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Light / Bright / Shine

China guāng
Japan hikari
Light / Bright / Shine

光 is the simplest way to express "light" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean ray or bright. Chinese tend to use a two-character word for light/bright, so this character is probably best if your audience is Japanese. Also, when pronounced Rei, this can be a Japanese female given name.


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Pronunciation
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Mandarin guāng / guang1
Taiwan kuang
Japanese hikari / ひかり
Chinese light; ray; CL:道[dao4]; bright; only; merely; to use up
Japanese light; (female given name) Rei; (female given name) Ruka; (female given name) Mitsuru; (personal name) Mitsumune; (personal name) Mitsutsugu; (personal name) Mitsuji; (personal name) Mitsushi; (surname) Mitsuzaki; (female given name) Mitsu; (given name) Hiroshi; (surname, female given name) Hikaru; (surname) Hikarizaki; (p,s,f) Hikari; (given name) Teru; (female given name) Tekari; (female given name) Sakae; (personal name) Kousou; (personal name) Kouji
光明 prabha, light, brightness, splendour, to illuminate.
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Mandarin zhào / zhao4
Taiwan chao
Chinese variant of 照[zhao4]; to shine; to illuminate; surname Zhao
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Mandarin zhào / zhao4
Taiwan chao
Japanese hikaru / ひかる    nobu / のぶ    terusaki / てるさき    teruko / てるこ    teru / てる    terasu / てらす    terashi / てらし    shouhachi / shohachi / しょうはち    shouji / shoji / しょうじ    shou / sho / しょう    katsumi / かつみ    katsuhata / かつはた    katsutoshi / かつとし    katsushige / かつしげ    katsuo / かつお    akira / あきら    aki / あき
Chinese according to; in accordance with; to shine; to illuminate; to reflect; to look at (one's reflection); to take (a photo); photo; as requested; as before
Japanese (given name) Hikaru; (given name) Nobu; (surname) Terusaki; (female given name) Teruko; (female given name) Teru; (given name) Terasu; (surname, given name) Terashi; (personal name) Shouhachi; (personal name) Shouji; (surname, given name) Shou; (personal name) Katsumi; (personal name) Katsuhata; (personal name) Katsutoshi; (personal name) Katsushige; (personal name) Katsuo; (given name) Akira; (personal name) Aki
To shine, illumine; to superintend; a dispatch, pass; as, according to; to illumine

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Mandarin zhú / zhu2
Taiwan chu
Japanese shoku / しょく
Chinese candle; (literary) to illuminate
Japanese (1) light; lamp; (n,n-suf) (2) obsolete unit of luminous intensity (approx. 1.0067 candela); (personal name) Shiki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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二光

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Mandarin èr guāng / er4 guang1
Taiwan erh kuang
Japanese nikō
The dual lights, i.e. 色光 the halo from a Buddha's body and 心光 the light from his mind. Also 常光 the constant halo from the bodies of Buddhas and 神通光 the supernatural light sent out by a Buddha (e.g. from between his eyebrows) to illuminate a distant world; two lights

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六慧

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Mandarin liù huì / liu4 hui4
Taiwan liu hui
Japanese rokue
The six kinds of wisdom. Each is allotted seriatim to one of the six positions 六位 q. v. (1) 聞慧 the wisdom of hearing and apprehending the truth of the middle way is associated with the 十住; (2) 思慧 of thought with the 十行; (3) 修慧 of observance with the 十廻向; (4) 無相慧 of either extreme, or the mean, with the 十地; (5) 照寂慧 of understanding of nirvana with 等覺慧; (6) 寂照慧 of making nirvana illuminate all beings associated with 佛果 Buddha-fruition. They are a 別教 Differentiated School series and all are associated with 中道 the school of the 中 or middle way.

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挑明

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Mandarin tiǎo míng / tiao3 ming2
Taiwan t`iao ming / tiao ming
Chinese to illuminate; to open up (a topic)

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照亮

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Mandarin zhào liàng / zhao4 liang4
Taiwan chao liang
Japanese teruaki / てるあき    akisuke / あきすけ
Chinese to illuminate; to light up; lighting
Japanese (personal name) Teruaki; (personal name) Akisuke

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照映

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Mandarin zhào yìng / zhao4 ying4
Taiwan chao ying
Japanese shouei / shoe / しょうえい
Chinese to shine; to illuminate
Japanese (noun/participle) portrait; (personal name) Terue; (given name) Teruaki; (personal name) Akie

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照耀

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Mandarin zhào yào / zhao4 yao4
Taiwan chao yao
Japanese shōyō
Chinese to shine; to illuminate
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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遮照

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Mandarin zhē zhào / zhe1 zhao4
Taiwan che chao
Japanese shashō
To suppress or to reveal (or illuminate); destructive or constructive; to negate or to affirm; refuting and establishing

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點亮

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Mandarin diǎn liàng / dian3 liang4
Taiwan tien liang
Chinese to illuminate; to turn on the lights; to light (a blaze)

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尾儞也

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Mandarin wěi nǐ yě / wei3 ni3 ye3
Taiwan wei ni yeh
Japanese biniya
vibhā, to shine, illuminate, tr, by 明, a name for the Shingon sect 眞言 because of its power to dispel the darkness of delusion; (Skt. vibhā)

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照らす

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Japanese terasu / てらす Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to shine on; to illuminate; (2) to compare (with); to refer to

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射し込む

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Japanese sashikomu / さしこむ Japanese (v5m,vi) (See 差し込む・さしこむ・3) to shine in (light); to illuminate

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花明かり

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Japanese hanaakari / hanakari / はなあかり Japanese the brilliance of cherry blossoms which illuminate the evening

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照らし出す

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Japanese terashidasu / てらしだす Japanese (transitive verb) to illuminate; to shine a light on; to light up

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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
Light
Bright
Shine
hikariguāng / guang1 / guangkuang



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