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Harsh in Chinese / Japanese...

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You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness
China bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
You must endure a harsh winter / to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.

Fierce

Japan ara ara shii / ararashi
Fierce Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means fierce.

This can also be translated as rough, wild, rude, harsh, gruff, or violent, depending on context.


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

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

荒荒しい

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Japanese araarashii / ararashi / あらあらしい
Fierce Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (adjective) rough; wild; rude; harsh; gruff; violent

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Mandarin jun / jun4
Taiwan chün
Japanese taruoka / たるおか    takeshi / たけし    takashi / たかし    shunji / しゅんじ    shunkitsu / しゅんきつ    shun / しゅん
Chinese (of mountains) high; harsh or severe
Japanese (surname) Taruoka; (given name) Takeshi; (male given name) Takashi; (personal name) Shunji; (personal name) Shunkitsu; (female given name) Shun


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Mandarin xiǎn / xian3
Taiwan hsien
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese precipitous; rugged
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) steepness; steep place; (2) harsh (look); sharp (tongue)
dangerous


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Mandarin hèng // héng / heng4 // heng2
Taiwan heng
Japanese kō
Chinese harsh and unreasonable; unexpected; horizontal; across; (horizontal character stroke)
A crossbar, crosswise, athwart, across, perverse, arrogant; unexpected, i.e. lucky or unlucky; sideways

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Mandarin è / e4
Taiwan o
Chinese harsh; forbidding

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Mandarin/ ku4
Taiwan k`u / ku
Japanese koku / こく
Chinese ruthless; strong (e.g. of wine); (loanword) cool; hip
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) severe; harsh; stringent; rigorous; strict; unfair

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Mandarin xiǎn / xian3
Taiwan hsien
Japanese saga / さが    ken / けん
Chinese Japanese variant of 險|险
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (archaism) precipitous; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) steepness; steep place; (2) harsh (look); sharp (tongue); (personal name) Sachio

アク

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Japanese aku / アク Japanese (1) (kana only) lye; (2) (kana only) harsh taste; astringency; (3) (kana only) scum (formed when cooking some foods); (4) (kana only) (excessive) strength of will

冷話


冷话

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Mandarin lěng huà / leng3 hua4
Taiwan leng hua
Chinese harsh words; sarcasm; bitter remarks

冷面

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Mandarin lěng miàn / leng3 mian4
Taiwan leng mien
Chinese grim; stern; harsh

刳い

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Japanese egui / えぐい Japanese (adjective) (1) (kana only) harsh; acrid; pungent; astringent; (2) strong-minded; heartless; inconsiderate; (adj-i,int) (3) (kana only) (slang) nasty; gross; (4) (kana only) (slang) amazing

刺眼

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Mandarin cì yǎn / ci4 yan3
Taiwan tz`u yen / tzu yen
Chinese to dazzle; to offend the eyes; dazzling; harsh (light); crude (colors); unsightly

刻薄

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Mandarin kè bó / ke4 bo2
Taiwan k`o po / ko po
Japanese kokuhaku / こくはく
Chinese unkind; harsh; cutting; mean; acrimony; to embezzle by making illegal deductions
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) cruel; inhumane; callous; brutal

厳粛

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Japanese genshuku / げんしゅく Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) grave; solemn; serious; (2) harsh (e.g. truth); hard; strict

嘴損


嘴损

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Mandarin zuǐ sǔn / zui3 sun3
Taiwan tsui sun
Chinese (dialect) sharp-tongued; harsh

嚥住


咽住

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Mandarin yàn zhù / yan4 zhu4
Taiwan yen chu
Chinese to suppress (a sob, harsh words etc)

嚴苛


严苛

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Mandarin yán kē / yan2 ke1
Taiwan yen k`o / yen ko
Chinese severe; harsh

嚴酷


严酷

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Mandarin yán kù / yan2 ku4
Taiwan yen k`u / yen ku
Chinese bitter; harsh; grim; ruthless; severe; cut-throat (competition)

奇峭

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Japanese kishou / kisho / きしょう Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (archaism) steep; precipitous; (2) (archaism) harsh (personality)

寂寞

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Mandarin jì mò / ji4 mo4
Taiwan chi mo
Japanese sekibaku / せきばく    jakumaku / じゃくまく
Chinese lonely; lonesome; (of a place) quiet; silent
Japanese (1) loneliness; desolation; (adj-t,adv-to,adj-no) (2) lonely; lonesome; dreary; desolate; deserted; (3) harsh (words); cutting (criticism); (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (4) to separate in thought; to consider as independent
quiescent

寂莫

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Japanese sekibaku / せきばく    jakumaku / じゃくまく Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (1) loneliness; desolation; (adj-t,adv-to,adj-no) (2) lonely; lonesome; dreary; desolate; deserted; (3) harsh (words); cutting (criticism); (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (4) to separate in thought; to consider as independent

尖酸

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Mandarin jiān suān / jian1 suan1
Taiwan chien suan
Chinese harsh; scathing; acid (remarks)

渋い

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Japanese shibui / しぶい Japanese (adjective) (1) astringent; bitter; puckery; rough; harsh; tart; (2) austere; elegant (and unobtrusive); refined; quiet (and simple); sober; sombre; subdued; tasteful (in a quiet way); understated; (3) sour (look); glum; grim; sullen; sulky; (4) stingy; tight-fisted

澁い

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Japanese shibui / しぶい Japanese (out-dated kanji) (adjective) (1) astringent; bitter; puckery; rough; harsh; tart; (2) austere; elegant (and unobtrusive); refined; quiet (and simple); sober; sombre; subdued; tasteful (in a quiet way); understated; (3) sour (look); glum; grim; sullen; sulky; (4) stingy; tight-fisted

激語

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Japanese gekigo / げきご Japanese (noun/participle) harsh language

灰汁

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Japanese aku(gikun);aku / あく(gikun);アク Japanese (1) (kana only) lye; (2) (kana only) harsh taste; astringency; (3) (kana only) scum (formed when cooking some foods); (4) (kana only) (also written incorrectly as 悪) (excessive) strength of will

生硬

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Mandarin shēng yìng / sheng1 ying4
Taiwan sheng ying
Japanese seikou / seko / せいこう
Chinese stiff; harsh
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) crude; immature; unpolished

痛棒

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Japanese tsuubou / tsubo / つうぼう Japanese (1) severe attack; bitter (harsh) criticism; (2) stick used to strike inattentive Zen meditators

痛言

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Japanese tsuugen / tsugen / つうげん Japanese (noun/participle) cutting remark; biting (scathing, bitter) criticism; harsh words

肅殺


肃杀

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Mandarin sù shā / su4 sha1
Taiwan su sha
Chinese austere; stern; harsh; somber and desolate (autumn or winter)

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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
You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime
不經冬寒不知春暖
不经冬寒不知春暖
bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
Fierce荒荒しいara ara shii / ararashi
araarashii / ararashi
ara ara shi / ararashi
araarashi/ararashi
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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