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Ren in Chinese / Japanese...

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


Benevolence

China rén
Japan jin
Benevolence Wall Scroll

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

China rěn
Japan nin
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忍 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
Patience / Perseverance Wall Scroll

忍 contains the ideas of patience, equanimity, perseverance, forbearance, 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).


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Practice / Train / Drill

China liàn
Japan ren
Practice / Train / Drill Wall Scroll

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.

Perseverance / Fortitude

China jiǎn rěn
Japan ken nin
Perseverance / Fortitude Wall Scroll

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.

Strong Woman

China nǚ qiáng rén
Strong Woman Wall Scroll

女強人 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 / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude

China jiān rěn bù bá
Japan kenninfubatsu
Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude Wall Scroll

This means determined, steadfast, unswerving, or unshakable in Japanese.

This is the Japanese version of an old Chinese 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 calligraphers 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.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin rén / ren2
Taiwan jen
Japanese hitotaka ひとたか
 hitozaki ひとざき
 hito ひと
 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; (surname) Hitotaka; (surname) Hitozaki; (personal name) Hito; (given name) Jin
manuṣya; nara; puruṣa; pudgala. Man, the sentient thinking being in the desire-realm, whose past deeds affect his present condition; human being

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

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Japanese yasushi やすし
 megumi めぐみ
 masushi ますし
 masashi まさし
 masa まさ
 makoto まこと
 hiroshi ひろし
 hitomi ひとみ
 hisashi ひとし
 nin ひさし
 tadashi にん
 jinji ただし
 jinkou / jinko じんじ
 jin じんこう
 shinobu じん
 shitoshi しのぶ
 satoshi しとし
 atsushi さとし
Chinese humane; kernel
Japanese kernel; (1) benevolence (esp. as a virtue of Confucianism); consideration; compassion; humanity; charity; (2) human; (3) kernel; (4) nucleolus; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Megumi; (given name) Masushi; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (given name) Makoto; (given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hitomi; (male given name) Hitoshi; (given name) Hisashi; (personal name) Nin; (personal name) Tadashi; (personal name) Jinji; (given name) Jinkou; (surname, female given name) Jin; (female given name) Shinobu; (personal name) Shitoshi; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Atsushi
Kindness, benevolence, virtue; altruism
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese makoto まこと
 makasu まかす
 nin にん
 tsutomu つとむ
 tamotsu たもつ
 tadashi ただし
 takashi たかし
 jin じん
 imu いむ
 ataru あたる
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; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Makasu; (surname) Nin; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Tamotsu; (personal name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (surname, given name) Jin; (surname) Imu; (personal name) Ataru
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; acceptance

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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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Taiwan jen
Japanese mibu みぶ
 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; ancient Chinese compass point: 345°; nona
Japanese 9th in rank; ninth sign of the Chinese calendar; (surname) Mibu; (given name) Jin

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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Chinese pregnant; pregnancy

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Chinese variant of 妊[ren4]

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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin にん
 shinobu しのぶ
 shinobi しのび
 shino しの
 oshi おし
 azumi あずみ
Chinese to bear; to endure; to tolerate; to restrain oneself
Japanese (archaism) endurance; forbearance; patience; self-restraint; (1) (kana only) squirrel's foot fern (Davallia mariesii); (2) (kana only) Lepisorus thunbergianus (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 squirrel's foot fern; (given name) Nin; (surname, female given name) Shinobu; (place-name) Shinobi; (female given name) Shino; (p,s,g) Oshi; (female given name) Azumi
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; to endure
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Mandarin rèn / ren4
Taiwan jen
Japanese jinji じんじ
 jin じん
Chinese edge of blade
Japanese (1) blade; sword; (2) forged blade; wavy pattern on forged blades; (3) sharpness; (4) (obscure) unhulled rice; (1) edge (of a knife or sword); (2) prong (of an electrical plug); (personal name) Jin
A blade, a sword; to kill.

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

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

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Taiwan jen
Japanese yutaka ゆたか
 minoru みのる
 minori みのり
 nen ねん
 toshi とし
 jinji じんじ
 jin じん
Chinese ripe grain
Japanese (personal name) Yutaka; (m,f) Minoru; (female given name) Minori; (given name) Nen; (female given name) Toshi; (personal name) Jin

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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
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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

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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]; to weave

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

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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese e
Chinese beefsteak plant (Perilla frutescens); soft; weak
Japanese (archaism) egoma (type of perilla); Perilla frutescens var. frutescens
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Taiwan jen
Japanese shinobu しのぶ
Chinese polemonium
Japanese (1) (kana only) squirrel's foot fern (Davallia mariesii); (2) (kana only) Lepisorus thunbergianus (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 squirrel's foot fern

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Taiwan jen
Japanese okumi おくみ
 ookubi おおくび
Chinese (literary) overlapping part of Chinese gown; lapel; sleeping mat
Japanese gusset (esp. in kimono); gore; (archaism) gusset; front collar of a kimono

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

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Taiwan jen
Chinese (literary) slow in speech

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Japanese mitomu みとむ
Chinese to recognize; to know; to admit
Japanese (given name) Mitomu
To recognize; witness

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Taiwan jen
Chinese brake

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Chinese old variant of 韌|韧[ren4]

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

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Japanese yukei / yuke ゆけい
 yuki ゆき
 jin じん
 utsubo うつぼ
Chinese variant of 韌|韧[ren4]
Japanese (surname) Yukei; (surname) Yuki; (female given name) Jin; (surname) Utsubo

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Japanese yuki ゆき
 utsubo うつぼ
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); (surname) Yuki; (surname) Utsubo

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Taiwan jen
Chinese cooked food; to cook (until ready)

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Chinese variant of 飪|饪[ren4]

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Taiwan jen
Chinese hoopoe

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Chinese annealed; pliable but strong; tough; tenacious

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Benevolence jinrén / ren2 / ren jen
Ninja ninrěn / ren3 / ren jen
Patience
Perseverance
ninrěn / ren3 / ren jen
Practice
Train
Drill

renliàn / lian4 / lian lien
Perseverance
Fortitude
堅忍
坚忍
ken nin / kenninjiǎn rěn / jian3 ren3 / jian ren / jianren chien jen / chienjen
Strong Woman 女強人
女强人
nǚ qiáng rén
nv3 qiang2 ren2
nv qiang ren
nvqiangren
nü ch`iang jen
nüchiangjen
nü chiang jen
Perseverance
Indomitable
Invincible Fortitude
堅忍不抜 / 堅忍不拔
坚忍不拔
kenninfubatsujiān rěn bù bá
jian1 ren3 bu4 ba2
jian ren bu ba
jianrenbuba
chien jen pu pa
chienjenpupa
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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Seize the Day
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Sheep

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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.


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