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Unique

China dú tè
Japan dokutoku
Unique

獨特 means unique, distinct, or "having special characteristics."


独Modern Japanese use a simplified version of the first character of "unique." It's the same simplified version currently used in mainland China, so understood by most Chinese and all Japanese people. Click on the character to the right if you want the simplified/Japanese version.

You Only Live Once

China shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
You Only Live Once

This is the translation to Chinese of the popular English phrase, "You only live once."

This is a more modern idea for Chinese people. The reason is, most Chinese people were taught quite the opposite idea from Buddhism.

You Only Live Once

Japan ichi do da ke i ki ru
You Only Live Once

This is the simplest Japanese phrase that means, "[you] only live once" or "only one [life] to live."

The first four characters create a word that means "only once."
The last three characters create a word that means, "to live" or "to exist."


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Best / Number One

Japan ichi ban
Best / Number One

一番 is often used to mean "best" or "the best" in Japanese. It actually means "number one" in Japanese.

Once in a Lifetime

China yī qī yī huì
Japan ichigoichie
Once in a Lifetime

This Japanese title can be translated as "for this time only," "chance meeting," "one meeting, one opportunity," "never again," or "one chance in a lifetime."

The characters literally mean "one time one meeting" - of course, the Kanji characters have meaning far beyond a direct translation like this.

Some might use this proverb to talk of an opportunity that presents itself just once in your life. It could also be the single chance-meeting with your true soul mate. Basically an expression for any event that might happen once in a lifetime.


This is primarily a Japanese title, however, there is also a Traditional Chinese (and old Korean) version of this proverb. Just the last character is different.
會The traditional form was used in Japan before WWII and in Korea prior to 1900. This title is somewhat known in China.

If you want the older traditional form, just click on the character to the right.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

一流

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Mandarin yī liú / yi1 liu2
Taiwan i liu
Japanese ichiryuu / ichiryu いちりゅう
Chinese top quality; front ranking
Japanese (adj-no,n) (1) first-class; top grade; foremost; top-notch; leading; (2) characteristic; peculiar; unique; (3) school (e.g. of a performance art); (4) (also written as 一旒) one flag; one banner; one streamer; (female given name) Itsuru
In one, or the same flow; of the same class.
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Top Quality / First Class

独自

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Japanese dokuji どくじ
Japanese (adj-no,adj-na,n) (1) original; unique; distinctive; characteristic; peculiar; (2) independent; one's own; personal
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Alone / A Lone Person

獨特

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Mandarin dú tè / du2 te4
Taiwan tu t`e / tu te
Chinese unique; distinct; having special characteristics
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Unique

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Mandarin shū / shu1
Taiwan shu
Japanese shu こと
Chinese different; unique; special; very; (classical) to behead; to die; to cut off; to separate; to surpass
Japanese (n,adj-na,n-pref) (1) (archaism) difference (from one another); different thing; other; (adjectival noun) (2) unusual; extraordinary; (adjectival noun) unusual; extraordinary
To kill, exterminate; different; very; to distinguish

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Mandarin/ te4
Taiwan t`e / te
Japanese toku
Chinese special; unique; distinguished; especially; unusual; very
A bull, stallion; outstanding, special, alone.

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Mandarin yān / yan1
Taiwan yen
Japanese suzu すず
Chinese black bamboo
Japanese (1) (archaism) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); (2) shoots of this plant

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Mandarin kuā // guà / kua1 // gua4
Taiwan k`ua // kua / kua // kua
Chinese type of coarse silk; bag used to wrap silk before washing; to hinder; to offend; to form; unique

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一味

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Mandarin yī wèi / yi1 wei4
Taiwan i wei
Japanese hitoaji ひとあじ
 ichimi いちみ
Chinese blindly; invariably
Japanese (adv,n) unique or peculiar flavor (flavour); (noun/participle) clan; partisans; conspirators; gang; crew; (given name) Kazumi; (surname) Ichimi
One, or the same flavour, kind or character, i.e. the Buddha's teaching; single taste

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一意

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Mandarin yī yì / yi1 yi4
Taiwan i i
Japanese ichii / ichi いちい
Chinese focus; with complete devotion; stubbornly
Japanese (adj-na,adv,n) (1) unique; (2) earnestness; (personal name) Hitoi; (given name) Shin'ichi; (given name) Kazuoki; (given name) Kazui; (personal name) Itsui

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三篶

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Japanese misuzu みすず
Japanese (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan)

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冠絶

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Japanese kanzetsu かんぜつ
Japanese (noun/participle) unique; unsurpassed; ranking foremost

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別緻


别致

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Mandarin bié zhì / bie2 zhi4
Taiwan pieh chih
Chinese unusual; unique

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唯一

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Mandarin wéi yī / wei2 yi1
Taiwan wei i
Japanese yuiitsu(p);yuitsu(p) / yuitsu(p);yuitsu(p) ゆいいつ(P);ゆいつ(P)
Chinese only; sole
Japanese (adj-no,adv) only; sole; unique; (given name) Yuuichi; (given name) Yuiitsu; (female given name) Yui; (given name) Daiichi; (given name) Tadakazu; (given name) Tadaichi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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唯獨


唯独

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Mandarin wéi dú / wei2 du2
Taiwan wei tu
Japanese yuidoku
Chinese only; just (i.e. it is only that...); all except; unique
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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奇珍

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Mandarin qí zhēn / qi2 zhen1
Taiwan ch`i chen / chi chen
Chinese a rare treasure; something priceless and unique

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採番

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Japanese saiban さいばん
Japanese (noun/participle) data index; (unique) index number

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水篶

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Japanese misuzu みすず
Japanese (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan)

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無い

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Japanese nai ない
Japanese (adjective) (1) (kana only) (See 亡い) nonexistent; not being (there); (2) unpossessed; unowned; not had; (3) (See またとない) unique; (4) (as ...ことがない, etc.) indicates negation, inexperience, unnecessariness or impossibility; (auxiliary adjective) (5) (after the ren'youkei form of an adjective) (See ない・1) not ...; (6) (after the -te form of a verb) to not be...; to have not ...

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無雙

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Mandarin wú shuāng / wu2 shuang1
Taiwan wu shuang
Chinese incomparable; matchless; unique

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特制

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Mandarin tè zhì / te4 zhi4
Taiwan t`e chih / te chih
Chinese special; unique

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特殊

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Mandarin tè shū / te4 shu1
Taiwan t`e shu / te shu
Japanese tokushu とくしゅ
Chinese special; particular; unusual; extraordinary
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (ant: 一般・2,普遍) special; particular; peculiar; unique

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特異

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Mandarin tè yì / te4 yi4
Taiwan t`e i / te i
Japanese tokui とくい
Chinese exceptionally good; excellent; clearly outstanding; distinctive; peculiar; unique
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) unique; singular

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独歩

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Japanese doppo;dokuho(ok) どっぽ;どくほ(ok)
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) walking alone; walking without assistance; (can be adjective with の) (2) unique; matchless; unparalleled; unequaled; unrivaled; unchallenged; peerless; (given name) Doppo; (personal name) Tokuho

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獨一


独一

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Mandarin dú yī / du2 yi1
Taiwan tu i
Japanese dokuichi
Chinese only; unique
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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獨具

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Mandarin dú jù / du2 ju4
Taiwan tu chü
Chinese to have unique (talent, insight etc)

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獨有

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Mandarin dú yǒu / du2 you3
Taiwan tu yu
Chinese to own exclusively; unique to; specific; there is only

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異本


异本

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Mandarin yì běn / yi4 ben3
Taiwan i pen
Japanese ihon いほん
Japanese (1) different edition; alternative version; variant manuscript; variant edition; variant; (2) (See 珍本) strange book; rare book; unique book
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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異色

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Japanese ishoku いしょく
Japanese (adj-na,adj-no,n) (1) singular (esp. artist, artwork); distinctive; unique; novel; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) different color; different colour

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穎異

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Mandarin yǐng yì / ying3 yi4
Taiwan ying i
Chinese highly intelligent; original and unique

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篠竹

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Japanese suzutake;suzutake すずたけ;スズタケ
 shinodake しのだけ
Japanese (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); bamboo grass; bamboo; (surname) Shinodake; (surname) Shinotake

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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
Unique獨特
独特
dokutokudú tè / du2 te4 / du te / dutetu t`e / tute / tu te
You Only Live Once生命隻有一次
生命只有一次
shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
sheng1 ming4 zhi3 you3 yi2 ci4
sheng ming zhi you yi ci
shengmingzhiyouyici
sheng ming chih yu i tz`u
shengmingchihyuitzu
sheng ming chih yu i tzu
You Only Live Once一度だけ生きるichi do da ke i ki ru
ichidodakeikiru
Best
Number One
一番ichi ban / ichiban
Once in a Lifetime一期一會
一期一会
ichigoichieyī qī yī huì
yi1 qi1 yi1 hui4
yi qi yi hui
yiqiyihui
i ch`i i hui
ichiihui
i chi i hui
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.

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

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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