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  1. Wu Ming / Anonymous

  2. Xin Xin Ming / Shinjinmei

  3. Light / Bright

  4. Destiny / Fate

  5. Fudo Myo-o / Wisdom King

  6. Akashi

  7. Journey to the West

  8. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

Wu Ming / Anonymous

 wú míng
 mu mei
Wu Ming / Anonymous Scroll

無名 is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean word that means nameless, obscure, unnamed, anonymous, unsigned, unknown, not famous, and sometimes unjustifiable.

The romanized title, Wu Ming, has been used for several different things such as a group of Italian writers, and even as the Chinese name of the infamous hackers.

Xin Xin Ming / Shinjinmei

 xìn xīn míng
 shin jin mei
Xin Xin Ming / Shinjinmei Scroll

This is the title of a Buddhist poem known as Xin Xin Ming, Xinxinming, or Hsin Hsin Ming in Chinese and Shinjinmei in Japanese.

This title is typically translated as “Faith in Mind.” The poem itself is quite long and steeped with meaning.

Download this document for more info: http://www.ln.edu.hk/econ/staff/Xin Xin Ming.doc

Light / Bright

 mei / myou
Light / Bright Scroll

明 means light, bright, clear, clarity, to understand, or wise.

In Chinese, this can refer to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) where it can also be the surname Ming.

In Japanese, this can be romanized many different ways when used as surnames or given names. 明 is a partial list of those names: Meishuu, Mei, Min, Myoujin, Myou, Hinata, Haru, Toshi, Tooru, Sayaka, Saya, Satoshi, Asumi, Akera, Akemine, Akesaki, Ake, Akuru, Akiraka, and Akira.

In the Buddhist context, this represents vidyā (knowledge). To expand that, Buddhists understand this to mean bright, clear, enlightenment, wisdom, or to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence.

Destiny / Fate

 inochi / mei
Destiny / Fate Scroll

命 is often translated as “destiny.”

Sometimes this character is simply translated as “life” but more in terms of one's lot in life. In a certain context, this can mean command or decree (generally from a king or emperor). Of course, such a decree is part of fate and leads you to fulfill your destiny.

In Chinese, this word leans toward the fate or destiny definition.
In Korean, it is usually read simply as “life.”
In Japanese, it can mean all definitions shown above, depending on context.

See Also:  Good Fortune

Fudo Myo-o / Wisdom King

 bù dòng míng wáng
 fu dou myou ou
Fudo Myo-o / Wisdom King Scroll

不動明王 is the fierce form of the Buddha Vairocana, and the most important of the Myō-ō or Ming Wang class of deities.

Romanized as Fudō Myō-ō, in Japanese Buddhism or Bùdòng Míngwáng / Pu-Tung Ming-Wang in Chinese Buddhism,

Originally Acala/Achala (अचल “The Immovable”), Acalanātha (अचलनाथ “Immovable Lord”) or Āryācalanātha (आर्याचलनाथ, “Noble Immovable Lord”).

In English, this deity is sometimes called “Wisdom King.”

 míng shí

Akashi Scroll

This is a version of the Japanese name Akashi.

This can also be Meiseki, Miyouishi, Myouishi, Ageishi, Akeshi, Akeishi, Akiishi, or Akaishi.

This would be read as “Ming Shi” in Mandarin but would be understood to be a Japanese name. 

Journey to the West

 xī yóu jì
 sei yuu ki
Journey to the West Scroll

西遊記 is the original title of the novel Journey to the West.

Written during the Ming dynasty, this novel by Wu Cheng'en (吳承恩) is one of the four classic stories of Chinese literature.

Sometimes this book is titled, Pilgrimage to the West, Monkey King, or Magic Monkey.

Many movies and TV series depict or adapt portions of this story.

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

 qí lǐn
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Scroll

麒麟 is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse, but many variations exist.

In Japanese, it is pronounced “Kirin” as in “Kirin Ichiban” beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!

1. This is sometimes spelled as “kylin.”

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name “qilin” was given to the “new giraffe.” This is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a “giraffe of Africa.” The characters for “qilin” shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the “Chinese Unicorn,” although it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually, the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).

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 mei / me

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Destiny / Fate
life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc
(1) (See 命令・1) order; command; decree; (2) (See 生命・1) life; (3) (See 運命) destiny; fate; (female given name) Mei
jīvita . Life, vital, length of life, fate, decree.

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 meishuu / meshu

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Light / Bright
bright; opposite: dark 暗[an4]; (of meaning) clear; to understand; next; public or open; wise; generic term for a sacrifice to the gods
(1) (ant: 暗) brightness; (2) discernment; insight; an eye (for); (3) (See 明を失う) eyesight; vision; (prefix) (4) (abbreviation) (See 明治) nth year in the Meiji era (1868.9.8-1912.7.30); (surname) Meishuu
vidyā, knowledge. ming means bright, clear, enlightenment, intp. by 智慧 or 聰明 wisdom, wise; to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence; it is a term for 眞言 because the 'true word' can destroy the obscurity of illusion; the 'manifestation' of the power of the object of worship; it means also dhāraṇīs or mantras of mystic wisdom. Also, the Ming dynasty A. D. 1368-1644.


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guāng míng
    guang1 ming2
kuang ming

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Light / Bright and Promising Future
light; radiance; (fig.) bright (prospects etc); openhearted
(1) bright light; (2) hope; bright future; (3) {Buddh} light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion; (personal name) Mitsuharu
v. last entry.


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míng xiǎng
    ming2 xiang3
ming hsiang

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to meditate; meditation
(noun/participle) meditation; contemplation


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    ming2 fu2
ming fu

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Happiness in the Afterlife
afterlife happiness
happiness in the next world
The happiness of the dead.


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    ming2 ji4
ming chi
 meigi / megi

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Geisha of Unequaled Talent
famous courtesan
famous geisha; talented geisha; beautiful geisha



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    ming2 yu4
fame; reputation; honor; honorary; emeritus (of retired professor)



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mìng yùn
    ming4 yun4
ming yün
 meiun / meun

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Destiny / Fate
fate; destiny; CL:個|个[ge4]
fate; destiny


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    da4 ming2
ta ming
 daimyou / daimyo

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Daimyo / Great Name
famous name; your distinguished name; one's formal personal name
(hist) (See 小名) daimyo (Japanese feudal lord); (place-name) Daimyou


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míng xīn
    ming2 xin1
ming hsin
 meimi / memi

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(female given name) Meimi
The enlightened heart.


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    ming2 ri4
ming jih
 meibi / mebi

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Tomorrow / The Next Sun
(n,adv) (1) tomorrow; (n,adv) (2) (あす only) near future; (female given name) Meibi


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míng zhū
    ming2 zhu1
ming chu
 meishu / meshu

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Bright Pearl
pearl; jewel (of great value)
(given name) Meishu
bright pearl



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míng jìng
    ming2 jing4
ming ching
 meikyou / mekyo

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Mirror: Beautiful Clarity
mirror (as a metaphor for something beautiful, bright and flat – such as a lake – or something that provides clarity and insight)
polished mirror; clear mirror; (personal name) Meikyou
a [clear] mirror


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zhèng mìng
    zheng4 ming4
cheng ming
 shoumyou / shomyo
{Buddh} (See 八正道) right livelihood
samyagājīva, the fifth of the 八正道, right livelihood, right life; 'abstaining from any of the forbidden modes of living. ' 正因 The true or direct cause, as compared with 緣因 a contributory cause.



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    wu2 ming2
wu ming
 mumyou / mumyo

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Wu Ming / Anonymous
nameless; obscure
(adj-no,n) (1) nameless; unnamed; anonymous; unsigned; (adj-no,n) (2) obscure; unknown; not famous; (adj-no,n) (3) causeless; unjustifiable; (given name) Mumyou
no name


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shēng mìng
    sheng1 ming4
sheng ming
 seimei / seme

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Life Force
life (as the characteristic of living beings); living being; creature; CL:個|个[ge4],條|条[tiao2]
(1) life; existence; (n,n-suf) (2) (See 役者生命) (one's) working life; career; (3) life force; lifeblood; soul; essence


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shén míng
    shen2 ming2
shen ming
 jinmei / jinme

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Deities / Gods
deities; gods
(1) deity; god; (2) (See 天照大神) Amaterasu (as an enshrined deity); (surname) Jinmei
The spirits of heaven and earth, the gods; also the intelligent or spiritual nature.



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xián míng
    xian2 ming2
hsien ming

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Wisdom / Intelligence
wise and capable; sagacious
(noun or adjectival noun) wise; sensible; well-advised; intelligent; sagacious; prudent; (given name) Yoshimitsu



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yùn mìng
    yun4 ming4
yün ming

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Destiny / Fate
fate; one's fortune
(noun - becomes adjective with の) fate; destiny; lot; (personal name) Yukinobu



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    ming2 ji4
ming chi
 meiki / meki

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to engrave in one's memory
(noun, transitive verb) keep in mind; take note of; remember


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ā míng
    a1 ming2
a ming

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    li2 ming2
li ming
 reimei / reme

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Dawn / Early Morning / Twilight
dawn; daybreak
(1) daybreak; dawn; gray of the morning (grey); (2) dawn (of a new age); (female given name) Reimei



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xìn xīn míng
    xin4 xin1 ming2
hsin hsin ming
 Shinjin mei

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Xin Xin Ming / Shinjinmei
Xinxin ming


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míng wáng xīng
    ming2 wang2 xing1
ming wang hsing
 meiousei / meose

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Pluto (dwarf planet)
{astron} Pluto (dwarf planet)


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dà guāng míng
    da4 guang1 ming2
ta kuang ming

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Reiki - Master Symbol
(surname) Oomiya


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shēng mìng
    sheng1 ming4 li4
sheng ming li
 seimeiryoku / semeryoku

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vitality; (one's) life force

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 mei / me
dark; deep; stupid; the underworld
(female given name) Mei
Darkness, obscurity; deep. Hades; used chiefly in the sense of 無知 ignorance, profound, secret, invisible, e.g. as opposed to 顯 open, manifest.

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 myou / myo
name; noun (part of speech); place (e.g. among winners); famous; classifier for people
(counter) (1) (honorific or respectful language) counter for people (usu. seating, reservations and such); (2) first name; (prefix) (3) (See 名探偵) famous; great; (suffix) (4) (See コード名,学校名) name; (5) (abbreviation) (part of speech tag used in dictionaries) (See 名詞) noun; (place-name) Myou
nāman 娜麽 (or 娜摩); a name, a term; noted, famous.

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míng zhì
    ming2 zhi4
ming chih
 meiji / meji
Meiji, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1868-1912) of the Meiji emperor
(hist) Meiji era (1868.9.8-1912.7.30); (p,s,g) Meiji

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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
Wu Ming
mu mei / mumeimíng / wu2 ming2 / wu ming / wuming
Xin Xin Ming
shin jin mei
xìn xīn míng
xin4 xin1 ming2
xin xin ming
hsin hsin ming
mei / myou / mei / myomíng / ming2 / ming
inochi / meimìng / ming4 / ming
Fudo Myo-o
Wisdom King
fu dou myou ou
fu do myo o
bù dòng míng wáng
bu4 dong4 ming2 wang2
bu dong ming wang
pu tung ming wang
Akashi明石akashimíng shí
ming2 shi2 
ming shi 
Journey to the West西遊記
sei yuu ki / seiyuuki / sei yu kixī yóu jì
xi1 you2 ji4
xi you ji
hsi yu chi
Mythical Creature
麒麟kirinqí lǐn / qi2 lin3 / qi lin / qilinch`i lin / chilin / chi lin
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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