Gentle in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Gentleness

  2. Heart of Judo

  3. Harusame / Spring Rain

  4. Jujitsu / Jujutsu

  5. Rabbit / Hare

  6. Judo

  7. Happy Family

  8. Peace / Harmony


wēn hòu
on kou
Gentleness Scroll

溫厚 is a Chinese, Japanese and old Korean word for "gentle" or "gentleness".

This can also mean "kindness" (more as an adjective like "kind person").


温The modern Japanese version of the first character looks like the one to the right. If you want this modern Japanese form, just click on that Kanji instead of the button above.


See Also:  Kindness | Caring

wēn róu
Gentleness Scroll

Gentleness is moving wisely, touching softly, holding carefully, speaking quietly and thinking kindly.

When you feel mad or hurt, use your self-control. Instead of harming someone, talk things out peacefully. You are making the world a safer, gentler place.


See Also:  Kindness | Caring

Heart of Judo

róu
yawara
Heart of Judo Scroll

This 柔 Kanji literally means flexible, pliable, gentle, or yielding.

柔 is also the first Kanji of the Japanese martial arts titles of Judo and Jujutsu (Jujitsu). In those cases, it's pronounced "ju" in Japanese. However, alone, the classic pronunciation is "yawara". Some translate this Kanji (in the context of martial arts) as "The Heart of Judo".

Please note that this just means pliable, gentle, and yielding in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. They do know what Judo and Jujitsu are but if this character is seen alone in China or Korea, people generally will not think of the martial arts context.

Harusame / Spring Rain

chūn yǔ
harusame
Harusame / Spring Rain Scroll

This Japanese name means gentle spring rain or gift from above.

It has the same meaning (and can be a given name) in Chinese.

Jujitsu / Jujutsu

róu shù
juu jutsu
Jujitsu / Jujutsu Scroll

柔術 has been somewhat incorrectly spelled and pronounced "Jujitsu" for some time in the English-speaking world. The correct Japanese Romaji is Jujutsu or Juujutsu.

A little background on the word: By combining the Kanji pronounced "Ju" (which means flexible, pliable, gentle, yielding) with the Kanji pronounced "Jutsu" (which means art, or technique), we get a meaning that can be translated as "flexible technique", "gentle art" or "yielding technique".
柔術 does make sense in Chinese as well, although pronounced, "rou shu" in China.

The Jujutsu system has a history in Japan that started well-before the 1600's. Some see this style as a variation of the "Empty Hand Method" (Karate-do). Even the samurai of old used some Jujutsu methods in defending themselves with their unarmed hands against weapons that could pierce their heavy armor.

There are convoluted relationships between various schools and systems of martial arts but it's generally accepted that Jujutsu led to the development of Judo and a few other variations.

Rabbit / Hare

Year of the Rabbit / Zodiac Sign
usagi
Rabbit / Hare Scroll

兔 is the character for rabbit or hare in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the rabbit, you...

Are gentle and full of sympathy.
Love to help others.
Enjoy a quiet life.
Are a good worker.
Are, however, a bit of a pushover.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

róu dào
juu dou
Judo Scroll

柔道 is the martial art invented in Japan and known as "Judo" around the world.

Translated directly, it means "Gentle Way" or "Flexible Way"

More about Judo

nago ya ka na ka tei
Happy Family Scroll

This means "happy family" or "harmonious family" in Japanese.

The first three Kanji create a word that means mild, calm, gentle, quiet, or harmonious. After that is a connecting article. The last two Kanji mean family, home, or household.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Peace / Harmony

wa
Peace / Harmony Scroll

和 is the simplest form of peace and harmony.

和 can also be translated as the peaceful ideas of gentle, mild, kind, and calm. With the more harmonious context, it can be translated as union, together with, on good terms with, or on friendly terms.

Most people would just translate this character as peace and/or harmony. 和 is a very popular character in Asian cultures - you can even call it the "peace symbol" of Asia. In fact, this peace and harmony character was seen repeatedly during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (a major theme of the games).


In old Chinese poems and literature, you might see this used as a kind of "and." As in two things summed together. As much as you could say, "the sun and moon," you could say "the sun in harmony with the moon."


See Also:  Inner Peace | Patience | Simplicity


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gentleness溫厚
温厚
on kou / onkou / on ko / onkowēn hòu / wen1 hou4 / wen hou / wenhou
Gentleness溫柔
温柔
wēn róu / wen1 rou2 / wen rou / wenrouwen jou / wenjou
Heart of Judoyawararóu / rou2 / roujou
Harusame
Spring Rain
春雨harusamechūn yǔ / chun1 yu3 / chun yu / chunyuch`un yü / chunyü / chun yü
Jujitsu
Jujutsu
柔術
柔术
juu jutsu / juujutsu / ju jutsu / jujutsuróu shù / rou2 shu4 / rou shu / roushujou shu / joushu
Rabbit
Hare
usagitù / tu4 / tut`u / tu
Judo柔道juu dou / juudou / ju do / judoróu dào / rou2 dao4 / rou dao / roudaojou tao / joutao
Happy Family和やかな家庭nago ya ka na ka tei
nagoyakanakatei
Peace
Harmony
wahé / he2 / heho
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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Peace / Harmony Scroll
Peace / Harmony Scroll
Peace / Harmony Scroll
Peace / Harmony Scroll


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