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Binds in Chinese / Japanese...

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Love Binds Us Together

Japan ai ha subete o kanzen ni musubu obi de aru
Love Binds Us Together Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase suggests that we (or a couple) are bound together by love.

I searched the web and found all of these English translation variations for this phrase:

Have love; The only way in which you may be completely joined together.

Love is the sash that perfectly binds us together.

Love is what binds us together

Love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.

This same Japanese phrase is used as part of Colossians 3:14 in at least one version of the Japanese Bible.

A few Biblical versions include:

...Charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (KJV)

...Love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)


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

The Red Thread of Fate

China yīn yuán hóng xiàn
The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Wall Scroll

姻緣紅線 is the legendary red string of destiny that binds all soul mates or lovers together.

In ancient Chinese culture, a mythological matchmaker named 月老 (Yuè Lǎo) was the controller of the fate that led lovers to meet. He did this by tying a celestial red string to the ankle of each person. Sometime during their life, they will meet and marry as fate dictates.

While the origin of the red string comes from China, it has spread to other parts of Asia (such as Japan where it's known as 赤い糸).

The Mysterious Bond Between People

The invisible force that brings people together forever
China yuán
Japan en
The Mysterious Bond Between People Vertical Wall Scroll

緣 / 縁 is a complicated single character. It can mean a lot of different things depending on how you read it.

In Japanese, it can mean fate; destiny; a mysterious force that binds two people together; a relationship between two people; bond; link; connection; family ties; affinity; opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship). It can also mean "someone to rely on," relative, reminder, memento, or the female given name, Yori.

It's basically the same in Chinese, where it's defined as cause, reason, karma, fate, or predestined affinity.

In Buddhist context, it's Pratyaya. 緣 / 縁 is the concept of indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes. It's when something happens (meeting someone) by circumstance, or a contributing environment. Instead of a direct cause or act, it is a conditioning cause without direct input or action by the involved people.

Occasionally, this character is used in a facetious way to say hem, seam, or edge of clothing. In this case, it's the seam that brings or holds the clothing together.


縁Note: Japanese will tend to use the variant of this Kanji shown to the right. If you want this version (and are ordering this from the Japanese master calligrapher), click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin suǒ / suo3
Taiwan so
Japanese soo;sou / soo;so / ソー;ソウ    saku / さく
Chinese to search; to demand; to ask; to exact; large rope; isolated; surname Suo; abbr. for 索馬里|索马里[Suo3 ma3 li3], Somalia
Japanese (counter) {mahj} counter for bamboo tiles; rope; cord; (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; a rope

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Mandarin xx / xx5
Taiwan xx
Japanese kasugai / かすがい
Chinese (Japanese kokuji) large staple driven into two pieces of wood to hold them together; pr. kasugai
Japanese (1) (kana only) large staple driven into two pieces of wood to hold them together; clamp; cramp (metal); (2) tie (metaphorical, e.g. something that binds two people together); (surname) Kasugai

果縛


果缚

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Mandarin guǒ fù / guo3 fu4
Taiwan kuo fu
Japanese kabaku
Retribution-bond; the bitter fruit of transmigration binds the individual so that he cannot attain release. This fruit produces 子縛 or further seeds of bondage.

江に

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Japanese eni / えに Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (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

界繫


界系

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Mandarin jiè xì / jie4 xi4
Taiwan chieh hsi
Japanese kaike
The karma which binds to the finite, i. e. to any one of the three regions; tethers to the [three] realms

見縛


见缚

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Mandarin jiàn fù / jian4 fu4
Taiwan chien fu
Japanese kenpaku
The bond of the illusion of heterodox opinions, i. e. of mistaking the seeming for the real, which binds men and robs them of freedom: v. 見結; bond of constructed views

無明結


无明结

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Mandarin wú míng jié / wu2 ming2 jie2
Taiwan wu ming chieh
Japanese mumyō ketsu
The bond of ignorance which binds to transmigration; bond of nescience

縁;江に(ateji)

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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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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Love Binds Us Together愛は全てを完全に結ぶ帯であるai ha subete o kanzen ni musubu obi de aru
The Red Thread of Fate姻緣紅線
姻缘红线
yīn yuán hóng xiàn
yin1 yuan2 hong2 xian4
yin yuan hong xian
yinyuanhongxian
yin yüan hung hsien
yinyüanhunghsien
The Mysterious Bond Between People緣 / 縁
enyuán / yuan2 / yuanyüan
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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