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龍 is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.
From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .
Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face."
龍鳳呈祥 is often seen at weddings and other celebrations in China.
It suggests that the dragon and phoenix will bring you auspicious tidings.
The first character is dragon.
The second is phoenix.
The third is presents or brings.
And the last means auspicious, propitious, or luck.
Throughout China, the dragon and phoenix are symbols of good fortune. You will see these auspicious figures as decorative symbols on everything from buildings, furniture, wedding costumes, sculptures in public parks, to caskets and items used in ceremonies.
This title for water dragon is the hornless or scaled dragon. 蛟龍 is the king of all aquatic animals with the ability to control rain and floods.
In Japanese, the rain dragon can represent hidden genius. This dragon's domain is the deep murky water, thus with hidden potential. This can also be the Japanese given name Kouryuu.
青龍 / 靑龍 is a scholarly title for "Blue Dragon" or "Azure Dragon."
You'll find this title used in ancient Chinese literature and astronomy. This dragon has dominion over the eastern sky or eastern heavens. The Azure Dragon is also noted for representing the spring season. Also seen as an auspicious omen.
Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty canonized the five colored dragons as "kings." The Azure Dragon representing the most compassionate of kings.
In Japanese, this title is known with the same meaning but can also be a given name, Seiryuu.
Note, the first character can be written as OR . Same character, just two ways to write it.
朱龍 is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Red Dragon." 朱龍 is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.
The first character means red, cinnabar, or vermillion.
The second character means dragon.
It is said that the Vermillion Dragon represents kings that bestow blessings on lakes or bodies of water. This makes more sense in an ancient Chinese context.
This title can mean blue or green dragon.
The first character can mean blue, green, azure, or celadon.
The second character means dragon.
This is mostly a Chinese title (especially in Buddhism). It will be understood but less commonly used in Japanese and Korean.
龍之道 is how the way of the dragon is written in Chinese.
龍之道 is not the same as the Chinese movie that was titled in English as "The Way of the Dragon". 龍之道 is rather, the literal meaning, of the dragon's way. The first character is dragon, the second is a possessive article, and the third character means way or path.
黃龍 is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Yellow Dragon." 黃龍 is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.
The first character means yellow.
The second character means dragon.
The Yellow Dragon represents a king that favorably hears all petitions of his subjects.
Note: This title can be the name of Huanglong county in Yan'an, located in Shaanxi province of China.
竜 is an alternate form of dragon. Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.
Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.
We strongly recommend if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.
螣 is the Chinese character and old Korean Hanja that means "flying dragon."
龍虎精神 means the spirit of the dragon and tiger. It speaks to the vitality and vigor that is the nature of these two creatures.
Beyond "spirit," the second two characters can also mean mind, soul, or heart. Therefore, you can also say this means "Heart of the Dragon and Tiger," etc.
龍虎精神 is often titled as "Ryukoseishin" in many Japanese martial arts.
龍馬精神 is an old proverb that is used to wish someone good health and success combined as a great compliment.
The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse." These four characters are often accompanied by four more which mean, "...and the power and prestige of the tiger." Here we are just offering the first part which is considered the short version.
By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have an amazing quality. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.
Note: In Japanese, this would be read as the spirit of 坂本龍馬 (Sakamoto_Ryōma), a beloved rebel who help abolish the old Japanese feudal system. This can be confusing, so I am declaring this proverb to be Chinese only.
龍鳳 is the simplest way to express "Dragon and Phoenix" in Chinese and Japanese.
This title can be used to represent, "The emperor and empress," or a metaphor for an outstanding personage.
It should be noted that this is most often used as a given name "Ryuuhou" in Japanese. It may be read more as the name than by meaning in Japanese.
The meaning of 藏龍臥虎 is that both the tiger and dragon have amazing talents, but if they are out of view, you may not have discovered them.
This old Chinese idiom/proverb is appropriate for someone with amazing ability that keeps that ability hidden.
You might think this title is in reverse, but actually, this is the original Chinese proverb.
The movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon popularized this alternate version.
This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.
The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger."
By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.
臥虎藏龍 is the movie title of the Kung Fu epic that was very popular in the west a few years back.
臥虎藏龍 is actually a re-ordering of an ancient Chinese proverb that refers to undiscovered talents.
The movie was one of the most popular Chinese foreign films to ever debut in the USA but received a lukewarm reception in China.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used term.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|ryuu / tatsu|
ryu / tatsu
|lóng / long2 / long||lung|
|Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck||龍鳳呈祥|
|lóng fèng chéng xiáng|
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
long feng cheng xiang
|lung feng ch`eng hsiang
lung feng cheng hsiang
|kou ryuu / kouryuu / ko ryu / koryu||jiāo|
|青龍 / 靑龍|
|sei ryuu / seiryuu / sei ryu / seiryu||qīng lóng|
|han ryuu / hanryuu / han ryu / hanryu||pān lóng / pan1 long2 / pan long / panlong||p`an lung / panlung / pan lung|
|zhū lóng / zhu1 long2 / zhu long / zhulong||chu lung / chulung|
|sei ryū / seiryū||qīng lóng|
|lóng zhàn shì|
long2 zhan4 shi4
long zhan shi
|lung chan shih
|The Way of the Dragon||龍之道|
|lóng zhī dào|
long2 zhi1 dao4
long zhi dao
|lung chih tao
|dòu lóng zhàn shì|
dou4 long2 zhan4 shi4
dou long zhan shi
|tou lung chan shih
|lóng hún / long2 hun2 / long hun / longhun||lung hun / lunghun|
|lóng nǚ / long2 nv3 / long nv / longnv||lung nü / lungnü|
|bái lóng / bai2 long2 / bai long / bailong||pai lung / pailung|
|ryuu bu shi|
ryu bu shi
|lóng wǔ shì|
long2 wu3 shi4
long wu shi
|lung wu shih
|koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryu||hēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilong||hei lung / heilung|
|mò lóng / mo4 long2 / mo long / molong||mo lung / molung|
|kin ryuu / kinryuu / kin ryu / kinryu||jīn lóng / jin1 long2 / jin long / jinlong||chin lung / chinlung|
|chì lóng / chi4 long2 / chi long / chilong||ch`ih lung / chihlung / chih lung|
|The Way of the Dragon||猛龍過江|
|měng lóng guò jiāng|
meng3 long2 guo4 jiang1
meng long guo jiang
|meng lung kuo chiang
|竜||ryuu / tatsu|
ryu / tatsu
|lóng / long2 / long||lung|
|Flying Dragon||螣||téng / teng2 / teng||t`eng / teng|
|The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger||龍虎精神|
|ryu ko sei shin|
|lóng hǔ jīng shén|
long2 hu3 jing1 shen2
long hu jing shen
|lung hu ching shen
|dì lóng / di4 long2 / di long / dilong||ti lung / tilung|
|hi ryuu / hiryuu / hi ryu / hiryu||huǒ lóng / huo3 long2 / huo long / huolong||huo lung / huolung|
|The Spirit of the Dragon Horse||龍馬精神|
|lóng mǎ jīng shén|
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2
long ma jing shen
|lung ma ching shen
|Dragon and Phoenix||龍鳳|
|ryuu hou / ryuuhou / ryu ho / ryuho||lóng fèng|
|Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger||藏龍臥虎|
|cáng lóng wò hǔ|
cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
cang long wo hu
|ts`ang lung wo hu
tsang lung wo hu
|The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger.||龍馬精神虎虎生威|
|lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi|
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
|lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei|
|Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon||臥虎藏龍|
|wò hǔ cáng lóng|
wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu cang long
|wo hu ts`ang lung
wo hu tsang lung
|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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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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