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yīn yuè
Music Scroll

音樂 is how to write music in most Asian languages.

It can also express the idea of a musical movement, depending on context.

楽The second character has morphed a bit in Japanese Kanji. If you want the specifically modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right, instead of the button above. The version shown to the left was used in ancient Japan, prior to the Japanese language reformations after WWII (so technically, it’s still Japanese).

Music is Life

ongaku wa jinseidesu
Music is Life Scroll

This means "music is life" in Japanese.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Music is Life

yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
Music is Life Scroll

This means, "Music is Life", in Chinese.

This is a title that we composed after so many people searched for it on our website.


yīn yuè jiā
Musician Scroll

音樂家 is how to write musician in most Asian languages.

There is more than one way to write musician in China but this is the traditional and most respectful title.

楽The second character has morphed a bit in Japanese Kanji. If you want the specifically modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right, instead of the button above. The version shown to the left was used in ancient Japan, prior to the Japanese language reformations after WWII (so technically, it’s still Japanese).

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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
音乐 / 音楽
ongakuyīn yuè / yin1 yue4 / yin yue / yinyueyin yüeh / yinyüeh
Music is Life音楽は人生ですongaku wa jinseidesu
Music is Life音樂就是生命
yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
yin1 yue4 jiu4 shi4 sheng1 ming4
yin yue jiu shi sheng ming
yin yüeh chiu shih sheng ming
音乐家 / 音楽家
ongakukayīn yuè jiā
yin1 yue4 jia1
yin yue jia
yin yüeh chia
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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your music search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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/ lu:4

 ritsu / りつ
Musician Scroll
(1) law (esp. ancient East Asian criminal code); regulation; (2) {Buddh} vinaya (rules for the monastic community); (3) (abbreviation) (See 律宗) Ritsu (school of Buddhism); (4) (abbreviation) (See 律詩) lushi (style of Chinese poem); (5) (also りち) (musical) pitch; (6) (See 十二律,呂・2) six odd-numbered notes of the ancient chromatic scale; (7) (abbreviation) (See 律旋) Japanese seven-tone gagaku scale, similar to Dorian mode (corresponding to: re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do); (n,n-suf,ctr) (8) (in traditional Eastern music) step (corresponding to a Western semitone); (personal name) Ritsuji
vinaya, from vi-ni, to 1ead, train: discipline: v. 毘奈耶; other names are Prātimokṣa, śīla, and upalakṣa. The discipline, or monastic rules; one of the three divisions of the Canon, or Tripiṭaka, and said to have been compiled by Upāli.


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 tai / タイ
Musician Scroll
(1) tie; necktie; (2) tie; draw; tied score; (3) {music} tie; (place-name) Thailand; (female given name) Tai; (given name) Tighe; Tye



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qián wèi / qian2 wei4
ch`ien wei / chien wei
 zenei / zene / ぜんえい
Musician Scroll
advanced guard; vanguard; avant-garde; forward (soccer position)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) avant-garde (e.g. music); (surname) Maee


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mī mī / mi1 mi1
mi mi
Musician Scroll
oboe-like musical instrument used in folk music of Gansu, Qinghai etc; (onom.) meow; kitty kitty!; Mimi (Western name); tits (i.e. slang for breasts)


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huí yīn / hui2 yin1
hui yin
 kaion / かいおん
Musician Scroll
echo; reply; turn (ornament in music)
turn (melodic ornament); gruppetto



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yīn yuè / yin1 yue4
yin yüeh
Musician Scroll
music; CL:張|张[zhang1],曲[qu3],段[duan4]
Music, a musical accompaniment to a service.


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 aria / アリア
Musician Scroll
{music} aria (ita:); (personal name) Alia


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 riido / rido / リード
Musician Scroll
(noun/participle) (1) lead; leading; taking the lead; (2) lead (of a newspaper, etc.); lede; (3) lead (wire); (4) lead (e.g. dog); leash; (5) (sales) lead; prospective client; (6) reed (of a musical instrument); (7) {music} (See リート) lied (ger: Lied); German song, usually for solo voice and piano; (noun/participle) (8) read; reading; (place-name) Lead; Reade; Read; Reed; Ried



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bù lǔ sī / bu4 lu3 si1
pu lu ssu
Musician Scroll
blues (music) (loanword)



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pī tóu shì / pi1 tou2 shi4
p`i t`ou shih / pi tou shih
Musician Scroll
the Beatles (music band)


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 baretto / バレット
Musician Scroll
(1) {music} balletto (ita:); (2) barret; beret-like hat; (3) Barrett (brand of firearms); (surname) Barret; Vallet


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 buruusu / burusu / ブルース
Musician Scroll
(music) blues; (s,m) Bruce; Bluth; Brousse

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 shi / シ (1) {music} ti (ita:); si; 7th note of a major scale in movable-do solfège; (2) {music} B (note in the fixed-do system) (ita:)

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 so / ソ (1) {music} so (ita:); soh; 5th note of a major scale in movable-do solfège; (2) {music} G (note in the fixed-do system) (ita:)

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 to / ト (1) (See 伊呂波順・いろはじゅん) 7th in a sequence denoted by the iroha system; (2) {music} 7th note in the diatonic scale (used in key names, etc.); G

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 do / ド (1) {music} doh (ita:); do; 1st note of a major scale in movable-do solfège; (2) {music} C (note in the fixed-do system) (ita:); (personal name) De; Do

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 mi / ミ (1) {music} mi (ita:); me; 3rd note of a major scale in movable-do solfège; (2) {music} E (note in the fixed-do system) (ita:); (female given name) Mi

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 ra / ラ (1) {music} la (ita:); lah; 6th note of a major scale in movable-do solfège; (2) {music} A (note in the fixed-do system) (ita:); (personal name) La

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/ lu:3

 ryo / りょ
pitchpipe, pitch standard, one of the twelve semitones in the traditional tone system
(1) (abbreviation) {music} bass range (in Japanese music); (2) (See 十二律,律・6) six even-numbered notes of the ancient chromatic scale; (3) (See 呂旋) Japanese seven-tone gagaku scale similar to Mixolydian mode (corresp. to: re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do); (surname) Roi

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lòng / long4
to sing or chirp (of birds); music sound

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jiē / jie1
harmonious (of music)

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 hayashi / はやし (music) accompaniment for traditional performances (noh, kabuki, etc.); orchestra; band

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biàn / bian4
 hen / へん
Japanese variant of 變|变[bian4]
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) strange; odd; peculiar; weird; curious; queer; eccentric; funny; suspicious; fishy; (2) unexpected; (3) change; (4) incident; disturbance; disaster; accident; (prefix noun) (5) (music) flat

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kuí / kui2
k`uei / kuei
one-legged mountain demon of Chinese mythology; Chinese mythical figure who invented music and dancing; Chinese rain god; surname Kui

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zòu / zou4
 sou / so / そう
to play music; to achieve; to present a memorial to the emperor (old)
(See 奏する・そうする・1) report to the emperor; (female given name) Merodi-

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yīng / ying1
 ei / e / えい
infant; baby
(n,pref) {music} (See 嬰ヘ長調) sharp; (personal name) Enda
Infant, baby; infant

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pāi / pai1
p`ai / pai
 haku / はく
to pat; to clap; to slap; to swat; to take (a photo); to shoot (a film); racket (sports); beat (music)
(n,ctr) (1) {music} beat; (2) {ling} (See モーラ) mora; (female given name) Haku

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bǎn / ban3
 ita / いた
board; plank; plate; shutter; table tennis bat; clappers (music); CL:塊|块[kuai4]; accented beat in Chinese music; hard; stiff; to stop smiling or look serious
(1) board; plank; (2) sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab; (3) (See 俎板) cutting board; chopping board; (4) (abbreviation) (usu. as 板さん) (See 板前・1,板場・いたば・2) chef (esp. of high-end Japanese cuisine); cook; (5) stage (i.e. at a theatre); (personal name) Ban
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.

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yuè / yue4
 gyō / らん
(surname) Ran
Music, that which causes joy, hence joy, joyful, glad, rejoice; also to find joy in, enjoy; (1) music (2) comfort (3) to be indulged in

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guàn / guan4
to irrigate; to pour; to install (software); to record (music)
To water, sprinkle, pour; to flow together, or into, accumulate; to water

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