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  1. Electricity / Lightning

  2. Firefly / Lightning Bug

  3. Thunder

  4. Lightning

  5. Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

  6. God of Thunder

Electricity / Lightning

Electricity / Lightning Scroll

電 is the title for electricity in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While this character means electric or electricity, it can also be used to mean lightning.

Note: This Kanji is not usually used alone like this in Japanese.

See Also:  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Electricity / Lightning

 den ki
Electricity / Lightning Scroll

電氣 is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.

See Also:  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Firefly / Lightning Bug

 yíng huǒ chóng
Firefly / Lightning Bug Scroll

螢火蟲 is a very verbose Chinese title for a firefly, glowworm, or lightning bug.

The first character, 螢, means firefly or glow-worm by itself. This title adds the character for fire (火) and bug (蟲).

 rai / kaminari
Thunder Scroll

雷 can mean thunder, lightning, thunderbolt, mine (weapon), or slang for something terrifying or a fit of anger.

Some will say it is the symbol of the god of thunder or the god of lightning.

雷 is also a Chinese surname that romanizes as Lei.

 shǎn diàn
Lightning Scroll

閃電 is the title for lightning in Chinese.

The first character means flash, dodge, or get out of the way. In this case, it's the “flash” meaning. Sometimes this character can be used to mean lightning by itself.

The second character means electricity.

See Also:  Thunder | Rain | Storm

Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack


Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack Scroll

突貫 is a Japanese word that can be translated as lightning attack, charge, or rush.

It's about a fast run or attack at the speed of lightning.

God of Thunder

 léi shén
 rai jin
God of Thunder Scroll

雷神 is how to write the Japanese “Thunder God.” They don't really have separate words for thunder and lightning in Japanese, so this is also the “Lightning God.”

雷神 makes sense in Chinese (though not a common title).

This is also the origin of the English name Raiden.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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More info & calligraphy:

Electricity / Lightning
lightning; electricity; electric (bound form); to get (or give) an electric shock; phone call or telegram etc; to send via telephone or telegram etc
(out-dated kanji) lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt; (female given name) Hikaru
Lightning, symbolizes the impermanent and transient.


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 kaminariyoke; raiyoke
    かみなりよけ; らいよけ
(1) lightning rod; lightning conductor; lightning arrester; (2) charm that protects one from lightning


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lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt; (surname) Inazuma



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diàn yǐng
    dian4 ying3
tien ying
 denei / dene
movie; film; CL:部[bu4],片[pian4],幕[mu4],場|场[chang3]
(1) (in Chinese) (See 映画) movie; film; (2) (obsolete) lightning
Impermanence of all things like lightning and shadow.



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diàn guāng shí huǒ
    dian4 guang1 shi2 huo3
tien kuang shih huo
 denkousekka / denkosekka
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) flash; instant; lightning (speed)
Lightning and flint-fire, transient.


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 inazuma(p); inazuma
    いなずま(P); いなづま
lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt


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 inazuma(p); inazuma
    いなずま(P); いなづま
lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt

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 kaminari(p); ikazuchi; ikazuchi(ok); rai
    かみなり(P); いかずち; いかづち(ok); らい

More info & calligraphy:

thunder; (bound form) (military) mine, as in 地雷[di4 lei2] land mine; (coll.) to shock; to stun; to astound; (Tw) (coll.) spoiler; (Tw) (coll.) to reveal plot details to (sb)
(1) lightning; thunder; thunderbolt; (2) (かみなり only) god of thunder; god of lightning; (3) (かみなり only) anger; fit of anger; (surname, female given name) Rai
garjita, thunder, thundering.



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shǎn diàn
    shan3 dian4
shan tien

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lightning; CL:道[dao4]
flash of lightning



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rú diàn
    ru2 dian4
ju tien
(given name) Nyoden
like lightning.


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(n,vs,vi) lightning strike; lightning bolt


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 shuurai / shurai
lightning strike; lightning bolt


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(1) flash of lightning; (2) fire caused by lightning



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léi diàn
    lei2 dian4
lei tien
thunder and lightning
thunder and lightning; (g,p) Raiden



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diàn guāng
    dian4 guang1
tien kuang
 denkou / denko
electric light; lightning; electro-optical
(1) lightning; (2) electric illumination; light from an electric source
flash of lighting



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bì léi zhēn
    bi4 lei2 zhen1
pi lei chen
lightning rod
lightning rod



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shǎn diàn guāng
    shan3 dian4 guang1
shan tien kuang
Lightning-flashing, therefore awe-inspiring.



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rú lù yì rú diàn
    ru2 lu4 yi4 ru2 dian4
ju lu i ju tien
{Buddh} existence (as we perceive it) is as mutable and incorporeal as is the morning dew or a flash of lightning
like dew, also like lightning

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Firefly / Glow Worm
firefly; glow-worm
(out-dated kanji) (kana only) firefly (Luciola cruciata); lightning bug; glowworm; (surname, female given name) Hotaru
a firefly



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yíng huǒ chóng
    ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo ch`ung
    ying huo chung

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Firefly / Lightning Bug
firefly; glowworm; lightning bug

see styles
Japanese variant of 螢|萤
(kana only) firefly (Luciola cruciata); lightning bug; glowworm; (female given name) Hotaru

see styles
to dodge; to duck out of the way; to beat it; shaken (by a fall); to sprain; to pull a muscle; lightning; spark; a flash; to flash (across one's mind); to leave behind; (Internet slang) (of a display of affection) "dazzlingly" saccharine
(female given name) Sen
Flash; get out of the way.


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jiǔ yú
    jiu3 yu2
chiu yü
The nine similes: stars, eye-film, lamp, prestidigitation, dew, bubble, dream, lightning, cloud. There is also another group.


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liù yù
    liu4 yu4
liu yü
(personal name) Rokuyu
The six illustrations of unreality Diamond Sutra: a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, dew, and lightning. Also 六如.


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liù rú
    liu4 ru2
liu ju
The six 'likes' or comparisons, like a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, dew, and lightning, v. 六喩.


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liè quē
    lie4 que1
lieh ch`üeh
    lieh chüeh
lightning (archaic word)



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huá pò
    hua2 po4
hua p`o
    hua po
to cut open; to rip; to streak across (lightning, meteor etc); to pierce (scream, searchlight etc)



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huá guò
    hua2 guo4
hua kuo
(of a meteor etc) to streak across (the sky); (of a searchlight, lightning etc) to play across (the sky)


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pī shǒu
    pi1 shou3
p`i shou
    pi shou
with a lightning move of the hand


see styles
sheet lightning

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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

dendiàn / dian4 / diantien
den ki / denki
Lightning Bug
yíng huǒ chóng
ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo chong
ying huo ch`ung
ying huo chung
Thunderrai / kaminariléi / lei2 / lei
shǎn diàn
shan3 dian4
shan dian
shan tien
Bolt of Lightning
Lightning Attack
突貫tokkan / tokan
God of Thunder雷神rai jin / raijinléi shén / lei2 shen2 / lei shen / leishen
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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