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The name Bamboo in Chinese / Japanese...

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竹 is the character that means bamboo in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In Asian cultures, bamboo is often seen as a symbol of a noble gentleman (tall, straight, and honest).

There are also some multi-character bamboo words that regard individual bamboo plants, species of bamboo, bamboo as lumber, and edible bamboo shoots. However, this single character seems most appropriate for a wall scroll and covers the whole category of Asian bamboo.

 yuè zhú
 tsuki take
Bamboo Moon Scroll

月竹 is the title, “Bamboo Moon” - Technically, it's in the order of “moon bamboo,” but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, the title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because many people searched for “bamboo moon” on my website, so here it is for you.

The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).

Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

Innocent Children's Games

 qīng méi zhú mǎ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse Scroll

青梅竹馬 means “green plums and hobby-horse.”

Figuratively, it means “innocent children's games,” “childhood sweethearts,” or “a couple who grew up as childhood friends.”

This phrase may sound a little strange as it's a kind of Chinese proverb or idiom. It makes much more sense in Chinese than in English.

Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot

 bǎi chǐ gān tóu gèng jìng yī bù
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot Scroll

百尺竿头更进一步 is a proverb that literally translates as: [Even a] one-hundred foot [tall] bamboo [can] progress even one [more] step.

Figuratively, this means: After having achieved a fair degree of success, one should try to do still better.

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Not the results for bamboo that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your bamboo search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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simple; uncomplicated; letter; to choose; to select; bamboo strips used for writing (old)
(1) (See 簡にして要を得る) (ant: 繁・1) simplicity; brevity; (2) letter; note; correspondence; (3) bamboo writing strip (in ancient China); (4) (abbreviation) (See 簡体字) simplified Chinese character; (surname) Kan
A tablet, memorandum; to abridge; appoint; examine; abrupt, concise, direct.

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 soo; sou / soo; so
    ソー; ソウ

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to search; to demand; to ask; to exact; large rope; isolated
(counter) {mahj} counter for bamboo tiles; (given name) Saku
Cord; to extort, express; the cord or noose of Guanyin by which she binds the good; the cord of the vajra-king by which he binds the evil; translit. sa.


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(kana only) fishing weir; fish weir; fish trap; pouch-shaped bamboo fence across river, etc.; (female given name) Eri; Eli; Elie


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 kendou / kendo

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Kendo / The Way of the Sword
kendo; Japanese martial art using bamboo swords; (surname) Kendō


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jun zǐ
    jun1 zi3
chün tzu

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nobleman; person of noble character
(1) man of virtue; wise man; (true) gentleman; (2) person of high rank; (3) (See 四君子) the four gentlemen (plum, chrysanthemum, orchid, and bamboo); (female given name) Kunshi
superior man

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bamboo utensil used for washing rice in ancient times; bamboo container for a hat used in the capping ceremony 冠禮|冠礼[guan4 li3] in ancient times

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horizontal rectangular inscribed tablet hung over a door or on a wall; shallow round woven bamboo basket

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short slender pointed piece of metal, bamboo etc; skewer; prod used to extract samples from sacks of grain etc; (dialect) to stick in; to bolt (a door); to arrange (flowers in a vase); to graft (tree); to pedicure; to peel (an apple etc)

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weapon handle of bamboo strips

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woven wood and bamboo utensil; classifier for threads and strings

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bamboo conduit; wooden peg; spout; same as 筧|笕

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a wooden or bamboo pen for sheep or cattle; wood or bamboo trestlework; a warehouse; (computing) stack
(surname) Kakebashi

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material (such as rocks, earth, bamboo etc) used to hastily repair a dike; (literary) door bar (vertical bar used to prevent the horizontal movement of a door bolt)

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a raft made of bamboo or wood; to fell trees; to hew

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bamboo or wooden spear; Kangxi radical 79, occurring in 段[duan4], 毅[yi4], 殺|杀[sha1] etc
kanji radical 79 at right; (surname) Shiyu

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bamboo fish trap; used in names of places connected with Shantou 汕頭|汕头[Shan4 tou2]

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classifier for strips of land or bamboo, shops, factories etc; slit bamboo or chopped wood (dialect)

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 fugo; mokko; mokkou; ishimi / fugo; mokko; mokko; ishimi
    ふご; もっこ; もっこう; いしみ
a basket or pan used for earth, manure etc
implement for carrying heavy loads, generally made of bamboo and woven grass or rope

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 take(p); take
    たけ(P); タケ
bamboo; CL:棵[ke1],支[zhi1],根[gen1]; Kangxi radical 118
(1) bamboo (any grass of subfamily Bambusoideae); (2) (See 梅・うめ・2,松・まつ・2) middle (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Chikusaki

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an article made of bamboo strips; fence
(1) (archaism) short roughly woven fence; (2) divider between boxes (i.e. for box seats) in a theatre, etc.; (surname) Magaki

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smiling countenance; bamboo rope

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 zaru; zaru
    ざる; ザル
loosely woven bamboo ladle
(1) (kana only) draining basket (traditionally made of bamboo); colander; strainer; sieve; (2) (kana only) (See ざる法,ざる碁) something full of holes; (3) (abbreviation) (kana only) {food} (See ざる蕎麦) zaru soba; (4) (colloquialism) (kana only) strong drinker; someone who can drink like a fish; (surname) Zaru

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(1) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (2) (abbreviation) (kana only) inexperienced doctor; quack; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (place-name) Takanna

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bamboo with black patches

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 shou; sou / sho; so
    しょう; そう
sheng, a free reed wind instrument with vertical bamboo pipes
traditional Japanese wind instrument resembling panpipes; free-reed instrument used in Japanese court music; (female given name) Shouno

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to whip with bamboo strips
(hist) (See 五刑・2) caning (10-50 strokes; least severe of the five ritsuryō punishments)

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bamboo rain hat
(1) conical hat (East-Asian style); coolie hat; (2) (See 傘・かさ・2) something shaped like a conical hat or an umbrella; shade (of a lamp); mushroom cap; pileus; (personal name) Riyū

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square bamboo container for food or clothing
(archaism) container (esp. for food)

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rough bamboo mat

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bamboo mat; bed mat

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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
Bambootakezhú / zhu2 / zhuchu
Bamboo Moon月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhuyüeh chu / yüehchu
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse青梅竹馬
qīng méi zhú mǎ
qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
qing mei zhu ma
ch`ing mei chu ma
ching mei chu ma
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot百尺竿頭更進一步
bǎi chǐ gān tóu gèng jìng yī bù
bai3 chi3 gan1 tou2 geng4 jing4 yi1 bu4
bai chi gan tou geng jing yi bu
pai ch`ih kan t`ou keng ching i pu
pai chih kan tou keng ching i pu
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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