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空軍 is "Air Force" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

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Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow

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This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

氣 is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in "life force" or "spiritual energy". It is most often translated as "energy flow", or literally as "air" or "breath". Some people will simply translate this as "spirit" but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice looks like this: 米
Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.
The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like these samples: 氣氣
However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical looks like this: 氣
The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the "flow" of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.

気 The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.

More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.

See Also:  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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 kuu / ku
to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time
(1) empty air; sky; (2) {Buddh} shunyata (the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon); emptiness; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空軍) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) (See 五大・1) void (one of the five elements); (can be adjective with の) (6) {math} empty (e.g. set); (female given name) Ron
śūnya, empty, void, hollow, vacant, nonexistent. śūnyatā, 舜若多, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, perhaps spirituality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, the seeming 假 being unreal. The doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. There are classifications into 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, and 18 categories. The doctrine is that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution. From this doctrine the Yogācārya school developed the idea of the permanent reality, which is Essence of Mind, the unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena, the entity void of ideas and phenomena, neither matter nor mind, but the root of both.



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kōng jun
    kong1 jun1
k`ung chün
    kung chün
 kuugun / kugun
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air force
(noun - becomes adjective with の) air force



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sān jun
    san1 jun1
san chün
(in former times) upper, middle and lower army; army of right, center and left; (in modern times) the three armed services: Army, Navy and Air Force
(noun - becomes adjective with の) great army; mighty host; whole army


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founding of an army (navy, air force)


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 kuusa / kusa
(Self Defense Force's Air Force) colonel (defence); lieutenant; major


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 kuushou / kusho
(Self Defense Force's Air Force) general (defence); lieutenant; major


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 kuui / kui
(Self Defense Force's Air Force) captain (defence); lieutenant


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 kuuji / kuji
(abbreviation) (See 航空自衛隊・こうくうじえいたい) Air Self-Defense Force; ASDF; (o) (abbreviation) Air Self-Defense Force; ASDF


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kōng fáng
    kong1 fang2
k`ung fang
    kung fang
air force; air defense



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lián duì
    lian2 dui4
lien tui
wing (of an air force); sports team representing a combination of entities (e.g. United Korea)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) regiment



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fēng qíng
    feng1 qing2
feng ch`ing
    feng ching
 fuzei(p); fuujou / fuze(p); fujo
    ふぜい(P); ふうじょう
mien; bearing; grace; amorous feelings; flirtatious expressions; local conditions and customs; wind force, direction etc
(1) (ふぜい only) taste; elegance; charm; (2) appearance; air; (suffix) (3) (ふぜい only) (humble language) (derogatory term) the likes of ...; lowly people such as ...


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(1) (See オートフォーカス) autofocus; auto focus; AF; (2) (See 可聴周波) audio frequency; (3) (See 空軍) air force; (noun/participle) (4) (vulgar) (slang) (See アナルファック) anal sex


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shàng děng bīng
    shang4 deng3 bing1
shang teng ping
 joutouhei / jotohe
private first class (army rank)
{mil} private first-class (army); airman first class (air force); lance corporal (US Marines; Commonwealth military); seaman (navy)



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hǎi kōng jun
    hai3 kong1 jun1
hai k`ung chün
    hai kung chün
navy and air force


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 kuugunki / kugunki
air force aircraft


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 beikuugun / bekugun
US Air Force


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 rikukaikuu / rikukaiku
(1) land, sea, and air; (2) (See 陸海空軍) army, navy and air force


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 hikoutai / hikotai
flying corps; air force


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 senryakukuugun / senryakukugun
strategic air force


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 kyokutoukuugun / kyokutokugun
(o) Far East Air Force



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kōng jun yī hào
    kong1 jun1 yi1 hao4
k`ung chün i hao
    kung chün i hao
Air Force One, US presidential jet


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 kuugunkyoukai / kugunkyokai
(o) Air Force Association; AFA



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kōng jun sī lìng
    kong1 jun1 si1 ling4
k`ung chün ssu ling
    kung chün ssu ling
air commodore; top commander of air force



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kōng jun jī dì
    kong1 jun1 ji1 di4
k`ung chün chi ti
    kung chün chi ti
 kuugunkichi / kugunkichi
air base
air (force) base


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 kuuguntaii / kuguntai
air force captain



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lù hǎi kōng jun
    lu4 hai3 kong1 jun1
lu hai k`ung chün
    lu hai kung chün
 rikukaikuugun / rikukaikugun
army, navy and air force
land, sea and air forces


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 doitsukuugun / doitsukugun
(o) German Air Force; Luftwaffe



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háng kōng zì wèi duì
    hang2 kong1 zi4 wei4 dui4
hang k`ung tzu wei tui
    hang kung tzu wei tui
 koukuujieitai / kokujietai
air self-defense force
{mil} Japan Air Self-Defense Force; JASDF; (o) Air Self-Defense Force; ASDF


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 koukuukeimutai / kokukemutai
military police brigade (air force)



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lù hǎi kōng sān jun
    lu4 hai3 kong1 san1 jun1
lu hai k`ung san chün
    lu hai kung san chün
army, navy, air force

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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
Air Force空軍
kuugun / kugunkōng / kong1 jun1 / kong jun / kongjunk`ung chün / kungchün / kung chün
Life Energy
Spiritual Energy

气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qich`i / chi
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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