Bones in Chinese / Japanese...

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hone / kotsu
Bones Scroll

骨 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for bone or bones.

If your name happens to be Bone or Bones, this is a cool character for a wall scroll to hang in your home or office.

Strong bones come from hard knocks

bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
Strong bones come from hard knocks Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Without being knocked around a bit, [one's] bones won't become hard.

Figuratively, this means: One can't become strong without first being tempered by "hard knocks".

While true for everyone, this sounds like the "Iron Body" form of Kung Fu, where practitioners bodies are beaten (and often bone fractured) in order to become stronger.
For the rest of us, this is just about how we can be tempered and build character through the hardships in our lives.

This is not a common title for a wall scroll in China.

tiě zhǎng
tetsu-tenohira
Iron Palm Scroll

These two characters mean "iron palm", the martial arts technique taught by Brian Gray and others.

This term can mean different things to different people. The consensus is that rather than a type or style of martial arts, this is a technique for refining hand position and strengthening of hands to strike blows for with maximum force and effect.

The regime may include herbal treatments and special exercises to fortify the hands.

In more extreme versions, the carpals and metacarpal bones in the hand are systematically broken, so that when they heal, they will become stronger.

Japanese note: This does make sense in Japanese (though the version shown above is the ancient form of the first Kanji) this is far from a commonly-known term.

Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi

jǐn lǐ
nishiki goi
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Scroll

If you like or collect and maintain koi fish, this is the wall scroll for you.

Technically, this is a certain and revered species of "koi fish" in Japan but it is the most normal selection for a wall scroll (more normal than the actual Kanji for "koi" or "fish" alone.

This literally means "brocade carp" or "embroidered carp". This term is also used to mean the same thing in China (which is the origin of koi fish breeding and cultivation, several generations before they became popular in Japan).

For those of you that don't know, the Kanji for "koi" (which is pronounced "goi" in this entry) really means "carp". If you want the word that means "koi fish", it would just be the generic word for "carp fish". That would include both colorful carp, and the more mundane gray carp (the ones people eat, if they don't mind lots of bones).


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Boneshone / kotsugǔ / gu3 / guku
Strong bones come from hard knocks不磕不碰骨頭不硬
不磕不碰骨头不硬
bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
bu4 ke1 bu4 peng4 gu3 tou2 bu4 ying4
bu ke bu peng gu tou bu ying
bukebupenggutoubuying
pu k`o pu p`eng ku t`ou pu ying
pukopupengkutoupuying
pu ko pu peng ku tou pu ying
Iron Palm鐵掌
铁掌
tetsu-tenohiratiě zhǎng
tie3 zhang3
tie zhang
tiezhang
t`ieh chang
tiehchang
tieh chang
Koi Fish
Nishiki Goi
錦鯉
锦鲤
nishiki goi
nishikigoi
jǐn lǐ / jin3 li3 / jin li / jinlichin li / chinli
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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your bones search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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    gu3
ku
 hone
    ほね
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Scroll
bone
(1) bone; (2) frame; (3) outline; core; (4) backbone; spirit; fortitude; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) laborious; troublesome; difficult; (personal name) Hone
Bone: bones, relics.

see styles

    ti1
t`i
    ti
 teki
    てき
to scrape the meat from bones; to pick (teeth etc); to weed out
cutting

see styles
xìn
    xin4
hsin
fontanel (gap between the bones of an infant's skull)

see styles

    ta3
t`a
    ta
 tou / to
    とう
pagoda; tower; minaret; stupa (abbr. loanword from Sanskrit tapo); CL:座[zuo4]
(n,n-suf) (1) tower; steeple; spire; (2) (abbreviation) (original meaning) (See 卒塔婆・1,塔婆・1) stupa; pagoda; dagoba; (surname) Tousaki
stūpa; tope; a tumulus, or mound, for the bones, or remains of the dead, or for other sacred relics, especially of the Buddha, whether relics of the body or the mind, e.g. bones or scriptures. As the body is supposed to consist of 84,000 atoms, Aśoka is said to have built 84,000 stūpas to preserve relics of Śākyamuni. Pagodas, dagobas, or towers with an odd number of stories are used in China for the purpose of controlling the geomantic influences of a neighbourbood. Also 塔婆; 兜婆; 偸婆; 藪斗波; 窣堵波; 率都婆; 素覩波; 私鍮簸, etc. The stūpas erected over relics of the Buddha vary from the four at his birthplace, the scene of his enlightenment, of his first sermon, and of his death, to the 84,000 accredited to Aśoka.

see styles
qiào
    qiao4
ch`iao
    chiao
 gara
    がら
variant of 殼|壳[qiao4]
(n,n-pref) (1) (kana only) (See 鶏がら) chicken bones (e.g. for soup); chicken carcass; (2) (kana only) poor-quality coke (coal); (suffix) (3) (kana only) left-overs; remnants

see styles

    zi4
tzu
rotten meat; bones of dead animal


see styles
tuō
    tuo1
t`o
    to
 datsu
to shed; to take off; to escape; to get away from
To take the flesh from the bones; to strip, undress, doff; to escape, avoid; let go, relinquish; release

see styles

    zu1
tsu
marshland; swamp; salted or pickled vegetables; to mince; to shred; to mince human flesh and bones; Taiwan pr. [ju1]


see styles
niè
    nie4
nieh
 komekami
    こめかみ
bones of the temple (on the human head); see 顳顬|颞颥, temple
(kana only) temple (of the forehead)


see styles
quán
    quan2
ch`üan
    chüan
cheek bones

see styles
wěi
    wei3
wei
be bent; crooked (of bones)

see styles
xiè
    xie4
hsieh
joint of bones

see styles
hái
    hai2
hai
 kaiji
    かいじ
bones of the body
(dead) body; corpse; shell; husk; hull; pod; chaff; (personal name) Kaiji

see styles

    bi4
pi
 hi
buttocks; thigh
The pelvic bones, the rump; thigh

九想

see styles
jiǔ xiǎng
    jiu3 xiang3
chiu hsiang
 kusō
(九想觀) or 九相 navasaṃjñā. Meditation on a corpse in order to curb desire; one of the meditations on the unclean: vyādhmātakasaṃjñā, its tumefaction; vinīlakas., its blue, mottled colour; vipadumakas., its decay; vilohitakas., its mess of blood,etc.; vipūyakas., its discharges and rotten flesh; vikhāditakas., its being devoured by birds and beasts; vikṣiptakas., its dismembering; asthis., its bones; vidagdhakas., their being burnt and returning to dust; nine kinds of meditation (on a corpse to quell desire)

人骨

see styles
 jinkotsu
    じんこつ
human bones

佛骨

see styles
fó gǔ
    fo2 gu3
fo ku
 bukkotsu
Buddha's bones (as a sacred relic)
A bone of the Buddha, especially the bone against whose reception by the emperor Xianzong the famous protest of Hanyu was made in 819; buddha's bones

入塔

see styles
rù tǎ
    ru4 ta3
ju t`a
    ju ta
 nyuttō
To inter the bones or body of a monk in a dagoba; v. 入骨; to put in a stūpa

入骨

see styles
rù gǔ
    ru4 gu3
ju ku
 nyū kotsu
To inter the bones (of a monk) in a stūpa, or a grave; inter the bones

剝皮


剥皮

see styles
bō pí
    bo1 pi2
po p`i
    po pi
 hakuhi
same as 剝皮|剥皮[bao1 pi2]
To flay, or peel. In one of the previous incarnations of Śākyamuni he is said to have written a certain gāthā containing the Holy Law on a piece of his own flayed skin with one of his bones split into the shape of a pen, and his blood instead of ink. 智度論 27; to flay

卜辭


卜辞

see styles
bǔ cí
    bu3 ci2
pu tz`u
    pu tzu
oracle inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC) on tortoiseshells or animal bones

卜骨

see styles
bǔ gǔ
    bu3 gu3
pu ku
 bokkotsu
    ぼっこつ
oracle bone; bone used for divination, esp. animal scapula
fortune-telling using animal bones

厨子

see styles
 chuushi / chushi
    ちゅうし
(1) miniature shrine with double doors (used to store important Buddhist items such as sutras, etc.); (2) cabinet with double doors (used by the nobility to store books, etc.); (3) (in Okinawa) carved and decorated stone container for storing the bones of one's ancestors; (surname) Chuushi

収骨

see styles
 shuukotsu / shukotsu
    しゅうこつ
(1) collecting bones and remains (e.g. on a battlefield); (2) putting cremated remains in an urn

囟門


囟门

see styles
xìn mén
    xin4 men2
hsin men
fontanel (gap between the bones of an infant's skull)

壞法


坏法

see styles
huài fǎ
    huai4 fa3
huai fa
 ehō
Any process of destruction, or decay to burn the bones of a deceased person so that they may not draw him to rebirth; ritual of destruction

宗骨

see styles
zōng gǔ
    zong1 gu3
tsung ku
 shūkotsu
The 'bones' or essential tenets of a sect; essential teachings of a school

小骨

see styles
 kobone
    こぼね
(noun - becomes adjective with の) small bones

廚子


厨子

see styles
chú zi
    chu2 zi5
ch`u tzu
    chu tzu
 zushi
    ずし
cook
(out-dated kanji) (1) miniature shrine with double doors (used to store important Buddhist items such as sutras, etc.); (2) cabinet with double doors (used by the nobility to store books, etc.); (3) (in Okinawa) carved and decorated stone container for storing the bones of one's ancestors

懶貓


懒猫

see styles
lǎn māo
    lan3 mao1
lan mao
lazy bones

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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

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