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The Red String

Thread of Lover's Destiny / Fate
Japan akai ito
The Red String Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as, "the red string" in Japanese but the real meaning is much deeper...

In Japanese culture, it's believed that fate, destiny, or karma joins lovers by an unseen string, tied around one little finger of each. 赤い糸 is how soul mates fine and are drawn to each other.


China léi
Lei Vertical Wall Scroll

纍 means rope, to bind together, or to twist around.

It's also a Chinese surname Lei (one of several versions of Lei).


Chill Out
China fàng sōng
Relax Vertical Wall Scroll

放鬆 means to relax in Chinese.

In most cases it's used to suggest that a person "relax," "hang loose" or "chill out."

In context where this word is not applied to a human, it can mean to loosen, as in to loosen a knot in a rope.

Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

Persistence to overcome all challenges
China bǎi zhé bù náo
Japan hyaku setsu su tou
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means "Be undaunted in the face of repeated setbacks." More directly-translated, it reads, "[Overcome] a hundred setbacks, without flinching." 百折不撓 is of Chinese origin but is commonly used in Japanese, and somewhat in Korean (same characters, different pronunciation).

This proverb comes from a long, and occasionally tragic story of a man that lived sometime around 25-220 AD. His name was Qiao Xuan and he never stooped to flattery but remained an upright person at all times. He fought to expose corruption of higher-level government officials at great risk to himself.

Then when he was at a higher level in the Imperial Court, bandits were regularly capturing hostages and demanding ransoms. But when his own son was captured, he was so focused on his duty to the Emperor and common good that he sent a platoon of soldiers to raid the bandits' hideout, and stop them once and for all even at the risk of his own son's life. While all of the bandits were arrested in the raid, they killed Qiao Xuan's son at first sight of the raiding soldiers.

Near the end of his career a new Emperor came to power, and Qiao Xuan reported to him that one of his ministers was bullying the people and extorting money from them. The new Emperor refused to listen to Qiao Xuan and even promoted the corrupt Minister. Qiao Xuan was so disgusted that in protest he resigned his post as minister (something almost never done) and left for his home village.

His tombstone reads "Bai Zhe Bu Nao" which is now a proverb used in Chinese culture to describe a person of strength will who puts up stubborn resistance against great odds.

My Chinese-English dictionary defines these 4 characters as, "keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks," "be undaunted by repeated setbacks" and "be indomitable."

Our translator says it can mean, "never give up" in modern Chinese.

Although the first two characters are translated correctly as "repeated setbacks," the literal meaning is "100 setbacks" or "a rope that breaks 100 times." The last two characters can mean "do not yield" or "do not give up."
Most Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people will not take this absolutely literal meaning but will instead understand it as the title suggests above. If you want a single big word definition, it would be indefatigability, indomitableness, persistence, or unyielding.

See Also:  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Perseverance | Persistence

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your rope search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin léi / lei2
Taiwan lei
Chinese rope; to bind together; to twist around; surname Lei
Japanese See:

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Mandarin xx / xx5
Taiwan xx
Chinese rope (Korean gugja)

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Mandarin tào / tao4
Taiwan t`ao / tao
Chinese to cover; to encase; cover; sheath; to overlap; to interleave; to model after; to copy; formula; harness; loop of rope; (fig.) to fish for; to obtain slyly; classifier for sets, collections; bend (of a river or mountain range, in place names); tau (Greek letter Ττ)

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Mandarin hān / han1
Taiwan han
Chinese silly; simple-minded; foolish; naive; sturdy; tough; heavy (of rope)

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Mandarin lǎn / lan3
Taiwan lan
Japanese ran
Chinese to monopolize; to seize; to take into one's arms; to embrace; to fasten (with a rope etc); to take on (responsibility etc); to canvass
To seize, hold in the arms, embrace; monopolize.

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Mandarin biāo / biao1
Taiwan piao
Japanese maaku / maku / まあく    hyou / hyo / ひょう    shirube / しるべ    shimegi / しめぎ    shimeki / しめき    shime / しめ    kozue / こずえ
Chinese mark; sign; label; to mark with a symbol, label, lettering etc; to bear (a brand name, registration number etc); prize; award; bid; target; quota; (old) the topmost branches of a tree; visible symptom; classifier for military units
Japanese guidance; guide; (1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) (Shinto) (abbreviation) rope used to cordon off consecrated areas or as a talisman against evil; (2) (archaism) cordoning off; cordoning-off sign; (female given name) Maaku; (surname) Hyou; (surname) Shirube; (surname) Shimegi; (surname) Shimeki; (surname) Shime; (female given name) Kozue
Signal, flag, banner; the troops under a particular banner; a notice, list, signboard, ticket; to publish; to explain

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Mandarin běn / ben3
Taiwan pen
Japanese fugo;mokko;mokkou;ishimi / fugo;mokko;mokko;ishimi / ふご;もっこ;もっこう;いしみ
Chinese a basket or pan used for earth, manure etc
Japanese implement for carrying heavy loads, generally made of bamboo and woven grass or rope

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Mandarin qǐn / qin3
Taiwan ch`in / chin
Chinese smiling countenance; bamboo rope

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Mandarin jiào // jiǎo / jiao4 // jiao3
Taiwan chiao
Chinese variant of 珓[jiao4]; bamboo rope

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Mandarin suǒ / suo3
Taiwan so
Japanese soo;sou / soo;so / ソー;ソウ    saku / さく
Chinese to search; to demand; to ask; to exact; large rope; isolated; surname Suo; abbr. for 索馬里|索马里[Suo3 ma3 li3], Somalia
Japanese (counter) {mahj} counter for bamboo tiles; rope; cord; (given name) Saku
Cord; to extort, express; the cord or noose of Guanyin by which she binds the good; the cord of the vajra-king by which he binds the evil; translit. sa; a rope

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Mandarin xiè / xie4
Taiwan hsieh
Japanese setsu / せつ    kizuna / きずな
Chinese to tie; to bind; to hold on a leash; rope; cord
Japanese (1) bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; (2) tether; fetters; (given name) Setsu; (female given name) Kizuna

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Chinese heavy rope; rope of a bier

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Mandarin gěng / geng3
Taiwan keng
Chinese rope; well-rope

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Chinese heavy rope; ropes of a bier

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Mandarin gāng / gang1
Taiwan kang
Japanese tsuna / つな    kou / ko / こう
Chinese head rope of a fishing net; guiding principle; key link; class (taxonomy); outline; program
Japanese (1) rope; (2) {sumo} grand champion's braided belt; {biol} class; (given name) Tsunashi; (surname) Tsunazaki; (surname) Tsuna; (given name) Kou
A net rope, bond, social nexus, constant obligation, the restraints of society.

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Mandarin gēng / geng1
Taiwan keng
Chinese a rope

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Mandarin gōu / gou1
Taiwan kou
Chinese rope attached to a sword hilt; (archaic) hilt; sword; surname Gou; Gou Mountain in Henan

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Mandarin shéng / sheng2
Taiwan sheng
Japanese nawa / なわ
Chinese Japanese variant of 繩|绳
Japanese (1) rope; cord; (2) (See 御縄) policeman's rope; (surname) Nawa

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Mandarin zhuì / zhui4
Taiwan chui
Chinese to let down with a rope

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Mandarin qiàn / qian4
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese boatman's tow-rope

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Mandarin/ yu4
Chinese a well-rope

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Mandarin/ da2
Taiwan ta
Chinese a knot (of a rope)

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Mandarin shéng / sheng2
Taiwan sheng
Japanese nawa / なわ
Chinese rope; CL:根[gen1]
Japanese (surname) Nawa
String, cord; rope (made of straw or hemp)

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Mandarin xǐ // lí / xi3 // li2
Taiwan hsi // li
Chinese silk headband; Taiwan pr. [shi3]; (literary) to bind; to fasten; rope

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Mandarin fǎng / fang3
Taiwan fang
Japanese moyai / もやい
Chinese 2 boats lashed together; large boat
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) painter; mooring rope


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Japanese onawa / おなわ Japanese policeman's rope


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Mandarin sān xìng / san1 xing4
Taiwan san hsing
Japanese sanshō
The three types of character 善, 惡, 無記 good, bad and undefinable, or neutral; v. 唯識論 5. Also, 徧依圓三性 the three aspects of the nature of a thing— partial, as when a rope is mistaken for a snake; only partly reliable, i.e. incomplete inference, as when it is considered as mere hemp; all around, or perfect, when content, form, etc., are all considered.


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Japanese izuna / いづな Japanese well rope; (surname) Idzuchi


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Mandarin diào tī / diao4 ti1
Taiwan tiao t`i / tiao ti
Chinese a rope ladder



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Mandarin diào qiáo / diao4 qiao2
Taiwan tiao ch`iao / tiao chiao
Japanese tsuribashi / つりばし    tsurihashi / つりはし
Chinese drawbridge; suspension bridge
Japanese suspension bridge; rope bridge

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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
The Red String赤い糸akai ito / akaiito
léi / lei2 / lei
fàng sōng
fang4 song1
fang song
fang sung
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks百折不撓
hyaku setsu su tou
hyaku setsu su to
bǎi zhé bù náo
bai3 zhe2 bu4 nao2
bai zhe bu nao
pai che pu nao
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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