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Dawn / Early Morning / Twilight

China lí míng
Japan rei mei
Dawn / Early Morning / Twilight Vertical Wall Scroll

黎明 is the word that means dawn, early morning or daybreak in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn

China lí míng qián de hēi àn
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the most natural way to write, "The night is darkest before the dawn," in Chinese.

The words break down this way by meaning this way:
1.黎明 dawn / daybreak
2.前 before / in front / ago / former / previous / earlier / front
3.的 (possessive particle) / of
4.黑暗 dark / darkly / darkness

If you try to understand the Chinese word order and grammar, it's like, "Before dawn, is the darkest [time]".

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Mandarin lí míng / li2 ming2
Taiwan li ming
Japanese reimei / reme / れいめい
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese dawn; daybreak
Japanese (1) daybreak; dawn; gray of the morning (grey); (2) dawn (of a new age); (female given name) Reimei

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Mandarin dàn / dan4
Taiwan tan
Japanese tan / はじむ
Chinese dawn; morning; daybreak; day; dan, female roles in Chinese opera (traditionally played by specialized male actors)
Japanese (given name) Hajimu
Dawn; dawn

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Mandarin/ hu1
Taiwan hu
Chinese daybreak; dawn; dusky; dim

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Mandarin hán / han2
Taiwan han
Chinese before daybreak; dawn about to break; (used in given names)

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Mandarin chén / chen2
Taiwan ch`en / chen
Japanese shin / はやし
Chinese morning; dawn; daybreak
Japanese (surname) Hayashi
Dawn, morning; dawn

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese yutaka / ゆたか
Chinese Japanese variant of 曉|晓
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) dawn; daybreak; (1) dawn; daybreak; (2) event (e.g. "in the event of ..."); occasion; occurrence; (personal name) Yutaka

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese gyō / しょう
Chinese dawn; daybreak; to know; to let sb know; to make explicit
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) dawn; daybreak; (out-dated kanji) (1) dawn; daybreak; (2) event (e.g. "in the event of ..."); occasion; occurrence; (female given name) Shou
Dawn, shining, clear; to know, to make known; to awaken

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Mandarin shǔ / shu3
Taiwan shu
Japanese akebono / あけぼの
Chinese daybreak; dawn; the dawn of a new epoch (metaphor); Taiwan pr. [shu4]
Japanese dawn; daybreak; beginning; (given name) Sho


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Japanese futsugyou / futsugyo / ふつぎょう Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (n-adv,n-t) dawn; daybreak


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Mandarin bàng liàng / bang4 liang4
Taiwan pang liang
Chinese dawn; daybreak


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Mandarin sì shàng / si4 shang4
Taiwan ssu shang
Japanese shijō
The four times a day of going up to worship— daybreak, noon, evening, and midnight; four times of worship


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Japanese yoake / よあけ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) dawn; daybreak; (p,s,f) Yoake


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Mandarin tiān liàng / tian1 liang4
Taiwan t`ien liang / tien liang
Chinese dawn; daybreak


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Mandarin tiān míng / tian1 ming2
Taiwan t`ien ming / tien ming
Japanese tenmei / tenme / てんめい
Chinese dawn; daybreak
Japanese (1) dawn; daybreak; (2) Tenmei era (1781.4.2-1789.1.25); (place-name, surname) Tenmei


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Mandarin píng dàn / ping2 dan4
Taiwan p`ing tan / ping tan
Chinese (literary) daybreak; dawn


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Mandarin píng míng / ping2 ming2
Taiwan p`ing ming / ping ming
Japanese heimei / heme / へいめい
Chinese (literary) dawn; daybreak; impartial and astute
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clear; simple; (personal name) Heimei


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Japanese futsugyou / futsugyo / ふつぎょう Japanese (n-adv,n-t) dawn; daybreak



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Mandarin fú xiǎo / fu2 xiao3
Taiwan fu hsiao
Chinese daybreak; approach of dawn


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Japanese sougyou / sogyo / そうぎょう Japanese (n-adv,n-t) daybreak; dawn


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Japanese ake / あけ Japanese (n-t,adj-no,n-suf) (1) (ant: 暮れ・1) dawn; daybreak; (n-suf,n-pref) (2) end; soon after something has ended; (3) beginning (of a new year, month, etc.)


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Japanese akegarasu / あけがらす Japanese (1) daybreak sound of a crow; (2) (name of) poetry anthology


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Mandarin mèi dàn / mei4 dan4
Taiwan mei tan
Chinese the time just before daybreak


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Japanese gyoukaku / gyokaku / ぎょうかく Japanese (archaism) (obscure) sound of a horn announcing daybreak


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Mandarin shǔ guāng / shu3 guang1
Taiwan shu kuang
Japanese shokou / shoko / しょこう
Chinese dawn; fig. the dawn of a new era
Japanese (1) dawn; daybreak; first light of day; (2) (fig. as in 〜の曙光) first indication; glimpse; gleam; flash; prospects; (female given name) Hikari


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Japanese shinonome / しののめ Japanese (archaism) daybreak; dawn; (place-name) Touun


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Mandarin qīng zǎo / qing1 zao3
Taiwan ch`ing tsao / ching tsao
Chinese first thing in the morning; at daybreak


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Japanese maidan / まいだん Japanese (obscure) dawn; daybreak



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Mandarin pò xiǎo / po4 xiao3
Taiwan p`o hsiao / po hsiao
Chinese daybreak; dawn


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Japanese akegarasu / あけがらす Japanese (1) daybreak sound of a crow; (2) (name of) poetry anthology; (personal name) Akegarasu


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Japanese yoake / よあけ Japanese dawn; daybreak

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Early Morning
黎明rei mei / reimeilí míng / li2 ming2 / li ming / liming
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn黎明前的黑暗lí míng qián de hēi àn
li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4
li ming qian de hei an
li ming ch`ien te hei an
li ming chien te hei an

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