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Archery in Chinese / Japanese...

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shè shǒu
i te / sha shu
Archer Scroll

射手 means archer, shooter, or marksman in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Depending on context, it can also mean "goal getter" in Chinese. This would also be the word for bowman.

射手 is kind of modern in Asia, meaning that it's only been in use for a few hundred years. However, the more ancient version of archer is often not even recognized by the current generation of Chinese and Japanese people.

The first character means "shoot" or "fire" (in the context of a gun or bow). It's also a suffix for radioactive things (in the context of chemistry) - radioactive things "fire off" electrons. In Japanese, that first Kanji is a short name and suffix for archery.

The second character means "hand" but hand can also mean a person, in the same way, that "farmhand" is a person in English.


Ancient title for Archer

yì rén
Archer Scroll

弋人 is the ancient way to write archer in both Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

If you carried a bow into battle in an army of ancient Asia, this would be your title.

Note: 弋人 is an antiquated term that is rarely used in modern Chinese, Korean or Japanese. Beyond archer, this can also mean a ceremonial hunter in Japanese.

Note: This title is so old, that most Asian people will not recognize this as a normal word. It has not been in regular use for many generations.


Modern Chinese Version

gōng jiàn shǒu
Archer Scroll

弓箭手 is how to write "archer" in modern Chinese.

弓箭手 mean "bow arrow hand".

There are other ways to write "archer" in Chinese, but this is probably the most common title for modern China. The other, less-common version of archer, is also more universal, in that it has the same meaning in Japanese (this one is not used in Japan).

ba ju tsu
Bajutsu Scroll

馬術 (Bajutsu) is a Japanese form of military equestrianism.

Bajutsu involves techniques of swordsmanship, tactical advance, archery and even the care of horses.

Alert / On Guard / Lingering Mind


zan shin
Alert / On Guard / Lingering Mind Scroll

残心 is a Japanese Kanji word meaning: continued alertness; unrelaxed alertness; remaining on one's guard; lingering mind, being prepared for a counterstrike. This context is used in martial arts, which is probably why you are looking up this word.

In archery and golf, it can be the follow-through.

In the context of love and relationships, it can be: lingering affection; attachment; regret; regrets; reluctance.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Alert / On Guard / Lingering Mind Scroll
(1) continued alertness; unrelaxed alertness; remaining on one's guard; being prepared for a counterstroke; (2) follow-through (e.g. in archery); (3) (orig. meaning) lingering affection; attachment; regret; regrets; reluctance

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target in archery
mound on which targets are placed (in archery); firing mound; (place-name) Azuchi

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to shoot; to launch; to allude to; radio- (chemistry)
(1) (See 弓術) archery; (2) mapping; (3) {math} map; morphism; arrow; (personal name) Tsugutoshi
to shoot an arrow

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 yumi(p); yu
    ゆみ(P); ゆ
a bow (weapon); CL:張|张[zhang1]; to bend; to arch (one's back etc)
(1) (ゆ is usu. a prefix) bow (weapon); (2) (ゆみ only) archery; (3) (ゆみ only) bow (for a violin, etc.); (surname, female given name) Yumi
Dhanus. A bow; a bow's length, i. e. the 4, 000th part of a yojana. Seven grains of wheat 麥 make 1 finger-joint 指節; 24 finger-joints make 1 elbow or cubit 肘; 4 cubits make 1 bow; or 1 foot 5 inches make 1 elbow or cubit: 4 cubits make 1 bow; 300 bows make 1 li; but the measures are variously given.

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ring; hoop; loop; (chain) link; classifier for scores in archery etc; to surround; to encircle; to hem in
(1) ring; band; rim; (2) {math;chem} ring; (prefix noun) (3) circum-; (female given name) Tamami
a jade ring or bracelet



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liù yì
    liu4 yi4
liu i
the Confucian Six Arts, namely: rites or etiquette 禮|礼[li3] (禮儀|礼仪[li3 yi2]), music 樂|乐[yue3] (音樂|音乐[yin1 yue4]), archery 射[she4] (射箭[she4 jian4]), charioteering 御[yu4] (駕車|驾车[jia4 che1]), calligraphy or literacy 書|书[shu1] (識字|识字[shi2 zi4]), mathematics or reckoning 數|数[shu4] (計算|计算[ji4 suan4]); another name for the Six Classics 六經|六经[Liu4 jing1]


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 idei; dei / ide; de
    いでい; でい
(1) (archaism) sitting outdoors; (2) (See 寝殿造り) room that served both as a reception room and as a living room in a Heian-period mansion; (3) temporary sitting place installed in the garden at the imperial court, used on the occasion of archery or sumo ceremonies; (surname) Dei


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(noun or adjectival noun) (1) one's own convenience; one's way; selfishness; (2) surroundings; environment; way of doing things; (3) convenience; ease of use; (4) financial circumstances; living; livelihood; (5) (See 台所・1) kitchen; (6) right hand (in archery); hand that pulls the bowstring; (prefix noun) (7) unauthorised (e.g. phone app, WWW site); unofficial; (surname) Katsute


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 wakyuu / wakyu
(1) yumi; Japanese-style bow; (2) Japanese-style archery


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ān tǔ
    an1 tu3
an t`u
    an tu
mound on which targets are placed (in archery); firing mound; (surname) Yasudo
dwell contentedly on one's own native soil


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archery ceremony; ceremony related to archery


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 shajou; iba / shajo; iba
    しゃじょう; いば
(1) archery range; archery ground; (2) (しゃじょう only) (See 射撃場) shooting range; firing range; shooting gallery; (3) (しゃじょう only) (See 発射場) launch site (for rockets, missiles, etc.); (4) (いば only) position where an archer is standing; (surname) Matoba


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shè yù
    she4 yu4
she yü


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shè fǎ
    she4 fa3
she fa
 shahou / shaho


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shè jiàn
    she4 jian4
she chien
archery; to shoot an arrow


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 shagei / shage


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 shagei / shage



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shè shù
    she4 shu4
she shu
(See 弓術,射芸) archery


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 kyuugu / kyugu
things used in archery


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(archaism) archery ground; archery gallery; (surname) Yunba


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(archaism) archery ground; archery gallery; (surname) Yuminiwa


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 kyuujutsu / kyujutsu
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (Japanese) archery


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 kyuudou / kyudo
kyudo; Japanese archery; (place-name) Yudō


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 kyuuba / kyuba
archery and horsemanship; (surname) Yumima


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 nennin; nenjin
    ねんにん; ねんじん
(1) (archaism) assistant in a competition (e.g. cockfight, archery, poetry contest); (2) (archaism) (See 念者・2) older male in an homosexual relationship


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(1) (archaism) seal; stamp; (2) depressing the string of a zither with one's left hand; (3) (in archery) left hand; (4) obstinacy; stubbornness; (place-name, surname) Oshite


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 youkyuu / yokyu
(1) (See アーチェリー) (Western) archery; (2) Western-style bow


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{MA} (See 侯串) wooden target holder (in archery)


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(See 的・まと・1) target area (e.g. archery); range (e.g. rifle, firing); (surname) Motoba


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 kaichuu / kaichu
{sports} hitting all the targets (archery)

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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
Archer射手i te / sha shu
ite / shashu
shè shǒu / she4 shou3 / she shou / sheshou
Archer弋人yokujinyì rén / yi4 ren2 / yi ren / yireni jen / ijen
Archer弓箭手gōng jiàn shǒu
gong1 jian4 shou3
gong jian shou
kung chien shou
Bajutsu馬術ba ju tsu / bajutsu
On Guard
Lingering Mind
残心zan shin / zanshin

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