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A dangerous character in every way
China wēi
Japan ki
Danger Vertical Wall Scroll

危 means danger, peril or "to endanger." If you live a dangerous life, or want to subtly warn others that you are a dangerous person, this may be the selection for you.

This also means "danger" and sometimes "fear" in Japanese and Korean but is seldom seen outside of compound words in those languages (as a single character, it's kind of like an abbreviation for danger in Japanese and Korean). 危 is also a rather odd selection for a wall scroll anyway. It's only here because people search for danger on our website.

Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

China wēi jī
Japan kiki
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical Wall Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity."

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity." 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher," which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis." Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.

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Mandarin wéi / wei2
Taiwan wei
Japanese ki / き
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese danger; to endanger; Taiwan pr. [wei2]
Japanese (1) danger; (2) {astron} (See 危宿,二十八宿,玄武・げんぶ・2) Chinese "rooftop" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
Perilous; perilous


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Japanese bouken / boken / ぼうけん
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) adventure; venture; (n,adj-na,vs) (2) venture which is unlikely to succeed; risky attempt; danger; hazard; risk



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Mandarin jué chǔ féng shēng / jue2 chu3 feng2 sheng1
Taiwan chüeh ch`u feng sheng / chüeh chu feng sheng
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to come back from death's door (idiom); unexpected rescue from danger; fig. to recover from a seemingly impossible situation; to find a way out of a predicament

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Mandarin/ ji2
Taiwan chi
Japanese kyū / きゅう
Chinese urgent; pressing; rapid; hurried; worried; to make (sb) anxious
Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (2) urgent; pressing; (3) steep; sharp; precipitous; (4) rapid; swift; fast; (5) emergency; crisis; danger; (6) urgency; hurrying; haste; (7) (See 序破急) (in gagaku or noh) end of a song
Haste, urgency; promptly; haste

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Mandarin huàn / huan4
Taiwan huan
Japanese gen
Chinese to suffer (from illness); to contract (a disease); misfortune; trouble; danger; worry
to suffer

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Mandarin/ di2
Taiwan ti
Japanese teki / てき
Chinese enemy; to be a match for; to rival; to resist; to withstand
Japanese (1) (ant: 味方・1) opponent; rival; adversary; (2) menace; danger; threat; enemy
To oppose, compete; an enemy; to oppose, compete

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Mandarin kàn / kan4
Taiwan k`an / kan
Japanese kan / いくま
Chinese to see; to look at; to read; to watch; to visit; to call on; to consider; to regard as; to look after; to treat (an illness); to depend on; to feel (that); (after verb) to give it a try; Watch out! (for a danger)
Japanese (personal name) Ikuma
Look, see; watch over; to look at

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Mandarin xiǎn / xian3
Taiwan hsien
Japanese ken
Chinese danger; dangerous; rugged

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Mandarin nán / nan2
Taiwan nan
Japanese nan / なん
Chinese disaster; distress; to scold
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) difficulty; trouble; hardship; (2) accident; disaster; danger; (3) fault; defect; (4) criticism
Difficult, hard; distress, adversity; opposite of 易 easy; translit. nan, nam; difficult


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Japanese ichinan / いちなん Japanese one difficulty; one danger



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Mandarin qīng wēi / qing1 wei1
Taiwan ch`ing wei / ching wei
Chinese in danger of collapse; in a parlous state; (of person) treacherous



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Mandarin chū xiǎn / chu1 xian3
Taiwan ch`u hsien / chu hsien
Chinese to get out of trouble; to escape from danger; a danger appears; threatened by danger


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Mandarin qín wáng / qin2 wang2
Taiwan ch`in wang / chin wang
Japanese kinnou / kinno / きんのう
Chinese to serve the king diligently; to save the country in times of danger; to send troops to rescue the king
Japanese loyalty to the emperor; loyalism


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Mandarin wēi jí / wei1 ji2
Taiwan wei chi
Chinese to endanger; to jeopardize; a danger (to life, national security etc)


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Mandarin wéi hài / wei2 hai4
Taiwan wei hai
Japanese kigai / きがい
Chinese to jeopardize; to harm; to endanger; harmful effect; damage; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese injury; harm; danger
endangering; endangering


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Mandarin wēi jí / wei1 ji2
Taiwan wei chi
Japanese kikyuu / kikyu / ききゅう
Chinese critical; desperate (situation)
Japanese (1) emergency; crisis; imminent danger; (2) (obsolete) (See 絶滅危惧) vulnerable (1994 IUCN Red List category)


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Japanese kikyoku / ききょく Japanese crisis; grave danger; serious depression


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Mandarin wēi dài / wei1 dai4
Taiwan wei tai
Japanese kitai / きたい
Chinese grave danger; in jeopardy; in a critical condition
Japanese danger; jeopardy; distress


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Japanese abunage / あぶなげ Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) possibility of danger


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Mandarin wēi pò / wei1 po4
Taiwan wei p`o / wei po
Chinese urgent; pressing danger


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Japanese kiken / きけん Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 安全) danger; peril; hazard; (2) risk



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Mandarin wēi xiǎn / wei1 xian3
Taiwan wei hsien
Chinese danger; dangerous



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Mandarin wēi nàn / wei1 nan4
Taiwan wei nan
Japanese kinan / きなん
Chinese calamity
Japanese peril; danger; hazard; distress


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Japanese haramu / はらむ Japanese (Godan verb with "mu" ending) (1) (kana only) to conceive; to become pregnant; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to get filled with (e.g. sails filled with wind); to be swollen with; (3) (kana only) to contain (e.g. contradiction or danger); (v5m,vi) (4) (kana only) to be swollen and ripe (of a plant ear, head, or sprout)


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Japanese haramu / はらむ Japanese (Godan verb with "mu" ending) (1) (kana only) to conceive; to become pregnant; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to get filled with (e.g. sails filled with wind); to be swollen with; (3) (kana only) to contain (e.g. contradiction or danger); (v5m,vi) (4) (kana only) to be swollen and ripe (of a plant ear, head, or sprout)


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Mandarin ān wéi / an1 wei2
Taiwan an wei
Japanese anki / あんき
Chinese safety and danger; safety
Japanese fate; safety; welfare



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Mandarin guān nán / guan1 nan2
Taiwan kuan nan
Japanese kannan
In danger from the law; official oppression; in trouble with the authorities



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Mandarin jí nàn / ji2 nan4
Taiwan chi nan
Japanese kyuunan / kyunan / きゅうなん
Chinese misfortune; crisis; grave danger; critical situation; disaster; emergency; to be zealous in helping others out of a predicament
Japanese sudden or unexpected disaster


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Mandarin yuán jiù / yuan2 jiu4
Taiwan yüan chiu
Chinese to come to the aid of; to save; to rescue from danger; to relieve


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Mandarin pān dēng / pan1 deng1
Taiwan p`an teng / pan teng
Chinese to climb; to pull oneself up; to clamber; to scale; fig. to forge ahead in the face of hardships and danger

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dangerkiwēi / wei1 / wei
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
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