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  1. Strong Woman
  2. Perseverance / Fortitude
  3. Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude
  4. Benevolence
  5. Ninja
  6. Patience / Perseverance
  7. Practice / Train / Drill


Strong Woman

China nǚ qiáng rén
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This is the best way to say "strong woman" or "strong and independent woman" in Chinese.

Grammar in China is a bit different, so these three characters literally read as "female strength person" or "woman strong person". This might sound funny in English, but this is a natural-sounding title in Chinese.

Perseverance / Fortitude

China jiǎn rěn
Japan ken nin
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The first character means "strong", "solid", "firm", "unyielding" or "resolute".
The second character means "to beat", "to endure", or "to tolerate".
Together they speak of the strength from within yourself. Some may also translate this as "long-suffering" in a more Biblical sense.

This is a common term in Chinese and Korean Hanja, but a little less commonly-used in modern Japanese Kanji. For that reason, this selection is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean.


忍忍 Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the second Kanji a little differently. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect the form where the little horizontal stroke crosses the vertical stroke. See differences in the images to the right. Technically, they are both the same character, and will be read the same in either language.

Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude

Japanese
China jiān rěn bù bá
Japan kenninfubatsu
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This is the Japanese version of the 4-character perseverance proverb. This would be understood in Chinese but it's not commonly written this way in Chinese.


忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese sometimes write the second Kanji in the form shown to the right. Yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in this alternate Japanese Kanji form. If you have a preference, let us know when you order.

Due to some odd computer coding conventions, these two character forms were combined/merged into the same code point - thus you will not see Kanji images of more Japanese form as you select options for your scroll.

Benevolence

China rén
Japan jin
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Beyond "benevolence" this character can be also be defined as "charity" or "mercy" depending on context.

The deeper meaning suggests that one should pay alms to the poor, care for those in trouble, and take care of his fellow man (or woman).

This is one of the five tenets of Confucius. In fact, it is a subject in which Confucius spent a great deal of time explaining to his disciples.

I have also seen this benevolent-related word translated as perfect virtue, selflessness, love for humanity, humaneness, goodness, good will, or simply "love" in the non-romantic form.

This word is so important to me that I named my second daughter with this character. Her name is "Renni" which means "Benevolent Girl".
-Gary.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also...  Love | Altruism | Kindness | Charity | Confucius

Ninja

(single character)
China rěn
Japan nin
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This is just the first character of "Ninja". It means to beat, to endure, or to tolerate. Some use this as the short form of "Ninja", but it would be more correct to use the two-character version in most cases (and for clarity). Other definitions of this Kanji include: to bear, put up with, conceal, spy or sneak. It is also a character in Korean Hanja and Chinese, but not well-known with this meaning, but rather a definition like "patience".

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write it in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).

Patience / Perseverance

China rěn
Japan nin
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This character contains the ideas of patience, equanimity, perseverance and endurance. Alone, this single character can be a bit ambiguous or flexible. It can also mean to endure, to bear, to put up with or to conceal. If you want to simply decide what this character means to you within the general meaning, but keep it a mystery to others, this is a good choice.

If you want to be more direct, you may want to choose one of our other selections that mean perseverance or patience (you will see this character within those larger words/phrases).

There is a secondary meaning in Japanese, since this is the first character of the word ninja.

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write it in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).


See Also...  Perseverance | Patience | Tenacious

Practice / Train / Drill

China liàn
Japan ren
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This Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word is the simplest way to say practice, train, drill, exercise, or to describe the effort taken to perfect one's skill.


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There are many Chinese characters that can romanize as ren. Below are dictionary results where the characters match this romanization.

Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
人
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Mandarin rén / ren2
Taiwan jen
Japanese hito ひと
 nin にん
 to
 tari たり
 jin じん
Chinese man; person; people; CL:個|个[ge4],位[wei4]
Japanese (1) man; person; (2) human being; mankind; people; (3) (kana only) human (Homo sapiens); humans as a species; (4) character; personality; (5) man of talent; true man; (6) another person; other people; others; (7) adult; (counter) (1) counter for people; (2) person; (suffix) person; (counter) counter for people; (suffix) (1) -ian (e.g. Italian); -ite (e.g. Tokyoite); indicates nationality, race, origin, etc.; (2) -er (e.g. performer, etc.); person working with ...; indicates expertise (in a certain field); (3) (usu. in compound words) man; person; people; Hitotaka (surname)
manuṣya; nara; puruṣa; pudgala. Man, the sentient thinking being in the desire-realm, whose past deeds affect his present condition.

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亻
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Mandarin rén / ren2
Taiwan jen
Chinese "person" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 9)

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仁
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Mandarin rén / ren2
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin にん
 jin じん
Chinese humane; kernel
Japanese kernel; (1) benevolence (esp. as a virtue of Confucianism); consideration; compassion; humanity; charity; (2) human; (3) kernel; (4) nucleolus; Yasushi (given name)
Kindness, benevolence, virtue.
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Benevolence
任
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin にん
Chinese to assign; to appoint; to take up a post; office; responsibility; to let; to allow; to give free rein to; no matter (how, what etc); classifier for the number of terms served in office, post, or rank; surname Ren
Japanese obligation; duty; charge; responsibility; Makoto (given name)
Bear, endure, let; office; it is used to connote laisser-faire; one of the 四病, as 任運 implies laisser-aller; it is intp. by let things follow their own course, or by 自然 naturally, without intervention.

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仞
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese jin じん
Chinese (measure)
Japanese ren (ancient Chinese measure of height, depth, etc.; between 1-3 meters)

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壬
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Mandarin rén / ren2
Taiwan jen
Japanese mizunoe みずのえ
 jin じん
Chinese ninth of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; ninth in order; letter "I" or roman "IX" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; nona
Japanese 9th in rank; ninth sign of the Chinese calendar; Mibu (surname)

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妊
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese pregnant; pregnancy

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姙
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese variant of 妊[ren4]

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忍
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin にん
 shinobu しのぶ
Chinese to bear; to endure; to tolerate; to restrain oneself
Japanese (archaism) endurance; forbearance; patience; self-restraint; (1) (kana only) Davallia mariesii (species of fern); (2) Lepisorus thunbergiana (species of fern); (3) color of clothing layers under one's overcoat (light green on blue); (4) (abbreviation) ancient women's hairstyle; (5) (abbreviation) clothing patterned using the fern Davalli; Nin (given name)
kṣānti, 羼提 (or 羼底); patience, endurance, (a) in adverse circumstances, (b) in the religious state. There are groups of two, three, four, five, six, ten, and fourteen, indicating various forms of patience, equanimity, repression, forbearance, endurance, constancy, or "perseverance of the saints," both in mundane and spiritual things.
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刃
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese yaiba やいば
 ha
Chinese edge of blade
Japanese (1) blade; sword; (2) forged blade; wavy pattern on forged blades; (3) sharpness; (4) (obscure) unhulled rice; edge (of a knife or sword); Jinji (personal name)
A blade, a sword; to kill.

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棯
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese utsugi うつぎ
Chinese jujube tree
Japanese Utsugi (surname)

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祍
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese old variant of 衽[ren4]

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稔
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese yutaka ゆたか
Chinese ripe grain
Japanese Yutaka (personal name)

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紝
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin
Chinese to weave; to lay warp for weaving; silk thread for weaving; variant of 紉|纫, to sew; to stitch; thread
to weave

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紉
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese to string; to thread (needle)

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絍
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin
Chinese to weave; to lay warp for weaving; variant of 紝|纴[ren4], silk thread for weaving
To lay a warp, wind, weave [紝].

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牣
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese fill up; to stuff

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荏
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese e
Chinese Perilla ocimoides; soft
Japanese (archaism) egoma (type of perilla); Perilla frutescens var. frutescens
Nimi , Nemi

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荵
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese shinobu しのぶ
Chinese polemonium
Japanese (1) (kana only) Davallia mariesii (species of fern); (2) Lepisorus thunbergiana (species of fern); (3) color of clothing layers under one's overcoat (light green on blue); (4) (abbreviation) ancient women's hairstyle; (5) (abbreviation) clothing patterned using the fern Davalli

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衽
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese okumi おくみ
Chinese (literary) overlapping part of Chinese gown; lapel; sleeping mat
Japanese gusset (esp. in kimono); gore

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袵
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese okumi おくみ
Chinese variant of 衽[ren4]
Japanese gusset (esp. in kimono); gore

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訒
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese (literary) slow in speech

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認
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin みとむ
Chinese to recognize; to know; to admit
Japanese Mitomu (given name)
To recognize.

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軔
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese brake

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肕
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese old variant of 韌|韧[ren4]

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腍
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Chinese be satiated; cooked; good-tasting

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靭
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese variant of 韌|韧[ren4]

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靱
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese yugi ゆぎ
 yuki ゆき
 utsubo うつぼ
 utsuo うつお
Chinese old variant of 韌|韧[ren4]
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) quiver (of arrows; box-shaped); (irregular kanji usage) quiver (of arrows; cylindrical); Yuki (surname)

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飪
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese cooked food; to cook (until ready)

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餁
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese variant of 飪|饪[ren4]

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鵀
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese hoopoe

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韌
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese annealed; pliable but strong; tough; tenacious

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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
Strong Woman女强人
女強人
n/anǚ qiáng rén
nv qiang ren
nü ch`iang jen
nv3 qiang2 ren2
nvqiangren
nüchiangjen
nü chiang jen
Perseverance / Fortitude坚忍
堅忍
ken nin
kennin
jiǎn rěn
jian ren
chien jen
jian3 ren3
jianren
Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude坚忍不拔
堅忍不抜 / 堅忍不拔
kenninfubatsujiān rěn bù bá
jian ren bu ba
chien jen pu pa
jian1 ren3 bu4 ba2
jianrenbuba
Benevolence
jinrén
ren
jen
ren2
Ninja
ninrěn
ren
jen
ren3
Patience / Perseverance
ninrěn
ren
jen
ren3
Practice / Train / Drill
renliàn
lian
lien
lian4

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 "ren" 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.

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

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