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Life Is Short in Chinese / Japanese...

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Life is Short

Japan jinsei ha mijikai
Life is Short Vertical Wall Scroll

This is "life is short" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death); human life, living, lifetime.
は (ha/wa) particle (means "is" in this case).
短い (mijikai) short.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Life is Short

Even a 100-year-old is but a traveler passing through this life
China bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
Life is Short Vertical Wall Scroll

百歲光陰如過客 directly translates as: [Even a] hundred-year-old [person] is [just a] traveler passing by.

The simple message is, "Human life is short." Of course, there is an unspoken suggestion that you should make the best of the time you have here on earth.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

光陰矢の如し

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

十來


十来

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Mandarin shí lái / shi2 lai2
Taiwan shih lai
Japanese torai / とらい
Japanese (female given name) Torai
(十來偈) The ten rhymes in "lai", a verse which expresses the Buddhist doctrine of moral determinism, i.e. that the position anyone now occupies is solely the result of his character in past lives; heredity and environment having nothing to do with his present condition, for, whether in prince or beggar, it is the reward of past deeds. The upright from the forbearing come,
The poor from the mean and greedy come,
Those of high rank from worshippers come,
The low and common from the Prideful come,
Those who are dumb from slanderers come,
The blind and deaf from unbelievers come,
The long-lived from the merciful come,
The short-lived from life, takers come,
The deficient in faculties from command-breakers come,
The complete in faculties from command-keepers come.
端正者忍辱中來.
貧窮着樫貧中來.
高位者禮拜中來.
下賤者橋慢中來.
瘖啞者誹謗中來.
盲聾者不信中來.
長壽者慈悲中來.
短命者殺生中來.
諸根不具者破戒中來.
六根具足者持戒中來.

業受


业受

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Mandarin yè shòu / ye4 shou4
Taiwan yeh shou
Japanese gōju
That which is received as the result of former karmic conduct, e.g. long or short life, etc; reception of karma

業壽


业寿

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Mandarin yè shòu / ye4 shou4
Taiwan yeh shou
Japanese gōju
Life, long or short, as determined by previous karma; length of life as determined by karma

畢命

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Mandarin bì mìng / bi4 ming4
Taiwan pi ming
Chinese to die (in an accident etc); to have one's life cut short

短命

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Mandarin duǎn mìng / duan3 ming4
Taiwan tuan ming
Japanese tanmei / tanme / たんめい
Chinese to die young; short-lived
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) short life; short lived
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

絕命

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Mandarin jué mìng / jue2 ming4
Taiwan chüeh ming
Chinese to commit suicide; to have one's life cut short

薄命

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Mandarin bó mìng / bo2 ming4
Taiwan po ming
Japanese hakumei / hakume / はくめい
Chinese to be born under an unlucky star (usu. of women); to be born unlucky
Japanese misfortune; short life; evil fate

對酒當歌


对酒当歌

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Mandarin duì jiǔ dāng gē / dui4 jiu3 dang1 ge1
Taiwan tui chiu tang ko
Chinese lit. sing to accompany wine (idiom); fig. life is short, make merry while you can

人生僅か五十年

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Japanese jinseiwazukagojuunen / jinsewazukagojunen / じんせいわずかごじゅうねん Japanese (expression) (idiom) Life is short

光陰矢のごとし

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

人生短暫,學術無涯


人生短暂,学术无涯

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Mandarin rén shēng duǎn zàn , xué shù wú yá / ren2 sheng1 duan3 zan4 , xue2 shu4 wu2 ya2
Taiwan jen sheng tuan tsan , hsüeh shu wu ya
Chinese Life is short, learning is limitless; Ars longa, vita brevis

芸術は長く人生は短し

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Japanese geijutsuhanagakujinseihamijikashi / gejutsuhanagakujinsehamijikashi / げいじゅつはながくじんせいはみじかし Japanese (expression) (idiom) Art is long, life is short

吾生也有涯,而知也無涯


吾生也有涯,而知也无涯

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Mandarin wú shēng yě yǒu yá , ér zhī yě wú yá / wu2 sheng1 ye3 you3 ya2 , er2 zhi1 ye3 wu2 ya2
Taiwan wu sheng yeh yu ya , erh chih yeh wu ya
Chinese Life is short, learning is limitless; Ars longa, vita brevis

光陰矢のごとし;光陰矢の如し

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

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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 is Short人生は短いjinsei ha mijikai
jinseihamijikai
Life is Short百歲光陰如過客
百岁光阴如过客
bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
bai3 sui4 guang1 yin1 ru2 guo4 ke4
bai sui guang yin ru guo ke
baisuiguangyinruguoke
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo k`o
paisuikuangyinjukuoko
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo ko
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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