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China dài
Japan dai
Dynasty Vertical Wall Scroll

代 is the word used to designate dynasties in Asia. 代 alone can mean generation; age; period; historical era; eon; world; society; reign; era. 代 comes after the name of the dynasty, for example, the Tang Dynasty is the "Tang Dai" in Chinese.

Some have suggested that the word dynasty comes from the this Chinese word "dai" (as "dai" sounds like the first syllable of dynasty). However, dynasty is derived from the Greek word δυναστεία (dunasteia) meaning lordship and/or domination.

Sometimes this word is used in a different context where it can mean to represent or substitute. In this case, it can mean representative of; on behalf of; acting for, e.g. to offer incense in place of another.

In ancient Japan, this could also be a "shiro" (a unit of land area equal to one-fiftieth of a tan or about 20 square miles).


China bái
Japan shiro
White Vertical Wall Scroll

A lot of people search our website for "white." I am not sure the purpose, unless your family name is white.

白 is the universal character for white in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In certain context, outside of the white definition, it can mean snowy, empty, blank, bright, clear, plain, pure, innocence or gratuitous. In Korean, this can be a family name romanized as Paek or Baeg.

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Mandarin dài / dai4
Taiwan tai
Japanese dai / だい    shiro / しろ
White Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to substitute; to act on behalf of others; to replace; generation; dynasty; age; period; (historical) era; (geological) eon
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) charge; cost; price; (2) generation; age; reign; (3) {geol} era; (4) (after someone's name or title) a representative of; on behalf of; for (someone); (5) (See 代表電話番号) used after a phone number to indicate that it is a switchboard number; (counter) (6) counter for decades of ages, eras, etc.; (7) counter for generations (of inheritors to a throne, etc.); (8) (abbreviation) (See 代理申請会社) proxy application company; (9) (abbreviation) (used in dictionaries, etc.) (See 代名詞・1) pronoun; (1) substitution; (2) material; (3) price; (4) margin (e.g. for stapling, etc.); area required for something; (5) (archaism) (See 反・たん・2) shiro (unit of land area equal to one-fiftieth of a tan; ~19.83 m.sq.); (surname) Daisaki; (surname) Dai; (surname) Takadai; (surname) Shiro; (surname) Sakishiro; (given name) Kawaru
Instead of, in place of, acting for, for; e. g. 代香 to offer incense in place of another; a generation, v. 世代.

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Mandarin bái / bai2
Taiwan pai
Japanese haku / はく    shiro / しろ    shira / しら
White Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese white; snowy; pure; bright; empty; blank; plain; clear; to make clear; in vain; gratuitous; free of charge; reactionary; anti-communist; funeral; to stare coldly; to write wrong character; to state; to explain; vernacular; spoken lines in opera; surname Bai
Japanese (1) white; (2) (See 鯔・ぼら・1) striped mullet fry (Mugil cephalus); (3) (See せりふ) speech; one's lines; (4) {mahj} white dragon tile; (5) {mahj} winning hand with a pung (or kong) of white dragon tiles; (6) (abbreviation) (archaism) (See 白人) white person; Caucasian; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (7) (abbreviation) (obscure) (See ベルギー) Belgium; (1) (See 黒・1) white; (2) innocence; innocent person; (3) blank space; (4) white go stone; (5) {mahj} (See 白・はく・4) white dragon tile; (6) {food} skewered grilled pig intestine; (prefix) (1) white; (2) unseasoned; undyed; unaltered; (3) very much; precisely; (4) (See しらばくれる) playing dumb; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) unfeigned; honest; diligent; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Mashiro; (surname) Peku; (surname) Beku; (surname) Pai; (surname) Bai; (surname, female given name) Haku; (surname) Tsukumo; (surname) Shiroyanagi; (surname) Shirotsuru; (given name) Shiroshi; (surname) Shirayanagi; (surname) Shirayagi; (surname) Shirahama; (surname) Shirazaki; (surname) Shirasaki; (personal name) Shirai; (personal name) Shira
White, pure, clear; make clear, inform.

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Mandarin chéng / cheng2
Taiwan ch`eng / cheng
Japanese jou / jo / じょう    shiro / しろ
Chinese city walls; city; town; CL:座[zuo4],道[dao4],個|个[ge4]
Japanese (suffix) castle (in place names); castle; (personal name) Yakata; (personal name) Date; (surname) Tate; (surname) Tachi; (personal name) Jouji; (place-name, surname) Jou; (surname) Shirota; (surname) Shirou; (surname, given name) Shiro; (surname) Shou; (surname) Gusuku; (surname) Kidzuki; (personal name) Kitsuki; (given name) Kizuku; (surname) Ki; (given name) Ganjou
A city (or defensive) wall; a city, a walled and moat and all they contain.; See under Ten Strokes; a (walled) city

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Mandarin guǎn / guan3
Taiwan kuan
Japanese yakata / やかた    techi / てち    date / だて    tatezaki / たてざき    tate / たて    tatsu / たつ    tachi / たち    shiro / しろ    kan / かん
Chinese variant of 館|馆[guan3]
Japanese (surname) Yakata; (surname) Techi; (surname) Date; (surname) Tatezaki; (surname) Tate; (surname) Tatsu; (surname) Tachi; (personal name) Shiro; (surname) Kan

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Mandarin guǎn / guan3
Taiwan kuan
Japanese kan / かん
Chinese building; shop; term for certain service establishments; embassy or consulate; schoolroom (old); CL:家[jia1]
Japanese (n,suf) house; hall; building; (p,s,g) Yakata; (surname, given name) Date; (surname) Tate; (surname, given name) Tachi; (surname) Shiro; (surname) Kan


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Mandarin sì lòu / si4 lou4
Taiwan ssu lou
Japanese shiro
four kinds of contamination



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Mandarin sì lú / si4 lu2
Taiwan ssu lu
Japanese shiro
The four furnaces, or altars of the esoteric cult, each differing in shape: earth, square; water, round; fire, triangular; wind, half-moon shape.


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Mandarin zǐ lù / zi3 lu4
Taiwan tzu lu
Japanese shiro / しろ
Chinese Zi Lu (542-480 BC), disciple of Confucius 孔夫子[Kong3 fu1 zi3], also known as Ji Lu 季路[Ji4 Lu4]
Japanese (personal name) Shiro


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Japanese shirou / shiro / しろう Japanese adipocere; grave wax; greying of the body fats of a corpse which rests in a moist but airless place (graying)


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Mandarin zhī láng / zhi1 lang2
Taiwan chih lang
Japanese shirō
Chih-lang, formerly a polite term for a monk, said to have arisen from the fame of the three 支 Chih of the Wei dynasty 支謙 Chih-ch'ien, 支讖 Chih-ch'an, and 支亮 Chih-liang; Zhilang


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Japanese shirou / shiro / しろう Japanese adipocere; grave wax; greying of the body fats of a corpse which rests in a moist but airless place (graying)


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Japanese shirou / shiro / しろう Japanese seborrhea; seborrhoea


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Japanese shirou / shiro / しろう Japanese adipocere; grave wax; greying of the body fats of a corpse which rests in a moist but airless place (graying)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dynastydaidài / dai4 / daitai
Whiteshirobái / bai2 / baipai

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