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Blue in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Blue / Indigo
  2. Blue Dragon
  3. Blue Lotus
  4. Blue Sky
  5. Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon
  6. Clear Blue Sky
  7. Green Dragon / Blue Dragon

Blue / Indigo

Color
China lán
Japan ai
Blue / Indigo

藍 is the single character for the color blue in Chinese. It can also mean indigo in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

Blue Dragon

China cāng lóng
Blue Dragon

蒼龍 is one of a couple possible titles for, "blue dragon" (occasionally also translated as "green dragon").

The first character means, "deep blue" or "azure."

The last character is dragon.

Blue Lotus

China qing lián
Japan seiren
Blue Lotus

靑蓮 is a common title for Blue Lotus. 靑蓮 is often used in a Buddhist context for blue lotus from the Sanskrit "utpala." This often refers to the clarity and purity of the lotus blue eyes possessed by a Living Buddha. It can also represent purity of mind (without desire, suffering, fear etc).

Blue Sky

The Blue Dome of Heaven
China cāng qióng
Japan sou kyuu
Blue Sky

蒼穹 is a poetic way to express "sky" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

It's like saying, "The blue dome of heaven," or a way to say "blue sky" within a poem.

Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon

China qīng lóng
Japan sei ryuu
Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon

青龍 / 靑龍 is a scholarly title for "Blue Dragon" or "Azure Dragon."

You'll find this title used in ancient Chinese literature and astronomy. This dragon has dominion over the eastern sky or eastern heavens. The Azure Dragon is also noted for representing the spring season. Also seen as an auspicious omen.

Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty canonized the five colored dragons as "kings." The Azure Dragon representing the most compassionate of kings.

In Japanese, this title is known with the same meaning but can also be a given name, Seiryuu.


Note, the first character can be written as 青 OR 靑. Same character, just two ways to write it.

Clear Blue Sky

China qīng tiān
Japan seiten
Clear Blue Sky

青天 means clear sky, and/or blue sky in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Sometimes this term is used in Chinese to refer to an upright and honorable official or politician (a very rare thing).

In Japanese, this can also be the name Harutaka.

Green Dragon / Blue Dragon

China qīng lóng
Japan sei ryū
Green Dragon / Blue Dragon

This title can mean blue or green dragon.

The first character can mean blue, green, azure, or celadon.

The second character means dragon.


This is mostly a Chinese title (especially in Buddhism). It will be understood but less commonly used in Japanese and Korean.

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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
Blue
Indigo

ailán / lan2 / lan
Blue Dragon 蒼龍
苍龙
cāng lóng
cang1 long2
cang long
canglong
ts`ang lung
tsanglung
tsang lung
Blue Lotus靑蓮
靑莲
seirenqing lián / qing lian2 / qing lian / qinglianch`ing lien / chinglien / ching lien
Blue Sky蒼穹
苍穹
sou kyuu / soukyuu / so kyu / sokyucāng qióng
cang1 qiong2
cang qiong
cangqiong
ts`ang ch`iung
tsangchiung
tsang chiung
Blue Dragon
Azure Dragon
青龍 / 靑龍
青龙
sei ryuu / seiryuu / sei ryu / seiryuqīng lóng
qing1 long2
qing long
qinglong
ch`ing lung
chinglung
ching lung
Clear Blue Sky青天seitenqīng tiān
qing1 tian1
qing tian
qingtian
ch`ing t`ien
chingtien
ching tien
Green Dragon
Blue Dragon
靑龍
靑龙
sei ryū / seiryūqīng lóng
qing1 long2
qing long
qinglong
ch`ing lung
chinglung
ching lung
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 nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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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