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緣 / 縁 is a complicated single character. It can mean a lot of different things depending on how you read it.
In Japanese, it can mean fate; destiny; a mysterious force that binds two people together; a relationship between two people; bond; link; connection; family ties; affinity; opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship). It can also mean "someone to rely on," relative, reminder, memento, or the female given name, Yori.
It's basically the same in Chinese, where it's defined as cause, reason, karma, fate, or predestined affinity.
In Buddhist context, it's Pratyaya. 緣 / 縁 is the concept of indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes. It's when something happens (meeting someone) by circumstance, or a contributing environment. Instead of a direct cause or act, it is a conditioning cause without direct input or action by the involved people.
Occasionally, this character is used in a facetious way to say hem, seam, or edge of clothing. In this case, it's the seam that brings or holds the clothing together.
Note: Japanese will tend to use the variant of this Kanji shown to the right. If you want this version (and are ordering this from the Japanese master calligrapher), click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your the mysterious bond between people search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yuán / yuan2
| Japanese variant of 緣|缘
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) something to rely on; aid; clue; way; means; (2) someone to rely on; relative; (3) reminder; memento; reason; significance; cause; (n,n-suf,adj-no) (kana only) related to (some person or place); affinity; connection; (n,n-suf) (1) (kana only) edge (of a river, woods, etc.); shoulder (of a road); (2) (kana only) rim; brim; hem; margin; fringe; selvage; (3) (kana only) fabric border (of a tatami mat, etc.); edging; rim; brim; edge; brink; (1) fate; destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together); (2) relationship (e.g. between two people); bond; link; connection; (3) family ties; affinity; (female given name) Yori; (female given name) Yukari; (female given name) Yuka; (female given name) Chinami; (female given name) Enishi
| eni えに
|| (ateji / phonetic) (1) fate; destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together); (2) relationship (e.g. between two people); bond; link; connection; (3) family ties; affinity
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Mysterious Bond Between People||緣 / 縁|
|en||yuán / yuan2 / yuan||yüan|
|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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