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Gratitude / Thanks

China gǎn xiè
Japan kan sha
Gratitude / Thanks

感謝 is gratitude; the feeling of being grateful or thankful. You can think of this as being a formal way of expressing thankfulness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Humility / Being Humble

China qiān xùn
Japan ken son
Humility / Being Humble

謙遜 can also be translated as being modest, humble, or unpretentious.

Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

This Humility title is also used as one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do. Often romanized as "Kyum Son."

Also sometimes used in Japanese to express humility with an essence of modesty.

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Tea Fate

China chá yuán
Tea Fate

茶緣 is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate" but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. 茶緣 is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.

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Mandarin gǎn jī / gan3 ji1
Taiwan kan chi
Japanese kangeki かんげき
Chinese to be grateful; to appreciate; thankful
Japanese (noun/participle) deep emotion; impression; inspiration
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Mandarin gǎn xiè / gan3 xie4
Taiwan kan hsieh
Japanese kansha かんしゃ
Chinese (express) thanks; gratitude; grateful; thankful; thanks
Japanese (noun/participle) thanks; gratitude
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Japanese kyoushou / kyosho きょうしょう
Japanese (noun/participle) feeling obliged; being grateful; being thankful; being sorry; being ashamed

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Japanese kyoushuku / kyoshuku きょうしゅく
Japanese (n,adj-na,vs) (1) feeling obliged; being grateful; being thankful; being sorry; being ashamed; (2) (archaism) shrinking back in fear

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Japanese arigatai ありがたい
Japanese (adjective) (kana only) grateful; thankful; welcome; appreciated; evoking gratitude

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Japanese tatosuru たとする
Japanese (exp,vs-i) to appreciate; to be thankful

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Japanese arigatai ありがたい
Japanese (adjective) (kana only) grateful; thankful; welcome; appreciated; evoking gratitude

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Mandarin fēi cháng gǎn xiè / fei1 chang2 gan3 xie4
Taiwan fei ch`ang kan hsieh / fei chang kan hsieh
Chinese extremely grateful; very thankful

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Japanese arigatagaru ありがたがる
Japanese (transitive verb) (kana only) to be thankful; to feel grateful; to show one's gratitude

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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
感謝kan sha / kanshagǎn xiè / gan3 xie4 / gan xie / ganxie kan hsieh / kanhsieh
Being Humble
ken son / kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxun ch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
Tea Fate 茶緣
chá yuán / cha2 yuan2 / cha yuan / chayuan ch`a yüan / chayüan / cha yüan
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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