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Lamp / Lantern

China dēng
Japan tou
Lamp / Lantern Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese character, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja means lamp, light, or lantern.

This can also be the Japanese female given name Hikaru.

In Buddhist context, this is used to express the Sanskrit word, dīpa (same meaning of a lamp or lantern).

Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll

A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:

You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon but as for you, I see not a trace.

The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb, 破鏡重圓, is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce) but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin dēng / deng1
Taiwan teng
Japanese tō / ひかる
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese lamp; light; lantern; CL:盞|盏[zhan3]
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) light; lamp; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for electric lights; (female given name) Hikaru
dīpa, a lamp, lantern; cf. 然燈 12.

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Mandarin pén / pen2
Taiwan p`en / pen
Japanese bon / ぼん
Chinese basin; flower pot; unit of volume equal to 12 斗[dou3] and 8 升[sheng1], approx 128 liters; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) tray; (2) family; household; (3) (abbreviation) (See 盂蘭盆) O-Bon; Bon Festival; Lantern Festival; Festival of the Dead; (personal name) Suezawa
Bowl, basin, tub; bowl


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Japanese obon / おぼん Japanese (1) O-Bon; Bon Festival; Lantern Festival; Festival of the Dead; (2) tray


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Japanese mandou / mando / まんどう Japanese Buddhist lantern festival; (surname) Mandou


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Mandarin zhōng yuán / zhong1 yuan2
Taiwan chung yüan
Japanese chūgen / ちゅうげん
Chinese Ghost Festival on 15th day of 7th lunar month when offerings are made to the deceased
Japanese (1) (See 于蘭盆) 15th day of the 7th lunar month; (last day of) Bon lantern festival; (2) (See お中元) mid-year gift; summer gift; Bon Festival gifts; (surname) Nakamoto
The fifteenth of the seventh moon; see 孟蘭盆; fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month


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Japanese chuudai / chudai / ちゅうだい Japanese (1) (obscure) exact center of the Garbhadhatu mandala; (2) platform upon which the fire is lit in a stone lantern; (place-name, surname) Nakadai


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Mandarin yuán yè / yuan2 ye4
Taiwan yüan yeh
Chinese Lantern Festival; night of 15th of first lunar month; see also 元宵[yuan2 xiao1]


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Mandarin yuán xiāo / yuan2 xiao1
Taiwan yüan hsiao
Japanese genshou / gensho / げんしょう
Chinese Lantern Festival; night of the 15th of the first lunar month; see also 元夜[yuan2 ye4]; sticky rice dumplings
Japanese night of the 15th day of the first month in the lunar calendar


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Mandarin bā fāng / ba1 fang1
Taiwan pa fang
Japanese hachihō / はっぽう
Chinese the eight points of the compass; all directions
Japanese (1) all sides; the four cardinal directions and the four ordinal directions; (2) (See 八方行灯) large hanging lantern; (surname) Yakata
lit. eight directions


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Japanese hachiken / はちけん Japanese (See 釣り行灯,八方・2) large hanging paper lantern; (surname) Hachima



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Mandarin bīng dēng / bing1 deng1
Taiwan ping teng
Chinese ice lantern



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Mandarin tiān dēng / tian1 deng1
Taiwan t`ien teng / tien teng
Chinese sky lantern (miniature hot-air balloon used during festivals)


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Japanese houtou / hoto / ほうとう Japanese (noun/participle) votive lantern


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Japanese gentou / gento / げんとう Japanese slide projector; magic lantern



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Mandarin huàn dēng / huan4 deng1
Taiwan huan teng
Japanese gentou / gento / げんとう
Chinese lantern slides
Japanese (out-dated kanji) slide projector; magic lantern


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Japanese yumihari / ゆみはり Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) stringing a bow; person who strings bows; (2) (abbreviation) crescent moon; (3) (abbreviation) paper lantern with a bow-shaped handle; (surname) Yumihari


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Japanese obon / おぼん Japanese (1) O-Bon; Bon Festival; Lantern Festival; Festival of the Dead; (2) tray



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Mandarin tiǎo dēng / tiao3 deng1
Taiwan t`iao teng / tiao teng
Chinese to light a lamp; to raise a lantern


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Japanese kaitomoshi / かいともし Japanese (See 釣り灯籠) lantern hanging from the eaves of a temple or shrine


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Japanese chouchin / chochin / ちょうちん Japanese paper lantern; Chinese lantern; Japanese lantern



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Mandarin tí dēng / ti2 deng1
Taiwan t`i teng / ti teng
Japanese chouchin / chochin / ちょうちん
Chinese a portable lamp
Japanese paper lantern; Chinese lantern; Japanese lantern



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Mandarin shuǐ dēng / shui3 deng1
Taiwan shui teng
Japanese suitō
The water-lantern festival in the seventh month; water lantern



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Mandarin tāng yuán / tang1 yuan2
Taiwan t`ang yüan / tang yüan
Japanese tanyuen / タンユエン    tanyuェn / タンユェン    tanen / タンエン
Chinese boiled balls of glutinous rice flour, eaten during the Lantern Festival
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (food term) tangyuan; tang yuan; Chinese dumplings made from glutinous rice flour


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Japanese gatou / gato / がとう    katou / kato / かとう Japanese pottery lantern (curved conical shape)


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Japanese hibukuro / ひぶくろ Japanese (See 灯篭) fire box in traditional Japanese lantern



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Mandarin huǒ tóu / huo3 tou2
Taiwan huo t`ou / huo tou
Japanese kazu / がとう
Japanese pottery lantern (curved conical shape)
A monastery cook; lamp handler


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Japanese toutai / totai / とうたい Japanese theatrical light; instrument (US theatre light); lantern (UK theatre light); stage light


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Japanese tourou / toro / とうろう Japanese garden lantern; hanging lantern


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Japanese tourou / toro / とうろう Japanese garden lantern; hanging lantern



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Mandarin dēng guāng / deng1 guang1
Taiwan teng kuang
Japanese tōkō
Chinese (stage) lighting; light
The light of a lamp; lantern light; lamp light

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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

tou / todēng / deng1 / dengteng
Broken Mirror Rejoined破鏡重圓
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
po ching chung yüan
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