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Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
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Rat / Mouse

This is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .


Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse."


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

North American Opossum / Possum

China běi měi fù shǔ
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North American Opossum / Possum

This is the full title for North American Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum). The first two characters mean "North American" as an adjective. The third character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The last character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. If you were to use the last two characters alone, it may suggest the species native to China.

Opossum / Possum

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Opossum / Possum

This is the name for Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum) in Chinese.

The first character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The second character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. Using the two characters shown here may suggest the species native to China.


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Characters
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese domo no tame ねね
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]
Japanese (1) fruit; nut; (2) seed; (3) (in broth) pieces of meat, vegetable, etc.; (4) content; substance; first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (suffix) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) honorific (or familiar) suffix used after a name; (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e. a man who spends all his time doing...); (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (n,n-suf) (1) child; (2) young (animal); (3) young woman; young geisha; (4) offshoot; (5) interest; (6) (abbreviation) new shares; (7) player who is not a dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); (n,n-suf) (8) (archaism) bird egg; (suffix noun) (9) -er (often of young women); (personal name) Nene; (place-name) Ne; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Konoe; (surname) Ko
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight.

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Mandarin lài / lai4
Taiwan lai
Japanese rai
Chinese to depend on; to hang on in a place; bad; to renege (on promise); to disclaim; to rat (on debts); rascally; to blame; to put the blame on; surname Lai
To rely upon, depend on; throw the burden on, repudiate.

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Mandarin shǔ / shu3
Taiwan shu
Japanese nezumi ねずみ
Chinese rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (1) (kana only) mouse; rat; (2) dark gray; dark grey; slate (color, colour)
muṣa; ākhu; a mouse, rat.
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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Chinese a kind of rat

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese (onom.) beating a drum; rat-a-tat; surname Dong

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大鼠

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Mandarin dà shǔ / da4 shu3
Taiwan ta shu
Chinese rat

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子年

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Japanese nedoshi ねどし
 nezumidoshi ねずみどし
Japanese year of the rat

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子忌

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Japanese neimi / nemi ねいみ
Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

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子鼠

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Mandarin zǐ shǔ / zi3 shu3
Taiwan tzu shu
Chinese Year 1, year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)

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徒者

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Japanese tadamono ただもの
 itazuramono いたずらもの
Japanese ordinary person (usu. in neg. sentences); (1) mischief-maker; trickster; prankster; (2) (archaism) lascivious person (esp. a loose woman); (3) (archaism) useless fellow; (4) (archaism) mouse; rat

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嚙齒


啮齿

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Mandarin niè chǐ / nie4 chi3
Taiwan nieh ch`ih / nieh chih
Chinese a rodent (rat, rabbit etc)

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初子

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Japanese hatsune はつね
 hatsuko はつこ
 someko そめこ
 uiko ういこ
Japanese (1) first Day of the Rat of the New Year; (2) first Day of the Rat of the month (esp. of the 11th month); first child; (female given name) Hatsune; (female given name) Hatsuko; (female given name) Someko; (female given name) Uiko

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刺鼠

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Japanese togenezumi とげねずみ
Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)

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內鬼


内鬼

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Mandarin nèi guǐ / nei4 gui3
Taiwan nei kuei
Chinese mole; spy; rat; traitor

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棘鼠

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Japanese togenezumi とげねずみ
Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)

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溝鼠

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Japanese dobunezumi どぶねずみ
Japanese (1) (kana only) brown rat (Rattus norvegicus); common rat; Norway rat; (2) dark grey (colour, color); dark gray; (3) secret evil-doer

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月鼠

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Mandarin yuè shǔ / yue4 shu3
Taiwan yüeh shu
Japanese tsuki no nezumi
The moon rat, one of the two rats, black and white, that gnaw the cord of life, i. e. night and day.

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窮鼠

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Japanese kyuuso / kyuso きゅうそ
Japanese cornered rat or mouse

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米鼠

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Japanese komenezumi こめねずみ
Japanese (kana only) rice rat (Oryzomyini spp.)

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玉帚

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Japanese tamabahaki たまばはき
 tamahahaki たまははき
Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

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玉箒

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Japanese tamabahaki たまばはき
 tamahahaki たまははき
Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

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田鼠

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Mandarin tián shǔ / tian2 shu3
Taiwan t`ien shu / tien shu
Japanese denso でんそ
 tanezumi たねずみ
Chinese vole
Japanese mole; (1) black rat; roof rat; (2) field mouse

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熊鼠

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Japanese kumanezumi くまねずみ
Japanese (kana only) black rat (Rattus rattus); roof rat

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白蛇

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Japanese hakuja はくじゃ
 shirohebi しろへび
Japanese albino Japanese rat snake

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白鼠

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Japanese shironezumi しろねずみ
Japanese white rat or mouse

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老鼠

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Mandarin lǎo shǔ / lao3 shu3
Taiwan lao shu
Chinese rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]

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耗子

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Mandarin hào zi / hao4 zi5
Taiwan hao tzu
Chinese (dialect) mouse; rat

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青蛇

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Japanese aonjou / aonjo あおんじょう
 aokuchinawa あおくちなわ
Japanese (obscure) snake (esp. Japanese rat snake)

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鬼鼠

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Japanese oninezumi おにねずみ
Japanese (kana only) greater bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica)

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黒鼠

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Japanese kuronezumi くろねずみ
Japanese black rat

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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Amitabha
Angel
Archer
Be True to Yourself
Beloved
Best Friends
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Bird
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Chen Surname
Chicken
Chinese God of War
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Dance
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Dog Symbol
Earth Dragon
Empress
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Five Elements
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Four Elements
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Friend
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Fright
Gassho
Goat
Gold
Good Luck
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Guardian
Happy Birthday
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Hare
Health
Heaven
Honesty
Honor
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Horse
Hua Lian
Humorous
I Love You
Iron
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Karma
Kenpo Kanji
Kintsukuroi
Knight
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Life Goes On
Light
Listen
Live for Today
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Live Laugh Love
Live Life for Today
Live Love Laugh
Lonely
Long Life
Lost Soul
Love
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Namaste
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Panda
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Rabbit
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Rooster
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Storm
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Sunlight
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Tempest
Tiger
Tokyo
Trust
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Void
Water
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Xuan Wu
Year of the Monkey
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You Only Live Once
Zion

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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Rat / Mouse nezumishǔ / shu3 / shu
North American Opossum / Possum 北美負鼠
北美负鼠
běi měi fù shǔ
bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3
bei mei fu shu
beimeifushu
pei mei fu shu
peimeifushu
Opossum / Possum 負鼠
负鼠
fù shǔ / fu4 shu3 / fu shu / fushu

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.

Some people may refer to this entry as Rat Kanji, Rat Characters, Rat in Mandarin Chinese, Rat Characters, Rat in Chinese Writing, Rat in Japanese Writing, Rat in Asian Writing, Rat Ideograms, Chinese Rat symbols, Rat Hieroglyphics, Rat Glyphs, Rat in Chinese Letters, Rat Hanzi, Rat in Japanese Kanji, Rat Pictograms, Rat in the Chinese Written-Language, or Rat in the Japanese Written-Language.

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