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Air Force

China kōng
Japan kuugun
Air Force Vertical Wall Scroll

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

If you're an airman, this could be the title for you.

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
Japan ki
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy Vertical Wall Scroll

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

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Mandarin kòng // kōng / kong4 // kong1
Taiwan k`ung / kung
Japanese kuu / ku / くう
Chinese to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time; empty; air; sky; in vain
Japanese (1) empty air; sky; (2) {Buddh} shunyata; emptiness; the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空軍) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (5) (See 五大・1) void (one of the five elements); (can be adjective with の) (6) {math} empty (e.g. set)
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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Mandarin kōng jun / kong1 jun1
Taiwan k`ung chün / kung chün
Japanese kuugun / kugun / くうぐん
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese air force
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) air force



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Mandarin sān jun / san1 jun1
Taiwan san chün
Japanese sangun / さんぐん
Chinese (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
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) great army; mighty host; whole army


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Japanese kengun / けんぐん Japanese founding of an army (navy, air force)


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


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Japanese kuushou / kusho / くうしょう Japanese (Self Defense Force's Air Force) general (defence); lieutenant; major


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


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


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Mandarin kōng fáng / kong1 fang2
Taiwan k`ung fang / kung fang
Chinese air force; air defense



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Mandarin lián duì / lian2 dui4
Taiwan lien tui
Japanese rentai / れんたい
Chinese wing (of an air force); sports team representing a combination of entities (e.g. United Korea)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) regiment



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Mandarin fēng qíng / feng1 qing2
Taiwan feng ch`ing / feng ching
Japanese fuzei(p);fuujou / fuze(p);fujo / ふぜい(P);ふうじょう
Chinese mien; bearing; grace; amorous feelings; flirtatious expressions; local conditions and customs; wind force, direction etc
Japanese (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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Mandarin shàng děng bīng / shang4 deng3 bing1
Taiwan shang teng ping
Japanese joutouhei / jotohe / じょうとうへい
Chinese private first class (army rank)
Japanese {mil} private first-class (army); airman first class (air force); lance corporal (US Marines; Commonwealth military); seaman (navy)



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


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Japanese beikuugun / bekugun / べいくうぐん Japanese US Air Force


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Japanese hikoutai / hikotai / ひこうたい Japanese flying corps; air force


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Japanese senryakukuugun / senryakukugun / せんりゃくくうぐん Japanese strategic air force



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



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



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Mandarin kōng jun jī dì / kong1 jun1 ji1 di4
Taiwan k`ung chün chi ti / kung chün chi ti
Japanese kuugunkichi / kugunkichi / くうぐんきち
Chinese air base
Japanese air (force) base


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Japanese kuuguntaii / kuguntai / くうぐんたいい Japanese air force captain



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Mandarin lù hǎi kōng jun / lu4 hai3 kong1 jun1
Taiwan lu hai k`ung chün / lu hai kung chün
Japanese rikukaikuugun / rikukaikugun / りくかいくうぐん
Chinese army, navy and air force
Japanese land, sea and air forces


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Japanese doitsukuugun / doitsukugun / ドイツくうぐん Japanese (o) German Air Force; Luftwaffe



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Mandarin háng kōng zì wèi duì / hang2 kong1 zi4 wei4 dui4
Taiwan hang k`ung tzu wei tui / hang kung tzu wei tui
Japanese koukuujieitai / kokujietai / こうくうじえいたい
Chinese air self-defense force
Japanese Japan Air Self-Defense Force; JASDF


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Japanese koukuukeimutai / kokukemutai / こうくうけいむたい Japanese military police brigade (air force)



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


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Japanese eafoosu / エアフォース Japanese air force


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Japanese ea foosu / エア・フォース Japanese air force


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Japanese nihonkoukuujieitai / nihonkokujietai / にほんこうくうじえいたい Japanese Japan air self defense force (defence)



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Mandarin zhōng guó rén mín jiě fàng jun kōng jun / zhong1 guo2 ren2 min2 jie3 fang4 jun1 kong1 jun1
Taiwan chung kuo jen min chieh fang chün k`ung chün / chung kuo jen min chieh fang chün kung chün
Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)


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Japanese en(縁);enishi(縁);eni;e(縁) / えん(縁);えにし(縁);えに;え(縁) Japanese (1) fate; destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together); (2) relationship (e.g. between two people); bond; link; connection; (3) family ties; affinity; (4) (えん only) opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship); (5) (えん only) {Buddh} (See 因・2) pratyaya (indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes); (6) (えん only) (also written as 椽) narrow open-air veranda

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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
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