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China ài
Japan ai
Love Vertical Wall Scroll

愛 universally means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.

More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.

See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Adorable / Cute / Lovely

Japan ka wai i
Adorable / Cute / Lovely Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means cute, adorable, charming, lovely, or pretty.

Depending on context, it can also mean dear, precious, darling, pet, cute little, or tiny.

Big Brother / Elder Brother

China ā xiōng
Japan akei
Big Brother / Elder Brother Vertical Wall Scroll

阿兄 is a Chinese and Japanese title for elder brother.

阿兄 is an honorific title, like saying, "my dear brother." I nice way to pay tribute to your big brother, or older brother on your wall.

Younger Sister

China mèi
Japan mai / imouto
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll

妹 is the single-character for younger sister.

In colloquial Japanese speech, this can be a way to say, darling, dear, honey, or my betrothed (only used when referring to a woman).

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mai.

In Chinese, you will generally see this used in double form, "妹妹" or "mei mei" when referring to a younger sister.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin mèi / mei4
Taiwan mei
Japanese imouto / imoto / いもうと    imo / いも
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese younger sister
Japanese (humble language) younger sister; (1) (archaism) (familiar language) darling (only of a woman); dear; honey; my betrothed; (2) (archaism) one's sister; (3) (archaism) (familiar language) (feminine speech) friend; (female given name) Mai; (surname) Sezaki; (place-name) Se; (place-name) Imoto



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Mandarin ài zǐ / ai4 zi3
Taiwan ai tzu
Japanese yoshiko / よしこ    megumiko / めぐみこ    manami / まなみ    manako / まなこ    mako / まこ    naruko / なるこ    tsuneko / つねこ    chikako / ちかこ    kanako / かなこ    itoko / いとこ    ayashi / あやし    ako / あこ    akiko / あきこ    aisu / あいす    aiko / あいこ
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese beloved son
Japanese beloved child; dear child; (female given name) Yoshiko; (female given name) Megumiko; (female given name) Manami; (female given name) Manako; (female given name) Mako; (female given name) Naruko; (female given name) Tsuneko; (female given name) Chikako; (female given name) Kanako; (female given name) Itoko; (place-name, surname) Ayashi; (female given name) Ako; (female given name) Akiko; (female given name) Aisu; (female given name) Aiko


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Japanese hizou / hizo / ひぞう
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) treasuring; cherishing; prizing; holding dear



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Mandarin qīn qiè / qin1 qie4
Taiwan ch`in ch`ieh / chin chieh
Japanese shinsetsu / しんせつ
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese amiable; cordial; close and dear; familiar
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) kindness; gentleness


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Mandarin ā xiōng / a1 xiong1
Taiwan a hsiung
Japanese akei / ake / あけい
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese elder brother
Japanese elder brother; my dear brother


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Japanese kawayui / かわゆい    kawaii / kawai / かわいい
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny; (ateji / phonetic) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny

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Japanese ma / ま Japanese (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

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Mandarin ài // āi / ai4 // ai1
Taiwan ai
Chinese alas; oh dear; interjection or grunt of agreement or recognition (e.g. yes, it's me!); to sigh

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Mandarin fú // fū / fu2 // fu1
Taiwan fu
Japanese pu / ぷ    furukatsuto / ふるかつと    furi / ふり    fu / ふ    osachi / おさち
Chinese (classical) this, that; he, she, they; (exclamatory final particle); (initial particle, introduces an opinion); husband; man; manual worker; conscripted laborer (old)
Japanese (1) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (2) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (3) (kana only) embellishment; (1) (archaism) that; (2) (archaism) he; she; that person; husband; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) male; man; (2) (archaism) husband; (surname) Pu; (personal name) Furukatsuto; (personal name) Furi; (surname) Fu; (personal name) Osachi
A man; a sage, officer, hero; a husband, mate; a fellow; a particle, i. e. for, so, etc.

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese shou / sho / しょう    ko / こ    guゎー / ぐゎー    o / お
Chinese small; tiny; few; young
Japanese (n,n-pref) (1) smallness; small item; (2) (See 小の月) short month (i.e. having fewer than 31 days); (3) (abbreviation) (See 小学校) elementary school; (4) younger or inferior (of two items or people with the same name); (5) (archaism) unit of field area (approx. 400 sq m); (prefix) (1) (See 小皿) small; little; slight; (2) (See 小半日,弱・じゃく・1) slightly less than; just about; (3) (See こざっぱり) somewhat; somehow; (4) (See 小役人) minor (sometimes derogatory); petty; (suffix) (rkb:) small; little; dear (figurative sense); (prefix) (1) (See 小川) small; narrow; (2) (See 小野) familiar prefix; (3) (See 小暗い) slightly; a bit; (surname) Kodzuru; (surname) Kotaka; (surname) Kosugi; (personal name) Koshio; (personal name) Kogayu; (personal name) Kogai; (personal name) Kokatsu; (personal name) Kousu; (place-name) Ko; (surname) Oyanagi; (place-name) Omura; (personal name) Omine; (surname) Obama; (surname) Ohama; (personal name) Ojio; (personal name) Oshio; (surname) Ozaki; (surname) Osaki; (personal name) Ogayu; (personal name) Ogai; (personal name) Okayu; (personal name) Okai; (place-name) O
Small, little; mean, petty; inferior.

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese toushuu / toshu / とうしゅう    suzaki / すざき    susaki / すさき    shuu / shu / しゅう    shima / しま    kuni / くに    atsumu / あつむ
Chinese prefecture; (old) province; (old) administrative division; state (e.g. of US); oblast (Russia); canton (Switzerland)
Japanese sandbank; sandbar; (n,n-suf) (1) state; province; county; oblast; department (of ancient China); (2) continent; (suffix) (3) (archaism) dear; (given name) Toushuu; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Shuu; (female given name) Shima; (personal name) Kuni; (personal name) Atsumu
a region

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Mandarin qìng // qīn / qing4 // qin1
Taiwan ch`ing // ch`in / ching // chin
Japanese shin / しん
Chinese parents-in-law of one's offspring; parent; one's own (flesh and blood); relative; related; marriage; bride; close; intimate; in person; first-hand; in favor of; pro-; to kiss; (Internet slang) dear
Japanese (1) intimacy; closeness; friendliness; (2) close relative; (prefix noun) (3) (See 親米,親アラブ) pro- (e.g. pro-American, pro-Japanese, etc.); (personal name) Yoshimi; (surname) Chikara; (female given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (personal name) Shinji; (personal name) Shin; (surname) Oyazaki
Personally related, own, intimate; family; a wife, marriage; feeling of intimacy

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Mandarin guì / gui4
Taiwan kuei
Japanese muchi / むち    ki / き
Chinese expensive; noble; precious; (honorific) your
Japanese (n,n-suf) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) lord; god; goddess; honorific title for deities (and high-ranking people); (suffix) (See 兄貴・1) honorific, familiar suffix; (given name) Motomu; (given name) Tadashi; (male given name) Takashi; (surname, female given name) Taka; (surname) Kisaki; (personal name) Ki; (given name) Ateshi
Honourable, dear, precious; valuable


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Japanese hate / はて Japanese (interjection) (1) Dear me!; Good gracious!; (2) well ... (used before sentences expressing a doubt); let me see; now ...


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Japanese maa / ma / まあ Japanese (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!


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Japanese yaya / やや Japanese (interjection) Oh!; Oh my!; Dear me!; (female given name) Yaya


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Japanese yare / やれ Japanese (interjection) oh!; ah!; oh dear!; dear me!; thank God!


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Mandarin rén xiōng / ren2 xiong1
Taiwan jen hsiung
Japanese jinkei / jinke / じんけい
Chinese (honorific written address) My dear friend
Japanese (pronoun) (honorific or respectful language) (familiar language) (epistolary term in reference to a male) you


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Mandarin rén dì / ren2 di4
Taiwan jen ti
Chinese (honorific written address to younger man) My dear young friend


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Japanese taisetsu(p);taisechi(ok) / たいせつ(P);たいせち(ok) Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) important; necessary; indispensable; (2) beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable; (3) (usu. adverb, as ~に) careful; (place-name, surname) Oogiri; (place-name) Ookiri


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Japanese fukukei;fukkei / fukuke;fukke / ふくけい;ふっけい Japanese (salutation of a formal letter of response) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...


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Japanese kyuukei / kyuke / きゅうけい Japanese (opening formula of an urgent letter) Dear Sir or Madam


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Japanese haitei / haite / はいてい Japanese (noun/participle) (1) presenting; presentation; (2) (honorific or respectful language) (salutation of a formal letter) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern


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Japanese haikei / haike / はいけい Japanese (letters beginning with this typically end with 敬具) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern


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Japanese haifuku / はいふく Japanese (int,n) (salutation of a formal letter of response) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...


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Mandarin kàn guān / kan4 guan1
Taiwan k`an kuan / kan kuan
Chinese dear reader; dear listener


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Mandarin kàn guān / kan4 guan1
Taiwan k`an kuan / kan kuan
Chinese dear reader; dear listener


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Japanese shukukei;shukkei / shukuke;shukke / しゅくけい;しゅっけい Japanese (interjection) (honorific or respectful language) (See 謹啓) Dear (name)



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Mandarin qīn ài / qin1 ai4
Taiwan ch`in ai / chin ai
Japanese shinai / しんあい
Chinese dear; beloved; darling
Japanese (1) deep affection; (adjectival noun) (2) (often in the opening of a letter as 親愛なる) dear; beloved; (given name) Shin'ai
To love, beloved.



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Mandarin qīn qīn / qin1 qin1
Taiwan ch`in ch`in / chin chin
Chinese dear one; to kiss; friendly

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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
aiài / ai4 / ai
ka wai i / kawaii
Big Brother
Elder Brother
阿兄akeiā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axionga hsiung / ahsiung
Younger Sistermai / imouto
mai / imoto
mèi / mei4 / mei
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