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  1. Jade
  2. Gem
  3. Jasper
  4. Sapphire
  5. Ursule
  6. Amaryu
  7. Death Before Dishonor
  8. Honorable Death - No Surrender
  9. Death Before Dishonor
10. You are who you hang out with.

Jade

(precious stone)
China
Japan tama / gyoku
Jade

玉 is how to write jade in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji. This refers to the semi-precious stone that can be almost white or a vivid green.

Note: In Japanese, this character can mean jewel, ball, sphere or coin depending on context.

If your name is Jade, you may want to choose this to represent your name by meaning rather than pronunciation.

Gem

China zhū yù
Japan shugyoku
Gem

珠玉 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word meaning gem. Beyond just the word gem, this can refer to pearls and jades, jewels, a clever remark, beautiful writing, gems of wisdom, genius, or an outstanding person.

If your name is Gem, this is a nice way to represent your name in 3 Asian languages. Though the pronunciation will be far from Gem, the meaning of gem is really nice.

Note: In Japanese, this is sometimes used as the female given name, "Tama."

Jasper

China bì yù
Japan hekigyoku
Jasper

碧玉 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji title for jasper (the reddish stone composed of quartz and other minerals).

Jasper can also be a Japanese female given name, romanized as Hekigyoku.

Sapphire

China qīng yù
Japan seigyoku
Sapphire

青玉 is a Japanese word that means sapphire or jacinth.

青玉 literally mean blue/green jade.


Note: This also makes sense in Chinese, but will be read as "blue jade", rather than being understood to be sapphire (藍寶石 is sapphire in Chinese).

Ursule

China yù xiù er
Ursule

玉秀兒 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Ursule.

Amaryu

China ài mǎ ěr yù
Amaryu

艾馬爾玉 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Amaryu.

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì
Death Before Dishonor

寧為玉碎 is the short version of a longer Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery." The characters shown above just say the "rather be a broken piece of jade" part (the second half is implied - everyone in China knows this idiom).

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

寧為玉碎 is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor," the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees."

Honorable Death - No Surrender

Japan gyokusai shugi
Honorable Death - No Surrender

This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender," or simply "No surrender." If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide," or "Ideology of honorable death."

玉砕主義 is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
Death Before Dishonor

This is the long version of a Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery."

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

This is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor," the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees."


This is an idiom. It therefore doesn't directly say exactly what it means. If you think about the English idiom, "The grass is always greener," it does not directly say "jealousy" or "envy" but everyone knows that it is implied.

You are who you hang out with.

China āi jīn sì jīn āi yù sì yù
You are who you hang out with.

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [One who is] close to gold [is] like gold [and one who is] close to jade [is] like jade.

Figuratively, this means:
A good environment produces good people.
People are in influenced by the company they keep.

Basically, if you hang out with good people, you are likely to become or stay good yourself. The opposite also being true. This is like the moral version of "You are what you eat."


Note: In Japanese, they have a similar phrase, 類は友を呼ぶ (rui wa tomo o yobu) Birds of a feather flock together. However, this is not a good meaning, so we're not offering it for wall scrolls.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ yu4
Taiwan
Japanese gyoku / ぎょく
You are who you hang out with.
Chinese jade
Japanese (1) (also formerly read as ごく) precious stone (esp. jade); (2) {food} egg (sometimes esp. as a sushi topping); (3) stock or security being traded; product being bought or sold; (4) (See 建玉) position (in finance, the amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer); (5) geisha; (6) (abbreviation) (See 玉代) time charge for a geisha; (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 玉将) king (of the junior player); (female given name) Hikaru; (surname) Tamazaki; (surname) Tamasaki; (female given name) Tama; (surname) Giyoku; (surname) Oku
Jade, a gem; jade-like, precious; you, your.

珠玉

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Mandarin zhū yù / zhu1 yu4
Taiwan chu yü
Japanese shugyoku / しゅぎょく
You are who you hang out with.
Chinese pearls and jades; jewels; clever remark; beautiful writing; gems of wisdom; genius; outstanding person
Japanese (1) gem; jewel; (can be adjective with の) (2) beautiful; accomplished; charming; (female given name) Tama

碧玉

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Mandarin bì yù / bi4 yu4
Taiwan pi yü
Japanese hekigyoku / へきぎょく
You are who you hang out with.
Chinese jasper
Japanese jasper; (female given name) Hekigyoku

青玉

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Japanese seigyoku / segyoku / せいぎょく
You are who you hang out with.
Japanese sapphire; jacinth

玉砕主義

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Japanese gyokusaishugi / ぎょくさいしゅぎ
You are who you hang out with.
Japanese (yoji) the principle of honorable death and no surrender

お玉

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Japanese otama / おたま Japanese (1) (abbreviation) ladle; (2) (feminine speech) hen egg; (female given name) Otama

上玉

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Japanese joudama / jodama / じょうだま Japanese fine jewel; best article; pretty woman; (surname) Uetama

出玉

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Japanese dedama / でだま Japanese won pachinko ball

前玉

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Japanese maedama / まえだま Japanese (slang) front lens element (of a camera lens assembly); (surname) Maedama

剛玉


刚玉

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Mandarin gāng yù / gang1 yu4
Taiwan kang yü
Chinese corundum (mineral)

剣玉

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Japanese kendama / けんだま Japanese Japanese bilboquet (cup-and-ball game)

勾玉

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Mandarin gōu yù / gou1 yu4
Taiwan kou yü
Japanese magatama / まがたま
Chinese magatama (Japanese curved beads)
Japanese (archaism) comma-shaped jewels

匂玉

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Japanese nioidama / においだま Japanese (1) tonsil stones; tonsillolith; (2) scent ball

北玉

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Japanese kitatama / きたたま Japanese {sumo} (See 北玉時代) era at the turn of 1960s into 70s dominated by grand champions Kitanofuji and Tamanoumi

半玉

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Japanese hantama / はんたま    hangyoku / はんぎょく Japanese half portion of noodles or fried rice; half ball (of noodles); (See 一本・5) child geisha; apprentice entertainer

右玉

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Mandarin yòu yù / you4 yu4
Taiwan yu yü
Chinese Youyu county in Shuozhou 朔州[Shuo4 zhou1], Shanxi

味玉

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Japanese ajitama / あじたま Japanese (abbreviation) soft-boiled egg marinated in soy and mirin

品玉

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Japanese shinadama / しなだま Japanese (1) tossing several items into the air and attempting to catch them all (form of street performance); (2) sleight of hand; magic; (surname) Shinadama

善玉

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Japanese zendama / ぜんだま Japanese good person

埼玉

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Mandarin qí yù / qi2 yu4
Taiwan ch`i yü / chi yü
Japanese saitama / さいたま
Chinese Saitama (city and prefecture in Japan)
Japanese Saitama (city); (place-name) Sakitama; (place-name, surname) Saitama

墨玉

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Mandarin mò yù / mo4 yu4
Taiwan mo yü
Chinese Qaraqash Nahiyisi; Karakash county in Khotan prefecture 和田地區|和田地区[He2 tian2 di4 qu1], Xinjiang

大玉

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Japanese oodama / おおだま Japanese large ball; giant ball (e.g. as pushed by competing teams in a school sports day); (surname) Oodama; (place-name, surname) Ootama; (place-name) Ikadama

宝玉

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Japanese hougyoku / hogyoku / ほうぎょく Japanese jewel; (surname) Hougyoku

寶玉


宝玉

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Mandarin bǎo yù / bao3 yu4
Taiwan pao yü
Chinese precious jade; treasures
Japanese See: 宝玉

小玉

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Japanese kodama / こだま Japanese small ball; globule; bead; small vegetable or piece of fruit; (place-name, surname) Kodama; (surname) Kotama; (surname) Odama; (place-name, surname) Otama

年玉

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Japanese toshidama / としだま Japanese (See お年玉) New Year's gift

建玉

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Japanese tategyoku / たてぎょく Japanese position (in finance: amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer); open interest; outstanding account; sales or purchase contract

御玉

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Japanese odama / おだま Japanese (1) (abbreviation) ladle; (2) (feminine speech) hen egg; (place-name) Odama

悪玉

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Japanese akudama;akutama / あくだま;あくたま Japanese bad character; bad person; villain; baddie

愛玉


爱玉

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Mandarin ài yù / ai4 yu4
Taiwan ai yü
Chinese see 愛子|爱子[ai4 yu4 zi3]

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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
Jadetama / gyokuyù / yu4 / yu
Gem珠玉shugyokuzhū yù / zhu1 yu4 / zhu yu / zhuyuchu yü / chuyü
Jasper碧玉hekigyokubì yù / bi4 yu4 / bi yu / biyupi yü / piyü
Sapphire青玉seigyokuqīng yù / qing1 yu4 / qing yu / qingyuch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü
Ursule玉秀兒
玉秀儿
yù xiù er
yu4 xiu4 er
yu xiu er
yuxiuer
yü hsiu erh
yühsiuerh
Amaryu艾馬爾玉
艾马尔玉
ài mǎ ěr yù
ai4 ma3 er3 yu4
ai ma er yu
aimaeryu
ai ma erh yü
aimaerhyü
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎
宁为玉碎
níng wéi yù suì
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4
ning wei yu sui
ningweiyusui
ning wei yü sui
ningweiyüsui
Honorable Death - No Surrender玉砕主義gyokusai shugi
gyokusaishugi
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎不為瓦全
宁为玉碎不为瓦全
níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu2 wei2 wa3 quan2
ning wei yu sui bu wei wa quan
ningweiyusuibuweiwaquan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa ch`üan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa chüan
You are who you hang out with.挨金似金挨玉似玉āi jīn sì jīn āi yù sì yù
ai1 jin1 si4 jin1 ai1 yu4 si4 yu4
ai jin si jin ai yu si yu
aijinsijinaiyusiyu
ai chin ssu chin ai yü ssu yü
aichinssuchinaiyüssuyü
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.

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

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