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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).
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).
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.
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
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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your fantasy illusion search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| huàn xiǎng
gensou / genso
fantasy; illusion; vision; dream
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) phantom; vision; illusion; apparition; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) something fleeting; short-lived dream; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (3) fabled item; mythical thing; very rare thing; (surname) Maboroshi
māyā. Illusion, hallucination, a conjurer's trick, jugglery, i. e. one of the ten illustrations of unreality; an illusion
| zuò mèng
to dream; to have a dream; fig. illusion; fantasy; pipe dream
| mèng huàn
dream; illusion; reverie
dreams; fantasy; visions; (personal name) Mugen
Dream and illusion, the characteristics of all phenomena; dream and illusion
| huàn mèng
fantasy; illusion; dream
dreams; visions; phantasms
illusion and a dream; illusion and a dream
| kuáng xiǎng
fantasy; illusion; vain dream
| kōng huàn
vanity; empty fantasy; illusion
| maboroshioou / maboroshioo
(exp,v5u) to pursue an illusion; to pursue a fantasy; to pursue phantoms
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|幻想||gensou / genso||huàn xiǎng|
|Flower in the Mirror, Moon on Water||鏡花水月|
|kyou ka sui getsu|
kyo ka sui getsu
|jìng huā shuǐ yuè|
jing4 hua1 shui3 yue4
jing hua shui yue
|ching hua shui yüeh
幻像 / 幻象
|gen zou / genzou / gen zo||huàn xiàng|
|Reality and Illusion||真妄||zhēn wàng|
|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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