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Winter Season

China dōng
Japan fuyu
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<mark>Winter</mark> Season

This is the word/character used to describe the Winter season in Chinese and Japanese. It also means winter in Korean Hanja, though a second character is usually added in Korean.

You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness
China bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
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You must endure a harsh <mark>winter</mark><br>to appreciate the warmth of springtime

This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.

To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It

China bù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng
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To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [One who has] not been a monk [does] not know [the feeling of a] cold head.
I need to explain that a Chinese Buddhist monk always has a shaved head, and thus a cold head in winter.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot know the true meaning of hardship until one has experienced it oneself.


This is an idiom in Chinese, so the figurative meaning is what people perceive when they hear or read this phrase. Just as in English, when someone says, "The grass is always greener", one will think about the idea of jealousy, rather than the quality of one's lawn.


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Characters / Kanji
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Pronunciation
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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Japanese  ふゆ
Chinese winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) winter; (female given name) Fuyu; (female given name) Natsu; (given name) Toumin; (personal name) Tou
hima; hemanta; winter.
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Mandarin jiǎ / jia3
Taiwan chia
Japanese enoki えのき
 eno えの
 eki えき
Chinese (evergreen shrub); Celtis sinensis
Japanese (1) (kana only) Japanese hackberry (Celtis sinensis var. japonica); Chinese nettle tree; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) enoki mushroom (Flammulina velutipes); winter mushroom; velvet shank; enokitake; enokidake; (surname) Enoki; (place-name) Eno; (surname) Eki

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Mandarin shòu / shou4
Taiwan shou
Japanese kari かり
Chinese to hunt; to go hunting (as winter sport in former times); hunting dog; imperial tour
Japanese hunting; (surname) Kari

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Mandarin/ la4
Taiwan la
Japanese  ろう
Chinese 12th lunar month; preserved (meat, fish etc)
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) offering ceremony held on the third day of the dog after the winter solstice; (2) twelfth month of the lunisolar calendar; (3) year in the Buddhist order (after the completion of the first meditation retreat)
Dried flesh; to sacrifice to the gods three days after the winter solstice; the end of the year; a year; a monastic year, i.e. the end of the annual summer retreat, also called 戒臘; 夏臘; 法臘.

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中夜

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Mandarin zhōng yè / zhong1 ye4
Taiwan chung yeh
Japanese chū ya なかや
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) midnight period; midnight service; (2) (archaism) winter solstice; (surname) Nakaya
midnight

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三季

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Mandarin sān jì / san1 ji4
Taiwan san chi
Japanese sanki みき
Japanese (female given name) Miki
The "three seasons" of an Indian year— spring, summer, and winter; a year.

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三冬

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Japanese mifuyu みふゆ
Japanese three winter months; (female given name) Mifuyu

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交九

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Mandarin jiāo jiǔ / jiao1 jiu3
Taiwan chiao chiu
Chinese the coldest period of the year; three nine day periods after the winter solstice

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二至

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Japanese nishi にし
Japanese the two solstices (summer and winter)

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今冬

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Japanese kontou / konto こんとう
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) this winter; next winter; last winter

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余寒

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Japanese yokan よかん
Japanese lingering winter

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半天

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Mandarin bàn tiān / ban4 tian1
Taiwan pan t`ien / pan tien
Japanese hanten はんてん
Chinese half of the day; a long time; quite a while; midair; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) traditional short winter coat resembling a haori without gussets; (2) livery coat; (3) half the sky; (4) mid-air; middle of the sky

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半纏

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Japanese hanten はんてん
Japanese (1) traditional short winter coat resembling a haori without gussets; (2) livery coat

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半纒

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Japanese hanten はんてん
Japanese (1) traditional short winter coat resembling a haori without gussets; (2) livery coat

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向寒

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Japanese koukan / kokan こうかん
Japanese facing the winter

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報沙


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Mandarin bào shā / bao4 sha1
Taiwan pao sha
Japanese Hōsha
Pauṣa, the first of the three Indian winter months, from the 16th of the 10th Chinese month.

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夏冬

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Japanese katou / kato かとう
Japanese summer and winter

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季冬

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Mandarin jì dōng / ji4 dong1
Taiwan chi tung
Japanese toshifuyu としふゆ
 tokifuyu ときふゆ
 kifuyu きふゆ
Chinese final month of winter (i.e. twelfth month of lunar calendar)
Japanese (1) (obsolete) end of winter; (2) twelfth month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Toshifuyu; (personal name) Tokifuyu; (personal name) Kifuyu

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孟冬

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Japanese moutou / moto もうとう
Japanese (1) (obsolete) beginning of winter; (2) tenth month of the lunar calendar

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客冬

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Japanese kakutou / kakuto かくとう
Japanese last winter

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安居

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Mandarin ān jū / an1 ju1
Taiwan an chü
Japanese ango やすおき
Chinese to settle down; to live peacefully; Anju district of Suining city 遂寧市|遂宁市[Sui4 ning2 shi4], Sichuan
Japanese (noun/participle) (Buddhist term) varsika (meditation retreat; usu. for 90 days starting on the 15th day of the 4th month of the lunisolar calendar); (noun/participle) easy life; (given name) Yasuoki; (place-name/surname) Yasui; (place-name) Agoin; (place-name) Ago; (surname) Agui; (f,s) Ai
Tranquil dwelling. varṣā, varṣās, or varṣāvasāna. A retreat during the three months of the Indian rainy season, and also, say some, in the depth of winter. During the rains it was 'difficult to move without injuring insect life'. But the object was for study and meditation. In Tokhara the retreat is said to have been in winter, from the middle of the 12th to the middle of the 3rd moon; in India from the middle of the 5th to the 8th, or the 6th to the 9th moons; usually from Śrāvaṇa, Chinese 5th moon, to Aśvayuja, Chinese 8th moon; but the 16th of the 4th to the 15th of the 7th moon has been the common period in China and Japan. The two annual periods are sometimes called 坐 夏 and 坐 臘 sitting or resting for the summer and for the end of the year. The period is divided into three sections, former, middle, and latter, each of a month.

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寒中

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Japanese kanchuu / kanchu かんちゅう
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) mid-winter; cold season

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寒假

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Mandarin hán jià / han2 jia4
Taiwan han chia
Chinese winter vacation

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寒卵

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Japanese kantamago かんたまご
Japanese egg laid in winter

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寒桜

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Japanese kanzakura かんざくら
Japanese (1) (kana only) Prunus kanzakura (species of winter-blooming cherry tree); (2) (kana only) Chinese primrose (Primula sinensis)

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寒梅

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Japanese kanbai かんばい
Japanese (1) plum tree which blossoms in winter; early-flowering plum tree; (2) early plum blossoms; (surname) Kanbai

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寒月

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Japanese satsuki さつき
 kangetsu かんげつ
Japanese wintry moon; a winter month; (female given name) Satsuki; (given name) Kangetsu

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寒暁

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Japanese kangyou / kangyo かんぎょう
 kankyou / kankyo かんきょう
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (poetic term) cold winter dawn

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寒暑

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Mandarin hán shǔ / han2 shu3
Taiwan han shu
Japanese kansho かんしょ
Japanese hot and cold; summer and winter
Cold and heat.

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寒昴

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Japanese kansubaru かんすばる
Japanese (obscure) Pleiades (esp. in winter)

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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

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Winter Season
fuyudōng
dong
tung
dong1
You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime
不经冬寒不知春暖
不經冬寒不知春暖
n/abù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It不当和尚不知头冷
不當和尚不知頭冷
n/abù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng
bu dang he shang bu zhi tou leng
pu tang ho shang pu chih t`ou leng
bu4 dang1 he2 shang4 bu4 zhi1 tou2 leng3
pu tang ho shang pu chih tou leng

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