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The Name Ume in Chinese / Japanese...

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Ume / Mei

China méi
Japan ume
Ume / Mei Wall Scroll

This character can romanize as Ume, a Japanese surname.

This is also sometimes used as a female given name in both Chinese and Japanese. However, pronunciation is Mei in Chinese and Ume in Japanese.

The meaning is "Japanese apricot" (Prunus mume). It can also refer to a Chinese plum.

Note: This is not the only name or character that romanizes as Ume in Japanese. Make sure you have the right Kanji before you order.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin méi / mei2
Taiwan mei
Japanese mei / me めい
 bai ばい
 umezaki うめざき
 umesazaki うめさざき
 umesaki うめさき
 ume うめ
Chinese plum; plum flower; Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); surname Mei
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); Chinese plum; (2) lowest (of a three-tier ranking system); (1) Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); Chinese plum; (2) lowest (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Mei; (surname) Me; (surname) Bai; (surname) Umezaki; (surname) Umesazaki; (surname) Umesaki; (surname, female given name) Ume
The plum.
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Mandarin méi / mei2
Taiwan mei
Japanese umezaki うめざき
 ume うめ
Chinese variant of 梅[mei2]
Japanese (1) Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); Chinese plum; (2) lowest (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Ume

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Mandarin méi lín / mei2 lin2
Taiwan mei lin
Japanese bairin ばいりん
 umebayashi うめばやし
 umehayashi うめはやし
 ubayashi うばやし
Chinese Merlin
Japanese ume (plum) grove; (place-name, surname) Bairin; (place-name, surname) Umebayashi; (surname) Umehayashi; (surname) Ubayashi
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Japanese ume ウメ
Japanese (1) Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); Chinese plum; (2) lowest (of a three-tier ranking system); (female given name) Ume

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Japanese miume みうめ
Japanese Japanese apricot; ume

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Japanese umeboshi うめぼし
Japanese umeboshi; pickled ume; pickled plum

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Mandarin méi huā / mei2 hua1
Taiwan mei hua
Japanese maika まいか
 baika ばいか
 umehana うめはな
 umeka うめか
Chinese plum blossom; clubs ♣ (a suit in card games); wintersweet (dialect)
Japanese (obscure) plum blossom design; silk fabric with a plum blossom design; ume (plum) blossoms; (female given name) Maika; (female given name) Baika; (surname) Umehana; (female given name) Umeka

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Japanese umeshu うめしゅ
Japanese ume liqueur; Japanese plum brandy; unripe ume infused in liquor (esp. shochu) with added sugar

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Japanese rakubai らくばい
Japanese fallen ume blossoms; fallen ume fruit

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Japanese umenomi うめのみ
Japanese Japanese apricot; ume

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Japanese umeboshi うめぼし
Japanese umeboshi; pickled ume; pickled plum

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Search for Ume in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese

umeméi / mei2 / mei
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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.

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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

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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