Fragrance in Chinese / Japanese...

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Fragrant / Good Smell

ka / kou
Fragrant / Good Smell Scroll

香 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja that means: fragrant; sweet smelling; aromatic; savory; appetizing; perfume; incense; aroma; fragrance; scent; good smell.

Fragrance or incense is known to be one of the Buddha's messengers to stimulate faith and devotion.


Orchid Scroll

蘭 is the character for orchid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Also: Epidendrum.

蘭 is used in some context to mean fragrant, elegant, or refined.

蘭 can also be the Chinese family name romanized as, "Lan". However, it is not the only character that can be romanized as Lan.

In Japanese and Korean, this character means orchid but is also used as a suffix or short name for the Netherlands / Holland.

The farts of others stink, but one’s own smells sweet

bié rén pì chòu zì jiā xiāng
The farts of others stink, but one’s own smells sweet Scroll

This literally translates as:
Other people's flatulence stinks, [but] one's own is fragrant.

Figuratively, this means:
Some people criticize as defects in others what they (seem to) treasure in themselves.

Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver

zèng rén méi guī shǒu liú yú xiāng
Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver Scroll

This proverb has been translated several ways:

1. Roses given, fragrance in hand.

2. You present others roses, fragrance remains.

3. The fragrance of the rose always remains on the hand of those that bestow them.

4. A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hands which give the flowers

However, this literally translates as, "Give someone rose flowers, [your] hands keep [the] remaining fragrance".

Fragrant Herb / Housou

Fragrant Herb / Housou Scroll

In Japanese, this means fragrant herb, and is often used as a given name romanized as Housou or Hoso.

Note: Sometimes romanized as Yoshikusa.

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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
Good Smell
ka / kou / ka / ko / ka / koxiāng / xiang1 / xianghsiang
ranlán / lan2 / lan
The farts of others stink, but one’s own smells sweet別人屁臭自家香
bié rén pì chòu zì jiā xiāng
bie2 ren2 pi4 chou4 zi4 jia1 xiang1
bie ren pi chou zi jia xiang
pieh jen p`i ch`ou tzu chia hsiang
pieh jen pi chou tzu chia hsiang
Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver贈人玫瑰手留余香
zèng rén méi guī shǒu liú yú xiāng
zeng4 ren2 mei2 gui1 shou3 liu2 yu2 xiang1
zeng ren mei gui shou liu yu xiang
tseng jen mei kuei shou liu yü hsiang
Fragrant Herb
芳草housou / hoso
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Fragrant Herb / Housou Scroll
perfume; fragrance
(n,n-pref,n-suf) (1) (abbreviation) (See 芬蘭・フィンランド) Finland; (adj-t,adv-to) (2) (archaism) fragrant; aromatic
Fragrant; confused; translit. puṇ in芬陀利 (or芬陁利) puṇḍarīka. The white lotus, v. 分陀利; fragrant

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 kou; kori(ok) / ko; kori(ok)
    こう; こり(ok)
Fragrant Herb / Housou Scroll
fragrant; sweet smelling; aromatic; savory or appetizing; (to eat) with relish; (of sleep) sound; perfume or spice; joss or incense stick; CL:根[gen1]
(See 御香) incense; (female given name) Yuka
(竹; 象) Incense made in coils and burnt to measure the time; also 香盤; 香印.; gandha. Fragrance; incense; the sense of smell, i.e. one of the ṣaḍāyātana, six senses. Incense is one of the 使 Buddha's messengers to stimulate faith and devotion; scent

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aromatic wood; perfume; fragrance

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Japanese variant of 薰
(1) pleasant smell; aroma; fragrance; scent; (2) pleasant-smelling vegetation; (male given name) Tsutomu

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fragrance of food

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fragrance; scent; aroma
(given name) Fuku


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 yohou / yoho
lingering fragrance; continuing fame (after death)


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yōu xiāng
    you1 xiang1
yu hsiang
 yuukou / yuko
delicate fragrance
fragrance; (female given name) Yuka


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dé xiāng
    de2 xiang1
te hsiang
The fragrance of virtue; fragrance of virtue


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xīn xiāng
    xin1 xiang1
hsin hsiang
(female given name) Motoka
The incense of the mind, or heart, i. e. sincere devotion; fragrance of the mind



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pū bí
    pu1 bi2
p`u pi
    pu pi
to assail the nostrils (of fragrance and odors)


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àn xiāng
    an4 xiang1
an hsiang
 ankou / anko
subtle fragrance
scent of a flower floating about in the air; lingering scent of a flower in the darkness; (given name) Ankou



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cán xiāng
    can2 xiang1
ts`an hsiang
    tsan hsiang
lingering fragrance
See: 残香



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nóng yù
    nong2 yu4
nung yü
rich; strong; heavy (fragrance); dense; full-bodied; intense



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nóng xiāng
    nong2 xiang1
nung hsiang
 noukou / noko
strong fragrance; pungent
(surname) Noukou



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yì xiāng
    yi4 xiang1
i hsiang
 ikyou; ikou / ikyo; iko
    いきょう; いこう
rare perfume
(obscure) great fragrance; (personal name) Kotoka


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měi xiāng
    mei3 xiang1
mei hsiang
(female given name) Yoshiko
a fine fragrance; a fine fragrance


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(transitive verb) (1) to hear; (2) to listen (e.g. to music); (3) to ask; to enquire; to query; (4) to learn of; to hear about; (5) to follow (advice); to comply with; (6) to smell (esp. incense); to sample fragrance


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(transitive verb) (1) to hear; (2) to listen (e.g. to music); (3) to ask; to enquire; to query; (4) to learn of; to hear about; (5) to follow (advice); to comply with; (6) to smell (esp. incense); to sample fragrance



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fēn qì
    fen1 qi4
fen ch`i
    fen chi


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fēn liè
    fen1 lie4
fen lieh
powerful fragrance; powerful fragrance



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fēn yùn
    fen1 yun4
fen yün
filled with fragrance; filled with fragrance


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fēn xiāng
    fen1 xiang1
fen hsiang
fragrance; fragrant


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huā xiāng
    hua1 xiang1
hua hsiang
 kakou / kako
fragrance of flowers
fragrance of flowers; (female given name) Michika


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(adjectival noun) mellow (flavor or fragrance, esp. alcohol); rich; full-bodied; superior; (female given name) Hozumi


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 houjun / hojun
(adjectival noun) mellow (flavor or fragrance, esp. alcohol); rich; full-bodied; superior


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fāng xiāng
    fang1 xiang1
fang hsiang
 houkou / hoko
balmy; fragrant; aromatic (chemistry)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) perfume; fragrance; aroma; balm; sweet scent; (personal name) Yoshikou


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lào hàn
    lao4 han4
lao han
to stop sweating; (mahjong and card games) to mark the tiles or cards with one's sweat, fragrance etc


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aroma; fragrance; scent; smell; (female given name) Kaori

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