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Japan mitsu

This can mean: secret; secrecy; confidential; quiet; still; esoteric. As a piece of calligraphy artwork, it will be read with this secret or secrecy meaning.

When used in the context between people, this can mean: close; close together; intimate; closed in.

When referring to materials or objects, it can refer to: thickness; density; thick; dense; fine; small.

In Chinese, this can be the surname Mi.
In Japanese, this can be the name Mitsu.


China àn
Japan yami

闇 is the shortest and universal way (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja) to write "darkness."

In Chinese this can mean: dark, gloomy, hidden, secret, to shut the door, unilluminated.

In Japanese this can mean: darkness, the dark, black-marketeering, dark, shady, illegal.

In old Korean Hanja this can mean: dark, obscure, hidden, secret.

暗 Note that there is an alternate form of this character. It is used as an alternate in all three languages (that rarely happens). You can see this alternate version to the right. If you want to order that version, please click on that character, instead of the button above.


Japan an koku

暗黒 is the two-character Japanese word for darkness.

The first Kanji can mean unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.
The second character means black or dark.

Together, these two Kanji will be understood as dark or darkness.


China hēi àn

黑闇 is the two-character Chinese word for darkness.

The first character alone means black or dark.

The second character has several possible meanings, depending on context; They include: to shut the door, unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.

Together, these two characters will, in most cases, simply be translated as "dark" or "darkness."

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Mandarin/ mi4
Taiwan mi
Japanese mitsu みつ
 hisoka ひそか
 takashi たかし
 shizuka しずか
Chinese secret; confidential; close; thick; dense; surname Mi; name of an ancient state
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) density; thickness; (2) secrecy; (3) minute; fine; (4) (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) esoteric Buddhism; secret Buddhist teachings; (surname, female given name) Mitsu; (female given name) Hisoka; (female given name) Takashi; (given name) Shizuka
Closed in; close together; intimate; quiet, still; secret, occult, esoteric; fine, small; contrasted with 顯 open, exoteric. Cf. 祕.
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Mandarin àn / an4
Taiwan an
Japanese hikage ひかげ
 harai はらい
 an あん
 ado あど
 atou / ato あとう
Chinese dark; gloomy; hidden; secret; muddled; obscure; in the dark
Japanese (female given name) Hikage; (surname) Harai; (given name) An; (personal name) Ado; (personal name) Atou
Dark, dim, gloom, dull; secret, hidden; darkness

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Mandarin/ gu3
Taiwan ku
Japanese hone ほね
Chinese bone
Japanese (1) bone; (2) frame; (3) outline; core; (4) backbone; spirit; fortitude; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) laborious; troublesome; difficult; (kana only) knack; skill; trick; secret; know-how; the ropes; hang; (personal name) Hone
Bone: bones, relics; bone(s)
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Mandarin hēi / hei1
Taiwan hei
Japanese koku
Chinese black; dark; sinister; secret; shady; illegal; to hide (something) away; to vilify; (loanword) to hack (computing); abbr. for Heilongjiang province 黑龍江|黑龙江[Hei1 long2 jiang1]
kāla; kṛṣṇa; black; dark.
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Mandarin hū xī / hu1 xi1
Taiwan hu hsi
Japanese kokyuu / kokyu こきゅう
Chinese to breathe
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) breath; respiration; (2) knack; trick; secret (of doing something)
Exhale and inhale; to exhale and inhale
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Japanese nainai ないない
 uchiuchi うちうち
Japanese (adj-no,adv,n) family circle; the inside; private; informal; secret; confidential

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Mandarin shén mì / shen2 mi4
Taiwan shen mi
Japanese shinpi しんぴ
Chinese mysterious; mystery
Japanese (n,adj-na,adj-no) mystery; mysteriousness; secret; (female given name) Shinpi
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Mandarin bāng / bang1
Taiwan pang
Chinese to help; to assist; to support; for sb (i.e. as a help); hired (as worker); side (of pail, boat etc); outer layer; upper (of a shoe); group; gang; clique; party; secret society

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me めい
Chinese dark; deep; stupid; the underworld
Japanese (female given name) Mei
Darkness, obscurity; deep. Hades; used chiefly in the sense of 無知 ignorance, profound, secret, invisible, e.g. as opposed to 顯 open, manifest.

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese sen せん
Chinese hidden; secret; latent; to hide; to conceal; to submerge; to dive
Japanese (given name) Sen
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin/ mi4
Taiwan mi
Japanese hi
Chinese variant of 秘[mi4]
Secret, occult, esoteric; opposite of 顯.

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Mandarin/ si1
Taiwan ssu
Japanese kisai きさい
Chinese personal; private; selfish
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (archaism) (humble language) (feminine speech) I; me; (pronoun) (archaism) (ksb:) I; me; (pn,adj-no) I; me; (pn,adj-no) (1) I; me; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) private affairs; personal matter; secrecy; (3) selfishness; (archaism) (ktb:) I; me; (pn,adj-no) (kana only) I; me (used by elderly males); (pronoun) (1) (archaism) (ksb:) I; me; (2) you (used toward people of equal or lower status); private affairs; personal matter; (pn,adj-no) I (mainly used by working men); myself; (pn,adj-no) (feminine speech) I; me; (surname) Kisai
Private, secret, selfish, illicit; myself

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Mandarin mì // bì / mi4 // bi4
Taiwan mi // pi
Japanese hi
Chinese secret; secretary; see 秘魯|秘鲁[Bi4 lu3]
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin zhǒng / zhong3
Taiwan chung
Japanese tanezaki たねざき
 tane たね
Chinese to plant; to grow; to cultivate; seed; species; kind; type; classifier for types, kinds, sorts
Japanese (1) seed (e.g. of a plant); pip; kind; variety; quality; tone; (2) material (e.g. for an article); matter (e.g. of a story); subject; theme; (news) copy; (3) (food term) ingredient; leaven (bread); main ingredient of a sushi; (4) cause; source; (5) trick; secret; magician's trick; inside story; (6) paternal blood; lineage; (7) breed (of a stock); sperm; semen; (n,n-suf) (1) kind; variety; (2) (biological) species; (3) (abbreviation) (logical) species; (n,n-suf) (1) cause; seed; origin; (2) variety; kind; (n,ctr) (3) counter for varieties; (surname) Tanezaki; (surname, female given name) Tane
vīja; bīja. Seed, germ; sort, species; also to sow, plant.

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Mandarin/ mo4
Taiwan mo
Japanese moku
Chinese silent; to write from memory
Dark, secret, silent, profound.

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Mandarin yǐn / yin3
Taiwan yin
Japanese on
Chinese to lean upon; secret; hidden; concealed; (prefix) crypto-
To hide, conceal; obscure, esoteric; retired; hidden

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Mandarin/ yu4
Japanese yo
A potation, or drinking: a secret or private drinking; private.

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Mandarin yīn / yin1
Taiwan yin
Japanese kage かげ
Chinese overcast (weather); cloudy; shady; Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang); negative (electric.); feminine; moon; implicit; hidden; genitalia; surname Yin
Japanese (archaism) female private parts; female genitals; (1) shade; shadow; (2) other side; back; background; (1) yin (i.e. the negative); (2) unseen location (i.e. somewhere private); (surname) Kage
Shade, dark, the shades, the negative as opposed to the positive principle, female, the moon, back, secret. In Buddhism it is the phenomenal, as obscuring the true nature of things; also the aggregation of phenomenal things resulting in births and deaths, hence it is used as a translation like 蘊 q.v. for skandha, the 五陰 being the five skandhas or aggregates.

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Japanese kotsu コツ
Japanese (kana only) knack; skill; trick; secret; know-how; the ropes; hang

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Japanese maruhi まるひ
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) confidential; secret; classified

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Mandarin xià xīn / xia4 xin1
Taiwan hsia hsin
Japanese shitagokoro したごころ
Japanese (1) secret intention; ulterior motive; (2) kanji "heart" radical at bottom
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin yī wù / yi1 wu4
Taiwan i wu
Japanese ichimotsu いちもつ
 ichibutsu いちぶつ
Japanese (1) plot; ulterior motive; secret intention; (2) thing; article; (3) penis
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Japanese kukon くこん
Japanese (1) three-times-three exchange of nuptial cups; (2) sake (secret language of court ladies); rice wine

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Mandarin tā xīn / ta1 xin1
Taiwan t`a hsin / ta hsin
Japanese tashin たしん
 adagokoro あだごころ
Japanese other intention; secret purpose; ulterior motive; ill will; fickleness; double-mindedness; (archaism) cheating heart; fleeting heart; fickle heart
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Japanese tai たい
Japanese ill will; malice; another intention; secret purpose; ulterior motive; fickleness; double-mindedness

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Japanese tagon たごん
 tagen たげん
Japanese (noun/participle) telling others; revealing to others; letting out a secret

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Japanese senjutsu せんじゅつ
Japanese wizardry; secret of immortality

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Japanese kaitou / kaito かいとう
Japanese any of a number of secret societies of ancient China (often opposed to the government)

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Mandarin shí xīn / shi2 xin1
Taiwan shih hsin
Japanese jisshin
The ten kinds of heart or mind; there are three groups. One is from the 止觀 4, minds ignorant and dark; affected by evil companions; not following the good; doing evil in thought, word, deed; spreading evil abroad; unceasingly wicked; secret sin; open crime; utterly shameless; denying cause and effect (retribution)―all such must remain in the flow 流 of reincarnation. The second group (from the same book) is the 逆流 the mind striving against the stream of perpetual reincarnation; it shows itself in devout faith, shame (for sin), fear (of wrong-doing), repentance and confession, reform, bodhi (i.e. the bodhisattva mind), doing good, maintaining the right law, thinking on all the Buddhas, meditation on the void (or, the unreality of sin). The third is the 眞言 group from the 大日經疏 3; the "seed" heart (i.e. the original good desire), the sprout (under Buddhist religious influence), the bud, leaf, flower, fruit, its serviceableness; the child-heart, the discriminating heart, the heart of settled judgment (or resolve); ten kinds of mind

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Japanese kougai / kogai こうがい
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) disclosure; revealing (e.g. a secret)

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Search for Secret in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Secret mitsumì / mi4 / mi
yamiàn / an4 / an
Darkness 暗黒an koku / ankoku
Darkness 黑闇
hēi àn / hei1 an4 / hei an / heian
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