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The name Appreciation in Chinese / Japanese...

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No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own

 ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own Scroll

子を持って知る親の恩 literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

This is a bit like the “walk a mile in another man's shoes” saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

 xīn yìn
 shin nin
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation Scroll

心印 is a Buddhist concept that simply stated is “appreciation of truth by meditation.”

It's a deep subject, but my understanding is that you can find truth through meditation, and once you've found the truth, you can learn to appreciate it more through further meditation. This title is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist community (your Asian friends may or may not understand it). The literal translation would be something like “the mind seal,” I've seen this term translated this way from Japanese Buddhist poetry. But apparently, the seal that is stamped deep in your mind is the truth. You just have to meditate to find it.

Soothill defines it this way: Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the Chan (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.

Reference: Soothill-Hodous Dictionary of Chinese Buddhism

See Also:  Zen

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

 shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents Scroll

誰言寸草心報得三春暉 is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parents or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is “You Zi Yin” which means “The Traveler's Recite.”

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sunlight which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt that you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).

You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness

 bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Scroll

This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain “light” if you did not have “darkness” to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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gǎn xiè
    gan3 xie4
kan hsieh

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Gratitude / Thanks
(express) thanks; gratitude; grateful; thankful; thanks
(n,vs,vt,vi) thanks; gratitude; appreciation; thankfulness



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jiào yǎng
    jiao4 yang3
chiao yang
 kyouyou / kyoyo

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Education / Refinement
to educate; to bring up; to nurture; upbringing; breeding; culture
(understanding or appreciation of) culture; (one's) education; cultivation; sophistication; refinement


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Mono no Aware
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (exp,n) (kana only) mono no aware; appreciation of the fleeting nature of beauty; pathos of things; strong aesthetic sense

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interjection indicating approval, appreciation or agreement


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liǎo zhī
    liao3 zhi1
liao chih
 ryouchi / ryochi
(Buddhism) to fully understand; to understand completely
(noun, transitive verb) knowing; understanding; appreciation
Parijñā, thorough knowledge.


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(noun, transitive verb) understanding; comprehension; grasp; perception; appreciation; mastery (of an art or skill)


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(ant: 円安) appreciation of the yen; strong yen


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appreciation; thanks; gratitude



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tāo rǎo
    tao1 rao3
t`ao jao
    tao jao
to bother; to trouble; (polite expression of appreciation for time taken to hear, help or host the speaker) sorry to have bothered you; thank you for your time


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(noun, transitive verb) reading with appreciation; savouring (a book); enjoying


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jǔ jué
    ju3 jue2
chü chüeh
to chew; to think over
(noun, transitive verb) (1) chewing; mastication; (noun, transitive verb) (2) digestion (e.g. of words); assimilation; comprehension; appreciation


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chuí qīng
    chui2 qing1
ch`ui ch`ing
    chui ching
to show appreciation for sb; to look upon sb with favor



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shěn měi
    shen3 mei3
shen mei
esomethingetics; appreciating the arts; taste
aesthetic appreciation; (personal name) Shinbi


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small present; small token of appreciation; with compliments (e.g. written on small gift)


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yì si
    yi4 si5
i ssu
idea; opinion; meaning; wish; desire; interest; fun; token of appreciation, affection etc; CL:個|个[ge4]; to give as a small token; to do something as a gesture of goodwill etc
intention; wish; purpose; mind (to do)


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gǎn pèi
    gan3 pei4
kan p`ei
    kan pei
to admire with gratitude
(n,vs,vi) deep gratitude; heartfelt appreciation; not forgetting to express one's gratitude


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gǎn dé
    gan3 de2
kan te
(noun, transitive verb) (1) (profound) realization; awareness; appreciation; becoming (spiritually) awakened (to); (noun, transitive verb) (2) one's faith being transmitted to a deity and one's wish then being granted; (noun, transitive verb) (3) (archaism) obtaining (something) unexpectedly
to attain



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wèi láo
    wei4 lao2
wei lao
to show appreciation (by kind words, small gifts etc); to comfort


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(n,vs,vt,vi) (1) deep appreciation; deep gratitude; (n,vs,vt,vi) (2) sincere apology


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appreciation; thanks; gratitude


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wán wèi
    wan2 wei4
wan wei
to ruminate; to ponder subtleties
(noun/participle) relish; appreciation


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lǐ jiě
    li3 jie3
li chieh
to comprehend; to understand
(noun, transitive verb) (1) understanding; comprehension; appreciation; (noun, transitive verb) (2) sympathy
to comprehend


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 shoubi / shobi
(noun/participle) admiration; praise; prizing; appreciation; (personal name) Shoubi


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nài kàn
    nai4 kan4
nai k`an
    nai kan
able to withstand careful appreciation; well worth a second look


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weak-willed; a small token of appreciation


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 kanshou / kansho
(noun, transitive verb) admiration; appreciation; enjoyment; viewing (for pleasure)


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 hyouka / hyoka
(noun, transitive verb) (1) valuation; appraisal; evaluation; assessment; estimation; rating; judging; (noun, transitive verb) (2) appreciation; recognition; acknowledgement; rating highly; praising


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poetic appreciation; poetic taste


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 shoumi / shomi
(noun, transitive verb) relish; gusto; appreciation


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 shougan / shogan
(noun/participle) appreciation; admiration; enjoyment

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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
No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation心印shin nin / shinninxīn yìn / xin1 yin4 / xin yin / xinyinhsin yin / hsinyin
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
shui2 yan2 cun4 cao3 xin1 bao4 de2 san1 chun1 hui1
shui yan cun cao xin bao de san chun hui
shui yen ts`un ts`ao hsin pao te san ch`un hui
shui yen tsun tsao hsin pao te san chun hui
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime不經冬寒不知春暖
bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
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