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幻像 is a universal word for Illusion in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first character means phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition, or fantasy.
The second character means statue, picture, image, figure, portrait, shape, form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem, or in rare/ancient context: an elephant.
Note that the first character can be written without the left-side radical in Chinese. This form is shown to the right. Both forms are acceptable in Chinese but the character shown to the right is more likely to be read as "elephant."
See Also: Reality
幻想 is illusions or fantasy in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This can also refer to delusion or daydreaming. It sort of means a dream or idea that cannot be true or real ( at least not in this realm).
夢 is the very simple word for dreams in Chinese and Japanese.
It can also mean having a vision or simply an illusion.
迷 is one of those characters that can mean a lot of different things depending on context. When written alone, as a single character on a wall scroll, it opens up the possibilities and allows you to decide what it means to you.
The key definition is “to be lost.” This could be physically or mentally lost. It can be someone lost in their thoughts, lost in an ocean, or just confused about where they are. The reason for the confused state may be due to internal or external reasons.
Here are some entries from various Asian dictionaries...
Chinese: lost, confused, bewilder, crazy about, fan, enthusiast, mystery.
Japanese: lost, astray, perplexed, in doubt, err, illusion.
Korean: lost, bewildered, fascinated, deluded.
夢想 is the two-character version of dream or dreaming, which can mean “to dream of [something],” vision, imagine, or reverie.
Be careful, as, in some contexts, it can mean dreaming of something in vain.
鏡花水月 is an old Asian proverb that means “flowers in a mirror and the moon reflected in the lake” or “flowers reflected on a mirror and the moon reflected on the water's surface.”
Literally, 鏡花水月 reads “Mirror Flower, Water Moon.”
Figuratively this can be used to represent a lot of different ideas. It can be used to express an unrealistic rosy view or viewing things through rose-tinted spectacles. So you can use it to relay an idea about something that is visible but has no substance, something that can be seen but not touched, or something beautiful but unattainable such as dreams or a mirage.
This expression is used to describe things like the subtle and profound beauty of poems that cannot be described in words.
鏡 = Mirror (or lens)
花 = Flower(s)
水 = Water
月 = Moon
Can also be written 水月鏡花 (just a slight change in word/character order).
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
幻像 / 幻象
|gen zou / genzou / gen zo||huàn xiàng|
|Reality and Illusion||現実と幻想||gen jitsu to gen sou|
gen jitsu to gen so
|Reality and Illusion||真妄||zhēn wàng|
|幻想||gensou / genso||huàn xiǎng|
|Life Is But A Dream||人生如夢|
|rén shēng rú mèng|
ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
ren sheng ru meng
|jen sheng ju meng
|yume||mèng / meng4 / meng|
Dazed and Confused
|迷||mei||mí / mi2 / mi|
|mu sou / musou / mu so||mèng xiǎng|
|Flower in the Mirror, Moon on Water||鏡花水月|
|kyou ka sui getsu|
kyo ka sui getsu
|jìng huā shuǐ yuè|
jing4 hua1 shui3 yue4
jing hua shui yue
|ching hua shui yüeh
|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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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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