false views affecting every act; it resembles (3) but is confined to delusion; (6) 異熟因 vipākahetu, differental fruition, i. e. the effect different from the cause, as the hells are from evil deeds; six kinds of causes

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Japanese saisa さいさ
Japanese (phenomenon of) precession of the equinoxes

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Mandarin hǎi xiàng / hai3 xiang4
Taiwan hai hsiang
Japanese kaizou / kaizo かいぞう
Chinese walrus
Japanese (gikun reading) (kana only) walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) (rus: sivuch); (1) (kana only) walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) (rus: sivuch); (2) elephant seal (Mirounga spp.); marine phenomenon; (given name) Kaizou

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Mandarin làn shāng / lan4 shang1
Taiwan lan shang
Japanese ranshou / ransho らんしょう
Chinese lit. floating wine goblets on a stream; the origin (of some phenomenon)
Japanese source; beginning; origin; (surname) Ranshou

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Mandarin běn yuán / ben3 yuan2
Taiwan pen yüan
Japanese honnen
The origin or cause of any phenomenon; life stories

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Mandarin xiào yìng / xiao4 ying4
Taiwan hsiao ying
Chinese effect (scientific phenomenon)

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Mandarin guài quān / guai4 quan1
Taiwan kuai ch`üan / kuai chüan
Chinese vicious circle; (abnormal) phenomenon

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Mandarin guài yì / guai4 yi4
Taiwan kuai i
Japanese kaii / kai かいい
Chinese monstrous; strange; strange phenomenon
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) strangeness; mystery; (2) ghost; monster; apparition; phantom; spectre; specter; goblin

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Mandarin lǐ zhì / li3 zhi4
Taiwan li chih
Japanese richi りち
 masatomo まさとも
 masatoshi まさとし
 osatoshi おさとし
Chinese reason; intellect; rationality; rational
Japanese intellect; intelligence; (female given name) Richi; (personal name) Masatomo; (personal name) Masatoshi; (personal name) Osatoshi
Principle and gnosis (or reason); the noumenal in essence and in knowledge; the truth in itself and in knowledge; li is also the fundamental principle of the phenomenon under observation, chih the observing wisdom; one is reality, the other the knower or knowing; one is the known object, the other the knower, the knowing, or what is known; each is dependent on the other, chih depends on lili is revealed by chih. Also knowledge or enlightenment in its essence or purity, free from incarnational influences; cognition of principle

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Japanese ihen いへん
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) unusual phenomenon; unusual event; abnormal event; accident

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Japanese ishou / isho いしょう
Japanese vision; strange phenomenon

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Search for Phenomenon in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Phenomenon 現象
genshou / genshoxiàn xiàng
xian4 xiang4
xian xiang
hsien hsiang
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