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Thunder and Lightning in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack
  2. Lightning
  3. Thunder
  4. God of Thunder
  5. Electricity / Lightning

Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

Tokkan
Japan tokkan
Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

This Japanese word can be translated as "lightning attack," "charge," or "rush." Basically it's about a fast run or attack at the speed of lightning.

Lightning

China shǎn diàn
Lightning

閃電 is the title for lightning in Chinese.

The first character means, flash, or to dodge / get out of the way. In this case, it's the "flash" meaning. Sometimes this character can be used to mean lightning by itself.

The second character means electricity.


See Also:  Thunder | Rain | Storm

Thunder

China léi
Japan rai / kaminari
Thunder

雷 can mean thunder, lightning, thunderbolt, mine (weapon), or slang for something terrifying or a fit of anger.

Some will say it is the symbol of the god of thunder or god of lightning.

雷 is also a Chinese surname that romanizes as Lei.

God of Thunder

China léi shén
Japan rai jin
God of Thunder

雷神 is how to write the Japanese "Thunder God." They don't really have separate words for thunder and lightning in Japanese, so this is also the "Lightning God."

雷神 make sense in Chinese as well (though not a common title).

雷神 is also the origin of the English name Raiden.

Electricity / Lightning

Japan den ki
Electricity / Lightning

電氣 is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.


See Also:  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Electricity / Lightning

China diàn
Japan den
Electricity / Lightning

電 is the title for electricity in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While this character means electric or electricity, it can also be used to mean lightning.


Note: This Kanji is not usually used alone like this in Japanese.


See Also:  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

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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
Bolt of Lightning
Lightning Attack
突貫tokkan / tokan
Lightning閃電
闪电
shǎn diàn
shan3 dian4
shan dian
shandian
shan tien
shantien
Thunderrai / kaminariléi / lei2 / lei
God of Thunder雷神rai jin / raijinléi shén / lei2 shen2 / lei shen / leishen
Electricity
Lightning
電氣
電気
den ki / denki
Electricity
Lightning

dendiàn / dian4 / diantien
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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