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Bonsai / Penzai

Dwarf Tree Culture
China pén zāi
Japan bon sai
Bonsai / Penzai

盆栽 is the word that refers to the culture, hobby and to the miniature trees themselves that have become popular around the world. Like many things, this art migrated from China to Japan some time ago but we tend to associate it with Japanese culture and even use the Japanese word in English.

Granted, in present day, this hobby seems to be more popular in Japan but still has a great following in China and even a little in Korea as well.

Note: Many people confuse the title of the bonsai tree with "banzai" which is a form of "hooray" in Japanese. I have also seen it misspelled as "bansai." The correct Romanization (Romaji) is "bonsai."

Banzai / Wansui

Old Japanese / Traditional Chinese & Korean
China wàn suì
Japan banzai / manzai
Banzai / Wansui

We've made two almost identical entries for this word. 萬歲 is the traditional Chinese, Korean Hanja, and ancient Japanese way to write banzai. In modern times, the first character was simplified in Japan and China. So you might want to select the other entry for more universal readability.

While it has become a popular if not an odd thing to scream as you jump out of an airplane (preferably with a parachute attached), banzai is actually a very old Asian way to say "hooray." The Japanese word "banzai" comes from the Chinese word "wan sui" which means "The age of 10,000 years." It is actually a wish that the Emperor or the Empire live that long.

Imagine long ago as the Emperor made a rare public appearance. 萬歲 is what all of the people would yell to their leader in respect.

So if you like is as a hooray, or you want to wish someone that they live for 10,000 years, this is the calligraphy for you.

Other translations include: Cheers! (not the drinking kind), hurrah!, long live [name]!, congratulations!

To other things with banzai in their names; I am still waiting for the promised sequel to Buckaroo Banzai.

Notes: Sometimes people confuse banzai with bonsai. A bonsai is a miniature tree. They have nothing to do with each other. Further, bonzai is not a word at all - although it would make a great name for a calcium supplement for older people.

Banzai

Modern Japanese Version
China wàn suì
Japan banzai
Banzai

We've made two almost identical entries for this word. 萬歲 is the modern Japanese way to write banzai. In the last century, the first character was simplified in Japan and China. The new generation will expect it to be written this way but the old generation can still read the more traditional form. You must make your own determination as to what version is best for you. If your audience is mostly Japanese, I suggest this form.

While it has become a popular if not an odd thing to scream as you jump out of an airplane (preferably with a parachute attached), banzai is actually a very old Asian way to say "hooray." The Japanese word "banzai" comes from the Chinese word "wan sui" which means "The age of 10,000 years." It is actually a wish that the Emperor or the Empire live that long.

Imagine long ago as the Emperor made a rare public appearance. 萬歲 is what all of the people would yell to their leader in respect.

So if you like is as a hooray, or you want to wish someone that they live for 10,000 years, this is the calligraphy for you.

To other things with banzai in their names; I am still waiting for the promised sequel to Buckaroo Banzai.

Other translations: hurrah, long life, congratulations, cheers, live long.

Notes: Sometimes people confuse banzai with bonsai. A bonsai is a miniature tree. They have nothing to do with each other. Further, bonzai is not a word at all - although it would make a great name for a calcium supplement for older people.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

盆栽

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Mandarin pén zāi / pen2 zai1
Taiwan p`en tsai / pen tsai
Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい
Chinese growing plants in pots; Japanese: bonsai
Japanese bonsai; miniature potted plant; (place-name) Bonsai
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Bonsai / Penzai

五葉


五叶

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Mandarin wǔ shě / wu3 she3
Taiwan wu she
Japanese goyou / goyo / ごよう
Japanese (abbreviation) (See 五葉松) Japanese white pine (favored for gardens and bonsai); goyoumatsu; (given name) Goyou; (female given name) Itsuha
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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凡才

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Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい Japanese (ant: 天才) mediocrity; ordinary ability

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梵妻

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Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい Japanese Buddhist priest's wife

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添配

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Japanese tenpai / てんぱい Japanese ornament, etc. accompanying a bonsai

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盆景

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Mandarin pén jǐng / pen2 jing3
Taiwan p`en ching / pen ching
Japanese bonkei / bonke / ぼんけい
Chinese bonsai; landscape in a pot
Japanese miniature garden; tray landscape

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盆梅

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Japanese bonbai / ぼんばい Japanese plum bonsai

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貴風

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Japanese kifuu / kifu / きふう Japanese class size of bonsai trees (25-35cm); (personal name) Kifuu

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遣水

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Japanese yarimizu / やりみず Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) stream (in a Japanese garden); narrow stream flowing through a traditional garden (esp. in a Heian period villa); (2) watering (potted plants, bonsai, etc.); (surname) Yarimizu

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鉢物

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Japanese hachimono / はちもの Japanese (1) food served in bowls; (2) potted plant; bonsai

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五葉松

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Japanese goyoumatsu / goyomatsu / ごようまつ Japanese Japanese white pine (favored for gardens and bonsai)

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水橫枝

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Mandarin shuǐ héng zhī / shui3 heng2 zhi1
Taiwan shui heng chih
Chinese cape jasmine (Gardenia jasminoides), esp. grown as bonsai

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遣り水

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Japanese yarimizu / やりみず Japanese (1) stream (in a Japanese garden); narrow stream flowing through a traditional garden (esp. in a Heian period villa); (2) watering (potted plants, bonsai, etc.)

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鉢映り

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Japanese hachiutsuri / はちうつり Japanese compatibility between the pot and the bonsai

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遣り水;遣水(io)

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Japanese yarimizu / やりみず Japanese (1) (See 寝殿造り) stream (in a Japanese garden); narrow stream flowing through a traditional garden (esp. in a Heian period villa); (2) watering (potted plants, bonsai, etc.)

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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
Bonsai
Penzai
盆栽bon sai / bonsaipén zāi / pen2 zai1 / pen zai / penzaip`en tsai / pentsai / pen tsai
Banzai
Wansui
萬歲
万岁
banzai / manzaiwàn suì / wan4 sui4 / wan sui / wansui
Banzai萬歲
万岁
banzaiwàn suì / wan4 sui4 / wan sui / wansui
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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