Fantasy in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Fantasy / Illusion

  2. Flower in the Mirror, Moon on Water

  3. Berserker

  4. Reality and Illusion

  5. Illusion

  6. Warriors of Light

  7. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature


Fantasy / Illusion

huàn xiǎng
gensou
Fantasy / Illusion Scroll

幻想 is illusions or fantasy in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also refer to delusion or daydreaming. It sort of means a dream or idea that cannot be true or real ( at least not in this realm).

Flower in the Mirror, Moon on Water

jìng huā shuǐ yuè
kyou ka sui getsu
Flower in the Mirror, Moon on Water Scroll

This old Asian proverb means "flowers in a mirror and the moon reflected in the lake" or "flowers reflected on a mirror and the moon reflected on the water's surface".

Literally, 鏡花水月 reads "Mirror Flower, Water Moon".

Figuratively this can be used to represent a lot of different ideas. It can be used to express an unrealistic rosy view or viewing things through rose-tinted spectacles. So you can use it to relay an idea about something that is visible but has no substance, something that can be seen but not touched, or something that is beautiful but unattainable such as dreams or a mirage.

This expression is used to describe things like the subtle and profound beauty of poems that cannot be described in words.

鏡 = Mirror (or lens)
花 = Flower(s)
水 = Water
月 = Moon


Can also be written 水月鏡花 (just a slight change in word/character order).

Berserker

Alternate Chinese

kuáng bào zhě
Berserker Scroll

狂暴者 is an alternate way to write berserker in Chinese.

This title often refers to the berserker in a fantasy role-playing game.

kuáng zhàn shì
Berserker Scroll

狂戰士 is the most popular way to write berserker in Chinese.

This title kind of mean Norse warrior but often refers to the berserker in a fantasy role-playing game.
There is another way to write berserker in Chinese, which is 狂暴者.

Reality and Illusion

Buddhism Concept

zhēn wàng
Reality and Illusion Scroll

真妄 is a specifically Buddhist term that means, "reality and illusion". Out of Buddhist context, it might be read as, "The real and the absurd".

Separately, the first character means real, true, and genuine, and the second character means absurd, fantastic, or related to fantasy.

huàn xiàng
gen zou
Illusion Scroll

幻像 is a universal word for Illusion in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition, or fantasy.

The second character means statue, picture, image, figure, portrait, shape, form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem, or in rare/ancient context: an elephant.


象Note that the first character can be written without the left-side radical in Chinese. This form is shown to the right. Both forms are acceptable in Chinese but the character shown to the right is more likely to be read as "elephant."


See Also:  Reality

Warriors of Light

hikari no senshi
Warriors of Light Scroll

光の戦士 is the Japanese title for Warrior(s) of Light. This usually refers to the Four Warriors of Light theme from the Final Fantasy series.

Also called Light Warriors, Warriors of the Light, Knights of Light, or Heroes of Light depending on who is translating.

There are no direct plural forms in Japanese, so warrior or warriors is the same word, 戦士 (which can also be soldier, fighter, combatant, etc).

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

qí lǐn
keilun
kirin
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Scroll

麒麟 is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced "Kirin" as in "Kirin Ichiban" beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as "kylin".

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name "qilin" was given to the "new giraffe". 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a "giraffe of Africa". The characters for "qilin" shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the "Chinese Unicorn", even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).




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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
Fantasy
Illusion
幻想gensou / gensohuàn xiǎng
huan4 xiang3
huan xiang
huanxiang
huan hsiang
huanhsiang
Flower in the Mirror, Moon on Water鏡花水月
镜花水月
kyou ka sui getsu
kyoukasuigetsu
kyo ka sui getsu
jìng huā shuǐ yuè
jing4 hua1 shui3 yue4
jing hua shui yue
jinghuashuiyue
ching hua shui yüeh
chinghuashuiyüeh
Berserker狂暴者kuáng bào zhě
kuang2 bao4 zhe3
kuang bao zhe
kuangbaozhe
k`uang pao che
kuangpaoche
kuang pao che
Berserker狂戰士kuáng zhàn shì
kuang2 zhan4 shi4
kuang zhan shi
kuangzhanshi
k`uang chan shih
kuangchanshih
kuang chan shih
Reality and Illusion真妄zhēn wàng
zhen1 wang4
zhen wang
zhenwang
chen wang
chenwang
Illusion幻像
幻像 / 幻象
gen zou / genzou / gen zohuàn xiàng
huan4 xiang4
huan xiang
huanxiang
huan hsiang
huanhsiang
Warriors of Light光の戦士hikari no senshi
hikarinosenshi
Kirin
Giraffe
Mythical Creature
麒麟kirinqí lǐn / qi2 lin3 / qi lin / qilinch`i lin / chilin / chi lin
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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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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