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Clarity Scroll

清 means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moonlight piercing pure water". The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through". Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear".

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.

Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When reading in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.

Mirror: Beautiful Clarity

míng jìng
mei kyou
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Scroll

While this means mirror in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, it's commonly used as a metaphor for something beautiful and bright or something that provides clarity and insight.


Clean and Pure
Purity Scroll

淨 is the most simple way to express purity or cleanliness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

As a single character, the concept is broad: This can be a verb (the act of cleaning, purifying, or to cleanse) but it can also be the state of being clean, pure, and chaste. In some context, it can be a place to clean (like a bathing room for the soul in a Buddhist context). In Japanese, this can be a female given name "Jou" or "jō" (the Japanese equivalent of the English girl's name "Chastity").

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

zhuān xīn
sen shin
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Scroll

The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose", "focused on one single thing", "concentrated" and sometimes, "special".

The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.

Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart". It's often translated as, "dedication", as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts". It's also used to mean, "with single mind", "whole-heartedly", "paying attention", "undivided attention", "concentration (-ed)", "engrossed", "devotionally (listening/watching)", and/or "attentive".

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion".

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.

専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.

See Also:  Faith | Devotion

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Clarityseiqīng / qing1 / qingch`ing / ching
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity明鏡
mei kyou / meikyou / mei kyo / meikyomíng jìng
ming2 jing4
ming jing
ming ching
Purityjou / jojìng / jing4 / jingching
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
chuan hsin
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

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/ yi1
 ii / i / イー
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Scroll
one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1); also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
(numeric) one (chi: yī); (female given name) Moto
eka. One, unity, monad, once, the same; immediately on (seeing, hearing, etc.); one



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míng jìng / ming2 jing4
ming ching
 meikyou;myoukyou;meikei / mekyo;myokyo;meke / めいきょう;みょうきょう;めいけい
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Scroll
mirror (as a metaphor for something beautiful, bright and flat -- such as a lake -- or something that provides clarity and insight)
polished mirror; clear mirror; (personal name) Meikyou
a [clear] mirror

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 saya / さや (irregular okurigana usage) (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness); (female given name) Saya

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xiǎn / xian3
 ken / けん
Japanese variant of 顯|显
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (archaism) exposure; clarity; (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 顕教) exoteric Buddhism; public Buddhist teachings; (personal name) Kenzou


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 sae / さえ (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)


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 sae / さえ (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)


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míng liǎo / ming2 liao3
ming liao
 myōryō / めいりょう
to understand clearly; to be clear about; plain; clear; also written 明瞭|明了[ming2 liao3]
(noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness
To understand thoroughly; complete enlightenment; to clarify


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míng liàng / ming2 liang4
ming liang
 haruaki / はるあき
bright; shining; glittering; to become clear
(noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness; (personal name) Haruaki



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míng liǎo / ming2 liao3
ming liao
 myōryō / めいりょう
to understand clearly; to be clear about; plain; clear
(noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness


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 meishi / meshi / めいし (noun/participle) clarity of vision


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 nigori / にごり (1) muddiness; murkiness; lack of clarity; (2) impurity; (3) {ling} (See 濁点・だくてん) Japanese voiced consonant mark; (4) (abbreviation) (See 濁り酒) unrefined sake


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 chomei / chome / ちょめい (noun or adjectival noun) clarity


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qīng xī dù / qing1 xi1 du4
ch`ing hsi tu / ching hsi tu
definition; sharpness; clarity


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 futoumeikan / futomekan / ふとうめいかん sense of uncertainty; lack of clarity; indecisiveness


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 meiryou / meryo / めいりょう (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness


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 kurariti / クラリティ clarity


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 nuke / ぬけ (1) omission; slip; error; fault; (2) definition (of photograph); sharpness; clarity (sound); flow


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 kenjataimu / けんじゃタイム (slang) (joc) post-coital clarity; period after orgasm when a man is free from sexual desire and can think clearly


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 kenjamoodo / けんじゃモード (slang) (joc) post-coital clarity; period after orgasm when a man is free from sexual desire and can think clearly


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 kuraritii / kurariti / クラリティー clarity


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 sae / さえ (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)


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 kuraritii;kurariti / kurariti;kurariti / クラリティー;クラリティ clarity

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