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Food

China shí wù
Japan shoku motsu
Food

食物 means food in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as edibles, foodstuffs, nourishment, or sustenance.

Always Be Prepared

China bǎo dài gān liáng nuǎn dài yī
Always Be Prepared

This proverb literally translates as:
Carry [extra] food when [you are] full and [extra] clothes when [you are] warm.

Figuratively, this means:
Always be prepared for a rainy day.

Sumptuous Debauchery

China jiǔ chí ròu lín
Japan shu chi niku rin
Sumptuous Debauchery

酒池肉林 is a Chinese idiom that is also somewhat known in Japanese and Korean.

酒池肉林 literally means, "lakes of wine and forests of meat."

Figuratively, it refers to debauchery, sumptuous entertainment, a sumptuous feast, or any kind of ridiculously-lavish spread of food and wine.

Do not take action until the time is right

China bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
Do not take action until the time is right

This literally translates as: Don't take the lid off the pot until the food is done.

Figuratively, this means: Don't take action until the time is right.

You can take this as a call to be patient, or picking just the right time to do something (not too early, not too late).


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
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Mandarin/ he2
Taiwan ho
Japanese wataru / わたる    wazusaki / わずさき    wazaki / わざき    wasaki / わさき    wakana / わかな    yoshi / よし    yawara / やわら    yamato / やまと    yasura / やすら    yasushi / やすし    yasu / やす    mutsumi / むつみ    madoka / まどか    masa / まさ    honoka / ほのか    hiyori / ひより    hina / ひな    hitoshi / ひとし    hasuyo / はすよ    hasumura / はすむら    nodoka / のどか    nishizaki / にしざき    niko / にこ    nigi / にぎ    nami / なみ    nagoya / なごや    nagomu / なごむ    nagomi / なごみ    nagi / なぎ    takashi / たかし    taira / たいら    shizu / しず    koharu / こはる    kotau / こたう    kanon / かん    kanoo / かのん    kanoe / かのお    kanou / kano / かのえ    kanao / かのう    kanae / かなお    kanau / かなえ    kazuyuki / かなう    kazunori / かずゆき    kazutomo / かずのり    kazuji / かずとも    kazuzaki / かずじ    kazuko / かずざき    kazuki / かずこ    kazu / かずき    izumi / かず    amane / いずみ    aeru / あまね    ai / あえる
Chinese to mix (ingredients) together; to blend; classifier for rinses of clothes; classifier for boilings of medicinal herbs; to combine a powdery substance (flour, plaster etc) with water; Taiwan pr. [huo4]; to complete a set in mahjong or playing cards; to compose a poem in reply (to sb's poem) using the same rhyme sequence; to join in the singing; to chime in with others; and; together with; with; sum; union; peace; harmony; Taiwan pr. [han4] when it means "and" or "with"; surname He; Japanese (food, clothes etc)
Japanese (1) (mathematics term) sum; (2) harmony; peace; (n,n-pref,adj-no) (3) Japan; Japanese-style; (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) soft; fragile; weak; poorly built; insubstantial; (adj-nari) (archaism) tranquil; calm; quiet; peaceful; calm (at sea); lull; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Wazusaki; (surname) Wazaki; (surname) Wasaki; (female given name) Wakana; (surname, given name) Wa; (female given name) Yori; (given name) Yoshi; (surname, female given name) Yawara; (female given name) Yamato; (female given name) Yasura; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Yasu; (female given name) Mutsumi; (female given name) Madoka; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Honoka; (female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Hina; (male given name) Hito
Harmony, peace; to blend, mix; with, unite with; respond, rhyme; to be soft
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Mandarin/ yu4
Taiwan
Japanese gyoku / ぎょく
Chinese jade
Japanese (1) (also formerly read as ごく) precious stone (esp. jade); (2) {food} egg (sometimes esp. as a sushi topping); (3) stock or security being traded; product being bought or sold; (4) (See 建玉) position (in finance, the amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer); (5) geisha; (6) (abbreviation) (See 玉代) time charge for a geisha; (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 玉将) king (of the junior player); (female given name) Hikaru; (surname) Tamazaki; (surname) Tamasaki; (female given name) Tama; (surname) Giyoku; (surname) Oku
Jade, a gem; jade-like, precious; you, your.
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Mandarin qióng / qiong2
Taiwan ch`iung / chiung
Japanese kei / ke / けい
Chinese jasper; fine jade; beautiful; exquisite (e.g. wine, food); abbr. for Hainan province
Japanese (personal name) Kei
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Joan

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Mandarin bái / bai2
Taiwan pai
Japanese haku / はく    shiro / しろ    shira / しら
Chinese white; snowy; pure; bright; empty; blank; plain; clear; to make clear; in vain; gratuitous; free of charge; reactionary; anti-communist; funeral; to stare coldly; to write wrong character; to state; to explain; vernacular; spoken lines in opera; surname Bai
Japanese (1) white; (2) (See 鯔・ぼら・1) striped mullet fry (Mugil cephalus); (3) (See せりふ) speech; one's lines; (4) (abbreviation) (archaism) (See 白人) white person; Caucasian; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (5) (abbreviation) (obscure) (See ベルギー) Belgium; (1) (See 黒・1) white; (2) innocence; innocent person; (3) blank space; (4) white go stone; (5) {mahj} (also read はく) white dragon tile; (6) {food} skewered grilled pig intestine; (prefix) (1) white; (2) unseasoned; undyed; unaltered; (3) very much; precisely; (4) (See しらばくれる) playing dumb; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) unfeigned; honest; diligent; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Mashiro; (surname) Peku; (surname) Beku; (surname) Pai; (surname) Bai; (surname, female given name) Haku; (surname) Tsukumo; (surname) Shiroyanagi; (surname) Shirotsuru; (given name) Shiroshi; (surname) Shirayanagi; (surname) Shirayagi; (surname) Shirahama; (surname) Shirazaki; (surname) Shirasaki; (personal name) Shirai; (personal name) Shira
White, pure, clear; make clear, inform.
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亨氏

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Mandarin hēng shì / heng1 shi4
Taiwan heng shih
Chinese Heinz (name); Heinz, US food processing company
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供養


供养

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Mandarin gòng yǎng / gong4 yang3
Taiwan kung yang
Japanese kuyou / kuyo / くよう
Chinese to make offerings (to the Gods); to supply; to provide for one's elders; to support one's parents
Japanese (noun/participle) memorial service for the dead; holding a service
To make offerings of whatever nourishes, e. g. food, goods, incense, lamps, scriptures, the doctrine, etc., any offering for body or mind.
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寿司

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Japanese hisashi / ひさし    toshiji / としじ    sushi / すし Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (food term) sushi; anything made with vinegared rice (may also contain vegetables, spices, fish, or other delicacies); (given name) Hisashi; (personal name) Toshiji; (surname) Sushi
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接待

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Mandarin jiē dài / jie1 dai4
Taiwan chieh tai
Japanese setsutai / せつたい    settai / せったい
Chinese to receive (a visitor); to admit (allow sb to enter)
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) reception; welcome; serving (food term); (2) wining and dining; business entertainment; corporate entertainment; entertaining politicians; (surname) Setsutai; (surname) Settai
To receive and treat, or wait upon.
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食物

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Mandarin shí wù / shi2 wu4
Taiwan shih wu
Japanese shokumotsu / しょくもつ
Chinese food; CL:種|种[zhong3]
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) food; foodstuff
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Food

シャリ

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Japanese shari / シャリ Japanese (food term) sushi rice; rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt
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フラン

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Japanese furan / フラン Japanese (1) franc (fre:); (2) {food} flan; open pastry containing custard (or fruit, cheese, etc.); (3) {food} flan; crème caramel; caramel custard; (personal name) Fran; Hulan
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身土不二

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Japanese shindofuni / しんどふに    shindofuji / しんどふじ Japanese {Buddh} (See 正報,依報) inseparability of body-mind and geographical circumstances; you are what you eat; slogan encouraging consumption of local seasonal foods for one's health; indivisibility of the body and the land (because the body is made from food and food is made from the land)
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Body and Earth in Unity

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Japanese shime / しめ Japanese (1) tie up; bind; fastening; tightening; (2) sum; total amount; total; (3) (martial arts term) judo choking (strangling) techniques; (4) (food term) last meal eaten when going restaurant hopping; (5) completion; conclusion; rounding off; (counter) (6) counter for bundles; counter for faggots; counter for bundles of 2000 sheets of paper; (7) end mark; closure mark; (female given name) Shime

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Mandarin dīng / ding1
Taiwan ting
Japanese tei;hinoto / te;hinoto / てい;ひのと    chou / cho / ちょう
Chinese fourth of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; fourth in order; letter "D" or roman "IV" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; ancient Chinese compass point: 195°; butyl; cubes (of food); surname Ding
Japanese (1) 4th in rank; fourth sign of the Chinese calendar; (n,n-pref,n-suf) (2) (てい only) (abbreviation) (obscure) Denmark; (counter) (1) counter for sheets, pages, leaves, etc.; (2) counter for blocks of tofu; counter for servings in a restaurant; (3) (See 挺) counter for long and narrow things such as guns, scissors, spades, hoes, inksticks, palanquins, candles, jinrikishas, shamisen, oars, etc.; (4) (See 半・はん・3) even number; (5) (See 町・3) 109.09 m; (surname) Rei; (surname) Yoroi; (place-name) Yoro; (surname) Yoboro; (surname) Youro; (surname) Momoki; (surname, female given name) Hinoto; (personal name) Tou; (surname) Tei; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (surname) Chiyon; (surname) Choudei; (surname) Chou; (surname) Chiyun; (surname) Jiyon; (personal name) In; (personal name) Ataru

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Mandarin jǐng // dòng / jing3 // dong4
Taiwan ching // tung
Japanese takai / たかい
Chinese old variant of 井[jing3]; (Tw) bowl of boiled rice with other food on top (loanword from Japanese "donburi")
Japanese (1) porcelain bowl; (2) (abbreviation) bowl of rice with food on top; (abbreviation) bowl of rice with food on top; (surname) Takai

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Mandarin gàn / gan4
Taiwan kan
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese dry; clean; in vain; dried food; foster; adoptive; to ignore; surname Gan; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing heaven; male principle; ☰; ancient Chinese compass point: 315° (northwest); surname Qian
Japanese qian (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: heaven, northwest); (surname) Nukui; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Takeshi; (given name) Susumu; (surname, given name) Ken; (surname, given name) Kan; (surname) Kawaki; (surname) Kawai; (surname) Inute; (surname, female given name) Inui
Dry, dried up, clean; heaven, male, masculine, enduring, continual. Translit. gan and h.

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Mandarin/ zu3
Taiwan tsu
Japanese so / そ
Chinese a stand for food at sacrifice
Japanese altar of sacrifice

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Mandarin qiào / qiao4
Taiwan ch`iao / chiao
Chinese good-looking; charming; (of goods) in great demand; (coll.) to season (food)

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Mandarin wèi / wei4
Taiwan wei
Japanese mi / み    aji / あじ
Chinese taste; smell; classifier for drugs (in TCM)
Japanese (1) (sense of) taste; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for food, drink, medicine, etc.; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) flavor; flavour; taste; (2) charm; style; (3) experience; (adjectival noun) (4) (See 味な) smart; clever; witty; strange
rasa. Taste, flavour; the sense of taste. One of the six sensations; flavor

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Mandarin pǐn / pin3
Taiwan p`in / pin
Japanese hon / ほん    hin / ひん
Chinese article; commodity; product; goods; kind; grade; rank; character; disposition; nature; temperament; variety; to taste something; to sample; to criticize; to comment; to judge; to size up
Japanese (1) court rank; (suffix) (2) {Buddh} (sometimes pronounced ぼん, ぽん as a suffix) (See 九品・1) level; grade; (3) {Buddh} chapter; section; volume; (1) elegance; grace; refinement; class; dignity; (suffix) (2) article; item; (suf,ctr) (3) (sometimes pronounced ぴん) counter for items (of food, etc.); counter for dishes or courses (at a restaurant); (surname) Shina
varga, 跋渠 class, series, rank, character; a chapter of a sutra; type

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Mandarin yán / yan2
Taiwan yen
Japanese shio(p);en / しお(P);えん
Chinese Japanese variant of 鹽|盐
Japanese (1) (esp. しお) salt (i.e. sodium chloride); common salt; table salt; (2) {chem} (esp. えん) salt (e.g. sodium chloride, calcium sulfate, etc.); (3) (しお only) hardship; toil; trouble; (4) (しお only) {food} saltiness; (surname, female given name) Shio; (surname) En

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Mandarin/ si4
Taiwan ssu
Japanese tera / てら    ji / じ
Chinese Buddhist temple; mosque; government office (old)
Japanese temple (Buddhist); (suf,ctr) counter for temples; (personal name) Teraji; (surname) Tera
vihāra, 毘訶羅 or 鼻訶羅; saṅghārāma 僧伽藍; an official hall, a temple, adopted by Buddhists for a monastery, many other names are given to it, e. g. 淨住; 法同舍; 出世舍; 精舍; 淸淨園; 金剛刹; 寂滅道場; 遠離處; 親近處 'A model vihāra ought to be built of red sandalwood, with 32 chambers, 8 tāla trees in height, with a garden, park and bathing tank attached; it ought to have promenades for peripatetic meditation and to be richly furnished with stores of clothes, food, bedsteads, mattresses, medicines and all creature comforts.' Eitel; Buddhist temple

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Mandarin/ tu2
Taiwan t`u / tu
Japanese touma / toma / とま    to / とうま    tagima / と    taima / たぎま
Chinese to slaughter (animals for food); to massacre; surname Tu
Japanese (personal name) Toma; (personal name) Touma; (surname) To; (personal name) Tagima; (personal name) Taima
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Mandarin zhé / zhe2
Taiwan che
Japanese sagari / さがり    orisaki / おりさき    ori / おり
Chinese to break; to fracture; to snap; to suffer loss; to bend; to twist; to turn; to change direction; convinced; to convert into (currency); discount; rebate; tenth (in price); classifier for theatrical scenes; to fold; accounts book; to turn something over; to turn upside down; to tip something out (of a container); to break (e.g. stick or bone); a loss
Japanese (1) opportunity; chance; occasion; time; (n,ctr) (2) fold; pleat; crease; (3) small food box (wooden or cardboard); (personal name) Sagari; (surname) Ori
Tear open, break down.; To snap, break; decide; compound; fold; to fold

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Mandarin duàn / duan4
Taiwan tuan
Japanese dan / だん
Chinese paragraph; section; segment; stage (of a process); classifier for stories, periods of time, lengths of thread etc; surname Duan
Japanese (1) step; stair; (flight of) steps; (row of) stitches; columns (of print); (n,ctr) (2) grade; rank; level; (counter) (3) counter for breaks in written language (or speech, etc.); (place-name, surname) Dan; (surname) Tan; (personal name) Isuke
A piece; a section, paragraph. piṇda, a ball, lump, especially of palatable food, sustenance.

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Mandarin chuī / chui1
Taiwan ch`ui / chui
Japanese kashigi / かしぎ    kashiki / かしき
Chinese to cook food
Japanese (surname) Kashigi; (surname) Kashiki

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Mandarin qū // jun / qu1 // jun4
Taiwan ch`ü // chün / chü // chün
Chinese to extinguish a burning object; to singe something with a smoldering object (e.g. burn a hole in one's trousers with a cigarette); to stir-fry; to pour a mixture of hot oil and flavorings over food; to set fire to; to ignite

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Mandarin qiàng / qiang4
Taiwan ch`iang / chiang
Chinese to stir-fry then cook with sauce and water; to boil food briefly then dress with soy etc; to choke; to irritate (throat etc)

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Mandarin shú / shu2
Taiwan shu
Japanese munekazu / むねかず    muneo / むねお    minoru / みのる    souwa / sowa / そうわ    souroku / soroku / そうろく
Chinese cooked (of food); ripe (of fruit); mature (of seeds); familiar; skilled; done; also pr. [shou2]
Japanese (adj-na,adv) (kana only) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) completely; really; thoroughly; deeply; severely; intently; (personal name) Munekazu; (personal name) Muneo; (surname) Minoru; (personal name) Souwa; (personal name) Souroku
Ripe; to ripen

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Food食物shoku motsu
shokumotsu
shí wù / shi2 wu4 / shi wu / shiwushih wu / shihwu
Always Be Prepared飽帶干糧暖帶衣
饱带干粮暖带衣
bǎo dài gān liáng nuǎn dài yī
bao3 dai4 gan1 liang2 nuan3 dai4 yi1
bao dai gan liang nuan dai yi
baodaiganliangnuandaiyi
pao tai kan liang nuan tai i
paotaikanliangnuantaii
Sumptuous Debauchery酒池肉林shu chi niku rin
shuchinikurin
jiǔ chí ròu lín
jiu3 chi2 rou4 lin2
jiu chi rou lin
jiuchiroulin
chiu ch`ih jou lin
chiuchihjoulin
chiu chih jou lin
Do not take action until the time is right不到火候不揭鍋
不到火候不揭锅
bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
bu4 dao4 huo3 hou bu4 jie1 guo1
bu dao huo hou bu jie guo
budaohuohoubujieguo
pu tao huo hou pu chieh kuo
putaohuohoupuchiehkuo
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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