Fire in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Fire

  2. Will of Fire

  3. Fire Tiger

  4. Fire Horse

  5. Fire Snake

  6. Green Fire

  7. Fire Dragon

  8. Sacred Fire

  9. Fire and Water Have No Mercy

10. Firefly / Glow Worm

11. Red Panda / Firefox

12. Firefly / Lightning Bug

13. Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water

14. Ash

15. Five Elements

16. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

17. Five Elements

18. Furinkazan

19. Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta

20. Loki

21. The Planet Mars

22. Sparks / Sparkle

23. Four Elements

24. Godai / Five Elements


Fire

(One of the five elements)
huǒ
hi
Fire Scroll

火 is the symbol for fire, flame, or blaze in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.


Fire is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.


See Also:  Five Elements

Will of Fire

hi no ishi
Will of Fire Scroll

火の意志 or the "Will of Fire" is an element from the Naruto series.

The word order in Japanese makes this more like, "Fire's Will".

火 is fire.

の is a possessive article.

意志 means will, volition, intention, or intent.

Fire Tiger

huǒ hǔ
hi tora
Fire Tiger Scroll

火虎 is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire tiger".

If you were born between 9 Feb 1986 and 28 Jan 1987, or between 13 Feb 1926 and 1 Feb 1927, you are a fire tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac.

There are 12 animals and 5 elements in the cycle. Therefore, the fire tiger comes around once every 60 years. The next will be in 2046.

The branch of the zodiac for tiger is written 寅 when dating ancient documents and artwork, but 虎 is the way to write the character for an actual tiger.

Fire Horse

huǒ mǎ
oma hi
Fire Horse Scroll

火馬 is the title, "Fire Horse".

火馬 is not a common title for calligraphy. You might be looking for 丙午, 43rd year of the sexagenary cycle (year of the Fire Horse, renowned for disasters and the birth of women destined to kill their husbands).

Fire Snake

huǒ shé
hi hebi
Fire Snake Scroll

火蛇 is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire snake" or "blazing serpent".

Green Fire

lú huǒ chún qīng
Green Fire Scroll

This literally means, "[The] furnace fire [has become] pure green.

爐火純青 is an allusion to Daoist alchemy. figuratively, this speaks of an art or technique brought to the point of perfection.

Fire Dragon

huǒ lóng
hi ryuu
Fire Dragon Scroll

火龍 is how to write "Fire Dragon" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This title is used more often in Chinese; a little lesser-known in Japanese.

Sacred Fire

shèng huǒ
seika
Sacred Fire Scroll

聖火 is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean term that applies to the sacred fire of the ancient Greek Olympic torch or games.

This could also apply to other sacred or holy fires, as it can be a somewhat generic term.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
Fire and Water Have No Mercy Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy".

This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate".

Firefly / Glow Worm

yíng
hotaru
Firefly / Glow Worm Scroll

螢 is the Chinese, older Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja way to write firefly, lightning bug, or glow worm (Luciola cruciata).


蛍Note: After post WWII language reforms in Japan, they started using a more simple version of this Kanji. This version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Red Panda / Firefox

hóng xióng māo
Red Panda / Firefox Scroll

紅熊貓 is the Chinese title for the red panda, or firefox.

Some also call this the lesser Panda.

Firefly / Lightning Bug

yíng huǒ chóng
Firefly / Lightning Bug Scroll

螢火蟲 is a very verbose Chinese title for a firefly, glowworm, or lightning bug.

The first character, 螢 means firefly or glow-worm by itself. This title adds the character for fire (火) and bug (蟲).

Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water

An utterly inadequate measure
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water Scroll

杯水車薪 is a warning against a futile effort.

This proverb literally refers to one who is "trying to put out a burning cart of wood with a cup of water", or "throw a cup of water on a cartload of wood". The lesson to be learned is about using the right measure or tool for the job, and not to waste your effort if you are inadequately equipped for the task at hand - in other words the postscript should be "go get a bucket or a fire hose".

huī
hai
Ash Scroll

灰 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for ash or ashes.

This can also refer to dust, lime, or gray. When speaking of emotions in Chinese, it can refer to being discouraged or dejected.

In Japanese, this can be the surname, Hai.

Five Elements

jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements Scroll

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

fèng huáng niè pán
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes Scroll

This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes". Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana".

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

Five Elements

chi sui ka fuu kuu
Five Elements Scroll

地水火風空 is the specifically-Japanese version of the five elements.

地水火風空 is a little different than the ancient or original Chinese version.

The elements are written in this order:
1. Earth / Terra / Ground
2. Water
3. Fire
4. Wind / Air
5. Sky / Emptiness / Void / Ether

Note: This set of Kanji can also be romanized as "ji sui ka fuu kuu", "jisuikafuukuu", or "jisuikafuku".


These can also be written in the order 地火風水空 (chi ka sui fuu kuu). Let me know when you place your order if you want the Kanji to be in this character order.

Five Elements

wǔ xíng
gogyou
Five Elements Scroll

五行 is the title of the five elements which are: wood, fire, water, earth, and metal.

The first character means "5" and the second character is simply "elements".

According to ancient Chinese science, all matter in the world is made up of these elements. One idea presented with the five elements is that when energy is added, matter is believed to expand. When energy is removed, matter contracts. Oddly, this concept is not far from Einstein's theories, and modern science. Just a few thousand years before Einstein.


More info: Wikipedia - Five Elements (Wu Xing).


See Also:  Wood | Water | Earth | Metal | Five Elements

Furinkazan

military strategy
fēng lín huǒ shān
fuu rin ka zan
Furinkazan Scroll

風林火山 is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573 AD).

This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).

You can think of this as a sort of abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.

風林火山 is literally a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...

"Swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain"

"As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain"

"Move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as a forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain"

"Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take tactical position on the mountain"


See Also:  Art of War

Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta

sì dà
shi dai
Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta Scroll

In Buddhism, this is mahābhūta, the four elements of which all things are made: earth, water, fire, and wind.

This can also represent the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters.

In some context, this can be a university or college offering four-year programs.

To others, this can represent the Tao, Heaven, Earth and King.

Going back to the Buddhist context, these four elements "earth, water, fire, and wind" represent 堅, 濕, 煖, 動, which is: solid, liquid, heat, and motion.

luò jī
Loki Scroll

洛基 is the Chinese title for Loki, god of fire and mischievous destroyer in Norse mythology.

The Planet Mars

huǒ xīng
kasei / kase
The Planet Mars Scroll

火星 is the Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja and Chinese title for the planet Mars.

The characters literally mean, "fire star" or "spark".

Sparks / Sparkle

huǒ huā
hibana
Sparks / Sparkle Scroll

火花 is a Chinese and Japanese word that means spark or sparkle.

Literally, these characters mean "fire flower".

This can also be the Japanese female given name Hibana.

Four Elements

Buddhist Term
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
chisuikafuu
Four Elements Scroll

地水火風 is a Buddhist term that means "earth, water, fire, wind".

地水火風 is often just referred to as "the four elements". There is a more common title (the five elements) which adds wood to the mix. These four elements are used in some sects of Japanese Buddhism (not so much in Chinese).

Godai / Five Elements

wǔ dà
godai
Godai / Five Elements Scroll

五大 is the Japanese title for the five elements.

In Japan, the five elements differ slightly from the original Chinese. Therefore, in Japanese philosophy you have: earth, water, fire, wind and void (space).

The meaning of the first character is 5, but the second character means great or large. Some translate this as the five majors. 大 is only understood to be "elements" when you have 五 in front of it.

In Buddhism, this can be short for 五大明王, or the five great and wise kings.




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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
Firehihuǒ / huo3 / huo
Will of Fire火の意志hi no ishi / hinoishi
Fire Tiger火虎hi tora / hitorahuǒ hǔ / huo3 hu3 / huo hu / huohu
Fire Horse火馬
火马
oma hi / omahihuǒ mǎ / huo3 ma3 / huo ma / huoma
Fire Snake火蛇hi hebi / hihebihuǒ shé / huo3 she2 / huo she / huoshe
Green Fire爐火純青
炉火纯青
lú huǒ chún qīng
lu2 huo3 chun2 qing1
lu huo chun qing
luhuochunqing
lu huo ch`un ch`ing
luhuochunching
lu huo chun ching
Fire Dragon火龍
火龙
hi ryuu / hiryuu / hi ryu / hiryuhuǒ lóng / huo3 long2 / huo long / huolonghuo lung / huolung
Sacred Fire聖火
圣火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng4 huo3
sheng huo
shenghuo
Fire and Water Have No Mercy水火無情
水火无情
shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu qing
shuihuowuqing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Firefly
Glow Worm

hotaruyíng / ying2 / ying
Red Panda
Firefox
紅熊貓
红熊猫
hóng xióng māo
hong2 xiong2 mao1
hong xiong mao
hongxiongmao
hung hsiung mao
hunghsiungmao
Firefly
Lightning Bug
螢火蟲
萤火虫
yíng huǒ chóng
ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo chong
yinghuochong
ying huo ch`ung
yinghuochung
ying huo chung
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water杯水車薪
杯水车薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
beishuichexin
pei shui ch`e hsin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
Ashhaihuī / hui1 / hui
Five Elements金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
jinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo tu
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes鳳凰涅磐
凤凰涅磐
fèng huáng niè pán
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nie pan
fenghuangniepan
feng huang nieh p`an
fenghuangniehpan
feng huang nieh pan
Five Elements地水火風空
地水火风空
chi sui ka fuu kuu
chisuikafuukuu
chi sui ka fu ku
chisuikafuku
Five Elements五行gogyou / gogyowǔ xíng / wu3 xing2 / wu xing / wuxingwu hsing / wuhsing
Furinkazan風林火山
风林火山
fuu rin ka zan
fuurinkazan
fu rin ka zan
furinkazan
fēng lín huǒ shān
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
feng lin huo shan
fenglinhuoshan
Shidai
Sida
Mahabhuta
四大shi dai / shidaisì dà / si4 da4 / si da / sidassu ta / ssuta
Loki洛基luò jī / luo4 ji1 / luo ji / luojilo chi / lochi
The Planet Mars火星kasei / kasehuǒ xīng / huo3 xing1 / huo xing / huoxinghuo hsing / huohsing
Sparks
Sparkle
火花hibanahuǒ huā / huo3 hua1 / huo hua / huohua
Four Elements地水火風
地水火风
chisuikafuu
chisuikafu
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
di4 shui3 huo3 feng1
di shui huo feng
dishuihuofeng
ti shui huo feng
tishuihuofeng
Godai
Five Elements
五大godaiwǔ dà / wu3 da4 / wu da / wudawu ta / wuta
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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