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shí wù
shoku motsu
Food Scroll

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

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

Men Die for Wealth, Birds Die for Food

rén wèi cái sǐ niǎo wèi shí wáng
Men Die for Wealth, Birds Die for Food Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally states that human beings will die for riches, just as birds will for food.

Figuratively it means that man will do anything in his means to become rich. Personally, I think dying for food is a more noble cause.

Often translated as "Men die in pursuit of wealth, birds die in pursuit of food. The 人 in this proverb just means human, so "men" is a placeholder for human with that translation - an English language problem that we have no easy gender-neutral nouns.

人為財死鳥為食亡 is proverb is meant to serve as a warning about the follies of greed.

Always Be Prepared

bǎo dài gān liáng nuǎn dài yī
Always Be Prepared Scroll

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

jiǔ chí ròu lín
shu chi niku rin
Sumptuous Debauchery Scroll

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

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

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
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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gān
    gan1
kan
 ken
    けん

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Qian
dry; clean; in vain; dried food; foster; adoptive; to ignore
qian (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: heaven, northwest); (surname) Nukui
Dry, dried up, clean; heaven, male, masculine, enduring, continual. Translit. gan and h; dry

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    yu4

 gyoku
    ぎょく

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Jade
jade
(1) (also formerly read as ごく) precious stone (esp. jade); (2) {food} (occ. ギョク) 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
Jade, a gem; jade-like, precious; you, your.


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qióng
    qiong2
ch`iung
    chiung
 kei / ke
    けい

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Joan
jasper; fine jade; beautiful; exquisite (e.g. wine, food); abbr. for Hainan province
(personal name) Kei


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sōng
    song1
sung
 su
    す
loose; to loosen; to relax; floss (dry, fluffy food product made from shredded, seasoned meat or fish, used as a topping or filling)
(1) (kana only) cavity (in old root vegetables, tofu, metal casting, etc.); pore; hollow; bubble; blowhole; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) porous; pithy; spongy

バル

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 baru
    バル

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Vale
(1) (abbreviation) balcony; (2) Spanish bar (spa:); Spanish-style restaurant with a counter, serving food, alcoholic drinks, and coffee; (place-name) Barh (India)

パテ

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 pate
    パテ

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Pate
{food} pàté (fre:); (personal name) Pathe

亨氏

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hēng shì
    heng1 shi4
heng shih

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Heinz
Heinz (name); Heinz, US food processing company

供養


供养

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gòng yǎng
    gong4 yang3
kung yang
 kuyou / kuyo
    くよう

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Offering / Puja
to make offerings (to the Gods)
(noun, transitive verb) 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; to make offerings

十戒

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shí jiè
    shi2 jie4
shih chieh
 jukkai
    じゅっかい

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Ten Commandments
the ten commandments (religion)
(1) (Buddhist term) the 10 precepts; (2) Ten Commandments; Decalogue; Decalog; (surname) Jukkai
Śikṣāpada. The ten prohibitions (in Pāli form) consist of five commandments for the layman: (1) not to destroy life 不殺生 pāṇātipātāveramaṇi; (2) not to steal 不倫盜 adinnādānāver; (3) not to commit adultery 不婬慾 abrahmacaryaver.; (4) not to lie 不妄語musāvādāver.; (5) not to take intoxicating liquor 不飮酒 suramereyya-majjapamādaṭṭhānāver. Eight special commandments for laymen consist of the preceding five plus: (6) not to eat food out of regulated hours 不非時食 vikāla-bhojanāver.; (7) not to use garlands or perfumes 不著華鬘好香塗身 mālā- gandha-vilepana-dhāraṇa-maṇḍana-vibhūṣanaṭṭhānā; (8) not to sleep on high or broad beds (chastity) 不坐高廣大牀 uccāsayanā-mahāsayanā. The ten commandments for the monk are the preceding eight plus: (9) not to take part in singing, dancing, musical or theatrical performances, not to see or listen to such 不歌舞倡伎不往觀聽 nacca-gīta-vādita-visūkadassanāver.; (10) to refrain from acquiring uncoined or coined gold, or silver, or jewels 不得捉錢金銀寶物 jātarūpa-rajata-paṭīggahaṇāver. Under the Māhayāna these ten commands for the monk were changed, to accord with the new environment of the monk, to the following: not to kill, not to steal, to avoid all unchastity, not to lie, not to slander, not to insult, not to chatter, not to covet, not to give way to anger, to harbour no scepticism; ten precepts

寿司

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 hisashi
    ひさし

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Sushi
(ateji / phonetic) (food term) sushi; anything made with vinegared rice (may also contain vegetables, spices, fish, or other delicacies); (given name) Hisashi

布施

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bù shī
    bu4 shi1
pu shih
 fuse
    ふせ

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Dana: Almsgiving and Generosity
Dana (Buddhist practice of giving)
(n,vs,vi) (1) {Buddh} alms-giving; charity; (n,vs,vi) (2) {Buddh} offerings (usu. money) to a priest (for reading sutras, etc.); (surname) Fuho
dāna 檀那; the sixth pāramitā, almsgiving, i. e. of goods, or the doctrine, with resultant benefits now and also hereafter in the forms of reincarnation, as neglect or refusal will produce the opposite consequences. The 二種布施 two kinds of dāna are the pure, or unsullied charity, which looks for no reward here but only hereafter; and the sullied almsgiving whose object is personal benefit. The three kinds of dāna are goods, the doctrine, and courage, or fearlessness. The four kinds are pens to write the sutras, ink, the sutras themselves, and preaching. The five kinds are giving to those who have come from a distance, those who are going to a distance, the sick, the hungry, those wise in the doctrine. The seven kinds are giving to visitors, travellers, the sick, their nurses, monasteries, endowments for the sustenance of monks or nuns, and clothing and food according to season. The eight kinds are giving to those who come for aid, giving for fear (of evil), return for kindness received, anticipating gifts in return, continuing the parental example of giving, giving in hope of rebirth in a particular heaven, in hope of an honoured name, for the adornment of the heart and life. 倶舍論 18.

接待

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jiē dài
    jie1 dai4
chieh tai
 setsutai
    せつたい

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Settai
to receive (a visitor); to admit (allow sb to enter)
(noun/participle) (1) reception; welcome; serving (food term); (2) wining and dining; business entertainment; corporate entertainment; entertaining politicians; (surname) Setsutai
To receive and treat, or wait upon.

食物

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shí wù
    shi2 wu4
shih wu
 shokumotsu
    しょくもつ

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Food
food; CL:種|种[zhong3]
food; foodstuff
to eat things

シャリ

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 shari
    シャリ

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Shari
(food term) sushi rice; rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt

フォン

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 fon
    フォン

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Von
{food} fond (fre:); (soup) stock; (personal name) Fons

マック

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 makku
    マック

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Mack
(1) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) McDonald's (fast food restaurant); (2) (abbreviation) (See マッキントッシュ・1) Mac (personal computer); Macintosh; (surname) Mack; Macque

パラック

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 parakku
    パラック

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Palak
{food} puréed spinach (hin: palak)

ベーコン

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 beekon
    ベーコン

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Bacon
{food} bacon; (personal name) Bacon

ブランケット

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 buranketto
    ブランケット

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Blanchette
{food} blanquette (fre:)

マクドナルド

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 makudonarudo
    マクドナルド

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MacDonald
(surname) MacDonald; Macdonald; Mcdonald; (c) McDonald's (fast food chain)

Q

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q
    q
q
cute (loanword); (of food) having a pleasant chewiness (like mochi, tapioca pearls, taro balls etc – foods with a springy or gel-like mouthfeel); (loanword) to cue sb

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 shime
    しめ
(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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jǐng
    jing3
ching
 takai
    たかい
old variant of 井[jing3]
(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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    zu3
tsu
 so
    そ
a stand for food at sacrifice
altar of sacrifice

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

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wèi
    wei4
wei
 mi
    み
taste; smell; (fig.) (noun suffix) feel; quality; sense; (TCM) classifier for ingredients of a medicine prescription
(1) (sense of) taste; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for food, drink, medicine, etc.
rasa. Taste, flavour; the sense of taste. One of the six sensations; flavor

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    bu3
pu
 ho
    ほ
to feed
(archaism) (See 哺を吐く) holding food in one's mouth; food held in one's mouth

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gěng
    geng3
keng
to choke with emotion; to choke on a piece of food

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yán
    yan2
yen
 shio
    しお
Japanese variant of 鹽|盐
(1) salt; common salt; table salt; sodium chloride; (2) hardship; toil; trouble; (3) {food} saltiness; (prefix noun) (4) (colloquialism) cold; unwelcoming; indifferent; (surname, female given name) Shio

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    si4
ssu
 tera
    てら
Buddhist temple; mosque; government office (old)
temple (Buddhist); (personal name) Teraji
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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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Food食物shoku motsu
shokumotsu
shí wù / shi2 wu4 / shi wu / shiwushih wu / shihwu
Men Die for Wealth, Birds Die for Food人為財死鳥為食亡
人为财死鸟为食亡
rén wèi cái sǐ niǎo wèi shí wáng
ren2 wei4 cai2 si3 niao3 wei4 shi2 wang2
ren wei cai si niao wei shi wang
jen wei ts`ai ssu niao wei shih wang
jen wei tsai ssu niao wei shih wang
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
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