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China pú tao jiǔ
Japan bu dou shu / bu dou sake

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

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

This 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.

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Sumptuous Debauchery

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

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.


(strong wine)
China xuě lì

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

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Mandarin qióng / qiong2
Taiwan ch`iung / chiung
Japanese kei / ke けい
Chinese jasper; fine jade; beautiful; exquisite (e.g. wine, food); abbr. for Hainan province
Japanese (personal name) Kei
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Mandarin jiǔ / jiu3
Taiwan chiu
Japanese zake ざけ
 sake さけ
 sakasaki さかさき
 saka さか
Chinese wine (esp. rice wine); liquor; spirits; alcoholic beverage; CL:杯[bei1],瓶[ping2],罐[guan4],桶[tong3],缸[gang1]
Japanese alcohol; sake; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) alcohol; sake; (surname) Zake; (surname) Sake; (surname) Saka
surā; maireya; madya. Wine, alcoholic liquor; forbidden to monks and nuns by the fifth commandment.
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Mandarin zhāng fēi / zhang1 fei1
Taiwan chang fei
Japanese chouhi / chohi ちょうひ
Chinese Zhang Fei (168-221), general of Shu and blood-brother of Liu Bei in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, famous as fearsome fighter and lover of wine
Japanese (personal name) Chouhi
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Mandarin pú tao jiǔ / pu2 tao5 jiu3
Taiwan p`u t`ao chiu / pu tao chiu
Japanese budoushu / budoshu ぶどうしゅ
Chinese (grape) wine
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (grape) wine
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Mandarin ā xiū luō / a1 xiu1 luo1
Taiwan a hsiu lo
Japanese ashura あしゅら
Chinese Asura, malevolent spirits in Indian mythology
Japanese Asura (fighting demon); (female given name) Ashura
asura, 修羅 originally meaning a spirit, spirits, or even the gods, it 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'. Other forms are 阿須羅 (or 阿蘇羅, or 阿素羅); 阿修倫 (or羅須倫 or 阿修輪 or 羅須輪); 阿素洛; 阿差. Four classes are named according to their manner of rebirth-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. The 阿修羅道 is one of the six gatis, or ways of reincarnation. The 修羅場 or 修羅巷 is the battlefield of the asuras against Indra. The 阿修羅琴 are their harps.
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Mandarin jiǔ chí ròu lín / jiu3 chi2 rou4 lin2
Taiwan chiu ch`ih jou lin / chiu chih jou lin
Japanese shuchinikurin しゅちにくりん
Chinese lakes of wine and forests of meat (idiom); debauchery; sumptuous entertainment
Japanese (yoji) sumptuous feast; debauch
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Mandarin yǒu / you3
Taiwan yu
Chinese wine container

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Mandarin zūn / zun1
Taiwan tsun
Japanese ban ばん
 hanawa はなわ
Chinese goblet; bottle; wine-jar
Japanese (surname) Ban; (surname) Hanawa

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Mandarin zūn / zun1
Taiwan tsun
Chinese goblet; bottle; wine-jar

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Mandarin zūn / zun1
Taiwan tsun
Japanese mikoto みこと
 makoto まこと
 takeru たける
 takeshi たけし
 takashi たかし
 son そん
Chinese senior; of a senior generation; to honor; to respect; honorific; classifier for cannons and statues; ancient wine vessel
Japanese (n-suf,n) (1) Lord; Highness; (pronoun) (2) (archaism) (derogatory term) you; (archaism) value; preciousness; nobility; (1) zun (ancient Chinese wine vessel, usu. made of bronze); (prefix) (2) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) honorific prefix referring to the listener; (suf,ctr) (3) counter for buddhas; (female given name) Mikoto; (personal name) Makoto; (female given name) Takeru; (given name) Takeshi; (given name) Takashi; (given name) Son
To honour. ārya; honoured, honourable; to honor

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Mandarin jǐn / jin3
Taiwan chin
Chinese nuptial wine cup

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Mandarin/ yi2
Taiwan i
Chinese ancient wine vessel; ancient sacrificial vessel; Yi ethnic group; normal nature of man; laws and rules

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Mandarin zūn / zun1
Taiwan tsun
Japanese ban ばん
 tarusaki たるさき
 taru たる
 shimegi しめぎ
Chinese goblet; bottle; wine-jar
Japanese cask; barrel; (personal name) Ban; (surname) Tarusaki; (place-name, surname) Taru; (surname) Shimegi

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Mandarin/ ji3
Taiwan chi
Chinese clear wine; name of a river

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Mandarin jiè / jie4
Taiwan chieh
Japanese kai かい
 ingoto いんごと
Chinese to guard against; to exhort; to admonish or warn; to give up or stop doing something; Buddhist monastic discipline; ring (for a finger)
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) admonition; commandment; (2) sila (precept); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) sila (precept)
śīla, 尸羅. Precept, command, prohibition, discipline, rule; morality. It is applied to the five, eight, ten, 250, and other commandments. The five are: (1) not to kill; (2 ) not to steal; (3) not to commit adultery; (4) not to speak falsely; (5) not to drink wine. These are the commands for lay disciples; those who observe them will be reborn in the human realm. The Sarvāstivādins did not sanction the observance of a limited selection from them as did the 成實宗 Satyasiddhi school. Each of the five precepts has five guardian spirits, in all twenty-five, 五戒二十五神. The eight for lay disciples are the above five together with Nos. 7, 8, and 9 of the following; the ten commands for the ordained, monks and nuns, are the above five with the following: (6) not to use adornments of flowers, nor perfumes; (7) not to perform as an actor, juggler, acrobat, or go to watch and hear them; (8) not to sit on elevated, broad, and large divans (or beds); (9) not to eat except in regulation hours; (10) not to possess money, gold or silver, or precious things. The 具足戒full commands for a monk number 250, those for a nun are 348, commonly called 500. Śīla is also the first of the 五分法身, i.e. a condition above all moral error. The Sutra of Brahma's Net has the following after the first five: (6) not to speak of the sins of those in orders; (7) not to vaunt self and depreciate others; (8) not to be avaricious; (9) not to be angry; (10) not to slander the triratna.

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Mandarin zhǎn / zhan3
Taiwan chan
Chinese wine cup

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Mandarin zāo / zao1
Taiwan tsao
Japanese kasu かす
Chinese dregs; draff; pickled in wine; rotten; messy; ruined
Japanese (1) (kana only) dregs; sediment; grounds; meal; (2) (kana only) lees (esp. sake); (3) (kana only) leftovers; by-product; (4) (kana only) worthless item; thing of little to no value; (5) (kana only) dregs (e.g. of society); scum; dross; (6) (kana only) card only worth 1 point (in hanafuda); (surname) Kasu

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Mandarin léi / lei2
Taiwan lei
Japanese motai もたい
Chinese large earthenware wine jar
Japanese (surname) Motai

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Mandarin/ lu2
Taiwan lu
Chinese pile of earth to keep wine jars

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Mandarin jué / jue2
Taiwan chüeh
Japanese tsukasa つかさ
 jakku じゃっく
Chinese ancient bronze wine holder with 3 legs and loop handle; nobility
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) jue (ancient 3-legged Chinese wine pitcher, usu. made of bronze); (2) peerage (hereditary title bestowed by the emperor); (female given name) Tsukasa; (personal name) Jakku

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Mandarin píng / ping2
Taiwan p`ing / ping
Japanese kameji かめじ
Chinese bottle; vase; pitcher; CL:個|个[ge4]; classifier for wine and liquids
Japanese bottle; jar; decanter; flagon; phial; vial; earthenware pot; (personal name) Kameji

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Mandarin chī / chi1
Taiwan ch`ih / chih
Chinese large wine jar

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Mandarin bàng / bang4
Taiwan pang
Chinese a squat jar for holding wine, sauces etc

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Mandarin wèng / weng4
Taiwan weng
Japanese you / yo よう
 motai もたい
 tsurube つるべ
 kame かめ
 ou / o おう
Chinese pottery container for water, wine etc; surname Weng
Japanese (archaism) earthenware vessel for alcoholic beverages, etc.; (archaism) large earthenware pot (for brewing sake); (archaism) fired earthenware vessel used by the emperor to clean his hands; earthenware pot; (surname) You; (surname) Motai; (surname) Tsurube; (surname) Kame; (surname) Ou
kumbha, a pitcher, jar, pot.

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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Chinese big; cup made of horn; horn wine container

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Mandarin jiǎo / jiao3
Taiwan chiao
Japanese tsumo つも
 tsuno つの
 sumi すみ
 kado かど
 kaku かく
Chinese role (theater); to compete; ancient three legged wine vessel; third note of pentatonic scale; angle; corner; horn; horn-shaped; unit of money equal to 0.1 yuan; CL:個|个[ge4]; surname Jue
Japanese horn; (n,n-suf) (1) corner; nook; recess; (2) (obscure) downstage right (on a noh stage); (1) corner (e.g. desk, pavement); (2) edge; (n,n-suf) (1) angle; (2) square (or cube); (3) (shogi) (abbreviation) bishop; (4) third degree (of the Japanese & Chinese pentatonic scale); (5) (astron) Chinese "horn" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (6) jiao (monetary unit of China; one-tenth of a yuan); (surname) Tsumo; (surname) Tsuno; (surname) Sumi; (surname) Kado; (surname, given name) Kaku
viṣāna ; a horn, a trumpet: also a corner, an angle; to contend.

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Mandarin zhāi / zhai1
Taiwan chai
Japanese hitoshi ひとし
 toki とき
 sai さい
 itsuki いつき
Chinese to fast or abstain from meat, wine etc; vegetarian diet; study room; building; to give alms (to a monk)
Japanese (surname) Hitoshi; (personal name) Toki; (surname) Sai; (surname, given name) Itsuki
To reverence: abstinence; to purify as by fasting, or abstaining, e.g. from flesh food; religious or abstinential duties, or times; upavasatha (uposatha), a fast; the ritual period for food, i.e. before noon; a room for meditation, a study, a building, etc., devoted to abstinence, chastity, or the Buddhist religion; mourning (for parents); to abstain

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Mandarin xíng / xing2
Taiwan hsing
Chinese long-necked wine flask

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Mandarin tǒu / tou3
Taiwan t`ou / tou
Chinese a wine flagon; surname Tou

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Mandarin/ lu4
Taiwan lu
Chinese name of a wine

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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
pú tao jiǔ
pu2 tao5 jiu3
pu tao jiu
p`u t`ao chiu
pu tao chiu
sake / shujiǔ / jiu3 / jiu chiu
In Wine there is Truth 酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
jiu hou tu zhen yan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
chiu hou tu chen yen
Sumptuous Debauchery 酒池肉林shu chi niku rin
jiǔ chí ròu lín
jiu3 chi2 rou4 lin2
jiu chi rou lin
chiu ch`ih jou lin
chiu chih jou lin
Sherry 雪利xuě lì / xue3 li4 / xue li / xueli hsüeh li / hsüehli
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