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Nan / South

nán
minami / nan
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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

nan zan no jyu
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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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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
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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nán / nan2
nan
 nan / ナン
Longevity / Long Life Wishes Vertical Wall Scroll
south
(1) {mahj} south wind tile; (2) {mahj} winning hand with a pung (or kong) of south wind tiles; (personal name) Minnami
dakṣina, south; translit. nāṃ and as a suffix intp. as meaning plural, several, i.e. more than three.

ナン

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

南澳

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nán ào / nan2 ao4
nan ao
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

南苑

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nán yuàn / nan2 yuan4
nan yüan
 nanen / なんえん
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
(given name) Nan'en

ナーン

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

ナン;ナーン

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

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