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Sun and the Moon in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Moon
  2. Sun Moon Stars
  3. The Sun, Moon and Stars
  4. Day
  5. Yin Yang
  6. Rago
  7. Apollo

Moon

China yuè
Japan tsuki
Moon

月 is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

月 is also used to refer to the month. 月 is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.

If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).

Sun Moon Stars

China rì yuè xīng
Japan nichigetsusei
Sun Moon Stars

日月星 is the shortest way to write a title (or word list) that means Sun, Moon, Stars.

The Sun, Moon and Stars

Japan nichigetsuseishin
The Sun, Moon and Stars

This title encompasses all of the heavenly bodies or celestial bodies.

Namely, this includes the Sun, Moon and Stars of our universe.

Day

China
Japan hi / nichi
Day

日 is how to write "day" in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Hanja.

This can also mean "Sun," the star in the middle of the Solar system in which we live. In Japanese, it can also mean "sunshine" or even "Sunday."

When writing the date in modern Chinese and Japanese, putting a number in front of this character indicates the day of the month. Of course, you need to indicate the month too... The month is expressed with a number followed by the character for the moon. So "three moons ten suns" would be "March 10th" or "3/10."

Note: 日 is also the first character for the proper name of Japan. Remember that Japan is "The land of the rising sun"? Well, the first character for Japan means "sun" the second means "origin" so you get the real meaning now. Sometimes, in China, this sun character can be a short name for Japan or a suffix for something of or from Japan.

Yin Yang

China yīn yáng
Japan in you
Yin Yang

These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon."

Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.


See Also:  Taoism

Rago

China luó hóu
Japan ragou
Rago

羅喉 is a Japanese personal name, Rago.

The meaning can be the intersection of the Moon's orbit with the ecliptic in Vedic astronomy (from Sanskrit Rāhu). In Buddhist context, this can be, "the demon who is supposed to seize the sun and moon and thus cause eclipses."

羅喉 is a variant of the Chinese 羅睺. It can also be written 羅護 or 羅虎. If you need the more ancient Chinese version, just let me know.

Apollo

China tài yáng shén
Japan taiyoushin
Apollo

This literally means "Sun God" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It's used in Chinese to mean the Greek God, Apollo. This can also be used in Chinese to refer to Nasa's Apollo missions to the moon.

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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
Moontsukiyuè / yue4 / yueyüeh
Sun Moon Stars日月星nichigetsuseirì yuè xīng
ri4 yue4 xing1
ri yue xing
riyuexing
jih yüeh hsing
jihyüehhsing
The Sun, Moon and Stars日月星辰nichigetsuseishin
Dayhi / nichirì / ri4 / rijih
Yin Yang陰陽
阴阳
in you / inyou / in yo / inyoyīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang
Rago羅喉ragou / ragoluó hóu / luo2 hou2 / luo hou / luohoulo hou / lohou
Apollo太陽神
太阳神
taiyoushin / taiyoshintài yáng shén
tai4 yang2 shen2
tai yang shen
taiyangshen
t`ai yang shen
taiyangshen
tai yang shen
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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