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Beyond elegant and exquisite elegance, this is also the word used to say "beautiful" or "marvelous" when referring to a work of art.
Can also be translated as exquisiteness, gracefulness.
Note: Not a commonly used word in Japanese.
居合道 is the Japanese Kanji title for the martial art of Iaidō, which emphasizes the smooth and elegant draw of the sword from its scabbard.
These same characters are used in Chinese and old Korean but not with the same meaning as read in Japanese. Therefore, this should be considered a "Japanese only" title.
幽玄 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word meaning, dim, deep, mysterious, subtle grace, hidden beauty, mysterious profundity, elegant simplicity, or subtle and profound.
This can also be the Japanese personal name Yuugen or Yugen.
寂 means silent, solitary, quiet, calm, still, rest, or tranquil.
This also has a strong Buddhist association where it can mean "entering into Nirvana." In that context, this is sometimes used to refer to the passing of a Buddhist monk (he is silent, as he has entered Nirvana). For the living, this is about tranquility (especially of mind).
Some will also use this to mean "elegant simplicity."
From Sanskrit, this can represent praśama, vivikta, śānti, or nibbāna (nirvāṇa).
蘭 is the character for orchid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
蘭 is used in some context to mean fragrant, elegant, or refined.
蘭 can also be the Chinese family name romanized as, "Lan." However, it is not the only character that can be romanized as Lan.
In Japanese and Korean, this character means orchid but is also used as a suffix or short name for the Netherlands / Holland.
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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|
|美妙||bimyou / bimyo||měi miào / mei3 miao4 / mei miao / meimiao|
|Iaido||居合道||iaidou / iaido|
|Mysterious||幽玄||yū gen / yūgen||yōu xuán / you1 xuan2 / you xuan / youxuan||yu hsüan / yuhsüan|
|寂||jaku||jì / ji4 / ji||chi|
|ran||lán / lan2 / lan|
|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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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
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