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Winter Season

China dōng
Japan fuyu
Winter Season Vertical Wall Scroll

冬 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.

The Four Seasons

China chūn xià qiū dōng
Japan shunkashuutou
The Four Seasons Vertical Wall Scroll

春夏秋冬 is one way to express "The Four Seasons " or "All Year Round ."

The characters here represent Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter.

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
You must endure a harsh winter / to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Japanese fuyu / ふゆ
You must endure a harsh winter / to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll
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 chūn xià qiū dōng / chun1 xia4 qiu1 dong1
Taiwan ch`un hsia ch`iu tung / chun hsia chiu tung
Japanese shunkashuutou / shunkashuto / しゅんかしゅうとう
You must endure a harsh winter / to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese the four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (yoji) spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter; the four seasons; (personal name) Hitotose; (female given name) Hitotoki

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese (onom.) beating a drum; rat-a-tat; surname Dong
Japanese See:


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Mandarin dīng dōng / ding1 dong1
Taiwan ting tung
Japanese teitou / teto / ていとう
Chinese (onom.) ding dong; jingling of bells; clanking sound
Japanese (given name) Teitou


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Japanese santou / santo / さんとう Japanese three winter months; (female given name) Mifuyu


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Japanese joutou / joto / じょうとう Japanese (obsolete) (obscure) (See 孟冬,神無月) tenth month of the lunar calendar


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Japanese chuutou / chuto / ちゅうとう Japanese (obsolete) eleventh month of the lunar calendar


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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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Japanese chuutou / chuto / ちゅうとう Japanese (obsolete) eleventh month of the lunar calendar


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Mandarin jiā dōng / jia1 dong1
Taiwan chia tung
Chinese Chiatung township in Pingtung County 屏東縣|屏东县[Ping2 dong1 Xian4], Taiwan


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Mandarin dōng lìng / dong1 ling4
Taiwan tung ling
Chinese winter; winter climate


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Japanese fuyusaku / ふゆさく Japanese (See 冬作物) winter crops


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Japanese fuyugata / ふゆがた Japanese (can act as adjective) (1) wintery; (2) (abbreviation) (See 冬型気圧配置) atmospheric pressure pattern in winter; winter pressure pattern


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Japanese fuyuba / ふゆば Japanese the winter season


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Mandarin dōng xià / dong1 xia4
Taiwan tung hsia
Japanese fuyuka / ふゆか
Chinese winter and summer
Japanese (female given name) Fuyuka


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Mandarin dōng yè / dong1 ye4
Taiwan tung yeh
Japanese touya / toya / とうや
Japanese (female given name) Touya
The night before the 至 winter solstice; evening before the winter solstice


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Mandarin dōng tiān / dong1 tian1
Taiwan tung t`ien / tung tien
Japanese touten / toten / とうてん
Chinese winter; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese winter sky; wintry weather


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Mandarin dōng jì / dong1 ji4
Taiwan tung chi
Japanese touki / toki / とうき
Chinese winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (season of) winter; (personal name) Fuyuki; (female given name) Toki


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Japanese toukan / tokan / とうかん Japanese (See 六官) Ministry of Works (Zhou-dynasty China)



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Mandarin dōng gōng / dong1 gong1
Taiwan tung kung
Japanese toukyuu / tokyu / とうきゅう
Chinese Winter Palace (St Petersburg); Hermitage Museum
Japanese (place-name) Winter Palace (in Saint Petersburg); Zimniy Dvorets


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Japanese fuyushaku;fuyushaku / ふゆしゃく;フユシャク Japanese (kana only) winter moth (Geometridae spp.)


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Mandarin dōng shān / dong1 shan1
Taiwan tung shan
Japanese fuyuyama / ふゆやま
Chinese Tungshan or Dongshan township in Yilan county 宜蘭縣|宜兰县[Yi2 lan2 xian4], Taiwan
Japanese (1) wintry mountain; (2) mountain that is often climbed during the winter; (surname) Fuyuyama; (given name) Touzan


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Japanese fuyubi / ふゆび Japanese the winter sun



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Mandarin dōng huì / dong1 hui4
Taiwan tung hui
Japanese fuyue
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin dōng yuè / dong1 yue4
Taiwan tung yüeh
Japanese tougetsu / togetsu / とうげつ
Chinese eleventh lunar month
Japanese (1) winter; winter season; (2) winter moon; (female given name) Fuyutsuki


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Japanese fuyufuku / ふゆふく Japanese winter clothing


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Mandarin dōng cháo / dong1 chao2
Taiwan tung ch`ao / tung chao
Japanese tōchō
The morning of that day; winter morning


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Japanese touki / toki / とうき Japanese (n-adv,n-t) winter; wintertime; winter term


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Japanese fuyuki;fuyugi / ふゆき;ふゆぎ Japanese (1) a tree as seen in winter (esp. a barren deciduous tree); (2) evergreen tree; (place-name) Fuyugi; (place-name, surname) Fuyuki


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Japanese fuyuzakura;fuyuzakara / ふゆざくら;フユザカラ Japanese (1) (kana only) winter cherry (Prunus parvifolia); (2) winter cherry blossoms; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Kazusa

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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
Winter Seasonfuyudōng / dong1 / dongtung
The Four Seasons春夏秋冬shunkashuutou
chūn xià qiū dōng
chun1 xia4 qiu1 dong1
chun xia qiu dong
ch`un hsia ch`iu tung
chun hsia chiu tung
You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime
bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
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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