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天皇 is the title for the Emperor of Japan.
This title is used in China, Korea, and Japan with referring specifically to the Emperor of Japan.
This was a sort of motto or proverb invoked by William Clark, after being hired by the Emperor of Japan in 1876 to establish a university in Hokkaido, Japan.
This phrase is famous across all generations of Japan since that time.
More about William S. Clark's adventures in Japan.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
日 is the word for sun. It also means day, and can refer to the day of the month when expressing the date.
Example: October 1st would be "10 Moons, 1 Sun".
日 is also the first Kanji for the title of Japan (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja). Thus, this character is used as an adjective for things that are Japanese.
Ever heard of Japan being called, "The land of the rising sun"? Well, that's what the full title of Japan means.
Depending on context, this character can mean Sunshine or Sunlight.
Note: In Japanese, this Kanji has a variety of possible pronunciations. The pronunciation changed depending on context and how this Kanji is combined with other Kanji. When used alone, this is usually "hi" (pronounced like "hee") but sometimes it’s "nichi." When combined, it can be "tsu," "ni," "ka," and a few others.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Japan||日本||nippon / nihon|
nipon / nihon
nipon / nihon
|rì běn / ri4 ben3 / ri ben / riben||jih pen / jihpen|
|Emperor of Japan||天皇||ten nou / tennou / ten no / tenno||tiān huáng|
|yà zhōu / ya4 zhou1 / ya zhou / yazhou||ya chou / yachou|
|亜細亜||a ji a / ajia|
|Boys be Ambitious||少年よ大志を抱け||shou nen yo tai shi o ida ke|
sho nen yo tai shi o ida ke
|日||hi / nichi||rì / ri4 / ri||jih|
|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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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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