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Prince

China wáng zǐ
Japan ou ji
knob
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This 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.

Shakyamuni / The Buddha

China shì jiā móu ní
Japan sha ka mu ni
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This means "Shakyamuni" in Chinese. 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).

Tiger Rumor

China sān rén chéng hǔ
knob
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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.

Adoring Love

China ài mù
Japan ai bou
knob
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knob

The best kind of love to have I suppose. This word has the well-know character for love. But the second character modifies and/or reinforces the meaning to become adore, adoring love, or to love and adore.

I say that I suppose this is the best kind of love because 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.


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
君
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Mandarin jun / jun1
Taiwan chün
Japanese kun くん
 gimi ぎみ
 kinji きんじ
 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; (pronoun) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; Kunji (personal name)
Prince, noble, ideal man or woman; translit. kun.

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傅
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Mandarin fù / fu4
Taiwan fu
Japanese menoto めのと
 fu
Chinese tutor; surname Fu
Japanese (archaism) instructor; tutor (to a prince); Fu (surname)
To superintend, teach; a tutor; to paint; a function; annex.

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公
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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese kou / ko こう
 kimi きみ
 ooyake おおやけ
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 (after a name, etc.); (pronoun) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (adj-no,n) public; open; formal; official; governmental; Hiromu (given name)
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair.
祇
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Mandarin qí // zhǐ / qi2 // zhi3
Taiwan ch`i // chih / chi // chih
Japanese tada
Chinese earth-spirit; peace; but; only
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.

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王
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Mandarin wàng // wáng / wang4 // wang2
Taiwan wang
Japanese oogimi おおぎみ
 ookimi おおきみ
 ou / o おう
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) king (for senior player) (shogi); (3) tycoon; magnate; champion; master; Wan (surname)
rāja, king, prince, royal; to rule.
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辟
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Mandarin pì // bì / pi4 // bi4
Taiwan p`i // pi / pi // 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.

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薨
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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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駙
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Mandarin fù / fu4
Taiwan fu
Chinese prince consort

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三光
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三光 Mandarin sān guāng / san1 guang1
Taiwan san kuang
Japanese sankou / sanko さんこう
Chinese the sun, the moon, and the stars
Japanese (in hanafuda) a collection of three non-rain light cards; Miteru (personal name)
(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.

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五位
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五位 Mandarin wǔ wèi / wu3 wei4
Taiwan wu wei
Japanese go-i ごい
Japanese Goi (place-name/surname)
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.

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了教
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了教 Mandarin Liǎo jiào / Liao3 jiao4
Taiwan Liao 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.

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

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

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十住
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十住 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.

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十來
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十來
十来
Mandarin shí lái / shi2 lai2
Taiwan shih lai
Japanese jūrai とらい
Japanese Torai (female given name)
(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.

端正者忍辱中來.
貧窮着樫貧中來.
高位者禮拜中來.
下賤者橋慢中來.
瘖啞者誹謗中來.
盲聾者不信中來.
長壽者慈悲中來.
短命者殺生中來.
諸根不具者破戒中來.
六根具足者持戒中來.

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可汗
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可汗 Mandarin kè hán / ke4 han2
Taiwan k`o han / ko han
Japanese kakan
Chinese khan (loanword)
khan. A Turkish term for 'prince'.

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

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

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大君
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大君 Japanese taikun たいくん
 oogimi おおぎみ
 ookimi おおきみ
Japanese liege lord; shogunate; emperor; king; prince; Ookimi (place-name)
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Great Lord / Tycoon
大拏
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大拏 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.

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大王
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大王 Mandarin dài wang // dà wáng / dai4 wang5 // da4 wang2
Taiwan tai wang // ta
Japanese daiou / daio だいおう
 oogimi おおぎみ
 ookimi おおきみ
Chinese robber baron (in opera, old stories); magnate; king; magnate; person having expert skill in something
Japanese great king; emperor; king; prince; Daiou (place-name/surname)
mahārāja 摩賀羅惹. Applied to the four guardians of the universe, 四大天王.

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太子
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太子 Mandarin tài zǐ / tai4 zi3
Taiwan t`ai tzu / tai tzu
Japanese taishi たいし
Chinese crown prince
Japanese (1) Crown Prince; (2) (abbreviation) Shotoku Taishi; Takako (female given name)
Kumaararāja. Crownprince. An epithet of Buddhas, and of Mañjuśrī.

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奕訢
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奕訢
奕䜣
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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奉戴
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奉戴 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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孤園
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孤園
孤园
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.

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宮号
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宮号 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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宮家
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宮家 Japanese miyake みやけ
Japanese house of a prince of the blood; Yoyake (surname)

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宮様
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宮様 Japanese miyasama みやさま
Japanese prince; princess

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德仁
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德仁 Mandarin dé rén / de2 ren2
Taiwan te jen
Chinese Naruhito (1960-), crown prince of Japan

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忌日
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忌日 Mandarin jì rì / ji4 ri4
Taiwan chi jih
Japanese kinichi きにち
 kijitsu きじつ
 imibi いみび
Japanese (1) anniversary of a person's death (on which Buddhist commemorative rites, etc. are performed); (2) 49th day after a person's death, on which Buddhist rituals are performed; unlucky day (according to astrology); (previously a) death anniversary; purification and fast day
諱日 The tabu day, i.e. the anniversary of the death of a parent or prince, when all thoughts are directed to him, and other things avoided.

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Prince王子
王子
ou ji
ouji
o ji
wáng zǐ
wang zi
wang tzu
wang2 zi3
wangzi
Shakyamuni / The Buddha释迦牟尼
釋迦牟尼
sha ka mu ni
shakamuni
shì jiā móu ní
shi jia mou ni
shih chia mou ni
shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2
shijiamouni
Tiger Rumor三人成虎
三人成虎
n/asān rén chéng hǔ
san ren cheng hu
san jen ch`eng hu
san1 ren2 cheng2 hu3
sanrenchenghu
sanjenchenghu
san jen cheng hu
Adoring Love爱慕
愛慕
ai bou
aibou
ai bo
ài mù
ai mu
ai4 mu4
aimu

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "prince" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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