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Jian4 in Chinese / Japanese...

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Strong / Healthy

jiàn
ken
Strong / Healthy Scroll

This "strong" character is the more "healthy" version of strong. 健 is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.

Beyond "healthy", it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.

jiàn
ken / tsurugi
Sword Scroll

This Character is pronounced "jian" in Chinese. When you say it, imagine that you are making the sound of a sword as it clashes with a metal shield. This might get you closer to the correct pronunciation in Chinese.

I actually wonder if this word came from the metallic ringing sounds of a sword in battle - but such knowledge is lost in history.

The sword is a symbol of a warrior. The one thing that a soldier in ancient China lived and died by. A warrior with his skills and sword proves himself of great value. A warrior who losses his sword instantly becomes worthless.

劍 is an excellent scroll for someone in the military (especially officers of all services - as well as enlisted NCO Marines since they still carry swords even if mainly for ceremonial purposes). Or perhaps someone who practices variations of kung fu or tai chi that involve weapons.

Please note that while this character is understood with the sword meaning in Japanese, you might be looking for the word "katana" which also means sword in Japanese but means "knife" in Chinese.


There are other ways to write sword, and here are a few...
Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese Typical traditional form of sword in Chinese Common Japanese and rare Chinese traditional form of sword Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese Old/Alternative way to write sword in Chinese This one kind of means golden sword in Chinese
If you are particular about the version you receive, please let me know when you place your order (Note: Special styles are only available from one of our master calligraphers).

We have a forum entry that addresses the many ways to write sword. You can find that here: 100 Ways to Write Sword - Deciphering Ancient Seal Script

jiàn
ken
Sword Scroll

剱 is the modern Japanese way to write sword.

This Kanji character comes from original Chinese. This form would also be understood in Chinese (there are often several ways to write the same character) but I suggest this one only if your audience is Japanese (because they've settled on a slightly different form as the standard in China).

In Japanese, this character also means saber/sabre, blade, bayonet, stinger and clock hand (clock hands are the "swords" of the clock).


See Also:  Katana


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Strong
Healthy
kenjiàn / jian4 / jianchien
Sword
ken / tsurugijiàn / jian4 / jianchien
Sword
kenjiàn / jian4 / jianchien
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

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jiàn
    jian4
chien
 ken
    ゆたか
Sword Scroll
healthy; to invigorate; to strengthen; to be good at; to be strong in
(personal name) Yutaka
Sturdy, strong, hard, bold; unwearied; translit. ga, gha.

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 mayaka
    まやか
Sword Scroll
Japanese variant of 劍|剑
sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (1) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (2) bayonet; (3) swordsmanship; (4) stinger; ovipositor; dart; (female given name) Mayaka


see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 ken
    つるぎ
Sword Scroll
double-edged sword; CL:口[kou3],把[ba3]; classifier for blows of a sword
(out-dated kanji) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (out-dated kanji) (1) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (2) bayonet; (3) swordsmanship; (4) stinger; ovipositor; dart
A sword, a two-edged sword.; A sword, two-edged sword; a sword

健康

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jiàn kāng
    jian4 kang1
chien k`ang
    chien kang
 kenkou / kenko
    けんこう
Sword Scroll
health; healthy
(1) health; (adjectival noun) (2) healthy; sound; fit; wholesome; (given name) Takeyasu

健美

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jiàn měi
    jian4 mei3
chien mei
 masami
    まさみ
Sword Scroll
healthy and beautiful; to do fitness exercises; abbr. for 健美運動|健美运动[jian4 mei3 yun4 dong4]
(female given name) Masami

先見


先见

see styles
xiān jiàn
    xian1 jian4
hsien chien
 senken
    せんけん
Sword Scroll
foresight; prescience
(noun/participle) foresight; anticipation; (personal name) Sakimi

再見


再见

see styles
zài jiàn
    zai4 jian4
tsai chien
 shaichen; shaichien
    ツァイチェン; ツァイチエン
Sword Scroll
goodbye; see you again later
(interjection) (kana only) good-bye (chi: zàijiàn); see you

建造

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jiàn zào
    jian4 zao4
chien tsao
 kenzou / kenzo
    けんぞう
Sword Scroll
to construct; to build
(noun/participle) building; construction; (personal name) Takezou

強健


强健

see styles
qiáng jiàn
    qiang2 jian4
ch`iang chien
    chiang chien
 kyouken / kyoken
    きょうけん
Sword Scroll
sturdy
(noun or adjectival noun) robust (health); strong (constitution); sturdy

意見


意见

see styles
jiàn
    yi4 jian4
i chien
 iken
    いけん
Sword Scroll
idea; opinion; suggestion; objection; complaint; CL:點|点[dian3],條|条[tiao2]
(n,vs,adj-no) opinion; view; comment
Thoughts, ideas, concepts, views.

日漸


日渐

see styles
jiàn
    ri4 jian4
jih chien
Sword Scroll
to progress (or increase, change etc) day by day; more (or better etc) with each passing day

正見


正见

see styles
zhèng jiàn
    zheng4 jian4
cheng chien
 shouken / shoken
    しょうけん
{Buddh} (See 八正道) right view; (female given name) Masami
samyag-dṛṣṭi, right views, understanding the four noble truths; the first of the 八正道; 'knowledge of the four noble truths. ' Keith.

見性


见性

see styles
jiàn xìng
    jian4 xing4
chien hsing
 kenshou / kensho
    けんしょう
Sword Scroll
self-awareness; consciousness of one's own character
To behold the Buddha-nature within oneself, a common saying of the Chan (Zen) or Intuitive School; to see the (buddha-)nature

建築師


建筑师

see styles
jiàn zhù shī
    jian4 zhu4 shi1
chien chu shih
Sword Scroll
architect

弓箭手

see styles
gōng jiàn shǒu
    gong1 jian4 shou3
kung chien shou
Sword Scroll
archer


see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
variant of 澗|涧[jian4]

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 ken
    けん
item; component; classifier for events, things, clothes etc
(n,ctr) (1) matter; affair; case; item; subject; (counter) (2) counter for (received) emails, text messages, voicemail messages, etc.; (counter) (3) counter for accounts (on a website, email service, etc.); (female given name) Kudan

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
short; shallow; thin plate

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
to overstep one's authority; to usurp

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
(bound form) to overstep one's authority


see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 tsurugi
    つるぎ
variant of 劍|剑[jian4]
(out-dated kanji) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (out-dated kanji) (1) sword (originally esp. a doubled-edged sword); sabre; saber; blade; (2) bayonet; (3) swordsmanship; (4) stinger; ovipositor; dart; (surname) Tsurugi

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 kon
    やかた
to establish; to found; to set up; to build; to construct
(n,n-suf,n-pref) contract; commitment; (archaism) leader of a fearless tribe; (personal name) Yakata
To found, set up, establish, build.

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 magaki
    まがき
fence; palisade
(surname) Magaki

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
material (such as rocks, earth, bamboo etc) used to hastily repair a dike; (literary) door bar (vertical bar used to prevent the horizontal movement of a door bolt)

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
shuttlecock

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
flowing water; successive


see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 zen
    ぜん
gradual; gradually
gradual progress; (given name) Zen
Gradual, by degrees, to flow little by little; gradually


see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
 kan
    かん
mountain stream
(numeric) 10^36; undecillion; (surname) Uruoi


see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
to splash

see styles
jiàn
    jian4
chien
to arrive (of water)

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