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  1. Wine
  2. Wine / Alcohol / Sake
  3. In Wine there is Truth
  4. Sumptuous Debauchery
  5. Sherry
  6. Zhang Fei
  7. Frightful Demon / Asura


Wine

China pú tao jiǔ
Japan bu dou shu / bu dou sake
Wine Wall Scroll

葡萄酒 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for wine.

Very specifically, this is for grape wine (an important distinction in Asia where most wine was rice-based until western influences came into play).

The first word, 葡萄 literally means grape (or grapevine), and 酒 means alcohol (generic term for alcohol, sake, wine, liquor).

Wine / Alcohol / Sake

China jiǔ
Japan sake / shu
Wine / Alcohol / Sake Wall Scroll

酒 is the Chinese character, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji that means alcohol.

This can refer to wine (esp. rice wine), liquor, spirits, sake, or to alcoholic beverages in general.

In the west, we tend to say "sake" to mean Japanese rice wine, however, this character is a little ambiguous in Japanese. It literally just means alcohol, and is often pronounced "shu" in Japanese. Specifically, in Japanese, you might want to ask for "seishu" or 清酒 to get the sake that you are used to in the west. Seishu literally means "clear alcohol."

In Wine there is Truth

China jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
In Wine there is Truth Wall Scroll

酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言 is a nice Asian proverb if you know a vintner or wine seller - or wine lover - although the actual meaning might not be exactly what you think or hope.

The literal meaning is that someone drinking wine is more likely to let the truth slip out. It can also be translated as, "People speak their true feelings after drinking alcohol."

It's long-believed in many parts of Asia that one can not consciously hold up a facade of lies when getting drunk, and therefore the truth will come out with a few drinks.

I've had the experience where a Korean man would not trust me until I got drunk with him (I was trying to gain access to the black market in North Korea which is tough to do as an untrusted outsider) - so I think this idea is still well-practiced in many Asian countries.

后 VS 後

Please note that there are two common ways to write the second character of this phrase. The way it's written will be left up to the mood of the calligrapher, unless you let us know that you have a certain preference.


See Also:  Honesty | Truth

Sumptuous Debauchery

China jiǔ chí ròu lín
Japan shu chi niku rin
Sumptuous Debauchery Wall Scroll

酒池肉林 is a Chinese idiom that is also somewhat known in Japanese and Korean.

酒池肉林 literally means, "lakes of wine and forests of meat."

Figuratively, it refers to debauchery, sumptuous entertainment, a sumptuous feast, or any kind of ridiculously-lavish spread of food and wine.

Sherry

(strong wine)
China xuě lì
Sherry Wall Scroll

Just for fun, if you want to name yourself after the alcoholic drink, you can use this name. 雪利 is what they call sherry (extra strong wine) in China.

Zhang Fei

China zhāng fēi
Japan chou hi
Zhang Fei Wall Scroll

張飛 is the name of General Zhang Fei, of the Shu Kingdom. He was blood-brother of Liu Bei in the semi-historical novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Zhang Fei is famous for his heroic and fearsome fighting and his love of wine.

In Japanese, this can be the name Chouhi.

Frightful Demon / Asura

China ē xiū luó
Japan ashura
Frightful Demon / Asura Wall Scroll

This demon title comes from the ancient Sanskrit word Asura.

阿修羅 is often used in Buddhism when describing various demons. Sometimes defined as "Fighting and battling giant demon."

In the context of Buddhism: This title originally meant a spirit, spirits, or even the gods (perhaps before 1700 years ago). It now generally indicates titanic demons, enemies of the gods, with whom, especially Indra, they wage constant war. They are defined as "not devas," and "ugly," and "without wine." There are four classes of asuras, separated according to their manner of rebirth. They can be egg-born, womb-born, transformation-born, and spawn- or water-born. Their abode is in the ocean, north of Sumeru but certain of the weaker dwell in a western mountain cave. They have realms, rulers, and palaces, as have the devas.

In terms of power, Asuras rank above humans but below most of the other deities. They live in the area near the coastal foot of Mount Sumeru (on the northern side). Their domain is partially or wholly in the ocean.




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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
Wine 葡萄酒bu dou shu / bu dou sake
budoushu / budousake
bu do shu / bu do sake
budoshu/budosake
pú tao jiǔ
pu2 tao5 jiu3
pu tao jiu
putaojiu
p`u t`ao chiu
putaochiu
pu tao chiu
Wine
Alcohol
Sake
sake / shujiǔ / jiu3 / jiu chiu
In Wine there is Truth 酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
酒后吐真言
jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
jiu hou tu zhen yan
jiuhoutuzhenyan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
chiuhoutuchenyen
chiu hou tu chen yen
Sumptuous Debauchery 酒池肉林shu chi niku rin
shuchinikurin
jiǔ chí ròu lín
jiu3 chi2 rou4 lin2
jiu chi rou lin
jiuchiroulin
chiu ch`ih jou lin
chiuchihjoulin
chiu chih jou lin
Sherry 雪利xuě lì / xue3 li4 / xue li / xueli hsüeh li / hsüehli
Zhang Fei 張飛
张飞
chou hi / chouhi / cho hi / chohizhāng fēi
zhang1 fei1
zhang fei
zhangfei
chang fei
changfei
Frightful Demon
Asura
阿修羅
阿修罗
ashuraē xiū luó
e1 xiu1 luo2
e xiu luo
exiuluo
o hsiu lo
ohsiulo
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