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Honorable Death - No Surrender

 gyokusai shugi
Honorable Death - No Surrender Scroll

This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as “The principle of honorable death and no surrender,” or simply “No surrender.”

If you directly translate this, you get something that means “Doctrine of suicide,” or “Ideology of honorable death.”

玉砕主義 is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

 xìn yì
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty Scroll

信義 is a word often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation.

Simply put, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity, and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced “Nobuyoshi.”

Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

 cāo shǒu
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor Scroll

操守 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor/honour.

The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honor, and/or faith.

The second character means to defend, guard, keep watch, and be observant.

So, this is about being observant of and guarding your integrity and honor.


(Modern Japanese version)

 míng yù
Honor Scroll

名譽 is a version of honor that is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation.

It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions - see our other “honor” listing for that).

譽 Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. You can make a special request for the traditional second character as shown to the right (just click on that character to the right of you want to order that version). Before WWII, both Japan and China used the traditional form but modern Japanese and Chinese use this simplified form. Koreans still use the traditional form when they are not writing in their modern Hangul glyphs.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

 kè jǐ fèng gōng
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good Scroll

克己奉公 is a Chinese proverb that is often used to express how one should act as a government official. Most of us wish our public officials would hold themselves to higher standards. I wish I could send this scroll, along with the meaning to every member of Congress, and the President (or if I was from the UK, all the members of Parliament, and the PM)

This can also mean: “Place Strict Standards on Oneself in Public Service.”
The story behind this ancient Chinese idiom:
Cai Zun was born in China a little over 2000 years ago. In 24 AD, he joined an uprising led by Liu Xiu, who later became the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Later, the new emperor put Cai Zun in charge of the military court. Cai Zun exercised his power in strict accordance with military law, regardless of the offender's rank or background. He even ordered the execution of one of the emperor's close servants after the servant committed a serious crime.

Cai Zun led a simple life but put great demands on himself to do all things honorably. The emperor rewarded him for his honest character and honorable nature by promoting him to the rank of General and granting him the title of Marquis.

Whenever Cai Zun would receive an award, he would give credit to his men and share the reward with them.
Cai Zun was always praised by historians who found many examples of his selfless acts that served the public interest.
Sometime long ago in history, people began to refer to Cai Zun as “ke ji feng gong.”

See Also:  Unselfish | Selflessness | Altruism

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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chéng shí
    cheng2 shi2
ch`eng shih
    cheng shih
honest; honesty; honorable; truthful


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qīng tiān
    qing1 tian1
ch`ing t`ien
    ching tien

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Clear Blue Sky
clear sky; blue sky; upright and honorable (official)
blue sky; (personal name) Harutaka


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Honorable Death - No Surrender
the principle of honorable death and no surrender

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public; collectively owned; common; international (e.g. high seas, metric system, calendar); make public; fair; just; Duke, highest of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; honorable (gentlemen); father-in-law; male (animal)
(1) (See 私) public affair; government matter; the state; the government; the public; (n,n-suf) (2) duke; prince; (suffix) (3) (after the name of a high-ranking person) Sir; Lord; (suffix) (4) (after a person, animal, etc.) familiar or derogatory suffix; (given name) Hiromu
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair; public

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lapel; overlap of Chinese gown; fig. bosom (the seat of emotions); to cherish (ambition, desires, honorable intentions etc) in one's bosom
(1) collar; lapel; neckband; neck; (2) nape of the neck; scruff of the neck; (female given name) Eri


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lìng dì
    ling4 di4
ling ti
 reitei / rete
honorable little brother
your younger brother



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lìng yù
    ling4 yu4
ling yü
honorable reputation


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jiā zuò
    jia1 zuo4
chia tso
masterpiece; fine piece of writing
(1) good piece of work; (2) (abbreviation) honourable mention (honorable); (personal name) Yoshisaku


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kě zūn
    ke3 zun1
k`o tsun
    ko tsun



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zūn guì
    zun1 gui4
tsun kuei
respected; respectable; honorable
(noun or adjectival noun) noble (person)
尊重 Honoured, honourable; to honour; honorable



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zūn yán
    zun1 yan2
tsun yen
(your) honorable countenance; (your) honorable countenance


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 eishoku / eshoku
honorable post; honourable post



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róng yù
    rong2 yu4
jung yü
 eiyo / eyo
honor; credit; glory; (honorable) reputation; honorary
(personal name) Eiyo



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zhèng jīng
    zheng4 jing1
cheng ching
 shō kyō
decent; honorable; proper; serious; according to standards
an orthodox scripture


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fǎ shāng
    fa3 shang1
fa shang
"legal quotient" (LQ), a measure of one's awareness and knowledge of the law and one's standard of honorable conduct


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qīng zhèng
    qing1 zheng4
ch`ing cheng
    ching cheng
upright and honorable
(given name) Chonjon


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qīng liú
    qing1 liu2
ch`ing liu
    ching liu
 seiryuu / seryu
clean flowing water; (fig.) (literary) honorable person, untainted by association with disreputable influences; scholars who (in former times) kept themselves aloof from the corrupting influence of those in power
(See 濁流) clear stream; (place-name, surname) Seiryū



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qīng pín
    qing1 pin2
ch`ing p`in
    ching pin
 seihin / sehin
poor but upright; destitute
honourable poverty; honorable poverty


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(n,vs,adj-no) honourable defeat; honorable defeat; honourable death; honorable death; death without surrender


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(n,vs,adj-no) (1) honourable defeat; honorable defeat; honourable death; honorable death; death without surrender; (2) (colloquialism) trying but being utterly beaten; being completely rejected when professing one's love


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 reiguu / regu
(noun, transitive verb) courteous reception; honorable treatment; honourable treatment


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zhì zūn
    zhi4 zun1
chih tsun
 shison; shiison(ok) / shison; shison(ok)
    しそん; しいそん(ok)
the most honorable; the most respected; supreme; (archaic) the emperor
(1) extreme reverence; deeply revered person; (2) the Emperor


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 shoujou / shojo
honorable certificate; honourable certificate



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tǐ miàn
    ti3 mian4
t`i mien
    ti mien
dignity; face (as in "losing face"); honorable; creditable; (of sb's appearance) presentable; respectable
See: 体面


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 goryoushin / goryoshin
your (honorable, honourable) parents


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 shoureishou / shoresho
encouragement award; honorable mention (award); honourable mention


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 goryoushin / goryoshin
your (honorable, honourable) parents



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róng rǔ guān
    rong2 ru3 guan1
jung ju kuan
precepts regarding what is honorable and what is shameful (in particular, refers to the Socialist Concepts on Honors and Disgraces, PRC official moral principles promulgated from 2006); abbr. for 社會主義榮辱觀|社会主义荣辱观; also known as the Eight Honors and Eight Shames 八榮八恥|八荣八耻[Ba1 Rong2 Ba1 Chi3]


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(honorific or respectful language) esteemed university; honorable university


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bù kuì bù zuò
    bu4 kui4 bu4 zuo4
pu k`uei pu tso
    pu kuei pu tso
no shame, no subterfuge (idiom); just and honorable; upright and above board

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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
Honorable Death - No Surrender玉砕主義gyokusai shugi
shingixìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyihsin i / hsini
Personal Integrity
操守soushu / soshucāo shǒu / cao1 shou3 / cao shou / caoshouts`ao shou / tsaoshou / tsao shou
meiyomíng yù / ming2 yu4 / ming yu / mingyuming yü / mingyü
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good克己奉公kè jǐ fèng gōng
ke4 ji3 feng4 gong1
ke ji feng gong
k`o chi feng kung
ko chi feng kung
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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