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Nan / South

China nán
Japan minami / nan
Nan / South

南 means south or southern.

In Chinese, this is also a surname that romanizes as Nan.

In Japanese, it can also be the given names Mimi, Minamihama, Minamitate, Minami, Mina, Miumi, Hinata, Nantetsu, or Namuchoru. It can be the Japanese surnames Nanzaki, Nan, Namu, Nami, or Takaminami.

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

Japan nan zan no jyu
Longevity / Long Life Wishes

南山之壽 is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan," which literally means "south mountain." This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.

The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.

I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall."


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Mandarin nán / nan2
Taiwan nan
Japanese minami / みなみ
Chinese south; surname Nan
Japanese south; (personal name) Minnami; (personal name) Mimi; (surname) Minamihama; (personal name) Minamitate; (surname, female given name) Minami; (female given name) Mina; (female given name) Miumi; (female given name) Hinata; (given name) Nantetsu; (surname) Nanzaki; (surname, female given name) Nan; (given name) Namuchoru; (surname) Namu; (surname, female given name) Nami; (surname) Takaminami
dakṣina, south; translit. nāṃ and as a suffix intp. as meaning plural, several, i.e. more than three.
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Nan / South

ナン

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Japanese nan / ナン Japanese naan (hin:); nan; flatbread in Central and South Asian cuisine; (personal name) Nan; Nunn

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南江

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Mandarin nán jiāng / nan2 jiang1
Taiwan nan chiang
Japanese minamie / みなみえ    nane / なんえ    namie / なみえ    nae / なえ
Chinese Nanjiang county in Panzhihua 攀枝花[Pan1 zhi1 hua1], south Sichuan
Japanese (surname) Minamie; (surname) Nan'e; (place-name) Namie; (personal name) Nae

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南洋

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Mandarin nán yáng / nan2 yang2
Taiwan nan yang
Japanese nanyou / nanyo / なんよう
Chinese Southeast Asia; South seas
Japanese South Seas; (personal name) Minahiro; (given name) Nan'you; (female given name) Nami; (personal name) Nahiro

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南澳

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Mandarin nán ào / nan2 ao4
Taiwan nan ao
Chinese Nan'ao County in Shantou 汕頭|汕头[Shan4 tou2], Guangdong; Nan'ao township in Yilan county 宜蘭縣|宜兰县[Yi2 lan2 xian4], Taiwan; abbr. for 南澳大利亞州|南澳大利亚州[Nan2 ao4 da4 li4 ya4 zhou1], South Australia

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南苑

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Mandarin nán yuàn / nan2 yuan4
Taiwan nan yüan
Japanese nanen / なんえん
Chinese Nanyuan or "Southern Park", an imperial hunting domain during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, now the site of Nanhaizi Park in the south of Beijing
Japanese (given name) Nan'en

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ナーン

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Japanese naan / nan / ナーン Japanese naan (hin:); nan; flatbread in Central and South Asian cuisine; (place-name) Nan (Thailand)

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ナン;ナーン

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Japanese nan;naan / nan;nan / ナン;ナーン Japanese naan (hin:); nan; flatbread in Central and South Asian cuisine

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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
Nan
South
minami / nannán / nan2 / nan
Longevity
Long Life Wishes
南山之壽
南山之寿
nan zan no jyu
nanzannojyu
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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