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射手 means archer, shooter, or marksman in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Depending on context, it can also mean "goal getter" in Chinese. This would also be the word for bowman.
射手 is kind of modern in Asia, meaning that it's only been in use for a few hundred years. However, the more ancient version of archer is often not even recognized by the current generation of Chinese and Japanese people.
The first character means "shoot" or "fire" (in the context of a gun or bow). It's also a suffix for radioactive things (in the context of chemistry) - radioactive things "fire off" electrons. In Japanese, that first Kanji is a short name and suffix for archery.
The second character means "hand" but hand can also mean a person, in the same way, that "farmhand" is a person in English.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 射手 search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shè shǒu / she4 shou3
ite;shashu / いて;しゃしゅ
archer; shooter; marksman; (football etc) striker
archer; shooter; bowman; (surname) Ide; (surname) Ite
| shè shǒu zuò / she4 shou3 zuo4
she shou tso
iteza / いてざ
Sagittarius (constellation and sign of the zodiac); popular variant of 人馬座|人马座[Ren2 ma3 zuo4]
Sagittarius (constellation); the Archer
|itezono / いてぞの||
|itezaki / いてざき||
(personal name) Itezaki
|iteya / いてや||
|idetani / いでたに||
|iteyayoshio / いてやよしお||
(person) Iteya Yoshio (1956.1-)
|yutakeiteyoshifure / yutaketeyoshifure / ゆたけいてよしふれ||
|iteza / いてざ||Sagittarius (constellation); the Archer|
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Archer||射手||i te / sha shu|
ite / shashu
|shè shǒu / she4 shou3 / she shou / sheshou|
|Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol|
|射手座||ite-za||shè shǒu zuò|
she4 shou3 zuo4
she shou zuo
|she shou tso
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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.
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.
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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