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10. The Red String
姻緣 means “Destiny that brings lovers together.” It can also be translated technically as “Predestined matrimonial affinity” (wow, talk about taking the romance out of this word - that was from the Oxford C-E dictionary).
This speaks to the fate (or karma) that brings a husband and wife together. I would translate this as “Together by fate” or “Joined by destiny” but in the context of marriage. You could use this for non-married lovers, but the first character has a suggestion that this refers to those that are married.
情人 means lover, sweetheart, or beloved in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.
This term is gender-neutral so anyone can use it.
Please note that this term can easily be read or used to mean “mistress” or the kind of lover you have an affair with (especially in Japanese). The context in which this word is used affects the actual meaning. Husbands and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends can also use this term for each other with no ill meaning.
情義 means to love and honor in Chinese. 情義 is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.
The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.
In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as “obligation,” as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.
In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean “comradeship.”
Japanese may see this more as “humanity and justice” than “love and honor.” It's probably best if your target is Chinese.
This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it’s not on the page you are currently viewing).
See Also: Love and Honor
愛人 means lover, sweetheart, spouse, husband, wife, or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first character means “love,” and the second means “person.”
This title can be used in many different ways, depending on the context. Husbands and wives may use this term for each other. But, if you change the context, this title could be used to mean “mistress.” It's pretty similar to the way we can use “lover” in many different ways in English.
In modern Japan, this lover title has slipped into the definition of mistress and is not good for a wall scroll.
深情厚義 means to love and honor.
This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.
The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).
This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.
See Also: Love and Honor
戀人 means lover, sweetheart, or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This term is gender-neutral, so that anyone can use it.
In modern Japan and China, the first character has been simplified. We suggest the traditional version, as shown above if your audience is Chinese or Korean. However, this generation of Japanese are more likely to recognize the simplified version. If you want this simple (modern Japanese) version, please click on the image shown to the right, instead of the button above.
美しさは見る人の目の中にある means “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” in Japanese.
Japanese grammar and word order are different than English, but I will partially break this down for you:
美しさ = Beauty
は = is/relates
見る = to look/see
人の = person's
目の = eye's
中にあ = inside
る = !
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
Any woman with affection for Asian art will love a gift of this Chinese proverb calligraphy on a wall scroll.
She will melt in your arms as you tell her the meaning of these characters.
Contained in this phrase is a reference to the most beautiful woman in Chinese history. Her name was Xi Shi, and she was known to have good looks that need not have fine robes or makeup. Her charms were so powerful that she brought down an entire kingdom (in a successful effort to bring honor and pride back to her people).
情人眼里出西施 is a great way to express that the woman in your life is your one love.
Thread of Lover's Destiny / Fate
This literally translates as “the red string” or “the red thread” in Japanese, but the real meaning is much deeper...
In Japanese culture, it's believed that fate, destiny, or karma joins lovers by an unseen string, tied around one little finger of each. 赤い糸 is how soul mates find and are drawn to each other.
The Japanese concept of the red thread of fate, by most estimations, comes from Chinese folklore, where it's known as 姻緣紅線. The only difference is that in China, the celestial red thread is tied around the ankles of the lovers (versus what is usually represented as the pinky finger in Japan).
有緣千里來相會 means that fate or destiny has caused us to meet from a thousand miles away.
The 有緣 part suggests something that is connected as if by a thread due to fate, destiny, or karma.
This romantic phrase is seen in Chinese greeting cards. It relays the idea that your love was meant to be and that you were destined to meet (regardless of what distance or obstacles might have made such a meeting unlikely).
See Also: Red Thread
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together||姻緣|
|yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuan||yin yüan / yinyüan|
|Love Will Find A Way||有情人終成眷屬|
|yǒu qíng rén zhōng chéng juàn shǔ|
you3 qing2 ren2 zhong1 cheng2 juan4 shu3
you qing ren zhong cheng juan shu
|yu ch`ing jen chung ch`eng chüan shu
yu ching jen chung cheng chüan shu
|Love Will Find A Way||終成眷屬|
|zhōng chéng juàn shǔ|
zhong1 cheng2 juan4 shu3
zhong cheng juan shu
|chung ch`eng chüan shu
chung cheng chüan shu
|情人||jou nin / jou jin|
jounin / joujin
jo nin / jo jin
|qíng rén / qing2 ren2 / qing ren / qingren||ch`ing jen / chingjen / ching jen|
|Love and Honor||愛と敬意||ai to keii / aitokeii / ai to kei|
|Love and Honor||情義|
|qíng yì / qing2 yi4 / qing yi / qingyi||ch`ing i / chingi / ching i|
|ai jin / aijin||ài ren / ai4 ren / ai ren / airen||ai jen / aijen|
|Love and Honor||深情厚義|
|shēn qíng hòu yì|
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shen qing hou yi
|shen ch`ing hou i
shen ching hou i
|koi bito / koibito||liàn rén / lian4 ren2 / lian ren / lianren||lien jen / lienjen|
|Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder||美しさは見る人の目の中にある||utsukushi-sa wa miru hito no me no naka ni aru|
|You are always a beauty in your lover’s eyes||情人眼里出西施||qíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī|
qing2 ren2 yan3 li3 chu1 xi1 shi1
qing ren yan li chu xi shi
|ch`ing jen yen li ch`u hsi shih
ching jen yen li chu hsi shih
|The Red String||赤い糸||akai ito / akaiito|
|Longing for Lover||思戀|
|sī liàn / si1 lian4 / si lian / silian||ssu lien / ssulien|
|Brought Together from 1000 Miles Away by Fate||有緣千里來相會|
|yǒu yuán qiān lǐ lái xiāng huì|
you3 yuan2 qian1 li3 lai2 xiang1 hui4
you yuan qian li lai xiang hui
|yu yüan ch`ien li lai hsiang hui
yu yüan chien li lai hsiang hui
|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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