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Machine in Chinese / Japanese...

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War Machine

War Machine Scroll

戦機 is a Japanese word that means war machine.

It can also mean the time for battle, military secrets, or battle strategy depending on the context.


Opportunity Scroll

機 is an odd one - I've seen this on coffee cups and posters with the meaning of "opportunity".

機 is a correct definition but this character also means "machine". In fact, if you put the character for "flying" in front of this character, you have the Chinese word for "airplane" (literally: flying machine). Alone, on a wall scroll, it will be generally understood as "opportunity" but I want you to know this extra information before you make your selection. Note that in Japanese and Korean, this has a similar meaning but can also mean machine or loom.

See Also:  Success

Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

wēi jī
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity".

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity". 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher", which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis". Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.

Construction Crane

qǐ zhòng jī
Construction Crane Scroll

This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.

A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name.

In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2018, construction has barely slowed.

If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane".

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
War Machine戦機senki
hatajī / ji1 / jichi
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
Construction Crane起重機
kijuuki / kijukiqǐ zhòng jī
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qi zhong ji
ch`i chung chi
chi chung chi
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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xíng / xing2
 kata(p);gata / かた(P);がた
Construction Crane Scroll
mold; type; style; model
(1) model; type (e.g. of machine, goods, etc.); (n,n-suf) (2) (がた when a suffix) (See 朝型) type; style; pattern; (3) mold (mould); template; model; (4) kata (standard form of a movement, posture, etc. in martial arts, sport, etc.); (5) form (i.e. customary procedure); (6) size (i.e. clothing, shoes); (7) inch (in diagonal display size); (8) (obscure) (See 品種・2) (taxonomical) form

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/ ji1
 hata / はた
Construction Crane Scroll
machine; engine; opportunity; intention; aircraft; pivot; crucial point; flexible (quick-witted); organic; CL:臺|台[tai2]
loom; (surname) Hata
The spring, or motive principle, machine, contrivance, artifice, occasion, opportunity; basis, root or germ; natural bent, fundamental quality; key


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 samii / sami / サミー
Construction Crane Scroll
(m,f) Sammy; Samy; Sami; Samie; (c) Sammy (Japanese pachinko machine and game manufacturer)

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tǐng / ting3
t`ing / ting
 tei / te / てい
straight; erect; to stick out (a part of the body); to (physically) straighten up; to support; to withstand; outstanding; (coll.) quite; very; classifier for machine guns
(counter) counter for long and narrow things such as guns, scissors, spades, hoes, inksticks, palanquins, candles, jinrikishas, shamisen, oars, etc.; (personal name) Tei

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/ xi3
 sen / せん
to wash; to bathe; to develop (photo)
(abbreviation) (on floor plans) (See 洗濯機) washing machine (laundry); (given name) Sengai
To wash, cleanse; to wash

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chèng / cheng4
ch`eng / cheng
 hakari / はかり
steelyard; Roman balance; CL:臺|台[tai2]
scales; weighing machine; (surname, female given name) Hakari
a scale for measuring weight


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 ichidai / いちだい one machine; one vehicle


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 ikki / いっき (1) one machine; (2) an aircraft (airplane); one aircraft; (3) one player (in video games); (personal name) Hitoki


see styles
zhǔ zi / zhu3 zi5
chu tzu
 yukiko / ゆきこ
Master (term used by servant); Your Majesty; operator (of machine)
(female given name) Yukiko



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tíng jī / ting2 ji1
t`ing chi / ting chi
(of a machine) to stop; to shut down; to park a plane; to finish shooting (a TV program etc); to suspend a phone line; (of a prepaid mobile phone) to be out of credit



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tíng chē / ting2 che1
t`ing ch`e / ting che
 teisha / tesha / ていしゃ
to pull up (stop one's vehicle); to park; (of a machine) to stop working; to stall
(noun/participle) (ant: 発車・はっしゃ) stopping (of a train, car, etc.); stop



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bèi pǐn / bei4 pin3
pei p`in / pei pin
 bihin / びひん
machine parts or tools kept in reserve; spare parts
fixtures; furnishings; equipment


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bào gōng / bao4 gong1
pao kung
planing; planing machine operator; planer


see styles
bào chuáng / bao4 chuang2
pao ch`uang / pao chuang
planer; planing machine


see styles
 meiki / meki / めいき (1) excellent machine; excellent device (e.g. camera); (2) excellent airplane



see styles
qǐ dòng / qi3 dong4
ch`i tung / chi tung
to start (a machine); (fig.) to set in motion; to launch (an operation); to activate (a plan)


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qì xiè / qi4 xie4
ch`i hsieh / chi hsieh
 kikai / きかい
apparatus; instrument; equipment; weapon
(1) machine; mechanism; (2) instrument; appliance; apparatus


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 touya;touoku / toya;tooku / とうや;とうおく rooftop structure, e.g. tower, elevator machine room, etc.; (place-name, surname) Touya



see styles
yà bǎn / ya4 ban3
ya pan
vise jaw; press board (machine); see-saw



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shòu mìng / shou4 ming4
shou ming
 jumyō / じゅみょう
life span; life expectancy; lifetime (of a machine)
(surname) Jumyou
jīvita, life, length of days, age; life span


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wài shǒu / wai4 shou3
wai shou
 sotode / そとで
right-hand side (of a machine); right-hand side (passenger side) of a vehicle
(surname) Sotode



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shī líng / shi1 ling2
shih ling
out of order (of machine); not working properly; a failing (of a system)


see styles
 shidou / shido / しどう (noun/participle) starting (machine, engine, car, etc.); activation


see styles
 jikki / じっき (1) real machine (as opposed to a model or simulation); actual machine; actual device; (2) real aeroplane; actual aircraft


see styles
gōng zuò / gong1 zuo4
kung tso
 kousaku / kosaku / こうさく
to work; (of a machine) to operate; job; work; task; CL:個|个[ge4],份[fen4],項|项[xiang4]
(noun/participle) (1) handicraft; (noun/participle) (2) work; construction; manufacturing; (noun/participle) (3) maneuvering; manoeuvering; (given name) Kousaku



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wǎng fù / wang3 fu4
wang fu
 oufuku / ofuku / おうふく
to go and come back; to make a return trip; backwards and forwards (e.g. of piston or pump action); to reciprocate (of machine part)
(n,vs,adj-no) (1) making a round trip; going and returning; coming and going; (n,vs,adj-no) (2) (abbreviation) (See 往復切符) round-trip ticket; return ticket; (n,vs,adj-no) (3) correspondence; exchanging (letters); (n,vs,adj-no) (4) socializing; visiting one another
going and returning


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 shinpai;shinhai / しんぱい;しんはい (1) heart and lungs; (can be adjective with の) (2) cardiopulmonary; (3) (abbreviation) (See 人工心肺) heart and lung machine


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 aiki / あいき favourite aeroplane, camera or other machine (favorite, airplane)


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niǔ dàn / niu3 dan4
niu tan
toy in a capsule (dispensed from a vending machine)


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 atsukau / あつかう (transitive verb) (1) to deal with (a person); to treat; to handle; to take care of; to entertain; (transitive verb) (2) to deal with (a problem); to handle; to manage; (transitive verb) (3) to operate (e.g. a machine); to handle; to work; (transitive verb) (4) to deal in; to sell; (transitive verb) (5) to cover (a topic); to treat; to discuss; to take up; (transitive verb) (6) (as AをBとして扱う) to treat A as B; (transitive verb) (7) (archaism) to mediate (an argument); (transitive verb) (8) (archaism) to be too much for one; to find unmanageable; (transitive verb) (9) (archaism) to gossip

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Construction Crane Scroll
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