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竜 is an alternate form of dragon. Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.
Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.
We strongly recommend if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.
龍 is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.
From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .
Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face."
青龍 / 靑龍 is a scholarly title for "Blue Dragon" or "Azure Dragon."
You'll find this title used in ancient Chinese literature and astronomy. This dragon has dominion over the eastern sky or eastern heavens. The Azure Dragon is also noted for representing the spring season. Also seen as an auspicious omen.
Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty canonized the five colored dragons as "kings." The Azure Dragon representing the most compassionate of kings.
In Japanese, this title is known with the same meaning but can also be a given name, Seiryuu.
Note, the first character can be written as OR . Same character, just two ways to write it.
龍鳳 is the simplest way to express "Dragon and Phoenix" in Chinese and Japanese.
This title can be used to represent, "The emperor and empress," or a metaphor for an outstanding personage.
It should be noted that this is most often used as a given name "Ryuuhou" in Japanese. It may be read more as the name than by meaning in Japanese.
凰 is another simple way to write "Phoenix" in Chinese. 凰 is the specifically female element of phoenix, so this is how you write "female phoenix." 凰 is sometimes used to represent the female empress (many times in history, China was ruled by a woman, in much the same way queens came to power in Europe).
Note that the emperor is always represented as a dragon (not the male version of phoenix).
If you see yourself as a strong woman, this might be scroll for you to express "woman power" or "powerful woman" in a cool way.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your dragon emperor search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| wò lóng / wo4 long2
garyou / garyo / がりょう garyuu / garyu / がりゅう
lit. hidden dragon; fig. emperor in hiding; nickname of Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮; Wolong giant panda nature reserve 臥龍大熊貓保護區|卧龙大熊猫保护区 in Wenchuan county, northwest Sichuan; Wolong district of Nanyang city 南陽|南阳[Nan2 yang2], Henan
(1) unrecognized genius; exceptional person hidden among the masses; (2) reclining dragon; (given name) Garyuu
| lóng páo / long2 pao2
lung p`ao / lung pao
dragon robe; emperor's court dress
| liáng huáng chàn / liang2 huang2 chan4
liang huang ch`an / liang huang chan
The litany of Liang Wudi for his wife, who became a large snake, or dragon, after her death, and troubled the emperor's dreams. After the litany was performed, she became a devi, thanked the emperor, and departed; litany of Liang [Wudi]
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|竜||ryuu / tatsu|
ryu / tatsu
|lóng / long2 / long||lung|
|ryuu / tatsu|
ryu / tatsu
|lóng / long2 / long||lung|
|青龍 / 靑龍|
|sei ryuu / seiryuu / sei ryu / seiryu||qīng lóng|
|Dragon and Phoenix||龍鳳|
|ryuu hou / ryuuhou / ryu ho / ryuho||lóng fèng|
|Phoenix (female)||凰||ou / o||huáng / huang2 / huang|
|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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