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Mirror

China jìng
Japan kagami
Mirror Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese character, Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja means mirror.

It can also mean lens or looking-glass depending on context.

In Buddhism, this is the equivalent of ādarśa from Sanskrit meaning a mirror.

Keiko / Mirror

China jìng zi
Japan keiko
Keiko / Mirror Vertical Wall Scroll

鏡子 means mirror.

鏡子 is a common female given name in Japanese where it's romanized as Keiko or Kēko.

Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll

A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:


You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon but as for you, I see not a trace.


The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb, 破鏡重圓, is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce) but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.

Mirror: Beautiful Clarity

China míng jìng
Japan mei kyou
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll

While this means mirror in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, it's commonly used as a metaphor for something beautiful and bright or something that provides clarity and insight.

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

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin jìng / jing4
Taiwan ching
Japanese kagami / かがみ
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese mirror; lens
Japanese (1) mirror; looking-glass; (2) barrel head; (female given name) Mira; (personal name) Kiyou; (personal name) Kyouji; (surname, female given name) Kyou; (p,s,f) Kagami; (personal name) Kakami; (personal name) Akira

明鏡


明镜

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Mandarin míng jìng / ming2 jing4
Taiwan ming ching
Japanese meikyou;myoukyou;meikei / mekyo;myokyo;meke / めいきょう;みょうきょう;めいけい
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese mirror (as a metaphor for something beautiful, bright and flat -- such as a lake -- or something that provides clarity and insight); Der Spiegel
Japanese polished mirror; clear mirror; (personal name) Meikyou; (female given name) Akimi
a [clear] mirror; a [clear] mirror

鏡子


镜子

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Mandarin jìng zi / jing4 zi5
Taiwan ching tzu
Japanese keiko / keko / けいこ    kiyouko / kiyoko / きようこ    kyouko / kyoko / きょうこ
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese mirror; CL:面[mian4],個|个[ge4]
Japanese (female given name) Keiko; (female given name) Kiyouko; (female given name) Kyouko

ミラー

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Japanese miraa / mira / ミラー
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese mirror; (surname) Miller; Millar; Myller

破鏡重圓


破镜重圆

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Mandarin pò jìng chóng yuán / po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
Taiwan p`o ching ch`ung yüan / po ching chung yüan
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese a shattered mirror put back together (idiom); (of marriage) to pick up the pieces and start anew; for a separated couple to reconcile and reunite

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Mandarin kuà / kua4
Taiwan k`ua / kua
Chinese component in Chinese characters, mirror image of 夂[zhi3]


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Mandarin pán // qiáng / pan2 // qiang2
Taiwan p`an // ch`iang / pan // chiang
Chinese classifier for strips of land or bamboo, shops, factories etc; slit bamboo or chopped wood (dialect); "piece of wood" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 90), mirror image of 片[pian4]


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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Japanese miru / みる    kan / かん    kagami / かがみ    akira / あきら
Chinese example; mirror; to view; reflection; to reflect; to inspect; to warn; (ancient bronze mirror)
Japanese model; pattern; (female given name) Miru; (surname) Kan; (surname) Kagami; (given name) Akira

主鏡

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Japanese shukyou / shukyo / しゅきょう Japanese primary mirror (of a telescope); main mirror

亀鑑

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Japanese kikan / きかん Japanese pattern; example; model; paragon; mirror; (given name) Kikan

二如

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Mandarin èr rú / er4 ru2
Taiwan erh ju
Japanese ninyo
There are various definitions of the two aspects of the 眞如 bhūtatathatā. (1) (a) 不變眞如 The changeless essence or substance, e.g. the sea; (b) 隨緣眞如 its conditioned or ever-changing forms, as in the phenomenal world, e.g. the waves. (2) (a) 離言眞如 The inexpressible absolute, only mentally conceivable; (6) 依言眞如 aspects of it expressible in words, its ideal reflex. (3) (a) 空眞如 The absolute as the void, e.g. as space, the sky, a clear mirror; (b) 不空眞如 the absolute in manifestation, or phenomenal, e. g. images in the mirror: the womb of the universe in which are all potentialities. (4) (a) 在纏眞如The Buddha-nature in bonds, i.e. all beings in suffering; (b) 出纏真如the Buddha-nature set free by the manifestation of the Buddha and bodhisattvas. (5) (a) 有垢眞如The Buddha-nature defiled, as in unenlightened man, etc., e.g. the water-lily with its roots in the mud; (b) 無垢眞如 the pure Buddha-nature, purifed or bright as the full moon. (6) 安立 and 非安立眞如 similar to the first definition given above; thusness in two aspects

五智

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Mandarin wǔ zhì / wu3 zhi4
Taiwan wu chih
Japanese gochi / ごち
Japanese (place-name, surname) Gochi

五法

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Mandarin wǔ fǎ / wu3 fa3
Taiwan wu fa
Japanese gohō

倒寫


倒写

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Mandarin dào xiě / dao4 xie3
Taiwan tao hsieh
Chinese mirror writing; upside down writing

倭鏡

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Japanese wakyou / wakyo / わきょう Japanese Japanese-style mirror

円鏡

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Japanese enkyou;marukagami / enkyo;marukagami / えんきょう;まるかがみ Japanese round mirror; (given name) Enkyou

凸鏡


凸镜

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Mandarin tū jìng / tu1 jing4
Taiwan t`u ching / tu ching
Japanese tokkyou / tokkyo / とっきょう
Chinese convex mirror
Japanese convex mirror

凹鏡


凹镜

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Mandarin āo jìng / ao1 jing4
Taiwan ao ching
Chinese concave mirror

副鏡

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Japanese fukukyou / fukukyo / ふくきょう Japanese secondary mirror (in a reflecting telescope)

反射

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Mandarin fǎn shè / fan3 she4
Taiwan fan she
Japanese hansha / はんしゃ
Chinese to reflect; reflection (from a mirror etc); reflex (i.e. automatic reaction of organism)
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) {physics} reflection; reverberation; (2) {biol} reflex; reflexes

反映

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Mandarin fǎn yìng / fan3 ying4
Taiwan fan ying
Japanese hanei / hane / はんえい
Chinese to mirror; to reflect; mirror image; reflection; (fig.) to report; to make known; to render
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) reflection (light, image, situation, attitude, etc.); reflecting; (2) influence; application (e.g. of an update)

和鏡

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Japanese wakyou / wakyo / わきょう Japanese Japanese-style mirror

四智

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Mandarin sì zhì / si4 zhi4
Taiwan ssu chih
Japanese shichi
The four forms of wisdom of a Buddha according to the 法相 Dharmalakṣana school: (1) 大圓鏡智 the great mirror wisdom of Akṣobhya; (2) 平等性智 the universal wisdom of Ratnaketu; (3) 妙觀察智 the profound observing wisdom of Amitābha; (4) 成所作智 the perfecting wisdom of Amoghasiddhi. There are various other groups; four kinds of cognition

四鏡


四镜

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Mandarin sì jìng / si4 jing4
Taiwan ssu ching
Japanese yotsukagami / よつかがみ
Japanese (surname) Yotsukagami
The four resemblances between a mirror and the bhūtatathatā in the Awakening of Faith 起信論. The bhūtatathatā, like the mirror, is independent of all beings, reveals all objects, is not hindered by objects, and serves all beings; four mirror metaphors

好照

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Mandarin hǎo zhào / hao3 zhao4
Taiwan hao chao
Japanese yoshiteru / よしてる    sutera / すてら
Japanese (given name) Yoshiteru; (female given name) Sutera

姿見

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Japanese sugatami / すがたみ Japanese dresser; full-length mirror; (surname) Sugatami

對映


对映

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Mandarin duì yìng / dui4 ying4
Taiwan tui ying
Chinese to be the mirror image of something; enantiomorphic; antipodal; enantiomeric (chemistry)

心鏡


心镜

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Mandarin xīn jìng / xin1 jing4
Taiwan hsin ching
Japanese kokoro no kagami
The heart-mirror, or mirror of the mind, which must be kept clean if it is to reflect the Truth; mind-mirror

慧鏡


慧镜

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Mandarin huì jìng / hui4 jing4
Taiwan hui ching
Japanese ekyō

手鏡

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Japanese tekagami / てかがみ Japanese hand-mirror

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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
Mirror
kagamijìng / jing4 / jingching
Keiko
Mirror
鏡子
镜子
keikojìng zi / jing4 zi5 / jing zi / jingziching tzu / chingtzu
Broken Mirror Rejoined破鏡重圓
破镜重圆
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
pojingchongyuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
pochingchungyüan
po ching chung yüan
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity明鏡
明镜
mei kyou / meikyou / mei kyo / meikyomíng jìng
ming2 jing4
ming jing
mingjing
ming ching
mingching
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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