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Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
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A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:


You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon but as for you, I see not a trace.


The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb in Chinese is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce) but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.

Dew

China lòu
Japan ro
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露 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for dew.

Depending on the context in which this character is used, it can also mean: tears; syrup; nectar; outdoors (not under cover); to show; to reveal; to betray; to expose; scanty; bare; unconcealed; naked; public.

露 can be a Chinese surname Lu. 露 can also be the Japanese surname Tsuyuzaki or Tsuyusaki, and the given names Tsuyu or Akira.

Oddly, 露 is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Russia.

In Buddhist context, 露 also means dew, but can be a symbol of transience. Sometimes used as a metaphor to expose or disclose knowledge and truth.

Do not shed a tear until you see the coffin

China bú jiàn guān cái bú luò lèi
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It should first be noted that this is one of the oddest selections for a wall scroll in our whole Asian calligraphy database. All of our translators are convinced that no Chinese person would ever hang this on their wall.

On to the phrase...
This is a suggestion that you should not cry or feel sad until you see the coffin (not until the worst has happened, or until you are sure it has happened).

However, others will say this means doing something bad and not looking back - Then the worst happens.

Saifa

Japan sai fa
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This is the title "Saifa" written in Japanese Kanji. This literally means "smash and tear." Like most styles of martial arts, Saifa has origins in China. It was Higashionna that brought Saifa to Okinawa.

Saifa is generally associated with Gōjū-ryū as a title for a kata.


Notes: While Saifa is often written as 砕破, it can also be written 碎破 (just a variation on the first Kanji). Sometimes written in Japanese Katakana as サイハ.


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Characters
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Mandarin wèn // wěn / wen4 // wen3
Taiwan wen
Chinese (literary) to wipe away (tears); to press with one's fingers; to soak; to look for (Cantonese); Mandarin equivalent: 找[zhao3]

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Mandarin wán / wan2
Taiwan wan
Chinese shed tears

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Japanese rui るい
Chinese See:
Japanese (1) tear; tears; lachrymal secretion; (2) sympathy; (female given name) Rui

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Mandarin ér / er2
Taiwan erh
Chinese to flow (as water or tears)

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Mandarin/ ti4
Taiwan t`i / ti
Japanese tei てい
Chinese tears; nasal mucus
Japanese (1) tear; tears; lachrymal secretion; (2) sympathy; (personal name) Tei
to cry

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Mandarin lèi / lei4
Taiwan lei
Japanese rui るい
 namida なみだ
 shizuku しずく
Chinese Japanese variant of 淚|泪[lei4]
Japanese (1) tear; tears; lachrymal secretion; (2) sympathy; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) tear; tears; lachrymal secretion; (2) sympathy; (female given name) Rui; (female given name) Namida; (female given name) Shizuku

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Mandarin tǎng / tang3
Taiwan t`ang / tang
Chinese to drip; to trickle; to shed (tears)

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Mandarin lèi / lei4
Taiwan lei
Japanese rui
Chinese tears
Tears.

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Mandarin lòu / lou4
Taiwan lou
Japanese ro ろしあ
Chinese dew; syrup; nectar; outdoors (not under cover); to show; to reveal; to betray; to expose; to show; to reveal; to betray; to expose; surname Lu
Japanese (abbreviation) Russia; (1) dew; (2) tears; (adverb) (3) (not) a bit; (not) at all; (adjectival noun) (1) (kana only) exposed; scanty; bare; unconcealed; naked; (2) (kana only) public; open; (place-name) Russia; (surname) Rozaki; (surname) Rosaki; (place-name) Ro; (surname) Tsuyuzaki; (surname) Tsuyusaki; (surname, female given name) Tsuyu; (given name) Akira
Dew; symbol of transience; to expose, disclose.
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万斛

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Japanese bankoku ばんこく
Japanese copious (tears)

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乍ら

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Japanese nagara ながら
Japanese (particle) (1) (kana only) while; during; as; (2) while; although; though; despite; in spite of; notwithstanding; (3) all; both; (4) as (e.g. "as always", "as long ago"); in (e.g. "in tears")

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乾嚎


干嚎

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Mandarin gān háo / gan1 hao2
Taiwan kan hao
Chinese to cry out loud without tears

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乾號


干号

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Mandarin gān háo / gan1 hao2
Taiwan kan hao
Chinese to cry out loud without tears

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妙音

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Mandarin miào yīn / miao4 yin1
Taiwan miao yin
Japanese myōon みょうおん
Japanese exquisite voice; exquisite music; (place-name) Myouon; (female given name) Mio; (personal name) Tayune; (female given name) Taene
Wonderful sound. (1) Gadgadasvara, 妙音菩薩 (or 妙音大士) a Bodhisattva, master of seventeen degrees of samādhi, residing in Vairocanaraśmi-pratimaṇḍita, whose name heads chap. 24 of the Lotus Sutra. (2) Sughoṣa, a sister of Guanyin; also a Buddha like Varuṇa controlling the waters 水天德佛, the 743rd Buddha of the present kalpa. (3) Ghoṣa, 瞿沙 an arhat, famous for exegesis, who "restored the eyesight of Dharmavivardhana by washing his eyes with the tears of people who were moved by his eloquence." Eitel.

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川穀


川谷

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Mandarin chuān gǔ / chuan1 gu3
Taiwan ch`uan ku / chuan ku
Chinese Job's tears (Coix lacryma); erroneously called Chinese pearl barley

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忝涙

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Japanese katajikenamida かたじけなみだ
Japanese tears of gratitude

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垂泣

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Mandarin chuí qì / chui2 qi4
Taiwan ch`ui ch`i / chui chi
Chinese to shed tears

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垂淚


垂泪

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Mandarin chuí lèi / chui2 lei4
Taiwan ch`ui lei / chui lei
Chinese to shed tears

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催淚


催泪

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Mandarin cuī lèi / cui1 lei4
Taiwan ts`ui lei / tsui lei
Chinese to move to tears (of a story); tear-provoking (gas); lacrimogen

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哀咽

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Japanese aietsu あいえつ
Japanese (noun/participle) being choked with tears

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出づ

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Japanese izu いづ
Japanese (v2d-s,vi) (1) (archaism) to leave; to exit; to go out; to come out; to get out; (2) (archaism) to leave (on a journey); to depart; to start out; to set out; (3) (archaism) to move forward; (4) (archaism) to come to; to get to; to lead to; to reach; (5) (archaism) to appear; to come out; to emerge; to surface; to come forth; to turn up; to be found; to be detected; to be discovered; to be exposed; to show; to be exhibited; to be on display; (6) (archaism) to appear (in print); to be published; to be announced; to be issued; to be listed; to come out; (7) (archaism) to attend; to participate; to take part; to enter (an event); to play in; to perform; (8) (archaism) to be stated; to be expressed; to come up; to be brought up; to be raised; (9) (archaism) to sell; (10) (archaism) to exceed; to go over; (11) (archaism) to stick out; to protrude; (12) (archaism) to break out; to occur; to start; to originate; (13) (archaism) to be produced; (14) (archaism) to come from; to be derived from; (15) (archaism) to be given; to get; to receive; to be offered; to be provided; to be presented; to be submitted; to be handed in; to be turned in; to be paid; (16) (archaism) to answer (phone, door, etc.); to get; (17) (archaism) to assume (an attitude); to act; to behave; (18) (archaism) to pick up (speed, etc.); to gain; (19) (archaism) to flow (e.g. tears); to run; to bleed; (20) (archaism) to graduate

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出ず

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Japanese izu いず
Japanese (v2d-s,vi) (1) (archaism) to leave; to exit; to go out; to come out; to get out; (2) (archaism) to leave (on a journey); to depart; to start out; to set out; (3) (archaism) to move forward; (4) (archaism) to come to; to get to; to lead to; to reach; (5) (archaism) to appear; to come out; to emerge; to surface; to come forth; to turn up; to be found; to be detected; to be discovered; to be exposed; to show; to be exhibited; to be on display; (6) (archaism) to appear (in print); to be published; to be announced; to be issued; to be listed; to come out; (7) (archaism) to attend; to participate; to take part; to enter (an event); to play in; to perform; (8) (archaism) to be stated; to be expressed; to come up; to be brought up; to be raised; (9) (archaism) to sell; (10) (archaism) to exceed; to go over; (11) (archaism) to stick out; to protrude; (12) (archaism) to break out; to occur; to start; to originate; (13) (archaism) to be produced; (14) (archaism) to come from; to be derived from; (15) (archaism) to be given; to get; to receive; to be offered; to be provided; to be presented; to be submitted; to be handed in; to be turned in; to be paid; (16) (archaism) to answer (phone, door, etc.); to get; (17) (archaism) to assume (an attitude); to act; to behave; (18) (archaism) to pick up (speed, etc.); to gain; (19) (archaism) to flow (e.g. tears); to run; to bleed; (20) (archaism) to graduate

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出る

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Japanese deru でる
Japanese (v1,vi) (1) to leave; to exit; to go out; to come out; to get out; (2) to leave (on a journey); to depart; to start out; to set out; (3) to move forward; (4) to come to; to get to; to lead to; to reach; (5) to appear; to come out; to emerge; to surface; to come forth; to turn up; to be found; to be detected; to be discovered; to be exposed; to show; to be exhibited; to be on display; (6) to appear (in print); to be published; to be announced; to be issued; to be listed; to come out; (7) to attend; to participate; to take part; to enter (an event); to play in; to perform; (8) to be stated; to be expressed; to come up; to be brought up; to be raised; (9) to sell; (10) to exceed; to go over; (11) to stick out; to protrude; (12) to break out; to occur; to start; to originate; (13) to be produced; (14) to come from; to be derived from; (15) to be given; to get; to receive; to be offered; to be provided; to be presented; to be submitted; to be handed in; to be turned in; to be paid; (16) to answer (phone, door, etc.); to get; (17) to assume (an attitude); to act; to behave; (18) to pick up (speed, etc.); to gain; (19) to flow (e.g. tears); to run; to bleed; (20) to graduate

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恋水

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Japanese remi れみ
 koimizu こいみず
Japanese tears of love; (female given name) Remi; (surname) Koimizu

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揮淚


挥泪

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Mandarin huī lèi / hui1 lei4
Taiwan hui lei
Chinese to shed tears; to be all in tears

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揮灑


挥洒

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Mandarin huī sǎ / hui1 sa3
Taiwan hui sa
Chinese to sprinkle; to shed (tears, blood etc); fig. free, unconstrained; to write in a free style

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汪汪

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Mandarin wāng wāng / wang1 wang1
Taiwan wang wang
Japanese ouou / oo おうおう
Chinese gleaming with tears; woof woof (sound of a dog barking); (literary) (of a body of water) broad and deep
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) wide and deep (of a body of water); voluminous

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汪然

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Japanese ouzen / ozen おうぜん
Japanese (adv-to,adj-t) (archaism) vigorously flowing (e.g. tears)

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泣訴

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Japanese kyuuso / kyuso きゅうそ
Japanese (noun/participle) imploring with tears in one's eyes

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泣諫


泣谏

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Mandarin qì jiàn / qi4 jian4
Taiwan ch`i chien / chi chien
Chinese to counsel a superior in tears indicating absolute sincerity

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Broken Mirror Rejoined 破鏡重圓
破镜重圆
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
pojingchongyuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
pochingchungyüan
po ching chung yüan
Dew rolòu / lou4 / lou
Do not shed a tear until you see the coffin 不見棺材不落淚
不见棺材不落泪
bú jiàn guān cái bú luò lèi
bu2 jian4 guan1 cai2 bu2 luo4 lei4
bu jian guan cai bu luo lei
bujianguancaibuluolei
pu chien kuan ts`ai pu lo lei
puchienkuantsaipulolei
pu chien kuan tsai pu lo lei
Saifa 砕破sai fa / saifa

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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