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Japan hone / kotsu
Bones Vertical Wall 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

China bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
Strong bones come from hard knocks Vertical Wall 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.

Iron Palm

China tiě zhǎng
Japan tetsu-tenohira
Iron Palm Vertical Wall 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

China jǐn lǐ
Japan nishiki goi
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Vertical Wall 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).

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


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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

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

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Mandarin xìn / xin4
Taiwan hsin
Chinese fontanel (gap between the bones of an infant's skull)

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Mandarin/ ta3
Taiwan t`a / ta
Japanese tou / to / とう
Chinese pagoda; tower; minaret; stupa (abbr. loanword from Sanskrit tapo); CL:座[zuo4]
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) tower; steeple; spire; (2) (abbreviation) (original meaning) (See 卒塔婆・1,塔婆・1) stupa; pagoda; dagoba
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.

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Mandarin qiào / qiao4
Taiwan ch`iao / chiao
Japanese gara / がら
Chinese variant of 殼|壳[qiao4]
Japanese (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

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Mandarin/ zi4
Taiwan tzu
Chinese rotten meat; bones of dead animal

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Mandarin tuō / tuo1
Taiwan t`o / to
Japanese datsu
Chinese 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

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

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

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Mandarin quán / quan2
Taiwan ch`üan / chüan
Chinese cheek bones

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Mandarin wěi / wei3
Taiwan wei
Chinese be bent; crooked (of bones)

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Mandarin xiè / xie4
Taiwan hsieh
Chinese joint of bones

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Mandarin hái / hai2
Taiwan hai
Japanese kaiji / かいじ
Chinese bones of the body
Japanese (dead) body; corpse; shell; husk; hull; pod; chaff

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Mandarin gěng / geng3
Taiwan keng
Chinese blunt; fish bones; unyielding

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Mandarin/ bi4
Taiwan pi
Japanese hi
Chinese buttocks; thigh
The pelvic bones, the rump.

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Mandarin gěng / geng3
Taiwan keng
Japanese nogi / のぎ
Chinese blunt; fish bones; unyielding
Japanese (archaism) small fish bone stuck in one's throat


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Mandarin jiǔ xiǎng / jiu3 xiang3
Taiwan chiu hsiang
Japanese 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.


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Japanese jinkotsu / じんこつ Japanese human bones


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


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Mandarin rù gǔ / ru4 gu3
Taiwan ju ku
Japanese nyū kotsu
To inter the bones (of a monk) in a stūpa, or a grave.



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Mandarin bō pí / bo1 pi2
Taiwan po p`i / po pi
Japanese hakuhi
Chinese same as 剝皮|剥皮[bao1 pi2]; to skin; to flay; to excoriate; to peel; to bark at sb; to physically punish sb
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.



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


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Mandarin bǔ gǔ / bu3 gu3
Taiwan pu ku
Japanese bokkotsu / ぼっこつ
Chinese oracle bone; bone used for divination, esp. animal scapula
Japanese fortune-telling using animal bones


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Japanese chuushi / chushi / ちゅうし Japanese (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


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



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Mandarin xìn mén / xin4 men2
Taiwan hsin men
Chinese fontanel (gap between the bones of an infant's skull)



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Mandarin huài fǎ / huai4 fa3
Taiwan huai fa
Japanese 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


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Mandarin zōng gǔ / zong1 gu3
Taiwan tsung ku
Japanese shūkotsu
The 'bones' or essential tenets of a sect; essential teachings of a school


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Japanese kobone / こぼね Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) small bones



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Japanese zushi / ずし Chinese cook
Japanese (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

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Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Vertical Wall Scroll
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Lookup Bones in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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
bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
bu4 ke1 bu4 peng4 gu3 tou2 bu4 ying4
bu ke bu peng gu tou bu ying
pu k`o pu p`eng ku t`ou pu ying
pu ko pu peng ku tou pu ying
Iron Palm鐵掌
tetsu-tenohiratiě zhǎng
tie3 zhang3
tie zhang
t`ieh chang
tieh chang
Koi Fish
Nishiki Goi
nishiki goi
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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