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Grief in Chinese / Japanese...

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Sadness / Sorrow

bēi shāng
hi shou
Sadness / Sorrow Scroll

悲傷 means, "sadness", "sorrowful", or "grief" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Note: This will be seen as strange on a wall scroll by Chinese and Japanese people.

Sadness / Sorrow

bēi āi
hi ai
Sadness / Sorrow Scroll

悲哀 means grieved, sorrowful, sorrow, grief, and sadness in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

In the Buddhist context, it suggests the kind feeling in your heart toward others (as the result of feeling sorrow).

Note: This is a strange selection for a calligraphy wall scroll.

No Pain No Gain

itami naku shite erumono wa nashi
No Pain No Gain Scroll

This Japanese phrase means "no pain, no gain".

Literally, this suggests that with pain, a gain must follow.

The pain Kanji here can also be translated as sorrow or suffering. The gain can also mean profit, advantage, or benefit. In Japanese Buddhist context, that gain Kanji can mean rebirth in paradise, entering nirvana.

The character break down:
痛みなく (itami naku) pain; ache; sore; grief; distress. The naku part adds a meaning of "a lot of" or "extended"
して (shite) and then. (indicates a causative expression; acts as a connective particle)
得る (eru) to get; to acquire; to obtain; to procure; to earn; to win; to gain; to secure; to attain.
もの (mono) conjunctive particle indicating a cause or reason.
なし (nashi) none of; -less; without; no.

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

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
hi shou / hishou / hi sho / hishobēi shāng
bei1 shang1
bei shang
pei shang
悲哀hi ai / hiaibēi āi / bei1 ai1 / bei ai / beiaipei ai / peiai
No Pain No Gain痛みなくして得るものなしitami naku shite erumono wa nashi
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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Simple Dictionary Definition



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bēi shāng
    bei1 shang1
pei shang
 hishou / hisho
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sad; sorrowful
(noun/participle) grief


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bēi āi
    bei1 ai1
pei ai
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grieved; sorrowful
sorrow; grief; sadness

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sorrow; grief; pity; to grieve for; to pity; to lament; to condole
(obsolete) (See 哀れ・あわれ・1) pity; sorrow; grief; misery; (female given name) Ai
Alas! mourn, wail; to sympathize with

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to sigh; to exclaim
(1) sigh; (2) grief; lamentation; (personal name) Inooka
To praise, extol; to sigh; to praise

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sad; sadness; sorrow; grief
{Buddh} karuna (compassion)
karuṇā; kṛpā. Sympathy, pity for another in distress and the desire to help him, sad.

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variant of 戚[qi1]; grief; sorrow

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to worry; to concern oneself with; worried; anxiety; sorrow; (literary) to observe mourning
(female given name) Yuu
Sorrow, grief, melancholy, anxiety; to mourn, grieve; translit. u, yu; cf. 優, 烏; sorrow

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 chii / chi
relative; parent; grief; sorrow; battle-axe
(surname) Chii

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variant of 嘆|叹[tan4]
(1) sigh; (2) grief; lamentation; (personal name) Inoguma
To praise; to sigh; admiration

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(interjection expressing surprise, grief etc); variant of 嘻[xi1]


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qī qíng
    qi1 qing2
ch`i ch`ing
    chi ching
 shichijou / shichijo
seven emotional states; seven affects of traditional Chinese medical theory and therapy, namely: joy 喜[xi3], anger 怒[nu4], anxiety 憂|忧[you1], thought 思[si1], grief 悲[bei1], fear 恐[kong3], fright 驚|惊[jing1]; seven relations
(1) seven emotions (in The Book of Rites: joy, anger, sorrow, fear, love, hate, desire); seven emotions (in Buddhism: joy, anger, sorrow, pleasure, love, hate, desire); (2) seven effects (of a traditional Chinese medicine); (surname) Shichijou
The seven emotions : pleasure, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, desire.


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wǔ qíng
    wu3 qing2
wu ch`ing
    wu ching
 gojou / gojo
the five passions (anger, joy, hatred, desire and grief)
The feelings, or passions, which are stirred by the 五根 five senses; five desires


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(1) pain; ache; soreness; grief; distress; (2) damage; injury; wear; bruise; break



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shāng xīn
    shang1 xin1
shang hsin
 shoushin / shoshin
to grieve; to be broken-hearted; to feel deeply hurt
(noun - becomes adjective with の) heartbreak; grief; sorrow


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 shousui / shosui
great grief


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 shousui / shosui
great grief



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shāng tòu
    shang1 tou4
shang t`ou
    shang tou
to break (sb's heart); to cause grief to


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(adv,adj-no) (1) really; truly; entirely; completely; wholly; perfectly; (adv,adj-no) (2) indeed; (interjection) (3) (abbreviation) (kana only) (expression of exasperation) (See 全くもう) good grief



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chī kuī
    chi1 kui1
ch`ih k`uei
    chih kuei
to suffer losses; to come to grief; to lose out; to get the worst of it; to be at a disadvantage; unfortunately


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(1) pity; sorrow; grief; misery; compassion; pathos; (adjectival noun) (2) pitiable; pitiful; pathetic; miserable; (interjection) (3) alack; alas; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) pity; sorrow; grief; misery; compassion; pathos; (adjectival noun) (2) pitiable; pitiful; pathetic; miserable; (interjection) (3) alack; alas



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āi shāng
    ai1 shang1
ai shang
 aishou / aisho
grief; distress; bereavement; grieved; heartbroken; dejected
(noun/participle) sorrow; grief


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āi kū
    ai1 ku1
ai k`u
    ai ku
to weep in sorrow
(noun/participle) grief; mourning; lamentation


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āi háo
    ai1 hao2
ai hao
to howl in grief; anguished wailing; same as 哀號|哀号[ai1 hao2]


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āi sī
    ai1 si1
ai ssu
grief-stricken thoughts; mourning
sad feeling


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āi yuàn
    ai1 yuan4
ai yüan
grief; resentment; aggrieved; plaintive


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(noun/participle) grief; sorrow


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āi chóu
    ai1 chou2
ai ch`ou
    ai chou
 aishuu / aishu
sorrow; sadness; distressed; sorrowful
pathos; sorrow; grief


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āi qī
    ai1 qi1
ai ch`i
    ai chi
sorrow; grief


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grief and pleasure; (given name) Airaku

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