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A dangerous character in every way
China wēi
Japan ki
Danger Vertical Wall Scroll

危 means danger, peril or "to endanger." If you live a dangerous life, or want to subtly warn others that you are a dangerous person, this may be the selection for you.

This also means "danger" and sometimes "fear" in Japanese and Korean but is seldom seen outside of compound words in those languages (as a single character, it's kind of like an abbreviation for danger in Japanese and Korean). 危 is also a rather odd selection for a wall scroll anyway. It's only here because people search for danger on our website.

Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

China wēi jī
Japan kiki
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical Wall Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity."

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity." 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher," which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis." Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.


China wēi dì mǎ lā
Guatemala Vertical Wall Scroll

危地馬拉 is the Chinese name for the country of Guatemala

See Also:  North America

Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself, and Win 100 Battles

Japan teki o shi ri o no o shi re ba hya ku sen aya u ka ra zu
Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself, and Win 100 Battles Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the longer/full Japanese version of this proverb. This means, "Know your enemy, know yourself, and you will not fear a hundred battles."

Others will translate this as, "Know thy enemy, know thyself, yields victory in one hundred battles."

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Not the results for 危 that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin wēi / wei1
Taiwan wei
Japanese ki / き
Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself, and Win 100 Battles Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese danger; to endanger; Taiwan pr. [wei2]; surname Wei
Japanese (1) danger; (2) {astron} (See 危宿,二十八宿,玄武・げんぶ・2) Chinese "rooftop" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)



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Mandarin wēi jī / wei1 ji1
Taiwan wei chi
Japanese kiki / きき
Chinese crisis; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) crisis; danger; risk; (female given name) Kiki



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Mandarin wēi dì mǎ lā / wei1 di4 ma3 la1
Taiwan wei ti ma la
Chinese Guatemala; see also 瓜地馬拉|瓜地马拉[Gua1 di4 ma3 la1]


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Japanese tekioshirionooshirebahyakusenayaukarazu / てきをしりおのをしればひゃくせんあやうからず Japanese (expression) (proverb) know your enemy, know thyself, and you shall not fear a hundred battles



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Mandarin qīng wēi / qing1 wei1
Taiwan ch`ing wei / ching wei
Chinese in danger of collapse; in a parlous state; (of person) treacherous


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Japanese kigu / きぐ Japanese (noun/participle) apprehensions; misgivings; uneasiness; anxiety; fear


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Mandarin wéi wáng / wei2 wang2
Taiwan wei wang
Japanese kimō
Chinese at stake; in peril
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin wēi jí / wei1 ji2
Taiwan wei chi
Chinese to endanger; to jeopardize; a danger (to life, national security etc)


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Mandarin wēi kùn / wei1 kun4
Taiwan wei k`un / wei kun
Chinese grave situation


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Japanese kichi / きち Japanese dangerous position; peril


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Mandarin wéi zuò / wei2 zuo4
Taiwan wei tso
Japanese kiza / きざ
Japanese (noun/participle) sitting up straight
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin wēi chéng / wei1 cheng2
Taiwan wei ch`eng / wei cheng
Japanese kijō
A perilous citadel, i. e. the body; perilous castle


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Mandarin wēi jìng / wei1 jing4
Taiwan wei ching
Chinese dangerous situation; venerable old age


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Mandarin wéi hài / wei2 hai4
Taiwan wei hai
Japanese kigai / きがい
Chinese to jeopardize; to harm; to endanger; harmful effect; damage; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese injury; harm; danger
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Japanese umiyameboshi / うみやめぼし Japanese {astron} (See 危・2) Chinese "rooftop" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)


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Mandarin wēi jú / wei1 ju2
Taiwan wei chü
Japanese kikyoku / ききょく
Chinese perilous situation
Japanese crisis


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Japanese kigan / きがん Japanese steep, towering rock


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Japanese kihou / kiho / きほう Japanese high, steep peak


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Japanese kigan / きがん Japanese steep, towering rock


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Japanese kiza / きざ Japanese (noun/participle) sitting up straight


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Japanese kiben / きべん Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) sophistry; sophism; chicanery; play on words



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Mandarin wēi jìng / wei1 jing4
Taiwan wei ching
Chinese steep and perilous path


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Mandarin wēi jí / wei1 ji2
Taiwan wei chi
Japanese kikyuu / kikyu / ききゅう
Chinese critical; desperate (situation)
Japanese (1) emergency; (2) endangerment (of a species)


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Mandarin wēi xìng / wei1 xing4
Taiwan wei hsing
Chinese risk


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Japanese kigu / きぐ Japanese (noun/participle) apprehensions; misgivings; uneasiness; anxiety; fear



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Mandarin wēi jù / wei1 ju4
Taiwan wei chü
Japanese kiku / きく
Chinese afraid; apprehensive
Japanese (noun/participle) (See 危惧) fear; misgivings


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Mandarin wēi fáng / wei1 fang2
Taiwan wei fang
Chinese decrepit house


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Japanese kikyoku / ききょく Japanese crisis; grave danger; serious depression



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Mandarin wēi lóu / wei1 lou2
Taiwan wei lou
Chinese dangerous housing; building that is about to collapse


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Mandarin wēi dài / wei1 dai4
Taiwan wei tai
Japanese kitai / きたい
Chinese grave danger; in jeopardy; in a critical condition
Japanese danger; jeopardy; distress

Search for in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dangerkiwēi / wei1 / wei
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
wēi dì mǎ lā
wei1 di4 ma3 la1
wei di ma la
wei ti ma la
Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself, and Win 100 Battles敵を知り己を知れば百戦危うからずteki o shi ri o no o shi re ba hya ku sen aya u ka ra zu
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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