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China yín
Japan shirogane

銀 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for silver.

This same word can refer to things that are silver-colored, money or currency, silver coins, or silver paint.

In Japanese, this can be a given name "Ginji."

There’s No Place Like Home

China jīn wō yín wō bù rú zì jǐ de gǒu wō
There’s No Place Like Home

This Chinese slang proverb means: Golden house, [or a] silver house, not as good as my own dog house.

It's basically saying that even a house made of gold or silver is not as good as my own home (which may only be suitable for a dog but it's mine).


Japan kintsukuroi

金繕い is kintsukuroi or kinzukuroi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with a lacquer mixed with gold, silver, etc.

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Mandarin yáng / yang2
Taiwan yang
Japanese youji / yoji ようじ
 youichi / yoichi よういち
 you / yo よう
 yutaka ゆたか
 fukashi ふかし
 hiromu ひろむ
 hiromi ひろみ
 hiroshi ひろし
 hiro ひろ
 haruka はるか
 nada なだ
 oomi おおみ
 umi うみ
 akira あきら
Chinese ocean; vast; foreign; silver dollar or coin
Japanese (1) Occident and Orient (esp. the Occident); (2) ocean; sea; (prefix) (3) foreign; Western; European; open sea; (personal name) Youji; (personal name) Youichi; (surname, given name) You; (personal name) Yutaka; (given name) Fukashi; (given name) Hiromu; (given name) Hiromi; (surname, given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hiro; (female given name) Haruka; (surname) Nada; (given name) Oomi; (female given name) Umi; (personal name) Akira
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Mandarin yín / yin2
Taiwan yin
Japanese ginji ぎんじ
 ginsaki ぎんさき
 gin ぎん
Chinese silver; silver-colored; relating to money or currency
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (5) (shogi) (abbreviation) silver general; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (personal name) Ginji; (surname) Ginsaki; (surname, female given name) Gin
rūpya. Silver; money.
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Mandarin dà yáng / da4 yang2
Taiwan ta yang
Japanese motohiro もとひろ
 hiromi ひろみ
 hiroshi ひろし
 tomohiro ともひろ
 daiyou / daiyo だいよう
 taiyou / taiyo たいよう
 oomi おおみ
 oohiro おおひろ
Chinese oceans; silver yuan
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) ocean; (personal name) Motohiro; (personal name) Hiromi; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Tomohiro; (personal name) Daiyou; (place-name, surname) Taiyou; (personal name) Oomi; (surname) Oohiro
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Japanese toroi トロイ
Japanese troy; weight system used for gold, silver, etc.; (place-name) Troy; Treu
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Japanese kinzukuroi きんづくろい
 kintsukuroi きんつくろい
Japanese repairing pottery with a lacquer mixed with gold, silver, etc.
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Mandarin fēn / fen1
Taiwan fen
Japanese wake わけ
Chinese part; share; ingredient; component; to divide; to separate; to distribute; to allocate; to distinguish (good and bad); part or subdivision; fraction; one tenth (of certain units); unit of length equivalent to 0.33 cm; minute; a point (in sports or games); 0.01 yuan (unit of money)
Japanese (n,n-suf,pref) (1) part; segment; share; ration; (2) rate; (3) degree; one's lot; one's status; relation; duty; kind; lot; (4) in proportion to; just as much as; (numeric) (1) one-tenth; one percent (one-tenth of a wari); 3 mm (one-tenth of a sun); 2.4 mm (one-tenth of a mon, a traditional unit used to measure shoe sizes); 0.1 degree (one-tenth of a do, used to measure body temperature on any temperature scale); (2) one-quarter of a ryou (obsolete unit of currency); (3) thickness; (4) advantageous circumstances; (5) one-tenth of a monme of silver; (1) minute; (2) fun (one tenth of a monme, 5.787 grains); (surname) Wake
To divide. separate; a fractional part: a share: a duty; branch

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Mandarin jiè / jie4
Taiwan chieh
Japanese kai かい
 ingoto いんごと
Chinese to guard against; to exhort; to admonish or warn; to give up or stop doing something; Buddhist monastic discipline; ring (for a finger)
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) admonition; commandment; (2) sila (precept); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) sila (precept)
śīla, 尸羅. Precept, command, prohibition, discipline, rule; morality. It is applied to the five, eight, ten, 250, and other commandments. The five are: (1) not to kill; (2 ) not to steal; (3) not to commit adultery; (4) not to speak falsely; (5) not to drink wine. These are the commands for lay disciples; those who observe them will be reborn in the human realm. The Sarvāstivādins did not sanction the observance of a limited selection from them as did the 成實宗 Satyasiddhi school. Each of the five precepts has five guardian spirits, in all twenty-five, 五戒二十五神. The eight for lay disciples are the above five together with Nos. 7, 8, and 9 of the following; the ten commands for the ordained, monks and nuns, are the above five with the following: (6) not to use adornments of flowers, nor perfumes; (7) not to perform as an actor, juggler, acrobat, or go to watch and hear them; (8) not to sit on elevated, broad, and large divans (or beds); (9) not to eat except in regulation hours; (10) not to possess money, gold or silver, or precious things. The 具足戒full commands for a monk number 250, those for a nun are 348, commonly called 500. Śīla is also the first of the 五分法身, i.e. a condition above all moral error. The Sutra of Brahma's Net has the following after the first five: (6) not to speak of the sins of those in orders; (7) not to vaunt self and depreciate others; (8) not to be avaricious; (9) not to be angry; (10) not to slander the triratna.

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Mandarin máng / mang2
Taiwan mang
Japanese nogi のぎ
 susuki すすき
Chinese awn (of cereals); arista (of grain); tip (of a blade); Miscanthus sinensis (type of grass); variant of 邙, Mt Mang at Luoyang in Henan
Japanese arista; awn; (grain) beard; (kana only) Japanese pampas grass (Miscanthus sinensis); silver grass; zebra grass

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Mandarin báo / bao2
Taiwan pao
Japanese haku はく
 takausu たかうす
 suzuki すずき
 susuki すすき
 usuki うすき
 usui うすい
 usu うす
Chinese see 薄荷[bo4 he5]; meager; slight; weak; ungenerous or unkind; frivolous; to despise; to belittle; to look down on; to approach or near; thin; cold in manner; indifferent; weak; light; infertile; surname Bo
Japanese (kana only) Japanese pampas grass (Miscanthus sinensis); silver grass; zebra grass; (prefix) light (e.g. colour, color); (surname) Haku; (surname) Takausu; (surname) Suzuki; (surname) Susuki; (surname) Usu
Thin, poor, shabby: to slight, despise; to reach to; the herb mint.

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Mandarin/ fu4
Taiwan fu
Japanese funa ふな
Chinese silver carp
Japanese (kana only) crucian carp (Carassius spp.); (surname) Funa

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Mandarin xián / xian2
Taiwan hsien
Chinese silver pheasant (Phasianus nycthemerus); silver pheasant badge worn by civil officials of the 5th grade

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Mandarin dìng / ding4
Taiwan ting
Japanese tei / te てい
 jouji / joji じょうじ
 jou / jo じょう
 ikari いかり
Chinese (weaving) spindle; ingot; pressed cake of medicine etc; classifier for: gold and silver ingots, ink sticks
Japanese (1) lock; padlock; (n,n-suf,ctr) (2) tablet; lozenge; pill; (female given name) Tei; (personal name) Jouji; (surname, given name) Jou; (surname) Ikari
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Mandarin cuò / cuo4
Taiwan ts`o / tso
Japanese kosuri こすり
Chinese mistake; wrong; bad; interlocking; complex; to grind; to polish; to alternate; to stagger; to miss; to let slip; to evade; to inlay with gold or silver; surname Cuo
Japanese rubbing; scrubbing; scraping
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Mandarin tián // diàn / tian2 // dian4
Taiwan t`ien // tien / tien // tien
Japanese den
Chinese (dialect) money; coin; to inlay with gold, silver etc; ancient inlaid ornament shaped as a flower
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Japanese rame ラメ
Japanese lame (cloth made from gold or silver thread) (fre:); (personal name) Lame

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Japanese chougin / chogin ちょうぎん
Japanese Edo period silver coin shaped like a sea cucumber; (surname) Chougin

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Japanese nanahou / nanaho ななほう
 shippou / shippo しっぽう
Chinese See: 七寶
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) the seven treasures (gold, silver, pearls, agate, crystal, coral, lapis lazuli); (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) (abbreviation) cloisonne ware; (Buddhist term) the seven treasures (gold, silver, pearls, agate, crystal, coral, lapis lazuli); (surname) Nanahou; (f,p) Shippou

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Mandarin qī bǎo / qi1 bao3
Taiwan ch`i pao / chi pao
Japanese shichihō
sapta ratna 薩不荅羅的捺 The seven treasures, or precious things, of which there are varying descriptions, e.g. 金 suvarna, gold; 銀rūpya, silver; 鐂璃 vaiḍūrya, lapis lazuli; 玻瓈sphaṭika, crystal; 硨磲 musāragalva, agate; 赤珠 rohita-mukta, rubies or red pearls; 瑪瑙 aśmagarbha, cornelian. Also the seven royal (cakravartin) treasures―the golden wheel; elephants; dark swift horses; the divine pearl, or beautiful pearls; able ministers of the Treasury; jewels of women; and loyal generals; seven kinds of precious materials

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Mandarin sān jīn / san1 jin1
Taiwan san chin
Japanese mikane みかね
 sankin さんきん
Japanese (surname) Mikane; (personal name) Sankin
The three metals, gold, silver, copper. The esoterics have (a) earth, water, fire, representing the 身密 mystic body; (b) space and wind, the 語密 mystic mouth or speech; (c) 識 cognition, the 意密 mystic mind.

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Mandarin wǔ bǎo / wu3 bao3
Taiwan wu pao
Japanese gohou / goho ごほう
Japanese (personal name) Gohou
The five precious things, syn. all the precious things. There are several groups, e. g. — gold, silver, pearls, cowries, and rubies; or, coral, crystal, gold, silver, and cowries; or, gold, silver, pearls, coral, and amber; etc; five treasures

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Mandarin wǔ jīn / wu3 jin1
Taiwan wu chin
Chinese metal hardware (nuts and bolts); the five metals: gold, silver, copper, iron and tin 金銀銅鐵錫|金银铜铁锡

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Mandarin shí jiè / shi2 jie4
Taiwan shih chieh
Japanese jukkai じゅっかい
Chinese the ten commandments (religion)
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) the 10 precepts; (2) Ten Commandments; Decalogue; Decalog; (surname) Jukkai
Śikṣāpada. The ten prohibitions (in Pāli form) consist of five commandments for the layman: (1) not to destroy life 不殺生 pāṇātipātāveramaṇi; (2) not to steal 不倫盜 adinnādānāver; (3) not to commit adultery 不婬慾 abrahmacaryaver.; (4) not to lie 不妄語musāvādāver.; (5) not to take intoxicating liquor 不飮酒 suramereyya-majjapamādaṭṭhānāver. Eight special commandments for laymen consist of the preceding five plus: (6) not to eat food out of regulated hours 不非時食 vikāla-bhojanāver.; (7) not to use garlands or perfumes 不著華鬘好香塗身 mālā- gandha-vilepana-dhāraṇa-maṇḍana-vibhūṣanaṭṭhānā; (8) not to sleep on high or broad beds (chastity) 不坐高廣大牀 uccāsayanā-mahāsayanā. The ten commandments for the monk are the preceding eight plus: (9) not to take part in singing, dancing, musical or theatrical performances, not to see or listen to such 不歌舞倡伎不往觀聽 nacca-gīta-vādita-visūkadassanāver.; (10) to refrain from acquiring uncoined or coined gold, or silver, or jewels 不得捉錢金銀寶物 jātarūpa-rajata-paṭīggahaṇāver. Under the Māhayāna these ten commands for the monk were changed, to accord with the new environment of the monk, to the following: not to kill, not to steal, to avoid all unchastity, not to lie, not to slander, not to insult, not to chatter, not to covet, not to give way to anger, to harbour no scepticism; ten precepts



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Mandarin qǔ yín / qu3 yin2
Taiwan ch`ü yin / chü yin
Chinese to take silver; to come second in a competition

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Mandarin duō luō / duo1 luo1
Taiwan to lo
Japanese tara たら
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) palmyra; (2) (abbreviation) lusterleaf holly; (3) patra (silver incense dish placed in front of a Buddhist statue); (surname, female given name) Tara
tārā, in the sense of starry, or scintillation; Tāla, for the fan-palm; Tara, from 'to pass over', a ferry, etc. Tārā, starry, piercing, the eye, the pupil; the last two are both Sanskrit and Chinese definitions; it is a term applied to certain female deities and has been adopted especially by Tibetan Buddhism for certain devīs of the Tantric school. The origin of the term is also ascribed to tar meaning 'to cross', i. e. she who aids to cross the sea of mortality. Getty, 19-27. The Chinese derivation is the eye; the tara devīs; either as śakti or independent, are little known outside Lamaism. Tāla is the palmyra, or fan-palm, whose leaves are used for writing and known as 具多 Pei-to, pattra. The tree is described as 70 or 80 feet high, with fruit like yellow rice-seeds; the borassus eabelliformis; a measure of 70 feet. Taras, from to cross over, also means a ferry, and a bank, or the other shore. Also 呾囉; a palm [leaf ; tree]

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Japanese enten えんてん
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (1) eloquent; fluent; smooth-spoken; sonorous; facile; silver-tongued; (2) (of eyebrows) shapely

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Japanese hedai へだい
Japanese (kana only) silver sea bream (Sparus sarba)

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Mandarin jié bō / jie2 bo1
Taiwan chieh po
Japanese kōhi
Chinese kalpa (loanword) (Hinduism)
kalpa; also劫簸; 劫跛; v. 劫. Aeon, age. The period of time between the creation and recreation ofa world or universe; also the kalpas offormation, existence, destruction, and non-existence, which four as acomplete period are called mahākalpa 大劫. Eachgreat kalpa is subdivided into four asaṇkhyeya-kalpas (阿僧企耶 i.e. numberless,incalculable): (1) kalpa of destructionsaṃvarta; (2)kalpaof utter annihilation, or empty kalpa 増滅劫; 空劫 saṃvarta-siddha; (3) kalpa of formation 成劫 vivarta; (4) kalpa ofexistence 住劫 vivartasiddha; or they may betaken in the order 成住壤空. Each of the four kalpas is subdivided into twenty antara-kalpas, 小劫 or small kalpas, so that a mahākalpaconsists of eighty small kalpas. Each smallkalpa is divided into a period of 増 increaseand 減 decrease; the increase period is ruled over by the four cakravartīs in succession, i.e. the four ages of iron,copper, silver, gold, during which the length of human life increases by oneyear every century to 84,000 years, and the length of the human body to8,400 feet. Then comes the kalpa of decreasedivided into periods of the three woes, pestilence, war, famine, duringwhich the length of human life is gradually reduced to ten years and thehuman body to 1 foot in height. There are other distinctions of the kalpas. A small kalpa isrepresented as 16,800,000 years, a kalpa as336,000,000 years, and a mahākalpa as1,334,000,000 years. There are many ways of illustrating the length of akalpa, e.g. pass a soft cloth over a solid rock40 li in size once in a hundred years, whenfinally the rock has been thus worn away a kalpa will not yet have passed; or a city of 40 li, filled with mustard seeds, one being removed everycentury till all have gone, a kalpa will notyet have passed. Cf. 成劫.

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Mandarin liù lún / liu4 lun2
Taiwan liu lun
Japanese rokuwa ろくわ
Japanese (place-name) Rokuwa
The six kinds of cakravartī, or wheel-kings, each allotted to one of the 六位; the iron-wheel king to the 十信位, copper 十住, silver 十行, gold 十廻向, crystal 十地, and pearl 等覺; six wheel-turners

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Mandarin yuán bǎo / yuan2 bao3
Taiwan yüan pao
Chinese a silver or gold ingot; mock ingot (burnt as offering in worship); a name for ancient currency; a rare genius; Yuanbao district of Dandong city 丹東市|丹东市[Dan1 dong1 shi4], Liaoning

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
shirogane / shiroganeyín / yin2 / yin
There’s No Place Like Home 金窩銀窩不如自己的狗窩
jīn wō yín wō bù rú zì jǐ de gǒu wō
jin1 wo1 yin2 wo1 bu4 ru2 zi4 ji3 de5 gou3 wo1
jin wo yin wo bu ru zi ji de gou wo
chin wo yin wo pu ju tzu chi te kou wo
Kintsukuroi 金繕いkintsukuroi
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