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China qín
Japan kin
Diligence Vertical Wall Scroll

This single-character means diligence or "sense of duty" in Chinese and Korean (also understood in Japanese but not commonly-seen as a stand-alone Kanji).

As a single character on a wall scroll, this will only be seen with this meaning. However, it can also mean industrious, hardworking, frequent, regular, constant, energy, zeal, fortitude, or virility.

In Buddhism this can represent vīrya (viriya), the idea of energy, diligence, enthusiasm, or effort. It can be defined as an attitude of gladly engaging in wholesome activities, and it functions to cause one to accomplish wholesome or virtuous actions. Some Buddhists may even define this as "manliness" (a definition from a hundred years ago, before equality).

If you, or someone you know is a hard-worker (or needs a reminder to be diligent), then this is the wall scroll to have in your/their office.

See Also:  Tenacity | Undaunted

Always with a Book in Hand

China shǒu bù shì juàn
Always with a Book in Hand Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally means, "always with a book in hand."

It's a proverb said of a hardworking scholar or student.

This may refer to a student or scholar who is diligent and hardworking. It's a great gift for a student or scholar who loves books.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your hardworking search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin qín / qin2
Taiwan ch`in / chin
Japanese tsutome / つとめ    tsutomu / つとむ    isoshi / いそし
Always with a Book in Hand Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese diligent; industrious; hardworking; frequent; regular; constant
Japanese (personal name) Tsutome; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Isoshi
vīrya, energy, zeal, fortitude, virility; intp. also as 精進 one of the pāramitās; to strive


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Mandarin kè kǔ / ke4 ku3
Taiwan k`o k`u / ko ku
Japanese kokku / こっく
Always with a Book in Hand Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese hardworking; assiduous
Japanese (noun/participle) hard work
to work hard


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Japanese mame / まめ    chuujitsu / chujitsu / ちゅうじつ
Always with a Book in Hand Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (kana only) diligent; hardworking; conscientious; sincere; (2) (kana only) healthy; fit; (3) (archaism) (See 忠実・ちゅうじつ) faithful; devoted; (noun or adjectival noun) faithful; devoted; loyal; honest; true; (given name) Chuujitsu; (personal name) Tadamitsu; (female given name) Tadami; (given name) Tadazane



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Mandarin shǒu bù shì juàn / shou3 bu4 shi4 juan4
Taiwan shou pu shih chüan
Always with a Book in Hand Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese lit. always with a book in hand (idiom); fig. (of a student or scholar) diligent and hardworking

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Mandarin mào / mao4
Taiwan mao
Japanese tsutomu / つとむ    shigeru / しげる
Chinese to be hardworking; luxuriant; splendid
Japanese (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Shigeru



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Mandarin qín jiǎn / qin2 jian3
Taiwan ch`in chien / chin chien
Chinese hardworking and frugal


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Mandarin qín lì / qin2 li4
Taiwan ch`in li / chin li
Chinese hardworking; diligent



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Mandarin qín láo / qin2 lao2
Taiwan ch`in lao / chin lao
Japanese gonrō
Chinese hardworking; industrious; diligent



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Mandarin qín fèn / qin2 fen4
Taiwan ch`in fen / chin fen
Chinese hardworking; diligent


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Mandarin qín kuài / qin2 kuai4
Taiwan ch`in k`uai / chin kuai
Chinese diligent; hardworking



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Mandarin qín pǔ / qin2 pu3
Taiwan ch`in p`u / chin pu
Chinese simple and industrious; hardworking and frugal


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Mandarin qín kǔ / qin2 ku3
Taiwan ch`in k`u / chin ku
Japanese kinku / きんく
Chinese hardworking; assiduous
Japanese (noun/participle) toil and hardship
Devoted and suffering, zealously suffering; to suffer


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Mandarin zī zī / zi1 zi1
Taiwan tzu tzu
Japanese shishi / しし
Chinese diligent; hardworking; industrious; assiduous
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) assiduously; diligently


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Mandarin xīn qín / xin1 qin2
Taiwan hsin ch`in / hsin chin
Chinese hardworking; industrious


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Japanese hatarakimono / はたらきもの Japanese hard worker; hardworking person


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Japanese doryokuka / どりょくか Japanese hard worker; hardworking person


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Japanese benkyounesshin / benkyonesshin / べんきょうねっしん Japanese (adjectival noun) hardworking; studious



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Mandarin qín jiǎn wù shí / qin2 jian3 wu4 shi2
Taiwan ch`in chien wu shih / chin chien wu shih
Chinese hardworking, thrifty and pragmatic



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Mandarin qín jiǎn chí jiā / qin2 jian3 chi2 jia1
Taiwan ch`in chien ch`ih chia / chin chien chih chia
Chinese hardworking and thrifty in running one's household



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Mandarin qín jiǎn pǔ shí / qin2 jian3 pu3 shi2
Taiwan ch`in chien p`u shih / chin chien pu shih
Chinese hardworking, thrifty, plain, and honest (idiom)



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Mandarin qín jiǎn pǔ sù / qin2 jian3 pu3 su4
Taiwan ch`in chien p`u su / chin chien pu su
Chinese hardworking, thrifty, plain, and simple (idiom)



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Mandarin chī kǔ nài láo / chi1 ku3 nai4 lao2
Taiwan ch`ih k`u nai lao / chih ku nai lao
Chinese hardworking and enduring hardships (idiom)



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Mandarin jiān kǔ pǔ sù / jian1 ku3 pu3 su4
Taiwan chien k`u p`u su / chien ku pu su
Chinese leading a plain, hardworking life (idiom)


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Japanese mamemameshii / mamemameshi / まめまめしい Japanese (adjective) (kana only) hardworking; painstaking; diligent; conscientious; sincere


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Mandarin rì chū ér zuò , rì rù ér xī / ri4 chu1 er2 zuo4 , ri4 ru4 er2 xi1
Taiwan jih ch`u erh tso , jih ju erh hsi / jih chu erh tso , jih ju erh hsi
Chinese lit. to get up at sunrise and work until sunset (proverb); fig. to lead a plain and hardworking life

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Lookup Hardworking in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Diligencekinqín / qin2 / qinch`in / chin
Always with a Book in Hand手不釋卷
shǒu bù shì juàn
shou3 bu4 shi4 juan4
shou bu shi juan
shou pu shih chüan
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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