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11. Respectful Heart
16. Love and Honor
17. Qin / Chin
18. Fear God
19. Wa Kei Sei Jaku
26. Filial Piety
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.
礼 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.
礼, beyond respect, can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship or an expression of gratitude.
Please note that Japanese use this simplified 礼 version of the original 禮 character for respect. 礼 also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. While 禮 is the traditional and original version, 礼 has been used as a shorthand version for many centuries. Click on the big 禮 character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese and older Japanese version.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
See Also: Confucius
尊敬 is how to express the ideas of respect, honor, reverence, esteem, nobility, and sometimes the state of being noble, all in one word. Most of the time this is used in the form of "giving respect" but depending on context, it can suggest that you should try to be "worthy of respect".
Although pronounced differently, the Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are the same across these languages. 尊敬 is an indication that this word is very old, and crosses many barriers and cultures in the Orient (East Asia).
自尊 means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean "pride in oneself".
Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).
This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title can mean, "love and respect", "kindness and respect", "to love with reverence", "charm", "amiability", "winsomeness", "courtesy", or "ingratiating behavior".
Note: The wide-ranging definitions show that this word is a bit ambiguous without the context of being used in a sentence.
This is a proverb that seems to be aimed at world leaders or others in power. Perhaps a suggestion to avoid the practice of "fear mongering" opting instead for a policy of benevolence and justice.
An example: When the Bush administration told Pakistan they could either join America in the "war on terror", or expect some bombs to be coming their way, Bush gained this kind of "less-than-genuine respect" from Pakistanis.
Leaders in places like North Korea and even Saudi Arabia reap the same bogus respect from their own citizens.
Note that calligraphers do not like to repeat the same characters in exactly the same way in the same piece of artwork. So expect the characters that are repeated to be written in different forms in the real artwork (unlike the way they are displayed to the left).
This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect".
The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.
While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.
敬愛 is the short and sweet way to say "love and respect" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Besides "respect and love", this could be translated as, "respect and affection", "Reverence and love", or "reverent love".
In Japanese, this can also be the personal name Yoshinari.
相敬相愛 is an old Chinese proverb that suggests love and respect go together and are to be exchanged between people (especially couples).
The first two characters mean, "exchanging respect" or "mutual respect".
The last two characters create a word that means, "to love each other" or "mutual love".
You'll notice that the first and third characters are the same. So you can read this literally as something like "Exchange respect, exchange love" or "Mutual respect, mutual love". In English, we'd probably just say, "Mutual love and respect". Grammar differs in every language - So while the literal translation might sound a bit awkward in English, this phrase is very natural in Chinese.
相愛互敬 is a nice way to say "Love and Respect" in Chinese.
This proverb is about the mutual exchange of love and respect within a good relationship.
The first two characters create a word that means, "to love each other" or "mutual love".
The third character means mutual, interlocking, or in some contexts "to dovetail" (as in the way joints are made in fine furniture).
The last character means, "to respect", "to venerate", "to salute", "reverence", or simply "respect".
相互尊重 means mutual respect in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first two characters are a word that means each other, mutual or reciprocal.
The last two characters are a word that means to respect, honor, value, eminent, or hold in high esteem.
尊敬心 means respectful heart in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
The root is 尊敬 which means respect, honor, reverence, esteem, and/or nobility. Therefore, you can also define this as honorable heart, reverent heart, noble heart, etc.
In ancient times, it was thought your brain was the heart in your chest. Therefore, 心 or heart can also mean "mind". Hence, 尊敬心 can also be translated as respectful mind, honorable mind, etc.
You'll see 尊敬心 romanized as Sonkeishin or Sonkeshin from Japanese.
仁義禮智信 are the core of Confucius philosophy.
仁 = Benevolence / Charity
義 = Justice / Rectitude
禮 = Courtesy / Politeness / Tact
智 = Wisdom / Knowledge
信 = Fidelity / Trust / Sincerity
Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.
This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues".
If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets but they will know all the meanings of the characters.
自尊 can mean "pride", "self-respect" or "self-esteem". The first character means "oneself" and the second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, exalted, honorable or simply "pride".
I have also seen this two-character word translated as "amour propre", self-regard, and self-pride.
自尊 is universal between Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja written languages. It may also be understood in old Vietnamese (they once used Chinese characters as well).
禮貌 is a Chinese and old Korean word that means courtesy or politeness.
Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to go smoothly.
If you put the words "fēi cháng bù" in front of this, it is like adding "very much not." it’s a great insult in China, as nobody wants to be called "extremely discourteous" or "very much impolite."
In Japanese, this word means "manners", "courtesy" or "etiquette".
This also clearly means etiquette in Chinese, though the first Japanese Kanji has been "modernized" and happens to be the same as the modern Simplified Chinese version. Therefore, this word will be understood by both Japanese and Chinese people but best if your audience is mostly Japanese (Chinese people would generally prefer the ancient Traditional Chinese version).
欽 is one of a few Chinese characters that can be a surname romanized as Qin or Chin.
The actual meaning of this characters is: reverence; to respect; to admire; to venerate; by the emperor himself; imperial.
In Japanese, this can be the name Makoto.
These two characters express the idea of filial piety or filial conduct.
While the first character means filial piety by itself, the second character adds "action". Therefore this represents the actions you take to show your respect and obedience to your elders or ancestors.
Confucius is probably the first great advocate for filial piety.
南無釋迦牟尼佛 is a Buddhist chant or prayer of respect to the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Some will translate this as the Buddhist vow.
The first two characters, 南無, are sometimes translated as "amen"; others will translate it as, "believe in", or "homage to".
To expand on this, 南無 can also mean, "taking of refuge in", while also representing devotion or conviction. 南無 as with most religious concepts or words, different people or denominations will have varying definitions.
This form of honor is showing great respect for yourself, other people, and the rules you live by.
When you are honorable, you keep your word. You do the right thing regardless of what others are doing.
尊嚴 is the kind of personal honor or dignity that is of great value. If you lose this, you have lost yourself and perhaps the reputation of your family as well.
While this is not directly the same thing as "face" or "saving face" in Asian culture, it is associated with the same concept in China.
In Japan, they currently use a more simplified second character for this word. The ancient Japanese form is the same as China but after WWII some Kanji were changed. If you want the modern Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.
This title means: self-love; self-regard; regard for oneself; to cherish one's good name; taking care of oneself.
In Buddhist context, this is the cause of all pursuit or seeking, which in turn causes all suffering. All Buddhas discharge themselves from self-love and all pursuits of personal gratification. Such elimination of self-love is a step towards nirvāṇa.
This title can be taken as positive or negative, depending on how you read it. Some will see it as arrogant, others will read it as a token of self-respect. Because of this ambiguity, I do not recommend this title for a wall scroll.
Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.
Please note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.
Note: This entry is cross-listed as "honesty" because it also fits that definition.
Beyond Integrity, this word also means "upright" and "honest" in Chinese. Means "integrity," "honesty" or "frankness" in Japanese.
These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just contact me).
This is actually a "word list" consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.
If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).
Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.
孝 represents filial piety.
Some will define this in more common English as "respect for your parents and ancestors".
孝 is a subject deeply emphasized by the ancient philosophy and teachings of Confucius.
Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although generally not considered part of the 7 core virtues of the warrior.
Note: 孝 is not the best of meanings when seen along as a single character. Some will read the single-character form to mean "missing my dead ancestors". However, when written at part of Confucian tenets, or in the two-character word that means filial piety, the meaning is better or read differently (context is important for this character).
We suggest one of our other two-character filial piety entries instead of this one.
武士道 is the title for "The Code of the Samurai".
Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai", "The Bushido Code", or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry".
This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior", "The Warrior's Way", or "The Warrior's Code".
It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan and thought of as being of Japanese origin.
The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Rectitude 義, Courage 勇, Benevolence 仁, Respect 礼(禮), Honour 名誉, Honesty 誠, and Loyalty 忠実. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.
This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation.
It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions - see our other "honor" listing for that).
Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. You can make a special request for the traditional second character as shown to the right (just click on that character to the right of you want to order that version). Before WWII, both Japan and China used the traditional form but modern Japanese and Chinese use this simplified form. Koreans still use the traditional form when they are not writing in their modern Hangul glyphs.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
廉耻精進忍耐遵守克己謙遜百折不屈 are the tenets of Tang Soo Do.
|English||Old Hanja||Modern Hangul||Pronunciation|
|1. Integrity||廉耻||렴치 or 염치||yeom ci|
|2. Concentration||精進||정진||jeong jin|
|3. Perseverence||忍耐||인내||in nae|
|4. Respect & Obedience||遵守||준수||jun su|
|5. Self-Control||克己||극기||geug gi|
|6. Humility||謙遜||겸손||gyeom son|
|7. Indomitable Spirit||百折不屈||백절불굴||baeg jeor bur gur|
After some research, it appears this list was compiled in English based on Taekwondo tenets. We filled in a few of the words that did not have a corresponding Hanja or Hangul. If someone else has a better list with characters included, please contact me.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|rei||lǐ / li3 / li|
|尊敬||sonkei||zūn jìng / zun1 jing4 / zun jing / zunjing||tsun ching / tsunching|
|自尊||jison||zì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun||tzu tsun / tzutsun|
|Love and Respect|
Kindness and Respect
|aikei / aikyou|
aikei / aikyo
aikei / aikyo
|ài jìng / ai4 jing4 / ai jing / aijing||ai ching / aiching|
|Respect out of fear is never genuine; Reverence out of respect is never false||打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的||dǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de|
da3 pa4 de ren2 shi4 jia3 de jing4 pa4 de ren2 shi4 zhen1 de
da pa de ren shi jia de jing pa de ren shi zhen de
|ta p`a te jen shih chia te ching p`a te jen shih chen te
ta pa te jen shih chia te ching pa te jen shih chen te
|自尊心||ji son shin|
|zì zūn xīn|
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
|tzu tsun hsin
|Love and Respect||敬愛|
|kei ai / keiai||jìng ài / jing4 ai4 / jing ai / jingai||ching ai / chingai|
|Love and Respect||相敬相愛|
|xiāng jìng xiāng ài|
xiang1 jing4 xiang1 ai4
xiang jing xiang ai
|hsiang ching hsiang ai
|Love and Respect||相愛互敬|
|xiāng ài hù jìng|
xiang1 ai4 hu4 jing4
xiang ai hu jing
|hsiang ai hu ching
|Mutual Respect||相互尊重||sougo sonchou|
|xiāng hù zūn zhòng|
xiang1 hu4 zun1 zhong4
xiang hu zun zhong
|hsiang hu tsun chung
|Respect, Honor, Truth||敬意, 名譽, 真実|
敬意, 名誉, 真実
|keii meiyo shinjitsu|
kei meiyo shinjitsu
|Respect, Honor, Truth||尊重, 榮譽, 真實|
尊重, 荣誉, 真实
|zūn zhòng róng yù zhēn shí|
zun1 zhong4 rong2 yu4 zhen1 shi2
zun zhong rong yu zhen shi
|tsun chung jung yü chen shih
|Respect and Loyalty||尊敬忠誠|
|son kei chu sei|
|zūn jìng zhōng chéng|
zun1 jing4 zhong1 cheng2
zun jing zhong cheng
|tsun ching chung ch`eng
tsun ching chung cheng
|Respectful Heart||尊敬心||son kei shin|
|zūn jìng xīn|
zun1 jing4 xin1
zun jing xin
|tsun ching hsin
|The Five Tenets of Confucius||仁義禮智信|
|jin gi rei tomo nobu |
|rén yì lǐ zhì xìn|
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
ren yi li zhi xin
|jen i li chih hsin
|Pride||自尊||jison||zì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun||tzu tsun / tzutsun|
|lǐ mào / li3 mao4 / li mao / limao|
|礼儀 / 禮儀|
|rei gi / reigi||lǐ yì / li3 yi4 / li yi / liyi||li i / lii|
|Love and Honor||愛と敬意||ai to keii / aitokeii / ai to kei / aitokei|
|kin||qīn / qin1 / qin||ch`in / chin|
|Fear God||敬畏上帝||jìng wèi shàng dì|
jing4 wei4 shang4 di4
jing wei shang di
|ching wei shang ti
|Wa Kei Sei Jaku||和敬清寂||wa kei sei jaku|
|孝行||koukou / koko||xiào xìng|
|Namo Shakyamuni Buddha||南無釋迦牟尼佛|
|namu shakamuni butsu|
|nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó|
nan2 wu2 shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
nan wu shi jia mou ni fo
|nan wu shih chia mou ni fo
尊严 / 尊厳
|son gen / songen||zūn yán / zun1 yan2 / zun yan / zunyan||tsun yen / tsunyen|
|ji ai / jiai||zì ài / zi4 ai4 / zi ai / ziai||tzu ai / tzuai|
|Integrity||正直||shoujiki / shojiki||zhèng zhí|
|Pillars of Marriage||尊重忠誠誠實|
|zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí|
zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
|tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih
|Filial Piety||孝||kou / ko||xiào / xiao4 / xiao||hsiao|
The Way of the Samurai
|武士道||bu shi do / bushido||wǔ shì dào|
wu3 shi4 dao4
wu shi dao
|wu shih tao
|meiyo||míng yù / ming2 yu4 / ming yu / mingyu||ming yü / mingyü|
|Tang Soo Do Tenets||廉耻精進忍耐遵守克己謙遜百折不屈 / 廉恥精進忍耐遵守克己謙遜百折不屈|
|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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