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Fragrant Herb / Housou

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.

Bellflower / Herb of Bellflower

jié gěng
ki kyou
Bellflower / Herb of Bellflower Scroll

桔梗 means "Chinese bellflower" in Japanese.

In Chinese, it refers to the "Platycodon grandiflorus" (Platycodon grandiflorum), "balloon flower", or "bellflower".

Please note that in Chinese, this particular 2-character title suggests that you are talking about the medicinal herb derived from the stem of this flower/plant.

Saffron

zàng hóng huā
Saffron Scroll

藏紅花 is the Chinese title for saffron (Crocus sativus).

The most valuable herb or spice, by weight, on earth.

Bellflower

jié gěng huā
ki kyou bana
Bellflower Scroll

桔梗花 means "Chinese bellflower" in Japanese.

Wikipedia Chinese Bellflower In Chinese, it refersto the "Platycodon grandiflorus" (Platycodon grandiflorum), "balloon flower", or "bellflower".

桔梗花 is the three-character version of this title, which clearly suggests that you are talking about the flower, and not the medicinal herb derived from this kind of plant.

chá
cha
Tea Scroll

茶 means tea. It can refer to prepared tea (ready-to-drink) or to dry tea leaves.

The origin of tea is China but the same character is used in Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja with the exact same meaning. Japanese and Korean even borrowed the pronunciation from Chinese (pronounced "cha" in all three languages).

It's said that an early doctor (or herbologist) in ancient China kept poisoning himself as he tried different new herb concoctions. He invented tea as a means to detoxify himself as he recovered from 1 of the 76 times he nearly poisoned himself to death. Tea is seen not just as a drink but as a form of medicine used to remove impurities from the body.

The word "chai" (used in many languages to refer to various teas) is derived from this Chinese word.

茶 also means camellia, as Asian teas are often based on the leaves of camellia plant varieties.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Fragrant Herb
Housou
芳草housou / hoso
Bellflower
Herb of Bellflower
桔梗ki kyou / kikyou / ki kyo / kikyojié gěng / jie2 geng3 / jie geng / jiegengchieh keng / chiehkeng
Saffron藏紅花
藏红花
zàng hóng huā
zang4 hong2 hua1
zang hong hua
zanghonghua
tsang hung hua
tsanghunghua
Bellflower桔梗花ki kyou bana
kikyoubana
ki kyo bana
kikyobana
jié gěng huā
jie2 geng3 hua1
jie geng hua
jiegenghua
chieh keng hua
chiehkenghua
Teachachá / cha2 / chach`a / cha
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

芳草

see styles
 housou / hoso / ほうそう
Tea Scroll
fragrant herb; (given name) Housou

アンジェリカ

see styles
 anjerika / アンジェリカ
Tea Scroll
angelica (any herb of the genus Angelica, esp. garden angelica, Angelica archangelica); (female given name) Angelica; Anjelica; Anjerika


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cǎo / cao3
ts`ao / tsao
 takakusa / たかくさ
variant of 草[cao3]
(1) kanji "grass radical" (radical 140); (2) grass crown; (out-dated kanji) (1) grass; weed; herb; thatch; (2) (archaism) ninja; (prefix) (3) not genuine; substandard; (surname) Takakusa

see styles
suī / sui1
sui
a kind of medicinal herb

see styles
/ qi4
ch`i / chi
a kind of aromatic herb (old)

see styles
/ fu2
fu
plantain herb (Plantago); Taiwan pr. [fou2]

see styles
/ ba1
pa
 hana / はな
a herb; banana
(female given name) Hana

see styles
/ li4
li
 oro / おろ
(herb); pigsty
(surname) Oro

see styles
xún / xun2
hsün
 jun / じゅん
herb (old)
(surname) Jun

see styles
/ tu2
t`u / tu
 daka
thistle; common sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus); bitter (taste); cruel; flowering grass in profusion
A bitter herb; weeds; to encroach; translit. da, dha, dhya, dhu; bitter herb

see styles
shà / sha4
sha
(auspicious herb)


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hóng / hong2
hung
herb

see styles
guān / guan1
kuan
meaning unknown ("herb mentioned in old books"); Japanese variant of 蔻[kou4], cardamom or nutmeg

see styles
làng / lang4
lang
(herb); place name

see styles
cáo / cao2
ts`ao / tsao
(a kind of herb)

see styles
xuàn / xuan4
hsüan
(herb)

see styles
líng / ling2
ling
withered (plant, herb etc)

see styles
/ bo4
po
 usu / うす
see 薄荷[bo4 he5]
(prefix) light (e.g. colour, color); (surname) Haku
Thin, poor, shabby: to slight, despise; to reach to; the herb mint.


see styles
xiāng / xiang1
hsiang
aromatic herb used for seasoning; variant of 香[xiang1]


see styles
/ qi2
ch`i / chi
(herb); implore; pray; place name


see styles
/ li2
li
red algae; Gracilaria, several species, some edible; Japanese ogonori; arch. used for vanilla-like herb

see styles
/ ji4
chi
a kind of herb (old)

see styles
/ qi2
ch`i / chi
(herb); place name

三七

see styles
sān qī / san1 qi1
san ch`i / san chi
 mina / みな
pseudoginseng (Panax pseudoginseng), hemostatic herb
(female given name) Mina

仙草

see styles
xiān cǎo / xian1 cao3
hsien ts`ao / hsien tsao
 sensou / senso / せんそう
medicinal herb (genus Mesona); grass jelly
(given name) Sensou

埃蕾

see styles
āi lěi / ai1 lei3
ai lei
centaury herb with flowers (TCM); Herba Centaurii altaici cum flore

娑呵

see styles
suō hē / suo1 he1
so ho
 shaka
sahā, a herb in the Himālayas imparting immortality to the finder, v. 娑婆.

当帰

see styles
 touki;touki / toki;toki / とうき;トウキ (1) (kana only) dong dang gui (aromatic herb similar to dong quai, Angelica acutiloba); (2) (obscure) (See 唐当帰) dong quai (aromatic herb used to treat various gynecological symptoms, Angelica sinensis)

木香

see styles
mù xiāng / mu4 xiang1
mu hsiang
 mokukō / もくこお
costus root (medicinal herb); aucklandia; Saussurea costus; Dolomiaea souliei
(surname) Mokukoo
根香; 薰陸香; 多伽羅 tagara. An incense-yielding tree, putchuk; vangueria spinosa or tabernae montana coronaria; Eitel; aromatic tree

洋蘇


洋苏

see styles
yáng sū / yang2 su1
yang su
sage (herb)

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