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China wáng zǐ
Japan ou ji

王子 is prince in Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji. If you look at the meaning of each character, the first means king, and the second means son (or child). Thus, "King's Son," "Son of the King," or "King's Child," is the literal meaning of this title.

Adoring Love

China ài mù
Japan ai bou
Adoring Love

愛慕 means "adoring love" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

I suppose this is the best kind of love to have. 愛慕 has the well-known character for love. But the second character modifies and reinforces the meaning to become adore, adoring love, or to love and adore.

Ancient Chinese warning: Adoring someone is fine until you are in the shoes of the Prince of the Kingdom of Wu. This Prince adored a certain beautiful woman (Xi Shi) so much that he neglected his duties, and soon let the kingdom fall into ruins.

Warrior Within

China wǔ zhě zhī xīn
Warrior Within

This title means, "Warrior Within" from the Chinese video game title, "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within."

This more literally means "warrior or the heart," or "warrior of the soul/mind."

Shakyamuni / The Buddha

China shì jiā móu ní
Japan sha ka mu ni
Shakyamuni / The Buddha

釋迦牟尼 is a transliteration of "Shakyamuni" or "Sakyamuni" in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

The perceived meaning of the name is roughly translated as, "Sage of the Sakyas."

This same Buddha is also known as "Siddhartha Gautama," "Gotama Buddha," "Tathagata," or simply, "The Supreme Buddha."

This is the legendary man and prince who eventually established the Buddhist religion.

Note: Occasionally Romanized as "Siddhattha Gotama."

This combination of characters is sometimes seen and used in South Korea and Japan as well (with the same meaning).

Note: 釋迦牟尼 came from the Sanskrit शाक्यमुनि and can also be romanized with diuretics as Śākyamuni.

Tiger Rumor

China sān rén chéng hǔ
Tiger Rumor

These four characters together relay the meaning that can be expressed in English as, "When three people say there's a tiger running in the street, you believe it."

Of course, there is an ancient story behind this idiom...

This is actually a proverb that resulted from a conversation that occurred around 300 B.C.

The conversation was between the king of the Wei kingdom and one of the king's ministers named Pang Cong.

It was near the end of one of many wars, this time with the Zhao kingdom. Pang Cong was to be sent by the king to the Zhao kingdom with the king's son who was to be held hostage. It was common at the time for a king to make his son a hostage to secure stable peace between warring kingdoms.

Before minister Pang Cong departed, he asked his king, "If one person told you there was a tiger running in the street, would you believe it?."

"No," the king said.

The minister continued, "What if two people told you?"

The king replied, "Well, I would have my doubts but I might believe it."

The minister continued, "So, what if three people told you that there is a tiger running in the streets?"

The king replied, "Yes, I would believe it, it must be true if three people say it."

The minister then reminded the king, "Your son and I are now traveling far away to live in the distant Zhao kingdom - much farther from your palace than the street. Rumors may fly about me in my absence, so I hope your majesty will weight such rumors appropriately."

The king replied, "I have every trust in you, do not worry"

While the minister was gone, the king's enemies gossiped about minister Pang Cong on many occasions. At first, the king thought nothing of these comments and rumors. But slowly as the rumors mounted, the king began to suspect ill of his minister.

Some time later when peace was well-established, the minister and prince were freed and returned to the kingdom of Wei. The king received his son, BUT DID NOT EVEN SUMMON MINISTER PANG CONG TO THE PALACE!

Hopefully this story will help you see how dangerous words can be when used to promote rumors, or create ill will. And perhaps will inspire you to not believe everything you hear.

There is also a secondary suggestion in this idiom that gossip is as ferocious as a tiger. Some Chinese people who don't know the ancient story above may believe that this scroll means that rumors are as vicious as three tigers.

Note: This proverb appears in my Korean dictionary but is not well-known in Korea.

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Mandarin jun / jun1
Taiwan chün
Japanese kunji くんじ
 kun くん
 kiminori きみのり
 kimizaki きみざき
 kimi きみ
Chinese monarch; lord; gentleman; ruler
Japanese (n,suf) Mr (junior); master; boy; (suffix) (honorific or respectful language) suffix appended to somebody else's family members; (archaism) (colloquialism) you; (pn,adj-no) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (personal name) Kunji; (personal name) Kun; (personal name) Kiminori; (surname) Kimizaki; (surname, female given name) Kimi
Prince, noble, ideal man or woman; translit. kun.
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Mandarin wáng / wang2
Taiwan wang
Japanese wan わん
 yuu / yu ゆう
 chiyan ちやん
 taka たか
 shin しん
 kimi きみ
 oo おお
 ou / o おう
 oi おい
 uon うおん
Chinese to rule; to reign over; king or monarch; best or strongest of its type; grand; great; surname Wang
Japanese emperor; king; prince; (n,n-suf) (1) king; ruler; sovereign; monarch; (2) tycoon; magnate; champion; master; (3) (shogi) (abbreviation) king (of the senior player); (surname) Wan; (surname) Yuu; (surname) Chiyan; (surname) Taka; (surname) Shin; (surname) Kimi; (surname) Ki; (surname) On; (surname) Oo; (surname) Ou; (surname) Oi; (surname) O; (surname) Uon
rāja, king, prince, royal; to rule.
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Japanese ookimi おおきみ
Japanese liege lord; shogunate; emperor; king; prince; (place-name) Ookimi
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Mandarin wáng zǐ / wang2 zi3
Taiwan wang tzu
Japanese kimiko きみこ
 ooji おおじ
 ouji / oji おうじ
 ouko / oko おうこ
Chinese prince; son of a king
Japanese (1) prince; (2) subordinate Kumano shrine; (female given name) Kimiko; (surname) Ooji; (place-name, surname) Ouji; (surname, female given name) Ouko
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin/ fu4
Taiwan fu
Japanese fu
 den でん
Chinese tutor; surname Fu
Japanese (archaism) instructor; tutor (to a prince); (surname) Fu; (personal name) Den
To superintend, teach; a tutor; to paint; a function; annex; to instruct

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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese hiromu ひろむ
 hiromi ひろみ
 hiroshi ひろし
 tooru とおる
 tadashi ただし
 takashi たかし
 shizuka しずか
 satoshi さとし
 kouji / koji こうじ
 koushou / kosho こうしょう
 kou / ko こう
 kin きん
 kimihiro きみひろ
 kiminori きみのり
 kimi きみ
 isao いさお
 akira あきら
Chinese public; collectively owned; common; international (e.g. high seas, metric system, calendar); make public; fair; just; Duke, highest of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; honorable (gentlemen); father-in-law; male (animal)
Japanese (n,suf) (1) public matter; governmental matter; (2) prince; duke; (n,n-suf) (3) lord; sir; (suffix noun) (4) familiar or derogatory suffix; (pn,adj-no) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (adj-no,n) public; open; formal; official; governmental; (given name) Hiromu; (female given name) Hiromi; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Shizuka; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (given name) Kou; (given name) Kin; (given name) Kimihiro; (personal name) Kiminori; (surname, female given name) Kimi; (given name) Isao; (female given name) Akira
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair.

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Mandarin zhǐ / zhi3
Taiwan chih
Japanese tada
Chinese earth-spirit; peace; variant of 只[zhi3]
To revere, venerate; only; translit. j in 祇園精舍; 祇樹給孤獨園 The vihāra and garden Jetavana, bought by Anāthapiṇḍaka from prince Jeta and given to Śākyamuni.; The Earth-Spirit; repose; vast; translit. j, g.

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Mandarin/ pi4
Taiwan p`i / pi
Japanese heki へき
Chinese law; variant of 闢|辟[pi4]; king; monarch; to enlist; to repel; to avoid
Japanese false; punish; crime; law; ruler
A prince, sovereign, lord; split; punish, repress; perverse; toady; quiet; example

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Mandarin hōng / hong1
Taiwan hung
Japanese kou / ko こう
Chinese death of a prince; swarming
Japanese death (of a nobleman, etc.)

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Mandarin/ fu4
Taiwan fu
Chinese prince consort

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Mandarin shì zǐ / shi4 zi3
Taiwan shih tzu
Japanese wakako わかこ
 hiroko ひろこ
 toshiko としこ
 tokiko ときこ
 seiko / seko せこ
Chinese crown prince; heir of a noble house
Japanese heir; successor; (female given name) Wakako; (female given name) Hiroko; (female given name) Toshiko; (female given name) Tokiko; (surname) Seko; (female given name) Seiko
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Mandarin guang  / guang1 
Taiwan guang 
Japanese miteru みてる
 mitsuteru みつてる
 mitsukou / mitsuko みつこう
 sankou / sanko さんこう
 kazumitsu かずみつ
Chinese the sun, the moon, and the stars
Japanese (in hanafuda) a collection of three non-rain light cards; (personal name) Miteru; (surname, given name) Mitsuteru; (surname) Mitsukou; (place-name) Sankou; (given name) Kazumitsu
(三光天) Sun, moon, and stars. Also, in the second dhyāna of the form-world there are the two deva regions 少光天, 無量光天, and 光音天q.v. Also 觀音 Avalokiteśvara is styled 日天子sun-prince, or divine son of the sun, 大勢至 Mahāsthāmaprapta is styled 月天子 divine son of the moon, and 虛空藏菩薩 the bodhisattva of the empyrean, is styled 明星天子 divine son of the bright stars; three illuminators

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Mandarin wǔ wèi / wu3 wei4
Taiwan wu wei
Japanese goi ごい
Japanese (1) fifth court rank; (2) (abbreviation) black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax); night heron; (3) (Buddhist term) five ranks; five stages; (place-name, surname) Goi
The five categories, or divisions; there are several groups, e. g. (1) Hīnayāna and Mahāyāna have groupings of all phenomena under five heads, i. e. Hīnayāna has 75 法 which are 11 色法, 1 心法, 46 心所法, 14 不相離法, and 3 無爲法; Mahāyāna has 100 法 which are 8 心, 51 心所, 11 色, 24 不相因, and 6 無爲法. (2) The five divisions of 唯識 are 資糧位, 加行位, 通達位, 修習位, and 究竟 or 佛位. (3) The five evolutions in the womb are: kalalaṃ, embryo-initiation; arbudaṃ, after 27 days; peśī, 37; ghana, 47; praśākha, 57 days when form and organs are all complete. (4) Certain combinations of the 八卦 Eight Diagrams are sometimes styled 五位君臣 five positions of prince and minister; five ranks

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Mandarin le jiào / le jiao4
Taiwan le chiao
Japanese Ryōkyō
A noted disciple named Ajñāta-Kauṇḍinya, v. 阿, also known as拘鄰鄰,了本際 and 知本際. He is described as "a prince of Magadha, maternal uncle of Śākyamuni, whose first disciple he became". He is "to be reborn as Buddha under the name of Samanṭa-Prabhāsa". Eitel; Ajñāta-Kauṇḍinya

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Japanese reishi / reshi れいし
 ryouji / ryoji りょうじ
Japanese prince's message; command of a prince

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Japanese imamiya いまみや
Japanese (1) newly born imperial prince; (2) newly constructed (branch) shrine; (place-name, surname) Imamiya

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Japanese jikou / jiko じこう
Japanese (1) tutor to a daimyo, etc.; (2) tutor to the emperor or crown prince (Meiji period)

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Mandarin shí zhù / shi2 zhu4
Taiwan shih chu
Japanese jū jū
The ten stages, or periods, in bodhisattva-wisdom, prajñā 般若, are the 十住; the merits or character attained are the 十地 q.v. Two interpretations may be given. In the first of these, the first four stages are likened to entry into the holy womb, the next four to the period of gestation, the ninth to birth, and the tenth to the washing or baptism with the water of wisdom, e.g. the baptism of a Kṣatriya prince. The ten stages are (1) 發心住 the purposive stage, the mind set upon Buddhahood; (2) 治地住 clear understanding and mental control; (3) 修行住 unhampered liberty in every direction; (4) 生貴住 acquiring the Tathāgata nature or seed; (5) 方便具足住 perfect adaptability and resemblance in self-development and development of others; (6) 正心住 the whole mind becoming Buddha-like; (7) 不退住 no retrogression, perfect unity and constant progress; (8) 童眞住 as a Buddha-son now complete; (9) 法王子住 as prince of the law; (10) 灌頂住 baptism as such, e.g. the consecration of kings. Another interpretation of the above is: (1) spiritual resolve, stage of śrota-āpanna; (2) submission to rule, preparation for Sakṛdāgāmin stage; (3) cultivation of virtue, attainment of Sakṛdāgāmin stage; (4) noble birth, preparation for the anāgāmin stage; (5) perfect means, attainment of anāgāmin stage; (6) right mind, preparation for arhatship; (7) no-retrogradation, the attainment of arhatship; (8) immortal youth, pratyekabuddhahood; (9) son of the law-king, the conception of bodhisattvahood; (10) baptism as the summit of attainment, the conception of Buddhahood; ten abodes

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Mandarin shí lái / shi2 lai2
Taiwan shih lai
Japanese torai とらい
Japanese (female given name) Torai
(十來偈) The ten rhymes in "lai", a verse which expresses the Buddhist doctrine of moral determinism, i.e. that the position anyone now occupies is solely the result of his character in past lives; heredity and environment having nothing to do with his present condition, for, whether in prince or beggar, it is the reward of past deeds. The upright from the forbearing come,
The poor from the mean and greedy come,
Those of high rank from worshippers come,
The low and common from the Prideful come,
Those who are dumb from slanderers come,
The blind and deaf from unbelievers come,
The long-lived from the merciful come,
The short-lived from life, takers come,
The deficient in faculties from command-breakers come,
The complete in faculties from command-keepers come.
六根具足者持戒中來; ten rhymes in lai

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Mandarin kě hàn / ke3 han4
Taiwan k`o han / ko han
Japanese kagan かがん
Chinese khan (loanword)
Japanese khan
khan. A Turkish term for 'prince'.

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Japanese tairan たいらん
Japanese inspection by the empress or the crown prince

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Japanese tairin たいりん
Japanese visit by the empress or the crown prince

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Mandarin dà ná / da4 na2
Taiwan ta na
Japanese Daina
sudana, 須達拏, 須大拏, 蘇達拏 ; i.e. Sakyamuni as a prince in a former life, when he forfeited the throne by his generosity; Sudāna

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Mandarin dà wáng / da4 wang2
Taiwan ta wang
Japanese daiou / daio だいおう
 daio だいお
 taiou / taio たいおう
Chinese robber baron (in opera, old stories); magnate; king; magnate; person having expert skill in something
Japanese great king; emperor; king; prince; (place-name, surname) Daiou; (surname) Daio; (place-name, surname) Taiou
mahārāja 摩賀羅惹. Applied to the four guardians of the universe, 四大天王; great king(s)

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Mandarin tài zi / tai4 zi
Taiwan t`ai tzu / tai tzu
Japanese takako たかこ
 taishi たいし
 taiko たいこ
 ooshi おおし
 ooko おおこ
Chinese crown prince
Japanese (1) Crown Prince; (2) (abbreviation) Shotoku Taishi; (female given name) Takako; (place-name) Taishi; (female given name) Taiko; (place-name) Ooshi; (surname) Ooko
Kumaararāja. Crownprince. An epithet of Buddhas, and of Mañjuśrī; crown prince

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Mandarin yì xīn / yi4 xin1
Taiwan i hsin
Chinese Grand Prince Yixin (1833-1898), sixth son of Emperor Daoguang, prominent politician, diplomat and modernizer in late Qing

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Japanese houtai / hotai ほうたい
Japanese (noun/participle) having a prince for a president; being the recipient of (an imperial favor, favour); reverential acceptance

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Mandarin gū yuán / gu1 yuan2
Taiwan ku yüan
Japanese Koen
(孤獨園); 給園; 祗洹; 逝多林 Jetavana, the seven-story abode and park presented to Śākyamuni by Anāthapiṇḍaka, who bought it from the prince Jeta. It was a favourite resort of the Buddha, and 'most of the sūtras (authentic and suppositious) date from this spot'. Eitel; Jetavana Anāthapiṇḍada-ārāma

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Japanese miyagou / miyago みやごう
Japanese Imperial surname; title borne by a prince of the blood as a head of a house

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Japanese yoyake よやけ
 miyake みやけ
 miyaie みやいえ
Japanese house of a prince of the blood; (surname) Yoyake; (surname) Miyake; (surname) Miyaie

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Search for Prince in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Prince 王子ou ji / ouji / o ji / ojiwáng zǐ / wang2 zi3 / wang zi / wangzi wang tzu / wangtzu
Adoring Love 愛慕
ai bou / aibou / ai bo / aiboài mù / ai4 mu4 / ai mu / aimu
Warrior Within 武者之心wǔ zhě zhī xīn
wu3 zhe3 zhi1 xin1
wu zhe zhi xin
wu che chih hsin
The Buddha
sha ka mu ni
shì jiā móu ní
shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2
shi jia mou ni
shih chia mou ni
Tiger Rumor 三人成虎sān rén chéng hǔ
san1 ren2 cheng2 hu3
san ren cheng hu
san jen ch`eng hu
san jen cheng hu
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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