The Name Crane in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Crane

  2. Construction Crane

  3. The Five Animals

  4. Jin Ji Du Li

  5. Sanchin

  6. Swan / White Crane

  7. White Crane

  8. White Crane Fist

  9. Wu Xing Fist


Crane

Graceful bird of longevity

gaku / tsuru
Crane Scroll

鶴 is a famous bird of China.

Known in China to be a very spiritual creature, the crane is a symbol of both longevity and the journey of souls and spirits of ancestors.

Note: 鶴 can mean crane or stork in Japanese.

Construction Crane

qǐ zhòng jī
kijuuki
Construction Crane Scroll

This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.

A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name.

In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2018, construction has barely slowed.

If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane".

The Five Animals

Dragon Snake Tiger Leopard Crane

lóng shé hǔ bào hè
ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
The Five Animals Scroll

龍蛇虎豹鶴 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu in a comfortable order (meaning that they are in the proper order and will simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

Jin Ji Du Li

jīn jī dú lì
kin kei doku ritsu
Jin Ji Du Li Scroll

"Jin Ji Du Li", means "golden rooster stands on one leg".

This also called "crane stance" in English. 金雞獨立 is used in wushu, karate and other forms of martial arts.

This can be pronounced, "kinkei dokuritsu" in Japanese but it's rarely a title used in Japanese.

sān zhàn
san sen
Sanchin Scroll

This title literally means, "three battles/conflicts/wars".

三戦 is often figuratively used to relay the idea of a battle to unify the mind, body, and spirit.

Original usage likely comes from Fujian province in Southern China (just across from Taiwan).

This title is used in various schools such as Okinawan Karate, Uechi-Ryū, Gōjū-Ryū, Fujian White Crane, and Five Ancestors among others.

Swan / White Crane

hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane Scroll

白鳥 is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for white swan (Cygnus Bechstein).

The title literally means white-feathered bird. This title can also be used to refer to a white crane.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Hakuchou.

bái hè
White Crane Scroll

白鶴 means White Crane.

This title directly means "White Crane" in Chinese but in English, this particular crane is referred to as the "red-crowned crane" or "Grus Japonensis". This crane is mostly white with a red bill (crown).

White Crane Fist

bái hè quán
White Crane Fist Scroll

白鶴拳 is the title for White Crane Fist style of martial arts.

白鶴拳 is also known as "Baihequan" or "Fujian White Crane".

Wu Xing Fist

Five Forms Fist of Kung Fu

wǔ xíng quán
gokeiken
Wu Xing Fist Scroll

五形拳 is "Wu Xing Fist" or "Five Form Fist".

The forms refer to Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, and Leopard.

This term is used in Kung Fu, and is recognized by both Chinese and Japanese practitioners of martial arts.




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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
Crane
gaku / tsuruhè / he4 / heho
Construction Crane起重機
起重机
kijuuki / kijukiqǐ zhòng jī
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qi zhong ji
qizhongji
ch`i chung chi
chichungchi
chi chung chi
The Five Animals龍蛇虎豹鶴
龙蛇虎豹鹤
ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
ryuuhebitorahyoutsuru
ryu hebi tora hyo tsuru
ryuhebitorahyotsuru
lóng shé hǔ bào hè
long2 she2 hu3 bao4 he4
long she hu bao he
longshehubaohe
lung she hu pao ho
lungshehupaoho
Jin Ji Du Li金雞獨立
金鸡独立
kin kei doku ritsu
kinkeidokuritsu
jīn jī dú lì
jin1 ji1 du2 li4
jin ji du li
jinjiduli
chin chi tu li
chinchituli
Sanchin三戦san sen / sansensān zhàn / san1 zhan4 / san zhan / sanzhansan chan / sanchan
Swan
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
White Crane白鶴
白鹤
bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihepai ho / paiho
White Crane Fist白鶴拳
白鹤拳
bái hè quán
bai2 he4 quan2
bai he quan
baihequan
pai ho ch`üan
paihochüan
pai ho chüan
Wu Xing Fist五形拳gokeikenwǔ xíng quán
wu3 xing2 quan2
wu xing quan
wuxingquan
wu hsing ch`üan
wuhsingchüan
wu hsing chüan
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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Wu Xing Fist Scroll
Wu Xing Fist Scroll
Wu Xing Fist Scroll
Wu Xing Fist Scroll


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