The name Ocean in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Ocean

  2. Ocean / Sea

  3. The Way of the Wave

  4. Great Sea

  5. The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits

Ocean Scroll

This is the Chinese and old Korean Hanja word for ocean. This can be pronounced in Japanese, and has the same meaning but is rarely seen alone in Japanese.

Besides ocean or sea, this character can also mean foreign, wide, or vast.

It's more common for Chinese people to use a different word “hai” for ocean or sea.

 hǎi yáng
 kai you
Ocean Scroll

海洋 is probably the most common word for “ocean” in Japanese. 海洋 is also sometimes used in Chinese and Korean Hanja.

In Japan, this can also be a female given name when pronounced as Miyou or Unami.

Ocean / Sea Scroll

海 is the character often used for sea or ocean in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In some context, this can refer to the beach, or an area near the sea, such as “Shanghai” (same hai is the second character of Shanghai).

If you are looking for a universal word for ocean or sea - or can't decide which character for ocean or sea that you want, pick this one!

海 is also a common female given name in Japan - also a good name for a restaurant as “Umi Sushi” would mean “Ocean Sushi Restaurant.”

海Please note that our Japanese master calligrapher will tend to write this character in the form shown to the right (a line instead of two dots). Both versions are correct, and can be read in either language. Let us know if you have a preference when you order.

The Way of the Wave

The Tao of the Waves

 làng zhī dào
The Way of the Wave Scroll

浪之道 is a great title for a surfer whose lifestyle is entwined with the surf and waves.

This can be translated a few different ways:
The Way of the Wave
The Dao of the Wave
The Tao of the Waves
Note: Dao and Tao are the same character (道), just sometimes romanized differently.

 dà yáng
 tai you
Great Sea Scroll

This is a rarely-used word for ocean in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. This is here mostly for reference - please order a different ocean for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.

The first character means “big” or “great.”
The second means “ocean” or “body of water” (it can sometimes mean “foreign” but not in this case).
The first character designates that you are talking about a great or huge body of water (certainly a major ocean and not a smaller sea).

The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits

 xué hǎi wú yá
The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits Scroll

學海無涯 is a Chinese proverb that reads, “sea of learning, no horizon.”

Colloquially, it means there are no limits to what one still has left to learn.

This would be the Chinese equivalent to the quote from Hippocrates, “ars longa, vita brevis,” meaning “it takes a long time to acquire and perfect one's expertise.”

See Also:  Learning is Eternal

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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 youji / yoji

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ocean; vast; foreign; silver dollar or coin
(1) Occident and Orient (esp. the Occident); (2) ocean; sea; (prefix) (3) foreign; Western; European; (personal name) Yōji

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Ocean / Sea
ocean; sea; CL:個|个[ge4],片[pian4]; great number of people or things; (dialect) numerous
sea; ocean; waters; (male given name) Wataru
sāgara, the ocean, the sea.


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dà yáng
    da4 yang2
ta yang

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Great Sea
ocean; (old) silver dollar; (slang) Chinese yuan
(noun - becomes adjective with の) ocean; (personal name) Motohiro



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fěi jì
    fei3 ji4
fei chi

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Fiji, country in the southwest Pacific Ocean



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fǎ mén
    fa3 men2
fa men

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Dharma Gate
gate to enlightment (Buddhism); Buddhism; way; method; (old) south gate of a palace
dharmaparyāya. The doctrines, or wisdom of Buddha regarded as the door to enlightenment. A method. Any sect. As the living have 84,000 delusions, so the Buddha provides 84,000 methods法門of dealing with them. Hence the法門海 ocean of Buddha's methods.


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hǎi dé
    hai3 de2
hai te

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Hyde (surname)
The eight virtues, or powers of the ocean, i.e. vastness, tidal regularity, throwing out of the dead, containing the seven kinds of pearls, absorption of all rivers, of all rain without increase, holding the most mighty fish, universal unvarying saltness.


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hǎi yáng
    hai3 yang2
hai yang
 miyou / miyo

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ocean; CL:個|个[ge4]
ocean; sea; (female given name) Miyou



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ā xiū luó
    a1 xiu1 luo2
a hsiu lo

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Frightful Demon / Asura
Asura, malevolent spirits in Indian mythology
{Buddh} Asura; demigod; anti-god; titan; demigods that fight the Devas (gods) in Hindu mythology; (female given name) Ashura
asura, 修羅 originally meaning a spirit, spirits, or even the gods, it generally indicates titanic demons, enemies of the gods, with whom, especially Indra, they wage constant war. They are defined as 'not devas', and 'ugly', and 'without wine'. Other forms are 阿須羅 (or 阿蘇羅, or 阿素羅); 阿修倫 (or羅須倫 or 阿修輪 or 羅須輪); 阿素洛; 阿差. Four classes are named according to their manner of rebirth-egg, born, womb-born, transformation-born, and spawn- or water-born. Their abode is in the ocean, north of Sumeru, but certain of the weaker dwell in a western mountain cave. They have realms, rulers, and palaces, as have the devas. The 阿修羅道 is one of the six gatis, or ways of reincarnation. The 修羅場 or 修羅巷 is the battlefield of the asuras against Indra. The 阿修羅琴 are their harps.



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wǎ nǔ ā tú
    wa3 nu3 a1 tu2
wa nu a t`u
    wa nu a tu

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Vanuatu, country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean

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port; flat land next to a river or ocean

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continent; island in a river
(archaism) mid-ocean sandbank; (surname) Suzaki
An islet; a continent.

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ocean; vastness
(given name) Kan

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 ei / e
(given name) Ei

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(surname) Ban
Translit. vaṃ, associated with water and the ocean; also, the embodiment of wisdom.


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zhōng jǐ
    zhong1 ji3
chung chi
mid-ocean ridge (geology)



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zhōng yuǎn
    zhong1 yuan3
chung yüan
China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) (abbr. for 中國遠洋運輸|中国远洋运输[Zhong1 guo2 Yuan3 yang2 Yun4 shu1])


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fó hǎi
    fo2 hai3
fo hai
Buddha's ocean, the realm of Buddha boundless as the sea.


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xìn hǎi
    xin4 hai3
hsin hai
(given name) Shinkai
The ocean of faith: the true virtue of the believing hear is vast and boundless as the ocean.


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jié hǎi
    jie2 hai3
chieh hai
The ocean of kalpas, i.e. their great number.


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 nanmei / nanme
the southern ocean; (given name) Nanmei


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sì yú
    si4 yu2
ssu yü
The four metaphors (of infinity, etc. ): 山斤 the weight of all the mountains in pounds; 海 the drops in the ocean; 地塵 the atoms of dust in the earth; 空 界 the extent of space.



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yuán hǎi
    yuan2 hai3
yüan hai
The all-embracing ocean, i.e. the perfection or power of the Tathāgata.



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zhuì hǎi
    zhui4 hai3
chui hai
to fall into the ocean; to crash into the ocean


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 gaiyou / gaiyo
open sea; ocean


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wài hǎi
    wai4 hai3
wai hai
offshore; open sea
ocean; open sea; (surname) Tonogai
The sea that surrounds the four world-continents.


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dà hǎi
    da4 hai3
ta hai
sea; ocean
(1) ocean; large sea; (2) (おおうみ only) fabric pattern; (personal name) Honda
mahāsamudra-sāgara 摩訶三母捺羅婆誐羅 The Ocean.


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rú hǎi
    ru2 hai3
ju hai
(female given name) Kotomi
to like the ocean


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hán liú
    han2 liu2
han liu
 kanryuu / kanryu
cold air current; cold ocean current; cold stream
cold current


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shān háo
    shan1 hao2
shan hao
Writing brushes as numerous as mountains, or as the trees on the mountains (and ink as vast as the ocean).



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àn tóu
    an4 tou2
an t`ou
    an tou
 gantou / ganto
shore; wharf
The shore of the ocean of suffering.

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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
Oceanyou / yoyáng / yang2 / yang
Ocean海洋kai you / kaiyou / kai yohǎi yáng / hai3 yang2 / hai yang / haiyang
umihǎi / hai3 / hai
The Way of the Wave浪之道làng zhī dào
lang4 zhi1 dao4
lang zhi dao
lang chih tao
Great Sea大洋tai you / taiyou / tai yodà yáng / da4 yang2 / da yang / dayangta yang / tayang
The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits學海無涯
xué hǎi wú yá
xue2 hai3 wu2 ya2
xue hai wu ya
hsüeh hai wu ya
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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