Chance in Chinese / Japanese...

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Fate / Opportunity / Chance

Buddhist idea of Fate
yīn yuán
in nen
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Scroll

因緣 is the Buddhist concept of a chance meeting or an opportunity that presents itself by fate.

Sometimes this is used to describe a cosmic chain of events or cause and effect.

It also is used to describe predestined relationships between people - and sometimes married couples (although if you want one about marriage, try this: Fate / Destiny of Lovers.

因緣 can also be translated as origin, karma, destiny, affinity, connection, and relation. This all depends on context - seen alone on a wall scroll, this will be read with a "fate / chance" meaning by a Chinese person, or a Korean person who can read Hanja.

The more complex definition of this word would be, "Direct causes and indirect conditions, which underlie the actions of all things".

This concept is known as nidana in the original Sanskrit. Also sometimes presented as hetupratyaya (or "hetu and prataya") which I believe is Pali.

Note: Japanese will tend to use this version of the second Kanji: 縁
If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, expect that you’ll get this version. However, this word often carries a negative connotation in Japanese (bad things happen), as it is used that way in a certain Japanese idiom. Therefore, this may not be the best choice if Japanese is your target language.

See Also:  Buddhism | Opportunity

Serendipity / Chance Discovery

guuzen no hakken
Serendipity / Chance Discovery Scroll

偶然の発見 is a way to express serendipity in Japanese. This title is more about discovery by chance like the melting candy bar in a Bell radar/communications laboratory that led to the invention of the microwave oven.

The first two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

In the middle is a possessive article that connects these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean discovery, detection, or finding.

Fate / Chance Meeting

yuán fèn
Fate / Chance Meeting Scroll

These two characters specifically represent the fate or destiny that brings two people together.

緣份 is like the chance meeting of two people that leads sometime later to marriage.

This could also be the chance meeting of two business people, who become partners and build a huge and successful company.

Basically, this is an idea often associated with a fateful meeting leading to good fortune.

Some will define this word as, "The destiny brings you two together", or "Meant to be".

分 Note: The second character can also be written without the left radical, as shown to the right. If you have a preference, please let use know in the special instructions for your project. There is no difference in meaning or pronunciation, just two (alternate) ways to write the same character.

See Also:  Soulmates | Good Fortune

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
因缘 / 因縁
in nen / innenyīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuanyin yüan / yinyüan
Chance Discovery
偶然の発見guuzen no hakken
guzen no haken
Chance Meeting
緣份 / 緣分
缘份 / 缘分
yuán fèn / yuan2 fen4 / yuan fen / yuanfenyüan fen / yüanfen
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


see styles
ǒu rán
    ou3 ran2
ou jan
 guuzen / guzen
Fate / Chance Meeting Scroll
incidentally; occasional; occasionally; by chance; randomly
(n,adj-na,adj-no) (1) (ant: 必然・1) coincidence; chance; accident; fortuity; (adverb) (2) by chance; unexpectedly; accidentally; (3) contingency (philosophy)



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yīn yuán
    yin1 yuan2
yin yüan
Fate / Chance Meeting Scroll
chance; opportunity; predestined relationship; (Buddhist) principal and secondary causes; chain of cause and effect
hetupratyaya. Cause; causes; 因 hetu, is primary cause, 緣 pratyaya, secondary cause, or causes, e. g. a seed is 因, rain, dew, farmer, etc., are 緣. The 十二因緣 twelve nidānas or links are 'the concatenation of cause and effect in the whole range of existence'; cause and conditions



see styles
shí jī
    shi2 ji1
shih chi
Fate / Chance Meeting Scroll
fortunate timing; occasion; opportunity
opportunity; chance; time; occasion



see styles
jī huì
    ji1 hui4
chi hui
opportunity; chance; occasion; CL:個|个[ge4]


see styles
làng rén
    lang4 ren2
lang jen
 rounin / ronin
Fate / Chance Meeting Scroll
vagrant; unemployed person; rōnin (wandering masterless samurai)
(n,vs,adj-no) (1) ronin; wandering samurai without a master to serve; (2) out of work; (3) waiting for another chance to enter a university; (given name) Rounin


see styles
ǒu rán xìng
    ou3 ran2 xing4
ou jan hsing
Fate / Chance Meeting Scroll
chance; fortuity; serendipity

see styles
to break; to fracture; to snap; to suffer loss; to bend; to twist; to turn; to change direction; convinced; to convert into (currency); discount; rebate; tenth (in price); classifier for theatrical scenes; to fold; accounts book
(1) opportunity; chance; occasion; time; (n,ctr) (2) fold; pleat; crease; (3) small food box (wooden or cardboard); (personal name) Sagari
Tear open, break down.; To snap, break; decide; compound; fold; to fold

see styles
to gather together, pool or collect; to happen by chance; to move close to; to exploit an opportunity
harbour; harbor; port; (surname) Minatozaki

see styles
to rush (of water)
(1) shallows; shoal; (2) rapids; current; torrent; (3) position; place; (4) chance; opportunity

see styles
Japanese variant of 瀨|濑
(1) shallows; shoal; (2) rapids; current; torrent; (3) position; place; (4) chance; opportunity; (surname) Yanagise

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 migiri; migin
    みぎり; みぎん
to build by laying bricks or stones
(kana only) time; age; chance; moment; occasion

see styles
to meet by chance; to come across; (of a calendar event) to come along; (of an event) to fall on (a particular day); to fawn upon
(female given name) Ai

see styles


to meet; to encounter; to treat; to receive; opportunity; chance
to meet

see styles
to fit; suitable; proper; just (now); comfortable; well; to go; to follow or pursue
(adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance; (adj-no,adj-na,n) (kana only) occasional; rare; (given name) Teki
To go to, reach; happen; follow, accord with; suddenly, now, then; to go to

see styles
to meet by chance (usually with misfortune); classifier for events: time, turn, incident
to meet with

see styles

crack; crevice; gap or interval; loophole; discord; rift
gap; space; (1) gap; space; (2) break; interlude; interval; (3) chink (in one's armor, armour); chance; opportunity; weak spot; (1) gap; space; (2) chink (in one's armor, armour); chance; opportunity; weak spot; (3) breach (of a relationship between people)
A crack, crevice, rift; translit. kha.

see styles
lots (to be drawn); lot (in a game of chance)
(kana only) lottery; lot
A lot, tally, ballot, ticket, made of wood, bamboo, or paper; To cast lots for good or ill fortune.


see styles
(1) (polite language) fate; chance; (2) (polite language) relationship; tie


see styles
(interjection) (1) (See いやだ) not a chance; not likely; no way; (2) fault; defect; weak point


see styles
(interjection) (1) oh!; oh my!; dear me!; (interjection) (2) (ksb:) (from いや+や) (See やだ・1) not a chance; not likely; no way; no; (interjection) (3) (ksb:) (See やだ・2) oh no; yuck; eew; (female given name) Yaya


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 manichi(p); banichi(ok); manitsu(ok); banitsu(ok)
    まんいち(P); ばんいち(ok); まんいつ(ok); ばんいつ(ok)
(1) (lit. 1 in 10,000) emergency; unlikely event; (adverb) (2) by some chance; by some possibility; (given name) Man'ichi


see styles
(noun/participle) hearing casually; hearing by chance; learning by hearsay



see styles
sì jī
    si4 ji1
ssu chi
to wait for an opportunity; to watch for one's chance


see styles
(noun/participle) hearing casually; hearing by chance; learning by hearsay


see styles
(adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance


see styles
(adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance


see styles
ǒu yù
    ou3 yu4
ou yü
a chance encounter; to meet accidentally


see styles
(noun/participle) (See 出会い・であい・1) encounter; chance meeting; (surname) Deai


see styles
(1) chance of going out; opportunity (to succeed); (2) musical accompaniment for an actor going on stage; (surname) Debata


see styles
(kana only) chance; start; cue; excuse; motive; impetus; occasion; (place-name) Kirikake

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