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China zhú
Japan take
Bamboo Vertical Wall Scroll

竹 is the character that means bamboo in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In Asian cultures, bamboo is often seen as a symbol of a noble gentleman (being tall, straight, and honest).

There are also some multi-character bamboo words that regard individual bamboo plants, species of bamboo, bamboo as lumber, and edible bamboo shoots. However, this single-character seems most appropriate for a wall scroll, and covers the whole category of Asian bamboo.

Bamboo Moon

China yuè zhú
Japan tsuki take
Bamboo Moon Vertical Wall Scroll

月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon." Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.

The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).


China zhú tián
Japan takeda
Takeda Vertical Wall Scroll

竹田 is a Japanese surname that romanizes as Takeda.

In Chinese, this can refer to Chutien township in Pingtung County, Taiwan.

Other Japanese romanizations for this name include Chikuden, Chikuda, Taketa, or Okamura.

Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

Innocent Children's Games
China qīng méi zhú mǎ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally means, "green plums and hobby-horse." Figuratively, it means, "innocent children's games," "childhood sweethearts," or "a couple who grew up as childhood friends."

This phrase may sound a little strange as it's a kind of Chinese proverb or idiom. It makes much more sense in Chinese than English.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin zhú / zhu2
Taiwan chu
Japanese take(p);take / たけ(P);タケ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese bamboo; CL:棵[ke1],支[zhi1],根[gen1]; Kangxi radical 118
Japanese (1) bamboo (any grass of subfamily Bambusoideae); (2) (See 梅・うめ・2,松・まつ・2) middle (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Chikusaki; (personal name) Takematsu; (personal name) Takehana; (surname) Taketaka; (personal name) Takesue; (surname) Takezaki; (surname) Takesaki; (p,s,f) Take
veṇu, bamboo.


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Mandarin zhú tián / zhu2 tian2
Taiwan chu t`ien / chu tien
Japanese chikuden / ちくでん    chikuda / ちくだ    takeda / たけだ    taketa / たけた    okamura / おかむら
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Chutien township in Pingtung County 屏東縣|屏东县[Ping2 dong1 Xian4], Taiwan
Japanese (personal name) Chikuden; (surname) Chikuda; (place-name, surname) Takeda; (place-name, surname) Taketa; (personal name) Okamura



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Mandarin qīng méi zhú mǎ / qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
Taiwan ch`ing mei chu ma / ching mei chu ma
Chinese lit. green plums and hobby-horse (idiom); fig. innocent children's games; childhood sweethearts; a couple who grew up as childhood friends


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Japanese marutake / まるたけ Japanese (obscure) cut bamboo; (surname) Marutake


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Japanese karatake / からたけ Japanese (1) (kana only) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (2) Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis)


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Japanese waridake / わりだけ    waritake / わりたけ Japanese (1) split bamboo; bamboo slat; bamboo split; (2) noisy bamboo baton used by night watchmen (Edo period)


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Mandarin nán zhú / nan2 zhu2
Taiwan nan chu
Japanese minamitake / みなみたけ
Chinese see 毛[mao2 zhu2]
Japanese (surname) Minamitake


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Japanese kuretake;kuretake / くれたけ;クレタケ Japanese (kana only) (See ハチク) alternative name for henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis); (place-name, surname) Kuretake


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Japanese touchiku;touchiku / tochiku;tochiku / とうちく;トウチク Japanese (kana only) Chinese temple bamboo (Sinobambusa tootsik); tootsik bamboo; (place-name) Karadake; (place-name, surname) Karatake


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Mandarin dà zhú / da4 zhu2
Taiwan ta chu
Japanese oodake / おおだけ    ootake / おおたけ    outake / otake / おうたけ
Chinese Dazhu county in Dazhou 達州|达州[Da2 zhou1], Sichuan
Japanese (surname) Otake; (place-name, surname) Oodake; (place-name, surname) Ootake; (surname) Outake


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Japanese medake / めだけ Japanese (kana only) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii)


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Japanese kanchiku;kanchiku / かんちく;カンチク Japanese (kana only) marbled bamboo (Chimonobambusa marmorea); (surname) Samutake; (surname) Satake; (surname) Kanchiku; (surname) Kantake


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Japanese sasa / ささ Japanese bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (surname, female given name) Shino; (surname) Satake; (female given name) Sasa; (place-name, surname) Kodake; (p,s,f) Kotake; (surname) Koketa; (place-name, surname) Odake; (surname) Otake


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Mandarin shān zhú / shan1 zhu2
Taiwan shan chu
Japanese yamatake / やまたけ
Chinese mangosteen
Japanese (surname) Yamatake


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Japanese kawatake / かわたけ Japanese (1) bamboo growing along a river bank; (2) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (3) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (4) (archaism) prostitute; the life of a prostitute; (surname) Kawatake


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Japanese karatake / からたけ Japanese (1) (kana only) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (2) Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis)


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Japanese nayotake / なよたけ    nayutake / なゆたけ Japanese (1) (kana only) (obscure) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (2) any thin, but flexible bamboo


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Mandarin wén zhú / wen2 zhu2
Taiwan wen chu
Chinese setose asparagus


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Mandarin bān zhú / ban1 zhu2
Taiwan pan chu
Chinese mottled bamboo


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Mandarin xīn zhú / xin1 zhu2
Taiwan hsin chu
Japanese niitake / nitake / にいたけ    shinchiku / しんちく    shintake / しんたけ    aratake / あらたけ
Chinese Xinzhu or Hsinchu city in northern Taiwan, noted for high tech industries; Xinzhu or Hsinchu county in northwest Taiwan
Japanese (surname) Niitake; (place-name) Hsinchu (Taiwanese city); Shinchiku (older romanization); (surname) Shintake; (surname) Aratake


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Japanese houchiku / hochiku / ほうちく Japanese (See 四方竹) type of bamboo


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Japanese danchiku;danchiku / だんちく;ダンチク Japanese (kana only) Arundo donax


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Japanese etsuridake / えつりだけ Japanese (1) (See 桟・えつり) sheathing (under thatched roofing); (2) decorative rafters (of alternating wood and bamboo)


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Mandarin nán zhú / nan2 zhu2
Taiwan nan chu
Chinese see 毛[mao2 zhu2]


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Mandarin máo zhú / mao2 zhu2
Taiwan mao chu
Chinese moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis), used as timber etc


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Japanese kawatake / かわたけ Japanese (1) bamboo growing along a river bank; (2) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (3) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (4) (archaism) prostitute; the life of a prostitute; (surname) Kawatake


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Japanese hocchiku / ほっちく Japanese type of open-ended bamboo flute


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Japanese hachiku;hachiku / はちく;ハチク Japanese (kana only) Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis)


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Japanese kanchiku / かんちく    karatake / からたけ Japanese (archaism) Chinese bamboo; bamboo imported from China (often used to make flutes)


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Mandarin pào zhú / pao4 zhu2
Taiwan p`ao chu / pao chu
Chinese firecracker

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
Bambootakezhú / zhu2 / zhuchu
Bamboo Moon月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhuyüeh chu / yüehchu
Takeda竹田takedazhú tián / zhu2 tian2 / zhu tian / zhutianchu t`ien / chutien / chu tien
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse青梅竹馬
qīng méi zhú mǎ
qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
qing mei zhu ma
ch`ing mei chu ma
ching mei chu ma
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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