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Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem

China hùn luàn
Japan kon ran
Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character means confused, dirty, muddy or mixed.

The second character means confusion and disorder.

Together, these characters mean chaos, and sometimes extended to mean a type of anarchy.

This term is often used in a less-than-literal term to describe anything in disarray. Someone might use this word in a sentence like, "My kitchen is in a state of chaos" or "my life is so chaotic."

Japanese Chaos Please note that Japanese use an alternate/simplified version of the second character of chaos - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of this two-character chaos calligraphy.

Lost / Dazed and Confused

Japan mei
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall Scroll

迷 is one of those characters that can mean a lot of different things depending on context. When written alone, as a single character on a wall scroll, it opens up the possibilities, and allows you to decide what it means to you.

The key definition is "to be lost." This could be physically or mentally lost. It can be someone lost in their thoughts, lost in an ocean, or just confused about where they are. The reason for the confused state may be due to internal or external reasons.

Here are some entries from various Asian dictionaries...

Chinese: lost, confused, bewilder, crazy about, fan, enthusiast, mystery.

Japanese: lost, astray, be perplexed, in doubt, err, illusion.

Korean: lost, bewildered, fascinated, deluded.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese dō / どう
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese (of something) to move; to set in movement; to displace; to touch; to make use of; to stir (emotions); to alter; abbr. for 動詞|动词[dong4 ci2], verb
Japanese motion; change; confusion; (female given name) Yurugi
Move, stir, motion, mutable; movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.


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Japanese konran / こんらん
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Japanese (noun/participle) disorder; chaos; confusion; mayhem



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Mandarin hùn luàn / hun4 luan4
Taiwan hun luan
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Chinese confusion; chaos; disorder
Japanese See: 混乱


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Mandarin hùn dùn / hun4 dun4
Taiwan hun tun
Japanese konton / こんとん
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Chinese primal chaos; formless mass before creation in Chinese mythology; muddled; innocent as a baby
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) confusion; chaos; disorder; (adj-t,adv-to) (2) chaotic; confused; uncertain; disarrayed; (given name) Konton
Mixed, confused, in disorder; primordial chaos

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Mandarin luàn / luan4
Taiwan luan
Japanese ran
Chinese in confusion or disorder; in a confused state of mind; disorder; upheaval; riot; illicit sexual relations; to throw into disorder; to mix up; indiscriminate; random; arbitrary
Disturb, perturb, confusion, disorder, rebellion; confused, distracted

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Mandarin mǐn / min3
Taiwan min
Japanese min / みん
Chinese to vanish; to die out; to obliterate
Japanese (given name) Min
Vast; to flow off; ruin, confusion; to be destroyed

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Mandarin bīn / bin1
Taiwan pin
Chinese helter-skelter; mixed colors; in confusion

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Mandarin chàn / chan4
Taiwan ch`an / chan
Japanese san
Chinese to mix; to blend; to dilute; to adulterate
Crowding sheep, confusion; translit. kṣan, ṣan; crowding sheep


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Japanese ranmyaku / らんみゃく Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) disorder; confusion; chaos


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Japanese ranchou / rancho / らんちょう Japanese confusion


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Japanese ranzatsu / らんざつ Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) disorder; confusion; clutter; mess; muddle; disarray


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Mandarin èr xīn / er4 xin1
Taiwan erh hsin
Japanese nishin / ふたごころ
Chinese disloyalty; half-heartedness; duplicity
Japanese duplicity; treachery; double-dealing
The two minds, 眞心 the original, simple, pure, natural mind of all creatures, the Buddha-mind, i.e. 如來藏心; and 妄心 the illusion-mind, which results in complexity and confusion. Also, 定心 the meditative mind, or mind fixed on goodness; and the 散心 the scattered, inattentive mind, or mind that is only good at intervals.



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Mandarin bīng luàn / bing1 luan4
Taiwan ping luan
Chinese confusion of war; turmoil of war
Japanese See: 兵乱


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Japanese kagaku(p);bakegaku / かがく(P);ばけがく Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (ばけがく spoken to avoid confusion with 科学) (See 科学・かがく) chemistry


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Mandarin yāo yán / yao1 yan2
Taiwan yao yen
Japanese yougen / yogen / ようげん
Chinese heresy
Japanese dire prophecy that creates confusion


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Japanese shijin / しじん Japanese city dust; city confusion


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Mandarin shì lì / shi4 li4
Taiwan shih li
Japanese shiritsu(p);ichiritsu / しりつ(P);いちりつ
Chinese municipal; city; city-run
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (いちりつ spoken to avoid confusion with 私立) (See 私立・しりつ) municipal; city


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Japanese touwaku / towaku / とうわく Japanese (noun/participle) bewilderment; perplexity; embarrassment; confusion


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Japanese wakuran / わくらん Japanese (noun/participle) bewilderment; confusion


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Mandarin hūn mí / hun1 mi2
Taiwan hun mi
Japanese konmei / こんめい
Chinese to lose consciousness; to be in a coma; stupor; coma; stunned; disoriented
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) stupefaction; stupor; unconsciousness; confusion


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Mandarin hùn tóng / hun4 tong2
Taiwan hun t`ung / hun tung
Japanese kondou / kondo / こんどう
Chinese to mix up; to confuse one thing with another
Japanese (noun/participle) confusion; mixing; merger


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Japanese konsen / こんせん Japanese (noun/participle) crossed wires or lines (of communication); confusion


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Japanese konmei / konme / こんめい Japanese (noun/participle) turmoil; chaos; confusion


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Japanese konzatsu / こんざつ Japanese (noun/participle) (1) congestion; crush; crowding; jam; (2) confusion; disorder


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Japanese konton / こんとん Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) confusion; chaos; disorder; (adj-t,adv-to) (2) chaotic; confused; uncertain; disarrayed



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Mandarin láng bèi / lang2 bei4
Taiwan lang pei
Japanese roubai / robai / ろうばい
Chinese in a difficult situation; to cut a sorry figure; scoundrel! (derog.)
Japanese (noun/participle) confusion; dismay; consternation; panic


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Mandarin láng jí / lang2 ji2
Taiwan lang chi
Japanese rouzeki;roujaku / rozeki;rojaku / ろうぜき;ろうじゃく
Chinese in a mess; scattered about; in complete disorder
Japanese (n,adj-t) (1) disorder; confusion; (2) violence; outrage; riot


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Mandarin xuàn huò / xuan4 huo4
Taiwan hsüan huo
Japanese genwaku / げんわく
Chinese confusion; unable to escape from infatuation or addiction
Japanese (noun/participle) dazzling; blinding


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Mandarin sī lì / si1 li4
Taiwan ssu li
Japanese shiritsu(p);watakushiritsu / しりつ(P);わたくしりつ
Chinese private (company, school etc)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (わたくしりつ spoken to avoid confusion with 市立) (See 市立・しりつ) private (establishment)


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Japanese funpun / ふんぷん Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) confusion; scattering

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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
kon ran / konranhùn luàn / hun4 luan4 / hun luan / hunluan
Dazed and Confused
meimí / mi2 / mi
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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