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Gold / Metal

(One of the five elements)
China jīn
Japan kin
Gold / Metal

金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.


Gold / Metal is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.


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Characters

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Mandarin jīn / jin1
Taiwan chin
Japanese kin / きん
Chinese gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]; surname Jin; surname Kim (Korean); Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) gold (Au); golden (color); gold (medal, cup); (adj-no,n) (2) valuable; of highest value; (3) money; gold coin (orig. meaning); (4) (abbreviation) (See 金曜) Friday; (5) (See 五行・1) metal (fourth of the five elements); (6) Jin (dynasty of China; 1115-1234 CE); (n,n-suf) (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 金将) gold general; (8) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) (See 金玉・きんたま) testicles; (suf,ctr) (9) karat; carat; (surname) Kimu; Kim; (surname) Yun; (personal name) Dzin; (personal name) Chin; (surname) Chiyon; (personal name) Jin; (surname) Jiyon; (surname) Jun; (surname) Jiyai; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kintaka; (personal name) Kinji; (surname, female given name) Kin; (surname) Kiyon; (personal name) Kaneyuki; (personal name) Kanenori; (surname) Kanetaka; (personal name) Kaneshi; (personal name) Kanekatsu; (surname) Kane
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.
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Mandarin yín / yin2
Taiwan yin
Japanese ginji / ぎんじ    ginsaki / ぎんさき    gin / ぎん
Chinese silver; silver-colored; relating to money or currency
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (5) (shogi) (abbreviation) silver general; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (personal name) Ginji; (surname) Ginsaki; (surname, female given name) Gin
rūpya. Silver; money.
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Mandarin sōng / song1
Taiwan sung
Japanese su / す
Chinese loose; to loosen; to relax
Japanese (1) (kana only) cavity (in old root vegetables, tofu, metal casting, etc.); pore; hollow; bubble; blowhole; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) porous; pithy; spongy

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五行

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Mandarin wǔ xíng / wu3 xing2
Taiwan wu hsing
Japanese gogyou / gogyo / ごぎょう
Chinese five phases of Chinese philosophy: wood 木, fire 火, earth 土, metal 金, water 水
Japanese (1) (See 五大・ごだい・1) the five elements (in Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water); the five phases; wu xing; (2) {Buddh} five practices of the Bodhisattvas; (3) (See 六信五行) the five pillars of Islam; (surname, given name) Gogyou
The five lines of conduct. I. According to the 起信論 Awakening of Faith they are almsgiving; keeping the commandments; patience under insult; zeal or progress; meditation. II. According to the 涅槃經 Nirvana Sutra they are saintly or bodhisattva deeds; arhat, or noble deeds; deva deeds; children's deeds (i. e. normal good deeds of men, devas, and Hinayanists); sickness conditions, e. g. illness, delusion, etc.; — into all these lines of conduct and conditions a Bodhisattva enters. III. The five elements, or tanmātra— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water; or earth, water, ire, air, and ether (or space) as taught by the later Mahāyāna philosophy; idem 五大; five practices
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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese short slender pointed piece of metal, bamboo etc; skewer; prod used to extract samples from sacks of grain etc; (dialect) to stick in; to bolt (a door); to arrange (flowers in a vase); to graft (tree); to pedicure; to peel (an apple etc)

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Mandarin/ yi3
Taiwan i
Chinese a kind of metal or jade ornament worn in ancient times to ward off evil spirits

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Mandarin bǎn / ban3
Taiwan pan
Japanese ita / いた
Chinese board; plank; plate; shutter; table tennis bat; clappers (music); CL:塊|块[kuai4]; accented beat in Chinese music; hard; stiff; to stop smiling or look serious
Japanese (1) board; plank; (2) sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab; (3) (See 俎板) cutting board; chopping board; (4) (abbreviation) (usu. as 板さん) (See 板前・1,板場・いたば・2) chef (esp. of high-end Japanese cuisine); cook; (5) stage (i.e. at a theatre); (personal name) Ban; (personal name) Itabana; (personal name) Itahana; (surname) Ita
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.

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Mandarin jiāo / jiao1
Taiwan chiao
Japanese kyō
Chinese to pour liquid; to irrigate (using waterwheel); to water; to cast (molten metal); to mold
To sprinkle, to water: perfidious, infamous.

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Mandarin duàn / duan4
Taiwan tuan
Japanese tan
Chinese variant of 鍛|锻[duan4]
To forge metal, work upon, calcine.

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Mandarin jiǎ / jia3
Taiwan chia
Japanese kou / ko / こう    kinoe / きのえ    kan / かん
Chinese first of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; (used for an unspecified person or thing); first (in a list, as a party to a contract etc); letter "A" or roman "I" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; armor plating; shell or carapace; (of the fingers or toes) nail; bladed leather or metal armor (old); ranking system used in the Imperial examinations (old); civil administration unit (old); ancient Chinese compass point: 75°
Japanese (1) carapace; shell; (2) 1st in rank; grade A; (3) instep; back of hand; (4) (See 乙・おつ・1) the A party (e.g. in a contract); the first party; plaintiff (label in legal documents); (See 十干) first sign of the Chinese calendar; treble range (in Japanese music); high note; (surname) Yoroi; (given name) Masaru; (surname, given name) Hajime; (surname) Shin; (surname) Kouzaki; (surname, given name) Kou; (surname, female given name) Kinoe; (surname) Kine; (surname) Kabutokinoe; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Scale, mail; the first of the ten 'celestial stems '; armor

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Mandarin qìng / qing4
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese kei / ke / けい    kin / きん
Chinese chime stones, ancient percussion instrument made of stone or jade pieces hung in a row and struck as a xylophone
Japanese sounding stone; qing; ancient Chinese chime shaped like a chevron (inverted 'v'), orig. of stone, today often metal, in Japan primarily used at Buddhist temples; inverted copper or iron bell shaped like a bowl (sounded when reciting sutras); (given name) Kei; (m,f) Kaoru; (given name) Iwao
A piece of flat stone or metal, used as a gong, or for musical percussion; stone chime

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Mandarin/ bo2
Taiwan po
Japanese haku / はく
Chinese plaited matting (of rushes, bamboo etc); silkworm basket; metal foil; foil paper
Japanese (1) foil; (gold, etc.) leaf; (2) prestige

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Mandarin dìng // dīng / ding4 // ding1
Taiwan ting
Japanese kugi / くぎ
Chinese to join things together by fixing them in place at one or more points; to nail; to pin; to staple; to sew on; nail; to follow closely; to keep at sb (to do something); variant of 盯[ding1]
Japanese nail (i.e. small metal spike); (surname) Teizaki; (surname) Kugizaki; (surname) Kugisaki

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Mandarin/ xi4
Taiwan hsi
Chinese (arch.) metal horn attached as shield to horse or to the axle of a chariot

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Mandarin bǎn / ban3
Taiwan pan
Chinese metal plate; sheet of metal

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Mandarin/ yu4
Taiwan
Chinese treasure; hard metal

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Mandarin bù // bū / bu4 // bu1
Taiwan pu
Chinese plutonium (chemistry) (Tw); metal plate

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Mandarin zhì // tiě / zhi4 // tie3
Taiwan chih // t`ieh / chih // tieh
Japanese magane / まがね    touma / toma / とうま    tetsuji / てつじ    tetsusaki / てつさき    tetsu / てつ
Chinese old variant of 紩[zhi4]; old variant of 鐵|铁[tie3]
Japanese (1) iron (Fe); (adj-no,n) (2) strong and hard (as iron); (n,n-suf,n-pref) (3) (abbreviation) railway; (n,n-pref) (4) (colloquialism) railway enthusiast; iron; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (given name) Magane; (personal name) Touma; (personal name) Tetsuji; (surname) Tetsusaki; (surname, female given name) Tetsu

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Mandarin tóng / tong2
Taiwan t`ung / tung
Japanese dousaki / dosaki / どうさき    dou / do / どう    akagane / あかがね
Chinese copper (chemistry); see also 紅銅|红铜[hong2 tong2]; CL:塊|块[kuai4]
Japanese (1) copper (Cu); (2) (abbreviation) bronze (medal); (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (1) copper (Cu); (2) (abbreviation) bronze (medal); (surname) Dousaki; (surname) Dou; (surname) Akagane
tāmra. copper, brass.

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Mandarin xiǎn // xǐ / xian3 // xi3
Taiwan hsien // hsi
Japanese zuku / ずく
Chinese shining metal; (old) the 16th of the month (abbreviation used in telegrams); to mill (machining); Taiwan pr. [xian3]
Japanese (abbreviation) (colloquialism) (See 銑鉄) pig iron; (given name) Sen

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me / めい
Chinese to engrave; inscribed motto
Japanese (1) inscription; epitaph; (2) (manufacturer's) engraved signature; (3) (See 座右の銘・ざゆうのめい) motto; maxim; precept; (surname) Mei
To engrave, on metal, stone, or the tablets of the heart; to inscribe

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Mandarin xiāo / xiao1
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese shō
Chinese to melt (metal); to cancel or annul; to sell; to spend; to fasten with a bolt; bolt or pin
To melt metal, dissolve, dispel, dissipate, spend, cancel, end; to melt (metal)

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Mandarin méi / mei2
Taiwan mei
Chinese americium (chemistry) (Tw); (archaic) metal chain

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Mandarin wǎn / wan3
Taiwan wan
Japanese ajima / あじま
Chinese variant of 碗[wan3]
Japanese small metal bowl; (place-name) Ajima

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Mandarin lún / lun2
Taiwan lun
Chinese (metal); roentgenium (chemistry)

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Mandarin/ ta4
Taiwan t`a / ta
Chinese to encase the end with metal

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Mandarin chāng / chang1
Taiwan ch`ang / chang
Chinese metal utensil; mounting; fitting

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Mandarin móu / mou2
Taiwan mou
Chinese iron pot; metal cap

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Mandarin hóu / hou2
Taiwan hou
Chinese metal arrowhead

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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
Gold
Metal
kinjīn / jin1 / jinchin
Five Elements金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
jinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo tu



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