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Life Force

China shēng mìng
Japan seimei / inochi
Life Force Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Korean and Japanese word means "life force" or simply "life."

The first character means "life" or "birth." The second means "life" or "fate." Together they create the meaning of "life force," though some will translate this as "existence" and sometimes "vitality."


See Also:  Vitality | Birth

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
China
Japan ki
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy Vertical Wall Scroll

This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

氣 is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in "life force" or "spiritual energy". It is most often translated as "energy flow," or literally as "air" or "breath". Some people will simply translate this as "spirit" but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice looks like this: 米
Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.
The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like these samples: 氣氣
However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical looks like this: 氣
The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the "flow" of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.

気 The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.


More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also:  Energy | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul

Vitality

China shēng mìng lì
Japan seimeiryoku
Vitality Vertical Wall Scroll

生命力 can mean "vitality" or "libido."

The first two characters mean "life" or "life force." The last character is a common word that means "strength." So together you get the meaning "life strength" which is the essence of vitality.

Some will also translate this word as "good health."


See Also:  Health

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

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin mìng / ming4
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me / めい    inochi / いのち
Vitality Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc
Japanese (1) command; decree; (2) life; (3) destiny; (1) (sometimes written as 生命) (See 生命) life; life force; (2) lifetime; lifespan; (3) most important thing; foundation; core; (4) (archaism) paired tattoos of the "life" kanji on the upper arms of a man and woman (indicating unwavering love); (5) (archaism) fate; destiny; karma; (female given name) Mei; (female given name) Mikoto; (given name) Makoto; (surname, female given name) Inochi; (given name) Akira
jīvita . Life, vital, length of life, fate, decree.

生命力

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Mandarin shēng mìng lì / sheng1 ming4 li4
Taiwan sheng ming li
Japanese seimeiryoku / semeryoku / せいめいりょく
Vitality Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese vitality
Japanese vitality; (one's) life force

勢い

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Japanese ikioi / いきおい Japanese (adv,n) (1) force; vigor; vigour; energy; spirit; life; (2) influence; authority; power; might; (3) impetus; momentum; course (of events); (adverbial noun) (4) naturally; necessarily

生意

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Mandarin shēng yi // shēng yì / sheng1 yi5 // sheng1 yi4
Taiwan sheng i // sheng
Japanese shō i
Chinese business; CL:筆|笔[bi3]; life force; vitality
gives rise to thought

生機


生机

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Mandarin shēng jī / sheng1 ji1
Taiwan sheng chi
Chinese opportunity to live; to reprieve from death; life force; vitality

神気

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Japanese shinki / しんき Japanese (1) qi; mysterious life force that makes up everything; (2) spirits; mind; (3) divine atmosphere; mysterious presence; (surname) Kamiki

気血水

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Japanese kikessui / きけっすい Japanese life force, blood, and colourless bodily fluids (three elements that constitute an organism according to traditional Chinese medicine)

生大刀

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Japanese ikutachi / いくたち Japanese (archaism) sword brimming over with life force

浩然の気

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Japanese kouzennoki / kozennoki / こうぜんのき Japanese (1) universal life force (the source of animation for all things); (2) free spirit (i.e. a mindset unencumbered with worldly concerns)

凡夫十重妄

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Mandarin fán fū shí zhòng wàng / fan2 fu1 shi2 zhong4 wang4
Taiwan fan fu shih chung wang
Japanese bonbu jū jūmō
The serious misfortunes of the sinful man in whom the Ālaya-vijñāna, the fundamental intelligence, or life force, of everyman, is still unenlightened; they are compared to ten progressive stages of a dream in which a rich man sees himself become poor and in prison; ten serious errors of worldlings

勢い(P);勢(io)

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Japanese ikioi(p);ikiyoi(ik) / いきおい(P);いきよい(ik) Japanese (1) force; vigor; vigour; energy; spirit; life; (2) influence; authority; power; might; (3) impetus; momentum; course (of events); (adverb) (4) naturally; necessarily

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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
Life Force生命seimei / inochishēng mìng
sheng1 ming4
sheng ming
shengming
Life Energy
Spiritual Energy

气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qich`i / chi
Vitality生命力seimeiryokushēng mìng lì
sheng1 ming4 li4
sheng ming li
shengmingli
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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