Exploration in Chinese / Japanese...

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tàn xiǎn
Adventure Scroll

If you lead a life of adventure (like I do), a 探險 wall scroll is for you.

Alone, the first character can mean "to explore", "to search out", or "to scout". The second character holds the meanings of "dangerous" and "rugged". Together these two characters create the word that means "adventure" or "to explore".

探険 is a modern Japanese Kanji version, but it more precisely means exploration or expedition rather than adventure. 探險 is the old/ancient Japanese version used before WWII. Let us know if you want the modern Japanese version instead.

See Also:  Bon Voyage | Travel

bou ken
Adventure Scroll

冒険 is a common Japanese way to say "Adventure".

The first character can mean "to risk", "to defy" or "to dare". The second character means "inaccessible place" or "impregnable position". Together, you get the idea of why these two characters mean adventure when put them together in Japanese.

Note: The second character is a morphed Japanese Kanji. The original Chinese version is also available and holds the same root meaning.

mào xiǎn
Adventure Scroll

冒險 is another Chinese and Korean word for "Adventure".

冒險 is more of a "risk-taking" version of adventure.

The first character can mean "brave" and "bold". The second character means "dangerous" and "rugged". Together they can be defined as a word meaning "adventure" in Chinese and Korean.

Note: Some dictionaries translate these two characters as "take a risk".

Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment


jí dì
Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment Scroll

At the core of suffering is often the concept of desire or attachment.

This can be carnal desire, monetary desire, or the attachment you have to something that you are unwilling to part with (such as a fancy car). 集諦 is a simplification of the second noble truth which is really and exploration into the root causes of suffering - it's deeper than I can go in a few sentences.

This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Chinese, Japanese and Korean people.

See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
探险 / 探険
tankentàn xiǎn / tan4 xian3 / tan xian / tanxiant`an hsien / tanhsien / tan hsien
Adventure冒険bou ken / bo ken
mào xiǎn / mao4 xian3 / mao xian / maoxianmao hsien / maohsien
Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment集諦
jittaijí dì / ji2 di4 / ji di / jidichi ti / chiti
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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tàn yuè
    tan4 yue4
t`an yüeh
    tan yüeh
lunar exploration


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(n,vs,adj-no) exploration; expedition



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tàn cè
    tan4 ce4
t`an ts`e
    tan tse
to probe; to take readings; to explore; exploration
probing; sounding


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tàn suǒ
    tan4 suo3
t`an so
    tan so
to explore; to probe
(noun/participle) search; lookup; hunt; (item of) research; exploration; investigation


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 tankou / tanko
mineral exploration


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(n,vs,adj-no) exploration; expedition


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kē kǎo
    ke1 kao3
k`o k`ao
    ko kao
preliminary round of imperial examinations; abbr. for 科學考察|科学考察[ke1 xue2 kao3 cha2], scientific exploration


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(noun/participle) diagnostic examination; exploration


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(noun/participle) inquiry into; enquiry into; prying (into); investigation; search; exploration


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 tousa / tosa
(n,vs,adj-no) survey; exploration; field investigation


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exploration party; expedition team


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lǐ sì guāng
    li3 si4 guang1
li ssu kuang
Li Siguang (1889-1971), Mongol-born, Japanese trained geologist, prominent in early PRC oil exploration



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kē kǎo duì
    ke1 kao3 dui4
k`o k`ao tui
    ko kao tui
scientific exploration team; expedition


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Antarctic exploration


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 jibanchousa / jibanchosa
subsurface exploration (geotechnical investigation)


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 jishintankou / jishintanko
seismic mineral exploration


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tài kōng tàn suǒ
    tai4 kong1 tan4 suo3
t`ai k`ung t`an so
    tai kung tan so
space exploration


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 uchuutansa / uchutansa
space exploration


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 uchuukikan / uchukikan
(o) Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (formerly NASDA)


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 uchuukaihatsu / uchukaihatsu
space development; space exploration


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 wakuseitansa / wakusetansa
planetary exploration


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oil exploration


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 daikoukaijidai / daikokaijidai
Age of Discovery; Age of Exploration



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shū yù zhōu zī lù
    shu1 yu4 zhou1 zi1 lu4
shu yü chou tzu lu
Ming dynasty record (1574) of exploration and foreign relations


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(o) Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan



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zhōng shí yóu chuān dōng zuàn tàn gōng sī
    zhong1 shi2 you2 chuan1 dong1 zuan4 tan4 gong1 si1
chung shih yu ch`uan tung tsuan t`an kung ssu
    chung shih yu chuan tung tsuan tan kung ssu
Chuandong Oil Drilling & Exploration Company (CODEC)


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 uchuukoukuukenkyuukaihatsukikou / uchukokukenkyukaihatsukiko
(o) Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (formerly NASDA)


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exploration party; expedition team


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(noun/participle) exploration; expedition


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 opochunitii; opochuniti / opochuniti; opochuniti
    オポチュニティー; オポチュニティ
(1) opportunity; chance; (2) Opportunity (Mars exploration rover)

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