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Cherry Blossom in Chinese / Japanese...

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Cherry Blossom

China yīng huā
Japan ouka
Cherry Blossom Vertical Wall Scroll

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Not the results for cherry blossom that you were looking for?

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

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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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
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
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
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
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
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 huā // huà // huá / hua1 // hua4 // hua2
Taiwan hua
Japanese ririka / りりか
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
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


樱花

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Mandarin yīng huā / ying1 hua1
Taiwan ying hua
Japanese sakura / さくら    ouka / oka / おうか
In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
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

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
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

徒桜

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

桜人

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

桜祭

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

桜色

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

桜花

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Japanese honoka / ほのか Japanese cherry blossom

満開

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Japanese mankai / まんかい Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) full bloom (esp. of cherry blossom); full blossom

盛り

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Japanese sakari / さかり Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) (ざかり when used as a suffix) peak (e.g. of cherry blossom season); height (e.g. of summer); (2) prime (of one's life); one's best days; (3) rutting; being in heat

花衣

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Japanese hanae / はなえ Japanese (See 花見) fancy kimono used for cherry blossom viewing; fancy kimono

花見

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Japanese hanami / はなみ Japanese (noun/participle) cherry blossom viewing; flower viewing

観桜

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Japanese mio / みお Japanese cherry blossom viewing

サクラ

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Japanese sakura / サクラ Japanese (1) cherry tree; cherry blossom; (2) decoy; fake buyer; shill; (3) hired applauder; (4) (colloquialism) horse meat; (p,s,g) Sakura

予想日

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Japanese yosoubi / yosobi / よそうび Japanese forecasted day (of cherry blossom blooming, etc.)

桜前線

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Japanese sakurazensen / さくらぜんせん Japanese cherry blossom front

桜散る

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Japanese sakurachiru / さくらちる Japanese (expression) (1) (idiom) exam failure; (2) cherry blossom blooming; cherry blossom falling

桜祭り

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

満開日

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Japanese mankaibi / まんかいび Japanese first day of cherry blossoms reaching full bloom; first day in which at least 80% of the somei yoshino cherry blossom has opened (in a specific region or place)

花便り

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Japanese hanadayori / はなだより Japanese news of cherry blossom blooming conditions; tidings of flowers

花前線

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Japanese hanazensen / はなぜんせん Japanese (See 開花前線) (cherry) blossom front; flower front

花疲れ

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Japanese hanazukare / はなづかれ Japanese tiredness after cherry blossom watching

花見客

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Japanese hanamikyaku / はなみきゃく Japanese cherry-blossom viewer

花見時

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Japanese hanamidoki / はなみどき Japanese (cherry) blossom season

観桜会

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Japanese kanoukai / kanokai / かんおうかい Japanese cherry blossom viewing party

一目千本

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Japanese hitomesenbon / ひとめせんぼん Japanese (esp. 吉野山 in Nara) place where one can view a vast number of cherry blossom trees at a glance

花だより

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Japanese hanadayori / はなだより Japanese news of cherry blossom blooming conditions; tidings of flowers

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In Flowers the Cherry Blossom, In Men the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll
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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.
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