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Moderation in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Moderation

  2. Modesty

  3. Humble / Modest

  4. Humble / Modesty / Humility

  5. Humble

  6. Humility / Being Humble

  7. Prudence / Considerate

  8. Temperance


Moderation

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
Moderation Vertical Wall Scroll

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.

節制 can also be translated as sobriety, self-restraint, or temperance.

節制 is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.


See Also:  Prudence | Ethics | Humble | Humility

Modesty

China qiān xùn
Japan kenson
Modesty Vertical Wall Scroll

Depending on context, this can be translated as modesty, humbleness or humility.

The first character means "modesty" while the second means "yielding." Together it could be stated as "yielding modesty."


See Also:  Chastity | Prudence

Humble / Modest

China qiān xū
Japan ken kyo
Humble / Modest Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese and Korean, the first character means "modest." The second means "empty." Together these characters reinforce the ideas of modesty and being empty of ego.

This can also be translated as humbleness or humility.


虚In Japan, they tend to use a slightly-simplified version of the second Kanji for this word. It also happens to be an alternate/simplified version used in China too. If you want to order the modern Japanese/simplified version, just click in the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

Humble / Modesty / Humility

China qiān xū
Japan ken kyo
Humble / Modesty / Humility Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japanese, first Kanji means "self-effacing," "humble oneself," "condescend," "be modest." The second means "void" or "emptiness."

謙虚 is the most common way to say humble or modest in Japanese without a derogatory meaning (some other words suggest weakness but this version holds a better humble meaning).

Humble

China qiān gōng
Humble Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character means "modest." The second means "respectful."


See Also:  Modesty | Purity

Humility / Being Humble

China qiān xùn
Japan ken son
Humility / Being Humble Vertical Wall Scroll

謙遜 can also be translated as being modest, humble, or unpretentious.

Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

This Humility title is also used as one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do. Often romanized as "Kyum Son."

Also sometimes used in Japanese to express humility with an essence of modesty.


See Also:  Modesty | Humility

Prudence / Considerate

China shèn zhòng
Japan shin chou
Prudence / Considerate Vertical Wall Scroll

慎重 conveys the idea of being considerate, having prudence, and being thoughtful when taking action.

慎重 can also mean cautious, careful, discreet, deliberate, or taking all things into consideration.

The general meaning is shared across languages. However, in Chinese, this is more about prudence, while in Japanese, this is more about being considerate.

Chinese Catholics use this word to represent "prudence" in the list of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


慎慎 Note: Depending on your choice of Chinese or Japanese calligraphers, the first Kanji will vary slightly. It is technically the same character. Japanese tend to leave a space between the upper and lower portions of this particular Kanji. See sample images to the right.


See Also:   Modesty | Chastity

Temperance

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
Temperance Vertical Wall Scroll

In short, temperance is knowing when to say "when."

Temperance is the practice of moderation and restraint (in fact, this Asian word is often translated as moderation or restraint).

It was one of the five tenets held to be vital to society in Hellenic culture. It is also one of the Four Cardinal Virtues considered central to Christian behavior by the Catholic Church.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

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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
Moderation節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
Modesty謙遜
谦逊
kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
Humble
Modest
謙虛
谦虚
ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Humble
Modesty
Humility
謙虚ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Humble謙恭
谦恭
qiān gōng
qian1 gong1
qian gong
qiangong
ch`ien kung
chienkung
chien kung
Humility
Being Humble
謙遜
谦逊
ken son / kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
Prudence
Considerate
慎重shin chou / shinchou / shin cho / shinchoshèn zhòng
shen4 zhong4
shen zhong
shenzhong
shen chung
shenchung
Temperance節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
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