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Maple in Chinese / Japanese...

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Maple

China fēng
Japan fuu / kaerude
Maple Vertical Wall Scroll

楓 is the most simple way to say "maple" as in the tree and syrup.

Some other technical names include Formosan Sweetgum (Liquidambar Formosana), or Acer spp.

Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

China yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu Vertical Wall Scroll

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty. It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English, or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in it's original Chinese will be lost in translation.

Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds peoples homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.

Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and "take it all in" as you travel through life.
The poet's name is "Du Mu" in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, "Mountain Travels" is: 山行
You can have the title, poet's name, and even Tang Dynasty written as an inscription on your custom wall scroll if you like.

More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city of central China and former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25, and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic, and often depicted every day life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils and troubles of love and beer drinking.


Not the results for maple that you were looking for?

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

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

see styles
Mandarin fēng / feng1
Taiwan feng
Japanese fuu;fuu / fu;fu / ふう;フウ
Chinese maple (genus Acer)
Japanese (kana only) Formosan sweetgum (Liquidambar formosana); (surname, female given name) Momiji; (female given name) Meipuru; (female given name) Fuwa; (surname, female given name) Fuu; (p,s,f) Kaede; (female given name) Kae

see styles
Mandarin/ qi4
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese maple; also pr. [zu2]; Taiwan pr. [cu4]

唐楓

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Japanese toukaede;toukaede / tokaede;tokaede / とうかえで;トウカエデ Japanese trident maple; acer buergerianum

松楓

see styles
Japanese shoufuu / shofu / しょうふう Japanese maple

梶楓

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Japanese kajikaede;kajikaede / かじかえで;カジカエデ Japanese (kana only) horned maple (Acer diabolicum)

楓木

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Mandarin fēng mù / feng1 mu4
Taiwan feng mu
Chinese maple

楓林

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Japanese fuurin / furin / ふうりん Japanese maple grove

楓樹

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Mandarin fēng shù / feng1 shu4
Taiwan feng shu
Japanese fuuki / fuki / ふき
Chinese maple
Japanese (female given name) Fuki; (personal name) Fuuki

楓糖

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Mandarin fēng táng / feng1 tang2
Taiwan feng t`ang / feng tang
Japanese fuutou;kaedetou / futo;kaedeto / ふうとう;かえでとう
Chinese maple syrup
Japanese (See メープルシュガー) maple sugar

楓葉

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Mandarin fēng yè / feng1 ye4
Taiwan feng yeh
Japanese fuuyou / fuyo / ふうよう
Chinese maple leaf
Japanese maple leaf; (female given name) Kaede; (female given name) Iroha; (female given name) Akiha

槭木

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Mandarin qì mù / qi4 mu4
Taiwan ch`i mu / chi mu
Chinese maple (timber)

槭樹

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Mandarin qì shù / qi4 shu4
Taiwan ch`i shu / chi shu
Japanese kaede / かえで
Chinese maple
Japanese maple (tree) (Acer spp.)

瓜楓

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Japanese urikaede;urikaede / うりかえで;ウリカエデ Japanese (kana only) hawthorn-leaf maple (Acer crataegifolium); uri maple

紅葉

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Mandarin hóng yè / hong2 ye4
Taiwan hung yeh
Japanese moyo / もよ    momiji / もみじ    momi / もみ    beniha / べには    kouyou / koyo / こうよう    kureha / くれは    kaede / かえで    iroha / いろは    ageha / あげは    akeha / あけは    akaha / あかは
Chinese red autumnal leaves
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) autumn colours; fall colors; leaves changing color (colour); (2) (Japanese) maple (Acer japonicum); (3) (colloquialism) venison; (noun/participle) (1) autumn colours; fall colors; leaves changing color (colour); (2) leaves turning red; red leaves; (female given name) Moyo; (p,s,f) Momiji; (female given name) Momi; (female given name) Beniha; (female given name) Kouyou; (female given name) Kureha; (female given name) Kaede; (female given name) Iroha; (female given name) Ageha; (female given name) Akeha; (female given name) Akaha

翼果

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Japanese yokka;yokuka / よっか;よくか Japanese samara; winged seed (ash, maple, etc.)

蛙手

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Japanese kaerude / かえるで Japanese maple (tree) (Acer spp.)

観楓

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Japanese kanpuu / kanpu / かんぷう Japanese maple-leaf viewing

鉄楓

see styles
Japanese tetsukaede;tetsukaede / てつかえで;テツカエデ Japanese (kana only) Nippon maple (Acer nipponicum)

黄葉

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Japanese momiji / もみじ    kouha / koha / こうは    kiba / きば Japanese (noun/participle) (1) autumn colours; fall colors; leaves changing color (colour); (2) (Japanese) maple (Acer japonicum); (3) (colloquialism) venison; (noun/participle) (1) autumn colours; fall colors; leaves changing color (colour); (2) leaves turning yellow; yellow leaves; (female given name) Momiji; (female given name) Kouha; (surname) Kiba

カエデ

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Japanese kaede / カエデ Japanese maple (tree) (Acer spp.); (female given name) Kaede

一葉楓

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Japanese hitotsubakaede;hitotsubakaede / ひとつばかえで;ヒトツバカエデ Japanese (kana only) lime-leaved maple (Acer distylum)

三手楓

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Japanese mitsudekaede;mitsudekaede / みつでかえで;ミツデカエデ Japanese (kana only) ivy-leaved maple (Acer cissifolium)

三角槭

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Japanese sankakukaede / さんかくかえで Japanese trident maple (tree) (Acer buergerianum)

初紅葉

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Japanese hatsumomiji;hatsumomijiba(ok);hatsumomichiba(ok) / はつもみじ;はつもみじば(ok);はつもみちば(ok) Japanese first maple leaves to turn red in the season

小峰楓

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Japanese kominekaede;kominekaede / こみねかえで;コミネカエデ Japanese garden maple; komine maple; acer micranthum

板屋楓

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Japanese itayakaede;itayakaede / いたやかえで;イタヤカエデ Japanese (kana only) painted maple (Acer mono)

槭糖漿

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Mandarin qì táng jiāng / qi4 tang2 jiang1
Taiwan ch`i t`ang chiang / chi tang chiang
Chinese maple syrup

瓜肌楓

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Japanese urihadakaede / うりはだかえで Japanese (kana only) grey-budded snake-bark maple (Acer rufinerve); redvein maple; Honshu maple

瓜膚楓

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Japanese urihadakaede / うりはだかえで Japanese (kana only) grey-budded snake-bark maple (Acer rufinerve); redvein maple; Honshu maple

目薬木

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Japanese megusurinoki / めぐすりのき Japanese (kana only) Nikko maple (Acer maximowiczianum)

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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
Maple
fuu / kaerude
fu / kaerude
fu/kaerude
fēng / feng1 / feng
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
远上寒山石径斜白云生处有人家停车坐爱枫林晚霜叶红于二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
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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