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Cherry Blossom

China yīng huā
Japan ouka
Cherry Blossom

櫻花 is how to write "cherry blossom" in Chinese and traditional Japanese Kanji.

The first character means "cherry" or sometimes "cherry tree."
The second character means "flowers" or "blossoms."

Oddly, my Chinese dictionary also defines these two characters as "Japanese oriental cherry tree" or "Oriental cherry blossom." However, the first character is the only one that means "cherry," so it can refer to any cherry blossoms in the whole world (not just those in Asia).


桜There is an alternate version of the first character, which has become the standard for Japanese Kanji. If you want this version, instead of the one shown to the upper left, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Although this is an alternate form in Chinese, most Chinese people will think this is just the Japanese version (Chinese people don't necessarily know the history and all alternate forms of Chinese characters from the past). Therefore, this version shown to the right is best if your audience is Japanese (though most Japanese will recognize the form shown in the upper left).

Cherry Blossom / Sakura

China yīng
Japan sakura
Cherry Blossom / Sakura

櫻 is the single-character (short) way to write "cherry blossom" or "cherry tree" in Chinese and traditional Japanese Kanji.


桜There is an alternate version of this character, which has become the standard for Japanese Kanji. If you want this version, instead of the one shown to the upper left, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Although this is an alternate form in Chinese, most Chinese people will think this is just the Japanese version (Chinese people don't necessarily know the history and all alternate forms of Chinese characters from the past). Therefore, this version shown to the right is best if your audience is Japanese (though most Japanese will recognize the form shown in the upper left).

In Flowers the Cherry Blossom,
In Men the Samurai

Japan hana wa sakuragi hito wa bushi
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, / In Men the Samurai

This Japanese proverb simply reads, "[In] Flowers it's Cherry Blossoms, [In] Men it's Warriors."

This is meant to say that of all the flowers in the world, the cherry blossom is the best. And of all men in the world, the Samurai or Warrior is the best

This proverb has been around for a long time. It's believed to have been composed sometime before the Edo Period in Japan (which started in 1603).

Some will drop one syllable and pronounce this, "hana wa sakura hito wa bushi." That's "sakura" instead of "sakuragi," which is like saying "cherry blossom" instead of "cherry tree."


The third character was traditionally written as 櫻. But in modern Japan, that became 桜. You may still see 櫻 used from time to time on older pieces of calligraphy. We can do either one, so just make a special request if you want 櫻.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin yīng / ying1
Taiwan ying
Japanese takazakura / たかざくら    sakurazaki / さくらざき    sakura / さくら
Chinese cherry
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) cherry tree; cherry blossom; (2) decoy; fake buyer; shill; (3) hired applauder; (4) (colloquialism) horse meat; (surname) Takazakura; (surname) Sakurazaki; (surname, female given name) Sakura
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Mandarin huā / hua1
Taiwan hua
Japanese ririka / りりか    manaka / まなか    peko / ぺこ    heren / へれん    furawa / ふらわ    hanna / はんな    haru / はる    hana / はな    kanna / かんな    kasumi / かすみ    aya / あや
Chinese flower; blossom; CL:朵[duo3],支[zhi1],束[shu4],把[ba3],盆[pen2],簇[cu4]; fancy pattern; florid; to spend (money, time); surname Hua
Japanese (1) flower; blossom; bloom; petal; (2) cherry blossom; (3) beauty; (4) blooming (esp. of cherry blossoms); (5) ikebana; (6) (abbreviation) Japanese playing cards; (7) (the) best; (female given name) Ririka; (female given name) Manaka; (female given name) Peko; (female given name) Heren; (female given name) Furawa; (female given name) Hanna; (female given name) Haru; (p,s,f) Hana; (female given name) Kanna; (personal name) Kasumi; (female given name) Aya
華 puṣpa, a flower, flowers; especially the lotus, and celestial flowers. 花座 The lotus throne on which buddhas and bodhisattvas sit.
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Mandarin huá / hua2
Taiwan hua
Japanese ririka / りりか    ran / らん    madoka / まどか    furooria / ふろーりあ    fua / ふあ    hikari / ひかり    hanna / はんな    haruka / はるか    haru / はる    hana / はな    teru / てる    kemeko / けめこ    kirara / きらら    kana / かな    kasumi / かすみ    kazashi / かざし    kaoru / かおる    ka / か    aki / あき
Chinese magnificent; splendid; flowery; old variant of 花[hua1]; flower; Mt Hua 華山|华山 in Shaanxi; surname Hua; abbr. for China
Japanese (1) flower; blossom; bloom; petal; (2) cherry blossom; (3) beauty; (4) blooming (esp. of cherry blossoms); (5) ikebana; (6) (abbreviation) Japanese playing cards; (7) (the) best; (female given name) Ririka; (female given name) Ran; (female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Furo-ria; (personal name) Fua; (female given name) Hikari; (female given name) Hanna; (female given name) Haruka; (female given name) Haru; (surname, female given name) Hana; (female given name) Teru; (female given name) Kemeko; (female given name) Kirara; (female given name) Kana; (personal name) Kasumi; (female given name) Kazashi; (m,f) Kaoru; (surname, given name) Ka; (female given name) Aki
kusuma; puṣpa; padma; a flower, blossom; flowery; especially the lotus; also 花, which also means pleasure, vice; to spend, waste, profligate. 華 also means splendour, glory, ornate; to decorate; China.

櫻花

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Mandarin yīng huā / ying1 hua1
Taiwan ying hua
Japanese sakura / さくら    ouka / oka / おうか
Chinese oriental cherry (Prunus serrulata or Prunus yedoensis), prized for its blossom; also known as sakura (Japanese) or Yoshino cherry
Japanese (female given name) Sakura; (female given name) Ouka
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Cherry Blossom

花は桜木人は武士

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Japanese hanahasakuragihitohabushi / はなはさくらぎひとはぶし Japanese (expression) (proverb) the best flowers are the cherry blossoms, the best individuals are the samurai; as the cherry blossom is first among flowers, so is the samurai first among men

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Mandarin yīng / ying1
Taiwan ying
Japanese chieri / ちえり    sara / さら    sakurasaki / さくらさき    sakura / さくら    saku / さく    ou / o / おう
Chinese Japanese variant of 櫻|樱[ying1]
Japanese (1) cherry tree; cherry blossom; (2) decoy; fake buyer; shill; (3) hired applauder; (4) (colloquialism) horse meat; (female given name) Chieri; (female given name) Sara; (surname) Sakurasaki; (p,s,f) Sakura; (female given name) Saku; (female given name) Ou

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Mandarin/ zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese azusa;shi;azusa / あずさ;し;アズサ
Chinese Catalpa kaempferi; printing blocks
Japanese (1) (あずさ, アズサ only) (kana only) (See 夜糞峰榛) Japanese cherry birch (Betula grossa); (2) (あずさ, アズサ only) (See キササゲ) yellow catalpa (Catalpa ovata); (3) (あずさ, アズサ only) (See 赤芽柏・1) Japanese mallotus (Mallotus japonicus); (4) printing block; (5) (あずさ only) (abbreviation) (See 梓弓) catalpa bow; (6) (あずさ only) (abbreviation) (See 梓巫女) catalpa medium; (surname) Shin; (personal name) Shi; (female given name) Adzusa; (surname, female given name) Azusa; (female given name) Azu; (personal name) Agishi; (personal name) Agi; (personal name) Aki

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Mandarin táng / tang2
Taiwan t`ang / tang
Chinese cherry-apple

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Mandarin zhū / zhu1
Taiwan chu
Chinese cornelian cherry

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Mandarin/ yu2
Taiwan
Chinese cornelian cherry

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冬桜

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Japanese fuyuzakura;fuyuzakara / ふゆざくら;フユザカラ Japanese (1) (kana only) winter cherry (Prunus parvifolia); (2) winter cherry blossoms; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Kazusa

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匂桜

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Japanese nioizakura;nioizakura / においざくら;ニオイザクラ Japanese (kana only) cherry tree with fragrant flowers

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夜桜

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Japanese yozakura / よざくら Japanese cherry trees at evening; (surname, female given name) Yozakura; (female given name) Yao

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実桜

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Japanese mizakura / みざくら Japanese (See 桜桃・おうとう) cherry tree with edible fruit (esp. sweet cherry or Nanking cherry); cherry (fruit); (female given name) Mio

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寒桜

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Japanese kanzakura;kanzakura / かんざくら;カンザクラ Japanese (1) (kana only) (See 冬桜・ふゆざくら・2) Prunus kanzakura (species of winter-blooming cherry tree); (2) (kana only) Chinese primrose (Primula sinensis)

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山桜

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Japanese yamazakura;yamazakura / やまざくら;ヤマザクラ Japanese mountain cherry (Cerasus jamasakura); (place-name) Yamazakura

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峰桜

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Japanese minezakura / みねざくら Japanese (kana only) Japanese alpine cherry (Prunus nipponica)

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嶺桜

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Japanese minezakura / みねざくら Japanese (kana only) Japanese alpine cherry (Prunus nipponica)

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庭梅

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Japanese niwaume;niwaume / にわうめ;ニワウメ Japanese (kana only) Chinese bushberry (Prunus japonica); bush cherry

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徒桜

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Japanese adazakura / あだざくら Japanese ephemeral (easily scattered) cherry blossom; fickle woman

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桜人

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Japanese sakurabito / さくらびと Japanese cherry blossom viewer; cherry blossom admirer

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桜桃

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Japanese outou / oto / おうとう Japanese (See 西洋実桜,梅桃) cherry (tree; esp. sweet cherry or Nanking cherry); (female given name) Yusura; (female given name) Chieri; (female given name) Sakuranbo; (surname) Oto

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桜樹

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Japanese ouju / oju / おうじゅ Japanese cherry tree; (surname) Sakuragi; (female given name) Saki; (personal name) Ouju; (female given name) Ouki

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桜湯

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Japanese sakurayu / さくらゆ Japanese drink made of boiled water poured over preserved cherry leaves and blossoms; (surname) Sakurayu

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桜皮

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Japanese ouhi / ohi / おうひ Japanese cherry tree inner bark

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桜祭

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Japanese sakuramatsuri / さくらまつり Japanese cherry blossom festival

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桜色

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Japanese sakurairo / さくらいろ Japanese cherry blossom (colour, color)

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桜花

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Japanese ouka(p);sakurabana / oka(p);sakurabana / おうか(P);さくらばな Japanese cherry blossom; (female given name) Honoka; (female given name) Haruka; (surname) Sakurabana; (surname, female given name) Sakurahana; (female given name) Sakuraka; (female given name) Sakura; (female given name) Sakuka; (female given name) Ouna; (surname, female given name) Ouka

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桜餅

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Japanese sakuramochi / さくらもち Japanese rice cake with bean paste wrapped in a preserved cherry leaf

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桜鯛

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Japanese sakuradai;sakuradai / さくらだい;サクラダイ Japanese (kana only) cherry anthias (Sacura margaritacea)

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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
Cherry Blossom櫻花
樱花 / 桜花
ouka / okayīng huā / ying1 hua1 / ying hua / yinghua
Cherry Blossom
Sakura

樱 / 桜
sakurayīng / ying1 / ying
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai花は櫻木人は武士
花は桜木人は武士
hana wa sakuragi hito wa bushi
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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