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Filial Piety

China xiào
Japan kou
Filial Piety Vertical Wall Scroll

孝 represents filial piety. Some will define this in more common English as "respect for your parents and ancestors."

孝 is a subject deeply emphasized by the ancient philosophy and teachings of Confucius.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although generally not considered part of the 7 core virtues of the warrior.

Note: 孝 is not the best of meanings when seen along as a single character. Some will read the single character form to mean "missing my dead ancestors." However, when written at part of Confucian tenets, or in the two-character word that means filial piety, the meaning is better or read differently (context is important for this character).

We suggest one of our other two-character filial piety entries instead of this one.

See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also:  Confucius

The Dao of Filial Piety

China xiào dào
Japan kou dou
The Dao of Filial Piety Vertical Wall Scroll

These two characters most clearly express the Confucian philosophy of filial piety. Confucius taught that all should be respectful and obedient to their parents. Included in this idea is honoring your ancestors.

The second character is "dao/tao" or "the way" as in Taoism. You can say this title is "The Tao of Filial Piety" or "The Way of Filial Piety."

See Also:  Confucius

Filial Piety / Filial Conduct

China xiào xìng
Japan koukou
Filial Piety / Filial Conduct Vertical Wall Scroll

These two characters express the idea of filial piety or filial conduct. The second character suggests "action" so these are the actions you take to show your respect and obedience to your elders or ancestors.

Confucius is probably the first great advocate for filial piety.

Honor for Ancestors

China zǔ xiān chóng bài
Japan so sen suu hai
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll

祖先崇拜 means "Appreciation and honor of your ancestors." This can refer to anyone from your grandparents and beyond.

The first two characters mean ancestors or forefathers.

The last two characters mean adore, worship, adoration, or admiration.

祖先崇拜 is the kind of wall scroll that a filial son or daughter in China or Japan would hang to honor their ancestors who paved the way for the new generation.

拝Japanese use a slight variation on the last Kanji. If you want this specifically Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image to the right (instead of the button above). Note that Japanese people would easily be able to identify the original Chinese form of that Kanji anyway.

They also have a similar phrase in old Korean but the first two characters are reversed - just let me know if you want that version when you place your order.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin xiào / xiao4
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese kou;kyou(ok) / ko;kyo(ok) / こう;きょう(ok)
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese filial piety or obedience; mourning apparel
Japanese (See 孝行) filial piety; (given name) Yasuaki; (personal name) Takatsugu; (personal name) Takasumi; (s,m) Takashi; (female given name) Taka; (personal name) Kousou; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (male given name) Kou
Filial, obedient; filial piety


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Japanese koukou / koko / こうこう
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) filial piety; (given name) Takayuki; (given name) Takatsura; (surname, given name) Koukou


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Mandarin xiào dao / xiao4 dao5
Taiwan hsiao tao
Japanese koudou / kodo / こうどう
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese filial piety (Confucian virtue); to be a good son or daughter
Japanese filial piety; (given name) Takamichi; (given name) Koudou; (given name) Kouji


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Mandarin sān fú / san1 fu2
Taiwan san fu
Japanese mifuku / みふく    sanpuku / さんぷく
Japanese (place-name, surname) Mifuku; (given name) Sanpuku
The three (sources of) felicity: (1) The 無量壽經 has the felicity of (a) 世福 filial piety, regard for elders, keeping the ten commandments; (b) 戒福 of keeping the other commandments; (c) 行福 of resolve on complete bodhi and the pursuit of the Buddha-way. (2) The 倶舍論 18, has the blessedness of (a) 施類福 almsgiving, in evoking resultant wealth; (b) 戒類福 observance of the 性戒 (against killing, stealing, adultery, lying) and the 遮戒 (against alcohol, etc.), in obtaining a happy lot in the heavens; (c) 修類福 observance of meditation in obtaining final escape from the mortal round. Cf. 三種淨業; three felicitous acts


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Mandarin bù xiào / bu4 xiao4
Taiwan pu hsiao
Japanese fukou(p);fukyou / fuko(p);fukyo / ふこう(P);ふきょう
Chinese unfilial
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) undutifulness to one's parents; lack of filial piety; (2) (ふきょう only) (archaism) (See 八虐) (the crime of) cursing one's parents; (3) (ふきょう only) (archaism) disowning one's child



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Mandarin wǔ lún / wu3 lun2
Taiwan wu lun
Japanese gorin / ごりん
Chinese the five Confucian relationships (ruler-subject, father-son, brother-brother, husband-wife, friend-friend)
Japanese the five Confucian filial-piety relationships


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Mandarin fǎn bǔ / fan3 bu3
Taiwan fan pu
Japanese hanpo / はんぽ
Chinese to support one's parents in their old age; to show filial piety; to to repay; to return a favor
Japanese caring for one's parents in return; (given name) Hanpo



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Mandarin sāng bàng / sang1 bang4
Taiwan sang pang
Chinese funeral stick (held by the son as a sign of filial piety)



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Mandarin cháng fèn / chang2 fen4
Taiwan ch`ang fen / chang fen
Japanese shoufun / shofun / しょうふん
Chinese to taste a patient's excrement (a form of medical examination, seen as an act of loyalty or filial piety); to suck up to sb; to kiss ass
Japanese shamelessly flattering; brown-nosing; licking excrement


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Japanese koutei / kote / こうてい Japanese filial piety; brotherly love; (given name) Takayasu; (given name) Takachika; (given name) Koutei


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Mandarin xiào xīn / xiao4 xin1
Taiwan hsiao hsin
Japanese koushin / koshin / こうしん
Chinese filial piety (a Confucian obligation); respect and obedience to one's parents
Japanese filial devotion; (personal name) Koushin


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Mandarin xiào tì / xiao4 ti4
Taiwan hsiao t`i / hsiao ti
Japanese koutei / kote / こうてい
Chinese filial piety and fraternal duty
Japanese filial piety; brotherly love; (male given name) Takayoshi; (personal name) Takachika; (given name) Koutei


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Mandarin xiào jìng / xiao4 jing4
Taiwan hsiao ching
Japanese koukei / koke / こうけい
Chinese to show filial respect; to give presents (to one's elders or superiors); to support one's aged parents
Japanese filial piety; (male given name) Takayoshi; (personal name) Takayuki; (given name) Takahiro; (given name) Takanori


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Japanese koukyou / kokyo / こうきょう Japanese the Book of Filial Piety



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Mandarin xiào jīng / xiao4 jing1
Taiwan hsiao ching
Chinese Xiaojing (Classic of Filial Piety)



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Mandarin xiào shùn / xiao4 shun4
Taiwan hsiao shun
Japanese koujun / kojun / こうじゅん
Chinese filial piety; to be obedient to one's parents
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) obedience; filial piety; (personal name) Takayori; (personal name) Takanobu; (female given name) Koujun; (given name) Kyoujun


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Mandarin zhōng xiào / zhong1 xiao4
Taiwan chung hsiao
Japanese chuukou / chuko / ちゅうこう
Japanese loyalty and filial piety; (given name) Chuukou; (male given name) Tadayoshi; (given name) Tadayuki; (given name) Tadanori; (given name) Tadataka
loyalty and filial piety; loyalty and filial piety


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Mandarin yú xiào / yu2 xiao4
Taiwan yü hsiao
Chinese unquestioning filial piety


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Japanese shikou / shiko / しこう Japanese supreme filial piety; (given name) Yoshitaka; (personal name) Yukitaka; (given name) Shikou



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Mandarin shí sān jīng / shi2 san1 jing1
Taiwan shih san ching
Chinese the Thirteen Confucian Classics, namely: Book of Songs 詩經|诗经[Shi1 jing1], Book of History 尚書|尚书[Shang4 shu1], Rites of Zhou 周禮|周礼[Zhou1 li3], Rites and Ceremonies 儀禮|仪礼[Yi2 li3], Classic of Rites 禮記|礼记[Li3 ji4], Book of Changes 易經|易经[Yi4 jing1], Mr Zuo's Annals 左傳|左传[Zuo3 Zhuan4], Mr Gongyang's Annals 公羊傳|公羊传[Gong1 yang2 Zhuan4], Mr Guliang's Annals 穀梁傳|谷梁传[Gu3 liang2 Zhuan4], The Analects 論語|论语[Lun2 yu3], Erya 爾雅|尔雅[Er3 ya3], Classic of Filial Piety 孝經|孝经[Xiao4 jing1], Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3]



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Mandarin kū sāng bàng / ku1 sang1 bang4
Taiwan k`u sang pang / ku sang pang
Chinese mourning staff draped in white, held at a funeral to show filial piety


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Japanese oyafukou / oyafuko / おやふこう Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) lack of filial piety


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Japanese oyakoukou / oyakoko / おやこうこう Japanese (n,vs,adj-na) (ant: 親不孝) filial piety


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Mandarin èr shí sì xiào / er4 shi2 si4 xiao4
Taiwan erh shih ssu hsiao
Chinese the Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, classic Confucian text on filial piety from Yuan dynasty


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Japanese gorinnomichi / ごりんのみち Japanese the five Confucian filial-piety relationships


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Japanese jingichuukou / jingichuko / じんぎちゅうこう Japanese (yoji) humanity, justice, loyalty, and filial piety


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Japanese chuukoujingi / chukojingi / ちゅうこうじんぎ Japanese (yoji) loyalty, filial piety, humanity, and justice



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Mandarin wū niǎo sī qíng / wu1 niao3 si1 qing2
Taiwan wu niao ssu ch`ing / wu niao ssu ching
Chinese lit. the solicitude of the crow (who provides for his old parent)(idiom); fig. filial piety


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Japanese koutei / kote / こうてい Japanese filial piety; brotherly love



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Mandarin bǎi shàn xiào wéi xiān / bai3 shan4 xiao4 wei2 xian1
Taiwan pai shan hsiao wei hsien
Chinese of all virtues filial piety is most important (idiom)

Lookup Filial Piety in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Filial Pietykou / koxiào / xiao4 / xiaohsiao
The Dao of Filial Piety孝道kou dou / koudou / ko do / kodoxiào dào / xiao4 dao4 / xiao dao / xiaodaohsiao tao / hsiaotao
Filial Piety
Filial Conduct
孝行koukou / kokoxiào xìng
xiao4 xing4
xiao xing
hsiao hsing
Honor for Ancestors祖先崇拜
祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
so sen suu hai
so sen su hai
zǔ xiān chóng bài
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
zu xian chong bai
tsu hsien ch`ung pai
tsu hsien chung pai
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