Not what you want?

Try other similar-meaning words, fewer words, or just one word.

Enter your email below, and get an automatic notice when results for Lantern are added or updated...


Lantern in Chinese / Japanese...

Buy a Lantern calligraphy wall scroll here!

Personalize your custom “Lantern” project by clicking the button next to your favorite “Lantern” title below...

Lamp / Lantern

Lamp / Lantern 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
pò jìng chóng yuán
Broken Mirror Rejoined 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.

This in-stock artwork might be what you are looking for, and ships right away...

Gallery Price: $67.00

Your Price: $36.88

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
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.

Not the results for lantern that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your lantern search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

see styles
dēng / deng1
 tō / ひかる
Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll
lamp; light; lantern; CL:盞|盏[zhan3]
(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.

see styles
pén / pen2
p`en / pen
 bon / ぼん
basin; flower pot; unit of volume equal to 12 斗[dou3] and 8 升[sheng1], approx 128 liters; CL:個|个[ge4]
(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


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


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


see styles
zhōng yuán / zhong1 yuan2
chung yüan
 chuugen / chugen / ちゅうげん
Ghost Festival on 15th day of 7th lunar month when offerings are made to the deceased
(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


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


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


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


see styles
bā fāng / ba1 fang1
pa fang
 happou / happo / はっぽう
the eight points of the compass; all directions
(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


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



see styles
bīng dēng / bing1 deng1
ping teng
ice lantern



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


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


see styles
 gentou / gento / げんとう slide projector; magic lantern



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


see styles
 yumihari / ゆみはり (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


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



see styles
tiǎo dēng / tiao3 deng1
t`iao teng / tiao teng
to light a lamp; to raise a lantern


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


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



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



see styles
shuǐ dēng / shui3 deng1
shui teng
The water-lantern festival in the seventh month; water lantern



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


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


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



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


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


see styles
 tourou / toro / とうろう garden lantern; hanging lantern


see styles
 tourou / toro / とうろう garden lantern; hanging lantern



see styles
dēng guāng / deng1 guang1
teng kuang
(stage) lighting; light
The light of a lamp; lantern light; lamp light

Many custom options...

Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll
Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll
Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll
Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll

And formats...

Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Portrait
Broken Mirror Rejoined Horizontal Wall Scroll
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Portrait

Lookup Lantern in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

AdventureAikidoAkumaBeautiful WomanDesireEnduranceEnsoGrahamHernandezJohnKarlaKyokushinkaiMargaretMohammadPeaceful WarriorPierreReneRespect HonorSarahShuangSoniaTeacherTranquilityWill of IronWill1Wing Chun Fist

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as Lantern Kanji, Lantern Characters, Lantern in Mandarin Chinese, Lantern Characters, Lantern in Chinese Writing, Lantern in Japanese Writing, Lantern in Asian Writing, Lantern Ideograms, Chinese Lantern symbols, Lantern Hieroglyphics, Lantern Glyphs, Lantern in Chinese Letters, Lantern Hanzi, Lantern in Japanese Kanji, Lantern Pictograms, Lantern in the Chinese Written-Language, or Lantern in the Japanese Written-Language.

25 people have searched for Lantern in Chinese or Japanese in the past year.
Lantern was last searched for by someone else on Oct 5th, 2019