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...a race, a marathon, in competition
China sài pǎo
Running Wall Scroll

賽跑 is the sport of running. This title suggests that this is running in a competition (not strictly for health).


Japan ranningu
Running Wall Scroll

ランニング is how the sport of running is often written in Japanese. ランニング is Katakana, which is meant to sound like the English word "running."

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Tiger Rumor

China sān rén chéng hǔ
Tiger Rumor Wall Scroll

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...

三人成虎 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.

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Mandarin fēng / feng1
Taiwan feng
Japanese furi ふり
 fuu / fu ふう
 kaze かぜ
Chinese wind; news; style; custom; manner; CL:陣|阵[zhen4],絲|丝[si1]
Japanese (n,ctr) (1) swing; shake; wave; swinging; (2) (kana only) appearance; behaviour; (3) (kana only) pretence (pretense); show; pretending (to); (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) (kana only) going to restaurant, hotel etc. without a reservation or introduction; (5) move (dance); postures; (6) (kana only) lead in (e.g. to a running joke, asking a question); lead up; (7) unsewn part of a hanging sleeve on a traditional Japanese woman's garment; (suf,ctr) (8) counter for swords, blades, etc.; (adj-na,n,n-suf) (1) method; manner; way; style; (2) appearance; air; (3) tendency; (4) folk song (genre of the Shi Jing); (5) wind (one of the five elements); (1) wind; breeze; draught; draft; (n,n-pref) (2) manner; behaviour; behavior; (3) cold; influenza; (female given name) Fuwari; (female given name) Fuuka; (female given name) Fuu; (personal name) Hayashi; (given name) Gaifuu; (surname, female given name) Kaze; (place-name) Kaza
vāyu. Wind, air; rumour, repute; custom; temper, lust.
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Mandarin bō bō / bo1 bo1
Taiwan po po
Japanese Haha
Running hither and thither. Also, Pāvā, a place near Rājagṛha; running hither and thither
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Mandarin sài pǎo / sai4 pao3
Taiwan sai p`ao / sai pao
Chinese race (running); to race (running)
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Japanese ranningu ランニング
Japanese (1) running; (2) tank top; (personal name) Lanning
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Mandarin gèn / gen4
Taiwan ken
Japanese wataru わたる
 hiroshi ひろし
Chinese extending all the way across; running all the way through
Japanese (given name) Wataru; (given name) Hiroshi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin lòu / lou4
Taiwan lou
Japanese ro
Chinese to leak; to divulge; to leave out by mistake; waterclock or hourglass (old)
āsrava, 'flowing, running, discharge; distress, pain, affliction.' M.W. It is defined as another term for 煩惱 q.v.; also as the discharge, or outflow, from the organs of sense, wherever those exist, hence it is applied to the passions and their filth; impure efflux from the mind, v. 欲有; also to the leakage or loss thereby of the 正道 truth; also to the stream of transmigration; taints

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Japanese sasa ささ
Japanese bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (surname) Sasazaki; (surname) Sasaki; (surname, female given name) Sasa

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese suzu すず
 shino しの
 shinu しぬ
 sasa ささ
Chinese dwarf bamboo
Japanese (1) (archaism) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); (2) shoots of this plant; (1) thin-culmed dwarf bamboo (growing in clusters); (2) (abbreviation) Japanese transverse bamboo flute (high-pitched; usu. with seven holes); (3) sliver (strand of loose fibers); thin-culmed dwarf bamboo (growing in clusters); bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (personal name) Tsuguo; (personal name) Tsugio; (surname) Jou; (surname) Shibasaki; (surname) Shinozaki; (surname) Shinosaki; (place-name, surname) Shino; (surname) Shishinozaki; (surname) Shishizaki; (surname) Sasa

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Mandarin xíng // háng / xing2 // hang2
Taiwan hsing // hang
Japanese kou / ko こう
 gyou / gyo ぎょう
Chinese to walk; to go; to travel; a visit; temporary; makeshift; current; in circulation; to do; to perform; capable; competent; effective; all right; OK!; will do; behavior; conduct; Taiwan pr. [xing4] for the behavior-conduct sense; a row; series; age order (of brothers); profession; professional; relating to company
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) going; travelling (traveling); (2) type of classical Chinese verse (usu. an epic); (3) (archaism) district (of similar merchants); guild; (suf,pref,ctr) (4) bank; (1) line (i.e. of text); row; verse; (2) (Buddhist term) carya (austerities); (3) (Buddhist term) samskara (formations); (4) (abbreviation) running script (a semi-cursive style of kanji); (female given name) Yukue; (personal name) Yukimune; (p,s,f) Yuki; (personal name) Michi; (given name) Makoto; (surname) Nameki; (surname) Namekata; (given name) Tooru; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Susumu; (given name) Kou; (surname) Gyoutoku; (surname, given name) Gyou; (female given name) Itaru; (female given name) Iku; (place-name) Iki; (female given name) An; (place-name) Aruki; (given name) Akira
Go; act; do; perform; action; conduct; functioning; the deed; whatever is done by mind, mouth, or body, i.e. in thought, word, or deed. It is used for ayana, going, road, course; a march, a division of time equal to six months; also for saṁskāra, form, operation, perfecting, as one of the twelve nidānas, similar to karma, action, work, deed, especially moral action, cf. 業; to practice

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Mandarin luó / luo2
Taiwan lo
Japanese koke こけ
 kage かげ
Chinese radish
Japanese (1) (kana only) moss; (2) (kana only) short plants resembling moss (incl. other bryophytes, lichens, very small spermatophytes, etc.); (archaism) running ground pine (species of club moss, Lycopodium clavatum); (surname) Tsuta
Creeping or climbing plants.

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Japanese okami おかみ
Japanese (1) (honorific or respectful language) Emperor; (2) (honorific or respectful language) authorities; government; (3) term used to refer to a woman running a restaurant, inn, etc.; landlady; (4) (honorific or respectful language) your wife; his wife; madam

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Japanese heisou / heso へいそう
Japanese (noun/participle) running parallel (to); running side-by-side; keeping pace (with)

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Mandarin qī shì / qi1 shi4
Taiwan ch`i shih / chi shih
Japanese shichiji しちじ
Chinese the Seven Duties of a sovereign, namely: offering sacrifice 祭祀, giving audience 朝覲|朝觐, administering jointly 會同|会同, receiving guests 賓客|宾客, running army 軍旅|军旅, attending to farm work 田役, mourning ceremonial 喪荒|丧荒
Japanese (abbreviation) seven tea ceremony procedures of the Senke school

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Mandarin yī lián / yi1 lian2
Taiwan i lien
Japanese ichiren いちれん
Chinese in a row; in succession; running
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) series; chain; sequence; (2) two reams (i.e. 1000 sheets of paper); (3) verse; stanza

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Mandarin jǐng hé / jing3 he2
Taiwan ching ho
Japanese igawa いがわ
 ikawa いかわ
Japanese (surname) Igawa; (surname) Ikawa
Like the well and the river', indicating the impermanence of life. The 'well ' refers to the legend of the man who running away from a mad elephant fell into a well; the 'river ' to a great tree growing on the river bank yet blown over by the wind; [like] the well and the river

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Japanese bansou / banso ばんそう
Japanese (noun/participle) running alongside; pacesetting; accompanying

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Japanese kyuuten / kyuten きゅうてん
Japanese not running (elevator)

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Japanese heisou / heso へいそう
Japanese (noun/participle) running parallel (to); running side-by-side; keeping pace (with)

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Japanese sadou / sado さどう
Japanese (noun/participle) operation; functioning; running

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Mandarin tíng háng / ting2 hang2
Taiwan t`ing hang / ting hang
Chinese to stop running (of flight of shipping service); to suspend service (flight, sailing); to interrupt schedule

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Japanese zashou / zasho ざしょう
Japanese (noun/participle) running aground; being stranded

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Mandarin hǎo zǒu / hao3 zou3
Taiwan hao tsou
Japanese kousou / koso こうそう
Chinese bon voyage; god speed
Japanese (noun/participle) good running

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Mandarin bēn zǒu / ben1 zou3
Taiwan pen tsou
Japanese honsou / honso ほんそう
Chinese to run; to rush about; to be on the go
Japanese (noun/participle) running about; efforts; activity

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Japanese honitsu ほんいつ
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) running quickly; fleeing; (2) doing as one likes

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Japanese iede いえで
Japanese (noun/participle) running away from home; leaving home; (surname) Iede

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Japanese kansou / kanso かんそう
Japanese (noun/participle) running the race; staying the course

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Japanese jitsudou / jitsudo じつどう
Japanese (n,vs,adj-f) operating (e.g. of trains, cars); running; working

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Mandarin duì kāi / dui4 kai1
Taiwan tui k`ai / tui kai
Chinese running in opposite direction (buses, trains, ferries etc)

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Japanese sasa ささ
Japanese bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (surname, female given name) Shino; (surname) Satake; (female given name) Sasa; (place-name, surname) Kodake; (p,s,f) Kotake; (surname) Koketa; (place-name, surname) Odake; (surname) Otake

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Japanese kuzusu くずす
Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to destroy; to demolish; to pull down; to tear down; to level; (2) to disturb; to put into disorder; to throw off balance; to make shaky; (3) to relax (one's pose); to make oneself at ease; (4) to break (a bill); to change; to make change; (5) to write in cursive style; to write in running style; (6) to break into a smile; to let off a smile; (7) to lower (a price)

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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
Running 賽跑
sài pǎo / sai4 pao3 / sai pao / saipao sai p`ao / saipao / sai pao
Running ランニングranningu
Tiger Rumor 三人成虎sān rén chéng hǔ
san1 ren2 cheng2 hu3
san ren cheng hu
san jen ch`eng hu
san jen cheng hu
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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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

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