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  1. Stone / Rock
  2. Gem
  3. Ishikawa
  4. Kush
  5. Sasuga / Nagare
  6. Seiseki
  7. Trish
  8. Fu Dog / Foo Dog
  9. Ruby
10. Sapphire
11. Stay Strong / Iron Will
12. Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

Stone / Rock

China shí
Japan ishi
Stone / Rock

石 is the character that means rock or stone in both Chinese and Japanese.

Alone, this will be read as "stone" in Japanese but in some context, it is a unit of measure for the volume of about five bushels.

Gem

China bǎo shí
Gem

寶石 is a Chinese word that means gem.

This literally means "precious stone."

Ishikawa

Japan ishikawa
Ishikawa

石川 is the Japanese surname, Ishikawa.

This can also refer to the Ishikawa prefecture of the Hokuriku area.

Kush

China kù shí
Kush

庫石 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Kush.

Sasuga / Nagare

Japan ryuuzeki / nagareishi / nagare / sasuga
Sasuga / Nagare

流石 can be the Japanese surnames Ryuuzeki, Ryuuseki, Nagareishi, Nagare or Sasuga.

The meaning of this as a word is "as one would expect," "still," or "all the same."

Seiseki

Japan seiseki
Seiseki

星石 is a Japanese word that means meteorite (literally "star stone").

星石 is also the common given name "Seiseki."
Please note this is not the only Japanese given name that romanizes as Seiseki. Be sure to get the right one before order (contact me first if needed).

Trish

China té shí
Trish

特石 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Trish.

Fu Dog / Foo Dog

China shí shī zi
Fu Dog / Foo Dog

While known in the west as fu dogs or foo dogs, these are actually guardian lions.

These are the lion statues traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples, and high-ranking officials' homes. These days, you are more likely to see them at the entrance to a fancy Chinese restaurant.

This title actually means, "stone lion(s)".

Ruby

China hóng bǎo shí
Ruby

紅寶石 is the Chinese word for Ruby (as in the bright red gem).

Sapphire

China lán bǎo shí
Sapphire

藍寶石 means sapphire in Chinese.

Literally, 藍寶石 means blue gem stone.

Stay Strong / Iron Will

Japan tesshin sekichou
Stay Strong / Iron Will

鉄心石腸 is a Japanese proverb which suggest you should have the inner-strength and will as hard and steadfast as iron. It's the Japanese way to say, "stay strong." 鉄心石腸 is an especially uplifting thing to say to a person in distress or recovering from a disaster. It's kind of the survivor's creed.

If you literally translate this, it means, "iron will, stone guts" or "iron heart, rock-hard bowels."

Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

China yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty. It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English, or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in it's original Chinese will be lost in translation.

Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds peoples homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.

Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and "take it all in" as you travel through life.
The poet's name is "Du Mu" in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, "Mountain Travels" is: 山行
You can have the title, poet's name, and even Tang Dynasty written as an inscription on your custom wall scroll if you like.

More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city of central China and former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25, and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic, and often depicted every day life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils and troubles of love and beer drinking.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Japanese ishi / いし
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese rock; stone; stone inscription; one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]; dry measure for grain equal to ten dou 斗; ten pecks; one hundred liters; surname Shi
Japanese (1) stone; (2) gem; jewel; (surname) Tsuruishi; (surname) Soku; (surname) Seki; (surname) Shi; (place-name) Koku; (surname) Kazu; (given name) Inseki; (surname) Iso; (personal name) Ishibuku; (personal name) Ishifuku; (surname) Ishihama; (personal name) Ishizue; (personal name) Ishisue; (surname) Ishizaki; (surname) Ishisaki; (personal name) Ishiodori; (surname) Ishi; (given name) Atsushi; (personal name) Akira
Stone, rock.

宝石

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Japanese houseki / hoseki / ほうせき
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) gem; jewel; precious stone; (female given name) Tiara; (surname) Takaraishi; (female given name) Jueru; (female given name) Jueri

寶石


宝石

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Mandarin bǎo shí / bao3 shi2
Taiwan pao shih
Chinese precious stone; gem; CL:枚[mei2],顆|颗[ke1]
Japanese See: 宝石

星石

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Japanese hoshiishi / hoshishi / ほしいし
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Japanese (See 隕石) meteorite; (given name) Seiseki

流石

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Japanese ryuuzeki / ryuzeki / りゅうぜき    ryuuseki / ryuseki / りゅうせき    nagareishi / nagareshi / ながれいし    nagare / ながれ    sasuga / さすが
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (adj-na,adv,adj-no) (1) (kana only) as one would expect; (2) (kana only) still; all the same; (3) (kana only) even... (e.g. "even a genius..."); (surname) Ryuuzeki; (surname, given name) Ryuuseki; (surname) Nagareishi; (surname) Nagare; (surname, female given name) Sasuga

石川

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Mandarin shí chuān / shi2 chuan1
Taiwan shih ch`uan / shih chuan
Japanese nakawa / なかわ    ishiko / いしこ    ishigawa / いしがわ    ishikawa / いしかわ    ishii / ishi / いしい
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese Ishikawa (Japanese surname and place name)
Japanese (surname) Nakawa; (surname) Ishiko; (surname) Ishigawa; (place-name, surname) Ishikawa; (surname) Ishii

石獅子

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Mandarin shí shī zi / shi2 shi1 zi5
Taiwan shih shih tzu
Chinese guardian lion, a lion statue traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples etc

紅寶石

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Mandarin hóng bǎo shí / hong2 bao3 shi2
Taiwan hung pao shih
Chinese ruby

藍寶石

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Mandarin lán bǎo shí / lan2 bao3 shi2
Taiwan lan pao shih
Chinese sapphire

鉄心石腸

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Japanese tesshinsekichou / tesshinsekicho / てっしんせきちょう
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Japanese (yoji) will of iron

一石

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Japanese isseki / いっせき    ikkoku / いっこく Japanese one game (of go); one koku (measure); (surname) Hitotsuishi; (given name) Kazushi; (surname) Itsuishi; (personal name) Isseki; (personal name) Ikkoku; (personal name) Ichikoku; (surname) Ichiishi

丁石

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Japanese chouishi / choishi / ちょういし Japanese roadside stone distance indicators placed at intervals of one cho (approx. 109 meters)

上石

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Japanese uwaishi / うわいし Japanese upper millstone; (place-name) Kamigoku; (place-name, surname) Kamiishi; (surname) Ueishi; (place-name) Ageshi; (surname) Ageishi

下石

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Japanese shitaishi / したいし Japanese nether millstone; (surname) Shimoseki; (place-name, surname) Shimoishi; (place-name) Sagariishi; (place-name) Sagari; (place-name, surname) Oroji; (surname) Oroshi

中石

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Japanese nakaishi / なかいし Japanese {geol} horse; block of rock completely separated from the surrounding rock either by mineral veins or fault planes; (place-name, surname) Nakaishi

丸石

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Japanese maruishi / まるいし Japanese boulder; cobble; (place-name, surname) Maruishi

亂石


乱石

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Mandarin luàn shí / luan4 shi2
Taiwan luan shih
Chinese rocks; stones; rubble; riprap

公石

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Mandarin gōng dàn / gong1 dan4
Taiwan kung tan
Chinese hectoliter; quintal

円石

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Japanese enseki / えんせき Japanese round stone; pebble; boulder; cobblestone; cobble; (surname) En'ishi

凍石

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Japanese touseki / toseki / とうせき Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) soapstone

切石

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Japanese kiriishi / kirishi / きりいし Japanese hewn stone; quarried stone; ashlar; flagstone; (place-name, surname) Kiriishi

剣石

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Japanese kenishi / けんいし Japanese (archaism) (See 要石) keystone

割石

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Japanese wariishi / warishi / わりいし    katsuishi / かついし Japanese broken stones; rubble; (place-name, surname) Wariishi; (surname) Katsuishi

力石

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Japanese chikaraishi / ちからいし Japanese lifting stone; (surname) Rikishi; (surname) Rikiishi; (place-name, surname) Chikaraishi

化石

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Mandarin huà shí / hua4 shi2
Taiwan hua shih
Japanese kaseki / かせき
Chinese fossil
Japanese (noun/participle) fossil; petrifaction; fossilization; fossilisation; (given name) Kaseki

卵石

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Mandarin luǎn shí / luan3 shi2
Taiwan luan shih
Chinese cobble; pebble

原石

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Japanese genseki / げんせき Japanese (raw) ore; (surname) Haraishi

台石

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Japanese daiishi / daishi / だいいし Japanese stone pedestal

名石

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Japanese meiseki / meseki / めいせき Japanese famous jewel; exquisite stone; (place-name) Naishi

喬石


乔石

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Mandarin qiáo shí / qiao2 shi2
Taiwan ch`iao shih / chiao shih
Japanese kyouseki / kyoseki / きょうせき
Chinese Qiao Shi (Chinese leadership contender)
Japanese (person) Kyou Seki (1924-)

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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
Stone
Rock
ishishí / shi2 / shishih
Gem寶石
宝石
bǎo shí / bao3 shi2 / bao shi / baoshipao shih / paoshih
Ishikawa石川ishikawa
Kush庫石
库石
kù shí / ku4 shi2 / ku shi / kushik`u shih / kushih / ku shih
Sasuga
Nagare
流石ryuuzeki / nagareishi / nagare / sasuga
ryuzeki / nagareishi / nagare / sasuga
ryuzeki/nagareishi/nagare/sasuga
Seiseki星石seiseki
Trish特石té shí / te2 shi2 / te shi / teshit`e shih / teshih / te shih
Fu Dog
Foo Dog
石獅子
石狮子
shí shī zi
shi2 shi1 zi5
shi shi zi
shishizi
shih shih tzu
shihshihtzu
Ruby紅寶石
红宝石
hóng bǎo shí
hong2 bao3 shi2
hong bao shi
hongbaoshi
hung pao shih
hungpaoshih
Sapphire藍寶石
蓝宝石
lán bǎo shí
lan2 bao3 shi2
lan bao shi
lanbaoshi
lan pao shih
lanpaoshih
Stay Strong
Iron Will
鉄心石腸tesshin sekichou
tesshinsekichou
teshin sekicho
teshinsekicho
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
远上寒山石径斜白云生处有人家停车坐爱枫林晚霜叶红于二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
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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