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火星 is the Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja and Chinese title for the planet Mars.
The characters literally mean, "fire star" or "spark."
海王星 is the Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja and Chinese title for the planet Neptune.
海王星 literally mean, "Sea God Star" (all planets end in the character that also means "star").
冥王星 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korea Hanja for Pluto (the dwarf planet or non-planet that used to be thought of as the 9th planet in the Solar system).
This literally means gold star. Most of the time, in the context of the sky, this refers to the planet Venus.
Away from the sky, this can refer to a dazzling victory (e.g. win of a rank-and-file wrestler over the grand champion), or be the Japanese surname Kinboshi.
In Buddhist context, this is Śukra, from Sanskrit for the planet Venus.
土星 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the planet Saturn.
The literal meaning of these characters is "earth star". The earth character is on of the five elements of Chinese culture. This earth character regards soil or dirt, not the planet Earth.
Saturn has been titled 土星 for at least 2000 years.
天王星 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the planet Uranus.
木星 is the planet Jupiter in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The literal meaning is "wood star."
This can also be a given name (Mokusei) or the surname (Kiboshi) in Japanese.
地球 is the name of the earth (our planet) in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.
If you love the earth, or want to be reminded of where your home is in the solar system, this is the wall scroll for you.
水星 is title for the planet Mercury in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The literal meaning is "water star." This title has been used to refer to Mercury in much of Asia for the past 2200 years or longer.
金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).
The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.
Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.
地 is the single-character element and title of the planet Earth in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.
Because this is a single-character, the definition is a little ambiguous, and can have many meanings depending on the context in which it is used. These meanings include: earth, ground, land, soil, dirt, place, territory, bottom (of a package, book, etc.), earth (one of the Japanese five elements), the region in question, the local area, skin, texture, fabric, material, weave, base, background, one's true nature, narrative (i.e. descriptive part of a story), real life, actuality, etc.
In Japanese, this Kanji can be pronounced several ways, including chi, ji, tsushi, or tsuchi.
地 is also an element of the Japanese version of the five elements (the original Chinese version uses a different version of earth).
身土不二 (Shindofuni) is originally a Buddhist concept or proverb referring to the inseparability of body-mind and geographical circumstances.
身土不二 literally reads, "Body [and] earth [are] not two".
Other translations or matching ideas include:
Body and land are one.
Body and earth can not be separated.
Body earth sensory curation.
You are what you eat.
Indivisibility of the body and the land (because the body is made from food and food is made from the land).
Going further, this speaks of our human bodies and the land from which we get our food being closely connected. This phrase is used often when talking about natural and organic vegetables coming directly from the farm to provide the healthiest foods in Japan.
Character notes: 身(shin) in this context does not just mean your physical body rather a concept including both body and mind.
土 (do) refers to soil, earth, clay, land, or in some cases, locality. It's not the proper name of Earth, the planet. However, in can refer to the land or realm we live in.
Japanese note: This has been used in Japan, on and off since 1907 as a slogan for a governmental healthy eating campaign (usually pronounced as shindofuji instead of the original shindofuni in this context). It may have been hijacked from Buddhism for this propaganda purpose, but at least this is "healthy propaganda."
Korean note: The phrase 身土不二 was in use by 1610 A.D. in Korea where it can be found in an early medical journal.
In modern South Korea, it's written in Hangul as 신토불이. Korea used Chinese characters (same source for Japanese Kanji) as their only written standard form of the language until about a hundred years ago. Therefore, many Koreans will recognize 身土不二 as a native phrase and concept.
See Also: Strength and Love in Unity
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Planet Venus||太白星||taihakusei||tài bái xīng|
tai4 bai2 xing1
tai bai xing
|t`ai pai hsing
tai pai hsing
|The Planet Mars||火星||kasei / kase||huǒ xīng / huo3 xing1 / huo xing / huoxing||huo hsing / huohsing|
|The Planet Neptune||海王星||kaiousei / kaiosei||hǎi wáng xīng|
hai3 wang2 xing1
hai wang xing
|hai wang hsing
|Pluto||冥王星||mei ou sei / meiousei / mei o sei / meiosei||míng wáng xīng|
ming2 wang2 xing1
ming wang xing
|ming wang hsing
|金星||kinboshi / kinsei||jīn xīng / jin1 xing1 / jin xing / jinxing||chin hsing / chinhsing|
|Saturn||土星||to shou / toshou / to sho / tosho||tǔ xīng / tu3 xing1 / tu xing / tuxing||t`u hsing / tuhsing / tu hsing|
|Uranus||天王星||tennousei / tennosei||tiān wáng xīng|
tian1 wang2 xing1
tian wang xing
|t`ien wang hsing
tien wang hsing
|Jupiter||木星||Mokusei||mù xīng / mu4 xing1 / mu xing / muxing||mu hsing / muhsing|
|Earth||地球||chi kyuu / chikyuu / chi kyu / chikyu||dì qiú / di4 qiu2 / di qiu / diqiu||ti ch`iu / tichiu / ti chiu|
|Mercury||水星||sui shou / suishou / sui sho / suisho||shuǐ xīng|
|wéi nà sī|
wei2 na4 si1
wei na si
|wei na ssu
|Five Elements||金木水火土||jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ|
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
|chin mu shui huo t`u
chin mu shui huo tu
|Earth||地||chi / ji / tsushi / tsuchi||dì / di4 / di||ti|
|Body and Earth in Unity||身土不二||shindofuni / shindofuji|
|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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