Energy in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Strength / Vigor / Energy

  2. Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm

  3. Energy / Capability

  4. Eternal Energy / Eternal Matter

  5. Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

  6. Energy Sword Body in Concert

  7. Physical Energy

  8. Psychic Energy

  9. Supernatural Energy


Strength / Vigor / Energy

Physical Strength

qì lì
kiryoku
Strength / Vigor / Energy Scroll

氣力 can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent.

氣力 refers mostly to physical strength (as opposed to mental or spiritual).


気In modern Japan, they use a simplified first character for this word. If you want to order this title with that special Japanese version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm

huó lì
katsuryoku
Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word can be defined as energy, vitality, vigor, vital force, enthusiasm, energetic, or dynamism.

Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm

huó lì sì shè
Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm Scroll

This Chinese word can be defined as: dynamic; enthusiastic; energetic; vitality.

活力四射 is the more robust 4-character version of this word. The short version consists of the first two characters: 活力. This 4-character version is commonly used only in Chinese.

Energy / Capability

néng liáng
nou ryou
Energy / Capability Scroll

能量 means energy in Chinese and Japanese.

This can also refer to capabilities, powers, or ability that someone has.

This would also be the word in Chinese that you would use to say, "He/She has a lot of energy".

Eternal Energy / Eternal Matter

bù lái bú qù
furai fuko
Eternal Energy /  Eternal Matter Scroll

不來不去 is a Buddhist term, originally anāgamana-nirgama from Sanskrit.

This implies that things are neither coming into nor going out of existence.

This can also mean, "all things are eternal", or others will call this the Buddhist concept of the eternal conservation of energy.

This theory predates Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton.

Note: 不來不去 is not a well-known word for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, so not all will recognize it.

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow

ki
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy Scroll

This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

氣 is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in "life force" or "spiritual energy". It is most often translated as "energy flow", or literally as "air" or "breath". Some people will simply translate this as "spirit" but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice looks like this: 米
Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.
The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like these samples: 氣氣
However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical looks like this: 氣
The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the "flow" of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.

気 The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.


More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also:  Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul

Energy Sword Body in Concert

Spirit, Sword & Body as One

ki ken tai icchi
Energy Sword Body in Concert Scroll

This often gets translated as "Mind Sword Body", or "Spirit, Sword and Body as One". But I think these translations don't tell you enough about what this is really saying.

In this context, 気, which is the modern Japanese version of 氣, means spiritual and unseen energy or "life energy". In some cases, 気 can be translated as spirit, feeling, or nature. If defined as mind, it's more about invisible or intangible part of one's mind (or soul).

剣 is the Japanese version of 劍 meaning sword.

体 is the modern Japanese version of 體 meaning body.

The Kanji 一 means one, and in this case suggests "all in one". The Kanji 到 means to send, deliver, or convey. But together, 一到 suggests all these things in agreement, union cooperation, or in concert.

Physical Energy

dà lì
dai riki
Physical Energy Scroll

大力 can mean immense physical strength.

This can also act as an adjective for expressing how energetically or vigorously something is.

By itself, this means great power, physical energy, or powerful/great energy.

This can also be a given name, Dairiki, in Japanese.

Psychic Energy

tōng líng
Psychic Energy Scroll

通靈 is used to speak of something with supernatural essence, psychic power, or having magical power in Chinese.

Supernatural Energy

chāo néng lì
chounouryoku
Supernatural Energy Scroll

超能力 is used in both Japanese and Chinese to refer to the ability to comprehend supernatural power.

Some may translate this as psychic ability, psychic power, ESP, or PSI.




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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
Strength
Vigor
Energy
氣力
气力 / 気力
kiryokuqì lì / qi4 li4 / qi li / qilich`i li / chili / chi li
Dynamic Energy
Enthusiasm
活力katsuryokuhuó lì / huo2 li4 / huo li / huoli
Dynamic Energy
Enthusiasm
活力四射huó lì sì shè
huo2 li4 si4 she4
huo li si she
huolisishe
huo li ssu she
huolissushe
Energy
Capability
能量nou ryou / nouryou / no ryonéng liáng
neng2 liang2
neng liang
nengliang
Eternal Energy
Eternal Matter
不來不去
不来不去
furai fuko / furaifukobù lái bú qù
bu4 lai2 bu2 qu4
bu lai bu qu
bulaibuqu
pu lai pu ch`ü
pulaipuchü
pu lai pu chü
Life Energy
Spiritual Energy

气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qich`i / chi
Energy Sword Body in Concert気剣体一致 / 氣劍體一致
气剑体一致
ki ken tai icchi
kikentaiicchi
ki ken tai ichi
Physical Energy大力dai riki / dairikidà lì / da4 li4 / da li / dalita li / tali
Psychic Energy通靈
通灵
tōng líng
tong1 ling2
tong ling
tongling
t`ung ling
tungling
tung ling
Supernatural Energy超能力chounouryoku
chonoryoku
chāo néng lì
chao1 neng2 li4
chao neng li
chaonengli
ch`ao neng li
chaonengli
chao neng li
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

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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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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