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  1. Wood

  2. Jupiter

  3. Squirrel

  4. Suzuki

  5. Hua Mulan

  6. Profound / Powerful Words

  7. Almudena

  8. Five Elements

  9. Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

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(One of the five elements)
Japan ki
Wood Vertical Wall Scroll

木 is the symbol for wood in Japanese, Korean and Chinese. This can sometimes mean "tree" depending on context. In fact, the character comes from a pictogram that is supposed to resemble a tree.

Wood is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.


China mù xīng
Japan Mokusei
Jupiter Vertical Wall Scroll

木星 is the planet Jupiter in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The literal meaning is "wood star."

This can also be a given name (Mokusei) or the surname (Kiboshi) in Japanese.


Japan kinezumi
Squirrel Vertical Wall Scroll

木鼠 is the common Japanese word for squirrel.

This refers to a tree squirrel but not a flying squirrel.


China líng mù
Japan suzu ki
Suzuki Vertical Wall Scroll

鈴木 is the Japanese surname, Suzuki.

鈴木 is the family name of the founder of Suzuki Loom Company, which later became Suzuki Motor Corporation.

This name can also be romanized as Sudzuki; Suzushi; Suzuko; Susuheki; Susugi; Susuki.

Chinese pronunciation is shown above but this is recognized as a Japanese surname when read in Chinese.

Hua Mulan

China huā mù lán
Hua Mulan Vertical Wall Scroll

花木蘭 is the name of the famous Chinese woman warrior Hua Mulan.

She was made famous in the west by Disney's animated movie, "Mulan."

Most of the historical information about her comes from an ancient poem. It starts with a concerned Mulan, as she is told a man from each family is to serve conscription in the army. Her father is too old, and her brother is too young. Mulan decides to take the place of her father. After twelve years of war, the army returns and the best warriors are awarded great posts in the government and riches. Mulan turns down all offers, and asks only for a good horse for the long trip home. When Mulan greets visiting comrades wearing her old clothes, they are shocked to find the warrior they rode into battle with for years was actually a woman.

Profound / Powerful Words

China rù mù sān fēn
Profound / Powerful Words Vertical Wall Scroll

These four characters together translate in English to a strong form of "profound" or "written with a forceful hand."

But there is much more to the story...

The deep meaning behind this proverb comes from a man named Wan Xizhi who lived in the third century.

He was a great writer and calligrapher whose writing style influenced generations of other writers and calligraphers.

He once wrote words on a piece of wood to be taken to an engraver.
When the engraver began to carve the characters into the wood, he found that Wang Xizhi's writing had penetrated the wood about 3/8 of an inch.

Thus people believed that his words were so powerful, and so profound this it caused the ink from his brush to penetrate the wood deeply.

The proverb literally means "penetrated wood three fen" (fen is an ancient Chinese measurement a little over to 1/8 of an inch or almost 4mm).


China ā lā mù dé nuó
Almudena Vertical Wall Scroll

阿拉木德娜 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Almudena

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements Vertical Wall Scroll

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

Meaning: Anyone can make a mistake
Japan saru mo ki kara ochiru
Even Monkeys Fall From Trees Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the Japanese proverb, "Even monkeys fall from trees." It suggests that even the most skilled, can make a mistake in something they should be a master of. Or, to put it simply, "Anyone can make a mistake."

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

In Flowers the Cherry Blossom,
In Men the Samurai

Japan hana wa sakuragi hito wa bushi
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb simply reads, "[In] Flowers it's Cherry Blossoms, [In] Men it's Warriors."

This is meant to say that of all the flowers in the world, the cherry blossom is the best. And of all men in the world, the Samurai or Warrior is the best

This proverb has been around for a long time. It's believed to have been composed sometime before the Edo Period in Japan (which started in 1603).

Some will drop one syllable and pronounce this, "hana wa sakura hito wa bushi." That's "sakura" instead of "sakuragi," which is like saying "cherry blossom" instead of "cherry tree."

The third character was traditionally written as 櫻. But in modern Japan, that became 桜. You may still see 櫻 used from time to time on older pieces of calligraphy. We can do either one, so just make a special request if you want 櫻.

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

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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/ mu4
Taiwan mu
Japanese moku / もく
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese tree; wood; coffin; wooden; simple; numb; one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]; surname Mu
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See 木曜) Thursday; (2) (See 五行・1) wood (first of the five elements); (female given name) Moku; (given name) Bokukei; (female given name) Baumu; (surname) Tagaki; (personal name) Sunao; (personal name) Kimoto; (personal name) Kitsugi; (personal name) Kitsuki; (surname) Kidaka; (personal name) Kisuki; (surname) Ki
Wood; a tree; kāṣṭha, a piece of wood, wood, timber.


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Mandarin mù xīng / mu4 xing1
Taiwan mu hsing
Japanese mokusei / mokuse / もくせい
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Jupiter (planet)
Japanese Jupiter (planet); (given name) Mokusei; (surname) Kiboshi
勿哩訶婆跋底 Bṛhaspati; 'Lord of increase,' the planet Jupiter.


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Japanese kinezumi / きねずみ
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese squirrel



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Mandarin líng mù / ling2 mu4
Taiwan ling mu
Japanese suzushi / すづき    suzuko / すずし    suzuki / すずこ    susuheki / すずき    susugi / すすへき    susuki / すすぎ
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Suzuki (Japanese surname)
Japanese (surname) Sudzuki; (surname) Suzushi; (surname) Suzuko; (p,s,f) Suzuki; (surname) Susuheki; (surname) Susugi; (surname) Susuki



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Mandarin huā mù lán / hua1 mu4 lan2
Taiwan hua mu lan
Chinese Hua Mulan, legendary woman warrior (c. fifth century), Northern dynasties folk hero recorded in Sui and Tang literature


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Mandarin rù mù sān fēn / ru4 mu4 san1 fen1
Taiwan ju mu san fen
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese written in a forceful hand; penetrating; profound


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Japanese sarumokikaraochiru / さるもきからおちる
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (expression) (proverb) even monkeys fall from trees; anyone can make a mistake; pride comes before a fall; even Homer sometimes nods


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Japanese hanahasakuragihitohabushi / はなはさくらぎひとはぶし Japanese (expression) (proverb) the best flowers are the cherry blossoms, the best individuals are the samurai; as the cherry blossom is first among flowers, so is the samurai first among men


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Japanese shimeki / しめき Japanese (surname) Shimeki


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Japanese ichiboku / いちぼく Japanese one tree; (place-name, surname) Hitotsugi; (place-name, surname) Hitotsuki; (surname) Hitoki; (surname) Kazuki; (surname) Itsuki; (surname, given name) Ikki; (surname) Ichimoku; (given name) Ichiboku; (surname) Ichinogi; (surname) Ichinoki; (place-name, surname) Ichigi; (surname) Ichiki


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Japanese jouboku;uwaki / joboku;uwaki / じょうぼく;うわき Japanese (noun/participle) (1) (じょうぼく only) (See 上梓) publication; wood-block printing; (2) (usu. うわき) (See 下木) canopy (trees); (surname) Jouki; (surname) Kamiki; (place-name) Uwagi; (surname) Ueki


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Japanese shitaki;kaboku;shitagi / したき;かぼく;したぎ Japanese (See 上木・じょうぼく・2) understory trees; underbrush; undergrowth; (surname) Shimoki; (surname) Shitaki


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Japanese namiki / なみき Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) roadside tree; row of trees; (surname) Naraki; (surname) Namigi; (place-name, surname) Namiki


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Japanese maruki / まるき Japanese log; (surname) Maruki


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Japanese hisagi / ひさぎ Japanese (archaism) unknown plant species (perhaps Catalpa ovata or Mallotus japonicus); (place-name, surname) Hisagi; (surname) Hisaki; (surname) Kunogi; (surname) Kugi; (surname) Kukizaki; (place-name, surname) Kuki; (surname) Kyuuki


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Mandarin rǔ mù / ru3 mu4
Taiwan ju mu
Japanese nyūmoku
Resinous wood (for homa, or fire sacrifice); milk-wood



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Mandarin gān mù / gan1 mu4
Taiwan kan mu
Japanese kenmoku
dry wood


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Mandarin fá mù / fa2 mu4
Taiwan fa mu
Japanese batsuboku / ばつぼく
Chinese to cut wood; tree-felling; lumbering
Japanese felling; logging


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Japanese teiboku / teboku / ていぼく Japanese shrub; shrubbery


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Japanese kaboku / かぼく Japanese beautiful trees; (given name) Yoshiki; (personal name) Keiju; (personal name) Keiki


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Japanese touboku / toboku / とうぼく Japanese fallen tree


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Japanese nyuuboku / nyuboku / にゅうぼく Japanese calligraphy; (surname) Iriki


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Japanese kabuki / かぶき Japanese lintel; crossbar; gate with a crossbar; roofed gate; (surname) Kaburagi; (place-name, surname) Kabuki


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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 bungi / ぶんぎ Japanese -ary tree; (place-name) Bungi; (surname) Bunki


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Japanese fukuboku / ふくぼく Japanese (See 添え木・そえぎ・1) splint; brace


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Japanese wariki / わりき Japanese split firewood; (surname) Wariki


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Japanese chigi / ちぎ Japanese ornamental crossed rafter ends on shrine gables; (surname) Chigizaki; (surname, given name) Chigi; (place-name) Sengi; (place-name) Segi; (personal name) Seki


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Japanese utsugi / うつぎ Japanese deutzia; Deutzia crenata; (given name) Uboku; (surname) Unoki; (surname) Utsugi; (surname) Ugi; (surname) Uki


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Mandarin yuán mù / yuan2 mu4
Taiwan yüan mu
Japanese genboku / げんぼく
Chinese logs
Japanese (1) pulpwood; raw timber; unprocessed timber; logs; (2) original (or ancestor) of a tree cultivar; (place-name) Baraki; (surname) Haragi; (surname) Haraki

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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
Woodkimù / mu4 / mu
Jupiter木星Mokuseimù xīng / mu4 xing1 / mu xing / muxingmu hsing / muhsing
Suzuki鈴木suzu ki / suzukilíng mù / ling2 mu4 / ling mu / lingmu
Hua Mulan花木蘭
huā mù lán
hua1 mu4 lan2
hua mu lan
Powerful Words
入木三分rù mù sān fēn
ru4 mu4 san1 fen1
ru mu san fen
ju mu san fen
Almudena阿拉木德娜ā lā mù dé nuó
a1 la1 mu4 de2 nuo2
a la mu de nuo
a la mu te no
Five Elements金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chin mu shui huo tu
Even Monkeys Fall From Trees猿も木から落ちるsaru mo ki kara ochiru
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai花は櫻木人は武士
hana wa sakuragi hito wa bushi
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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