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  1. Beautiful Princess

  2. English / Briton / Person from England

  3. Hapkido

  4. The Middle Way

  5. Morera

  6. Peace of Mind

  7. Serendipity / Nice Coincidence

  8. Serendipity / Chance Discovery

  9. Shiatsu-Do

10. Silent Warrior

11. Strength and Honor


Beautiful Princess

 měi lì de gōng zhǔ
Beautiful Princess Scroll

美麗的公主 is how to write beautiful princess in Chinese.

The first two characters mean feminine beauty or rather a way to say beautiful that only applies to women. The middle character is just a connecting character. The last two characters mean princess.


See Also:  Queen

English / Briton / Person from England

 yīng guó rén
 ei koku jin
English / Briton / Person from England Scroll

英國人 is the traditional Chinese and Japanese way to write British person, Briton, English person, Englishman, Englishwoman, etc.

In modern Japan, the middle character has been simplified, making it 英国人. This same simplification is used in mainland China as well.

Hapkido

Korean Martial Art of re-directing force

 hé qì dào
 ai ki do
Hapkido Scroll

Hapkido or 合氣道 is a mostly-defensive martial art in Korea.

Hapkido has some connection to the Aikido of Japan. They are written with the same characters in both languages. However, it should be noted that the Korean Hanja characters shown here are the traditional Chinese form - but in modern Japan, the middle character was slightly simplified.
Note: You can consider this to be the older Japanese written form of Aikido. Titles on older books and signs about Aikido use this form.

The connection between Japanese Aikido and Korean Hapkido is muddled in history. The issue is probably due to the difficult relationship between the two countries around WWII. Many Koreans became virtual slaves to the Japanese during that period. After WWII, many things in Korea were disassociated from having any Japanese origin. The relationship has greatly mellowed out now.

Looking at the characters, the first means “union” or “harmony.”
The second character means “universal energy” or “spirit.”
The third means “way” or “method.”
One way to translate this into English is the “Harmonizing Energy Method.” This makes sense, as Hapkido has more to do with redirecting energy than fighting strength against strength.

More Hapkido info

More notes:
1. Sometimes Hapkido is Romanized as “hap ki do,” “hapki-do” “hab gi do” or “hapgido.”

2. Korean Hanja characters are actually Chinese characters that usually hold the same meaning in both languages. There was a time when these characters were the standard and only written form of Korean. The development of modern Korean Hangul characters is a somewhat recent event in the greater scope of history. There was a time when Chinese characters were the written form of many languages in places known in modern times as North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and a significant portion of Malaysia. Even today, more people in the world can read Chinese characters than English.

3. While these Korean Hanja characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.

The Middle Way

 zhōng dào
 chuu dou
The Middle Way Scroll

In the most basic translation, 中道 means road through the middle or middle road.

The expanded meaning can be moderation or the golden mean.

But if you are looking for this title, you are probably seeking the Buddhist definition, which is more complex.

中道 is the middle way or middle path of Buddhism. This has various interpretations. In general, it denotes the mean between two extremes and has special reference to the mean between realism and nihilism, or eternal substantial existence and annihilation.

The Buddha teaches that one should not take things to extremes. Don't be extremely evil and engage in debauchery and murder. But do not spend every waking out trying to be a perfect saint. Instead, take the middle path, try to help others, show loving kindness wherever you can, and try not to do harm. If you inadvertently harm another being, make amends if you can, and move on. Realize you are not perfect, but in time, a path of moderation lead toward proper living and enlightenment.

Morera

(second version)

 mò léi lā
Morera Scroll

莫雷拉 is another way to transliterate the name Morera.

This version is commonly used but the middle character has an “L” sound instead of an “R.”

These two sounds are often interchanged in Asian languages. It's not a bad transliteration, it just sounds a bit like “Molela” instead of Morera.

Peace of Mind

(five-character version)

 nèi xīn de níng jìng
Peace of Mind Scroll

內心的寧靜 is the long way to express the idea of “peace of mind” in Chinese.

The first two characters mean heart or “innermost being.”
The middle character is a connecting modifier.
The last two characters mean peace, tranquility, or serenity.

Some may also translate this as “inner peace,” but I like our other inner-peace options for that idea.

This kind of makes sense in Korean but will have an archaic read - even by those who can understand Korean Hanja.

Serendipity / Nice Coincidence

 Su teki na guu zen
Serendipity / Nice Coincidence Scroll

素敵な偶然 is a common way to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean nice, lovely, dreamy, beautiful, great, fantastic, superb, or cool.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character connecting these words/ideas.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

Serendipity / Chance Discovery

 guuzen no hakken
Serendipity / Chance Discovery Scroll

偶然の発見 is a way to express serendipity in Japanese. This title is more about the discovery by chance, like the melting candy bar in a Bell radar/communications laboratory that led to the invention of the microwave oven.

The first two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

In the middle is a possessive article that connects these words/ideas.

The last two Kanji mean discovery, detection, or finding.

 shiatsudou
Shiatsu-Do Scroll

指圧道 is the title for Shiastu-Do, the Japanese way of finger pressure.

Shitsu-Do is about applying special finger pressure to points on the body thought to be connected to pathways called “meridians.” Shiatsu is a healthful way to get your 気 or 氣 (ki energy) flowing properly.

Note: This title can also be written in the older 指壓道 form (just the middle character has an ancient/traditional form used before WWII).
You might even see 指压道 which uses the Simplified Chinese form of the second character.

Silent Warrior

 chén mò de wǔ shì
Silent Warrior Scroll

沉默的武士 is a way to write “silent warrior” in Chinese.

The first two characters mean “silent.”

The middle character is a connecting or possessive particle.

The last two characters mean “warrior.”

Strength and Honor

 lì liàng yǔ róng yù
Strength and Honor Scroll

力量與榮譽 is “strength and honor” in Chinese.

The first two characters are usually understood as (physical) strength but can also mean power or force.

The middle character is a connecting particle similar to “and.”

The last two characters are a way to say honor but can also be understood as honorable reputation, honorary, or glory.




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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
Beautiful Princess美麗的公主
美丽的公主
měi lì de gōng zhǔ
mei3 li4 de gong1 zhu3
mei li de gong zhu
meilidegongzhu
mei li te kung chu
meilitekungchu
English
Briton
Person from England
英國人
英国人
ei koku jin
eikokujin
yīng guó rén
ying1 guo2 ren2
ying guo ren
yingguoren
ying kuo jen
yingkuojen
Hapkido合氣道
合气道
ai ki do / aikidohé qì dào
he2 qi4 dao4
he qi dao
heqidao
ho ch`i tao
hochitao
ho chi tao
The Middle Way中道chuu dou / chuudou / chu dozhōng dào
zhong1 dao4
zhong dao
zhongdao
chung tao
chungtao
Morera莫雷拉mò léi lā
mo4 lei2 la1
mo lei la
moleila
Peace of Mind內心的寧靜
内心的宁静
nèi xīn de níng jìng
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
nei xin de ning jing
neixindeningjing
nei hsin te ning ching
neihsinteningching
Serendipity
Nice Coincidence
素敵な偶然Su teki na guu zen
Sutekinaguuzen
Su teki na gu zen
Serendipity
Chance Discovery
偶然の発見guuzen no hakken
guuzennohakken
guzen no haken
Shiatsu-Do指圧道shiatsudou / shiatsudo
Silent Warrior沉默的武士chén mò de wǔ shì
chen2 mo4 de wu3 shi4
chen mo de wu shi
chenmodewushi
ch`en mo te wu shih
chenmotewushih
chen mo te wu shih
Strength and Honor力量與榮譽
力量与荣誉
lì liàng yǔ róng yù
li4 liang4 yu3 rong2 yu4
li liang yu rong yu
liliangyurongyu
li liang yü jung yü
liliangyüjungyü
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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