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China chá
Japan cha
Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

茶 means tea. It can refer to prepared tea (ready-to-drink) or to dry tea leaves.

The origin of tea is China but the same character is used in Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja with the exact same meaning. Japanese and Korean even borrowed the pronunciation from Chinese (pronounced "cha" in all three languages).

It's said that an early doctor (or herbologist) in ancient China kept poisoning himself as he tried different new herb concoctions. He invented tea as a means to detoxify himself as he recovered from 1 of the 76 times he nearly poisoned himself to death. Tea is seen not just as a drink but as a form of medicine used to remove impurities from the body.

The word "chai" (used in many languages to refer to various teas) is derived from this Chinese word.

茶 also means camellia, as Asian teas are often based on the leaves of camellia plant varieties.

Tea Fate

China chá yuán
Tea Fate Vertical Wall Scroll

茶緣 is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate" but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. 茶緣 is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.

Tea Pot

China chá hú
Japan cha tsubo
Tea Pot Vertical Wall Scroll

茶壺 is the Chinese, and Japanese Kanji for teapot or "tea pot."

The Way of Tea

China chá dào
Japan cha dou
The Way of Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

茶道 means The Way of Tea (literally, "tea way") in Chinese and Japanese.

This may refer to a tea ceremony or a general lifestyle of tea preparing and drinking.

In Japanese, this can be pronounced sadō or chadō (seems that sadō refers more often to a tea ceremony, and chadō when it's the Way of Tea).

茶道 is also used in Buddhist context with the same meaning of the Way of Tea.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin chá / cha2
Taiwan ch`a / cha
Japanese cha / ちゃ
The Way of Tea Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese tea; tea plant; CL:杯[bei1],壺|壶[hu2]
Japanese (1) (See お茶・1) tea; (2) tea plant (Camellia sinensis); (3) (See 茶道) tea preparation; making tea; (4) (abbreviation) (See 茶色) brown; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) (archaism) (See 茶化す) mockery; (surname, given name) Cha
Tea; tea-leaves; translit. ja, jha.



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Mandarin chá hú / cha2 hu2
Taiwan ch`a hu / cha hu
Japanese chatsubo / ちゃつぼ
Chinese teapot; CL:把[ba3]
Japanese tea jar; tea urn


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Mandarin chá dào / cha2 dao4
Taiwan ch`a tao / cha tao
Japanese sadou(p);chadou(ok)(p) / sado(p);chado(ok)(p) / さどう(P);ちゃどう(ok)(P)
The Way of Tea Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Japanese tea ceremony; sado
Japanese tea ceremony; Way of Tea; (place-name) Chadou
the way of tea


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Japanese ocha / おちゃ Japanese (1) (polite language) tea (usu. green); (2) tea break (at work); (3) tea ceremony


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Japanese kabusecha / かぶせちゃ Japanese kabusecha; mild green tea which has been lightly screened from sunlight for 1-3 weeks before picking


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Japanese kikicha / ききちゃ Japanese (1) tea tasting; tea-tasting; (2) tea-tasting contest


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Mandarin huà chá / hua4 cha2
Taiwan hua ch`a / hua cha
Japanese kesa
tea obtained by monastic begging and the offering of exhortation or instruction; propagation tea


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Japanese kuchija / くちぢゃ Japanese adding more tea; adding fresh leaves to used ones in a teapot


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Japanese kocha / こちゃ Japanese last year's tea; (surname) Furucha; (surname) Kochiya; (surname) Kocha


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Japanese meicha / mecha / めいちゃ Japanese fine tea; brand-name tea; famous tea; choice tea; well-known brand of quality green tea


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Japanese teicha / techa / ていちゃ Japanese (polite language) serving tea (esp. in tea ceremony)


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Mandarin pǐn chá / pin3 cha2
Taiwan p`in ch`a / pin cha
Chinese to taste tea; to sip tea


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Japanese kissa / きっさ Japanese (1) tea drinking; (2) (abbreviation) (See 喫茶店) teahouse; tearoom; coffee lounge; coffee shop; (rather formal) cafe


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Japanese dancha / だんちゃ Japanese cake tea (e.g. Pu-erh tea)


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Japanese shiocha / しおちゃ Japanese coarse tea in which a pinch of salt is added (said to help dissipate alcoholic intoxication)


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Mandarin bēn chá / ben1 cha2
Taiwan pen ch`a / pen cha
Japanese honcha
great lotus


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Mandarin diàn chá / dian4 cha2
Taiwan tien ch`a / tien cha
Japanese ten cha
To make an offering of tea to a Buddha, a spirit, etc; to offer tea


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Mandarin nǎi chá / nai3 cha2
Taiwan nai ch`a / nai cha
Chinese milk tea


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Mandarin shān chá / shan1 cha2
Taiwan shan ch`a / shan cha
Japanese tsubaki / つばき    sancha / さんちゃ
Chinese camellia
Japanese (kana only) common camellia; Camellia japonica; (1) (kana only) common camellia; Camellia japonica; (2) tea produced in the mountains; (female given name) Tsubaki


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Mandarin bǐ chá / bi3 cha2
Taiwan pi ch`a / pi cha
Japanese hicha
peta, or piṭaka, a basket.


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Japanese ocha / おちゃ Japanese (1) (polite language) tea (usu. green); (2) tea break (at work); (3) tea ceremony


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Mandarin mǒ chá / mo3 cha2
Taiwan mo ch`a / mo cha
Japanese maccha / まっちゃ
Chinese green tea powder (Japanese: matcha)
Japanese matcha; powdered green tea; (female given name) Maccha


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Mandarin lā chá / la1 cha2
Taiwan la ch`a / la cha
Chinese teh tarik, an Indian-style tea with milk (GM)


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Japanese hikicha / ひきちゃ Japanese powdered green tea (steamed and dried before being stone-ground)


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Japanese sancha / さんちゃ Japanese (1) powdered tea; (2) freshly-brewed, aromatic tea


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Mandarin jìng chá / jing4 cha2
Taiwan ching ch`a / ching cha
Chinese to serve tea (to guests)


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Japanese shincha / しんちゃ Japanese first tea of the season; (surname) Shincha


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Mandarin zǎo chá / zao3 cha2
Taiwan tsao ch`a / tsao cha
Chinese morning tea


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Mandarin chūn chá / chun1 cha2
Taiwan ch`un ch`a / chun cha
Chinese tea leaves gathered at springtime or the tea made from these leaves


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Japanese fucha;fusa / ふちゃ;ふさ Japanese (archaism) entertaining people by serving tea (esp. in the Obaku school of Zen)

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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
Teachachá / cha2 / chach`a / cha
Tea Fate茶緣
chá yuán / cha2 yuan2 / cha yuan / chayuanch`a yüan / chayüan / cha yüan
Tea Pot茶壺
cha tsubo / chatsubochá hú / cha2 hu2 / cha hu / chahuch`a hu / chahu / cha hu
The Way of Tea茶道cha dou / chadou / cha do / chadochá dào / cha2 dao4 / cha dao / chadaoch`a tao / chatao / cha tao
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 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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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

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