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Coffin in Chinese / Japanese...

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Do not shed a tear until you see the coffin

bú jiàn guān cái bú luò lèi
Do not shed a tear until you see the coffin Scroll

不見棺材不落淚 is a cautionary tale that suggests you are unknowingly (though it should be obvious)on a bad course.

It further suggests that you will not realize your folly until the worst has happened.

This can also be a warning of inaction until it's too late to take action. Again, not realizing your error until it's too late.

In an alternate interpretation, some will suggest this means doing something bad and not looking back - Then the worst happens.

It should be noted that this is one of the oddest selections for a wall scroll in our whole Asian calligraphy database. All of our translators are convinced that no Chinese person would ever hang this on their wall.

Spirit / Soul

Spirit / Soul Scroll

靈 is spirit or soul in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

If you look in the dictionary, you'll also find definitions for this character like:
quick; alert; efficacious; effective; departed soul; coffin; spiritual; energy; effective; clever.

霊There is a modern Japanese version of this character. The button above will get you the traditional/ancient form. But, if you want the modern Japanese, click on the Kanji to the right instead.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Do not shed a tear until you see the coffin不見棺材不落淚
bú jiàn guān cái bú luò lèi
bu2 jian4 guan1 cai2 bu2 luo4 lei4
bu jian guan cai bu luo lei
pu chien kuan ts`ai pu lo lei
pu chien kuan tsai pu lo lei

ryou / ryolíng / ling2 / ling
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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Simple Dictionary Definition

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/ mu4
 moku / もく
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tree; wood; coffin; wooden; simple; numb; one of the eight categories of ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]
(1) (abbreviation) (See 木曜) Thursday; (2) (See 五行・1) wood (first of the five elements); (female given name) Moku
Wood; a tree; kāṣṭha, a piece of wood, wood, timber.

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líng / ling2
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quick; alert; efficacious; effective; to come true; spirit; departed soul; coffin
Spirit, spiritual, energy, effective, clever; spirit (of the dead)



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bù jiàn guān cai bù luò lèi / bu4 jian4 guan1 cai5 bu4 luo4 lei4
pu chien kuan ts`ai pu lo lei / pu chien kuan tsai pu lo lei
lit. not to shed a tear until one sees the coffin (idiom); fig. refuse to be convinced until one is faced with grim reality

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cuò / cuo4
ts`o / tso
to lay in place; to put; to place a coffin in a temporary location pending burial

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cái / cai2
ts`ai / tsai
 zai / ざい
material; timber; ability; aptitude; a capable individual; coffin (old)
(n,n-suf) (1) (See 材木) wood; lumber; timber; (2) (See 材料・1) (raw) material; stuff; ingredients; (3) talent; ability; capable person; (personal name) Motoki

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jiù / jiu4
 hitsugi / ひつぎ
coffin; casket

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guān / guan1
 kan / いくお
coffin; casket; (personal name) Ikuo
A coffin 棺材.

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pián / pian2
p`ien / pien
basket-couch in coffin

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gàng / gang4
 kan / カン
thick pole; bar; rod; thick line; to mark with a thick line; to sharpen (knife); (old) coffin-bearing pole
(noun/participle) {mahj} (See 槓子) forming a four-of-a-kind (chi:); declaring a kong

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huì / hui4

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guǒ / guo3
outer coffin
outer box of a coffin; outer box of a coffin

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guì / gui4
 hinoki / ひのき
Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis); coffin lid decoration (old)
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa); Japanese cypress; (surname, female given name) Hinoki

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chèn / chen4
ch`en / chen
Sterculia plantanifolia; coffin

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liàn / lian4
to prepare a dead body for coffin

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biǎn / bian3
to put a coffin in the grave

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kān / kan1
k`an / kan
 gan / がん
niche; shrine
(1) niche or alcove for an image; (2) (in Okinawa) portable shrine used to move a deceased from their house to the graveyard
A shrine; a cabinet, box; a coffin (for a monk); to contain; (Skt. stūpa)


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 nyuukan / nyukan / にゅうかん placing in the coffin



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rù liàn / ru4 lian4
ju lien
to put dead body in coffin


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 iremono / いれもの (irregular okurigana usage) (1) container; case; receptacle; (2) (euph. for) coffin; casket


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 shukkan / しゅっかん (noun/participle) carrying out a coffin; funeral procession



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kū líng / ku1 ling2
k`u ling / ku ling
to weep before a coffin or a memorial to the dead


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mù dào / mu4 dao4
mu tao
path leading to a grave; tomb passage; aisle leading to the coffin chamber of an ancient tomb



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shòu cái / shou4 cai2
shou ts`ai / shou tsai



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shǒu sāng / shou3 sang1
shou sang
to keep watch beside a coffin; to observe a period of mourning



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shǒu líng / shou3 ling2
shou ling
to keep watch beside a coffin


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 iremono / いれもの (irregular okurigana usage) (1) container; case; receptacle; (2) (euph. for) coffin; casket


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 nekan / ねかん coffin; casket


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jiù mù / jiu4 mu4
chiu mu
to be placed in a coffin; to die



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tái gàng / tai2 gang4
t`ai kang / tai kang
to bicker; to argue for the sake of arguing; to carry on poles (together with sb else); to carry a coffin on poles


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 mokkan / もっかん wooden coffin

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