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  1. Moon

  2. Bamboo Moon

  3. New Moon

  4. Sun Moon Stars

  5. The Sun, Moon and Stars

  6. Tsuki no Kokoro / Mind like the Moon

  7. Moonlight

  8. April

  9. Rago

10. Yin Yang

11. Kagetsu

12. November

13. July

14. October

15. June

16. February

17. Apollo

18. Month of March

19. Apollo

20. Samidare

21. June

22. The Month of May

23. Great Expectations

24. August

25. Looking Forward / Hoping

26. Beauty of Nature

27. Clarity


yuè
tsuki
Moon Scroll

月 is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

月 is also used to refer to the month. 月 is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.

If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).

In Japanese, 月 can be a surname that romanizes as Tsuki, Tsukizaki, or Takagetsu.

Bamboo Moon

yuè zhú
tsuki take
Bamboo Moon Scroll

月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon" - Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, the title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.


The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).

New Moon

xīn yuè
shingetsu
New Moon Scroll

新月 literally means new moon.

This can also refer to a crescent moon or the first lunar phase that occurs every 29.53 days.

In Japanese, this can be the female given names, Wakatsuki, Nidzuki, or Nitsuki. It can also be the surnames Shintsuki, Shingetsu, or Aratsuki.

Sun Moon Stars

rì yuè xīng
nichigetsusei
Sun Moon Stars Scroll

日月星 is the shortest way to write a title (or word list) that means Sun, Moon, Stars.

The Sun, Moon and Stars

rì yuè xīng chén
nichigetsuseishin
The Sun, Moon and Stars Scroll

This title encompasses all of the heavenly bodies or celestial bodies.

Namely, this includes the Sun, Moon and Stars of our universe.

Tsuki no Kokoro / Mind like the Moon

tsuki no kokoro
Tsuki no Kokoro / Mind like the Moon Scroll

月の心 means "Mind like the Moon" or more directly translated, "Moon of Mind".

月の心 is a phrase used in Zen Buddhism and some Japanese martial arts.

Moonlight

yuè guāng
gekkou
Moonlight Scroll

月光 is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for moonlight.

This can also be used to describe a moonbeam, and can be a given name all three languages (pronounced as Rumi when used as a female given name in Japanese).

April

Fourth Month
sì yuè
shi gatsu
April Scroll

四月 is April in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the fourth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fourth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). 四月 literally mean "fourth month" or "fourth moon".

luó hóu
ragou
Rago Scroll

羅喉 is a Japanese personal name, Rago.

The meaning can be the intersection of the Moon's orbit with the ecliptic in Vedic astronomy (from Sanskrit Rāhu). In Buddhist context, this can be, "the demon who is supposed to seize the sun and moon and thus cause eclipses".

羅喉 is a variant of the Chinese 羅睺. It can also be written 羅護 or 羅虎. If you need the more ancient Chinese version, just let me know.

Yin Yang

yīn yáng
in you
Yin Yang Scroll

These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon".

Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.


See Also:  Taoism

Kagetsu

kagetsu
Kagetsu Scroll

花月 is a somewhat archaic Japanese word that literally means, "flowers and the moon".

Colloquially, this refers to, "refined leisure", or "an elegant pastime".

November

Eleventh Month
shí yī yuè
juu ichi gatsu
November Scroll

十一月 is the Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean title for the month of November.

This literally means the eleventh month or moon.

July

Seventh Month
qī yuè
shichigatsu
July Scroll

七月 is how Chinese and Japanese express July (also used in old Korean Hanja).

七月 literally mean "seventh month" or "seventh moon".

October

Tenth Month
shí yuè
juu gatsu
October Scroll

十月 is how Chinese and Japanese express October (also used in old Korean Hanja).

十月 literally mean "tenth month" or "tenth moon".

zhū ēn
June Scroll

朱恩 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the female name June.

However, you might want the meaning of month June (the 6th moon of the year) instead of this.

February

èr yuè
futatsuki / nigatsu
February Scroll

二月 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the month of February.

This literally means the "second month" or "second moon" (of the year).

Apollo

aporo
Apollo Scroll

アポロ is the Japanese Katakana title for Apollo.

This can be the Greek God Apollo, or the title of the Nasa mission to the moon. Also the given name Apollo.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Month of March

Third Month of the Year
sān yuè
mitsuki / sangatsu
Month of March Scroll

三月 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Chinese way to write the month of March.

This literally reads as "third month" or "third moon".

Apollo

tài yáng shén
taiyoushin
Apollo Scroll

太陽神 literally means "Sun God" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

It's used in Chinese to mean the Greek God, Apollo. This can also be used in Chinese to refer to Nasa's Apollo missions to the moon.

Samidare

samidare
Samidare Scroll

五月雨 is the Japanese name Samidare.

The meaning of the name is "early-summer rain". Literally, it's "5th moon rain", which means "rain in the month of May". This may refer to an anime character, a Japanese battleship in WWII, or a place in Japan called Samidare.

June

Sixth Month
liù yuè
roku gatsu
June Scroll

六月 is the month of June in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the sixth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). 六月 literally mean "sixth month" or "sixth moon".

The Month of May

Fifth Month
wǔ yuè
satsuki / go gatsu
The Month of May Scroll

五月 is the month of May in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the fifth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). 五月 literally mean "fifth month" or "fifth moon".


Note: Sometimes Japanese parents will use this as a female given name, and use "Mei" (the sound of May in English) as the pronunciation.

Great Expectations

wàng
bou / nozomi
Great Expectations Scroll

望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

August

Eighth Month
bā yuè
hachigatsu / yatsuki
August Scroll

八月 is the month of August in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

八月 literally mean "eighth month" or "eighth moon".

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yatsuki, in much the same way August can be a female given name in English.

Looking Forward / Hoping

qǐ wàng
kibou
Looking Forward / Hoping  Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese word can be translated as:
to hope; to look forward; looking forward to; hoping for.

The first character means to plan. The second can mean to hope; to expect; to gaze (into the distance); to look towards. Sometimes it can mean full moon.
Together, these characters create this word about hoping, wishing, looking forward, and dreaming about the future.

Beauty of Nature

Ka-Chou-Fuu-Getsu
ka chou fuu getsu
Beauty of Nature Scroll

花鳥風月 is the Japanese Kanji proverb for "Beauties of Nature".

The dictionary definition is, "the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics".

The Kanji each represents an element of nature that constitute beauty in traditional Japanese art and culture.

The Kanji breakdown:
花 = ka = flower (also pronounced "hana")
鳥 = chou = bird (also pronounced "tori").
風 = fuu = wind (also pronounced "kaze").
月 = getsu = moon (also pronounced "tsuki")

Clarity

qīng
sei
Clarity Scroll

清 means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moonlight piercing pure water". The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through". Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear".

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.


Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When reading in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.




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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
Moontsukiyuè / yue4 / yueyüeh
Bamboo Moon月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhuyüeh chu / yüehchu
New Moon新月shingetsuxīn yuè / xin1 yue4 / xin yue / xinyuehsin yüeh / hsinyüeh
Sun Moon Stars日月星nichigetsuseirì yuè xīng
ri4 yue4 xing1
ri yue xing
riyuexing
jih yüeh hsing
jihyüehhsing
The Sun, Moon and Stars日月星辰nichigetsuseishinrì yuè xīng chén
ri4 yue4 xing1 chen2
ri yue xing chen
riyuexingchen
jih yüeh hsing ch`en
jihyüehhsingchen
jih yüeh hsing chen
Tsuki no Kokoro
Mind like the Moon
月の心tsuki no kokoro
tsukinokokoro
Moonlight月光gekkou / gekoyuè guāng
yue4 guang1
yue guang
yueguang
yüeh kuang
yüehkuang
April四月shi gatsu / shigatsusì yuè / si4 yue4 / si yue / siyuessu yüeh / ssuyüeh
Rago羅喉ragou / ragoluó hóu / luo2 hou2 / luo hou / luohoulo hou / lohou
Yin Yang陰陽
阴阳
in you / inyou / in yo / inyoyīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang
Kagetsu花月kagetsu
November十一月juu ichi gatsu
juuichigatsu
ju ichi gatsu
juichigatsu
shí yī yuè
shi2 yi1 yue4
shi yi yue
shiyiyue
shih i yüeh
shihiyüeh
July七月shichigatsuqī yuè / qi1 yue4 / qi yue / qiyuech`i yüeh / chiyüeh / chi yüeh
October十月juu gatsu / juugatsu / ju gatsu / jugatsushí yuè / shi2 yue4 / shi yue / shiyueshih yüeh / shihyüeh
June朱恩zhū ēn / zhu1 en1 / zhu en / zhuenchu en / chuen
February二月futatsuki / nigatsuèr yuè / er4 yue4 / er yue / eryueerh yüeh / erhyüeh
Apolloアポロaporo
Month of March三月mitsuki / sangatsusān yuè / san1 yue4 / san yue / sanyuesan yüeh / sanyüeh
Apollo太陽神
太阳神
taiyoushin / taiyoshintài yáng shén
tai4 yang2 shen2
tai yang shen
taiyangshen
t`ai yang shen
taiyangshen
tai yang shen
Samidare五月雨samidare
June六月roku gatsu / rokugatsuliù yuè / liu4 yue4 / liu yue / liuyueliu yüeh / liuyüeh
The Month of May五月satsuki / go gatsu
satsuki / gogatsu
wǔ yuè / wu3 yue4 / wu yue / wuyuewu yüeh / wuyüeh
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
bo / nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
August八月hachigatsu / yatsukibā yuè / ba1 yue4 / ba yue / bayuepa yüeh / payüeh
Looking Forward
Hoping
企望kibou / kiboqǐ wàng / qi3 wang4 / qi wang / qiwangch`i wang / chiwang / chi wang
Beauty of Nature花鳥風月ka chou fuu getsu
kachoufuugetsu
ka cho fu getsu
kachofugetsu
Clarityseiqīng / qing1 / qingch`ing / ching
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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