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The Old Way / Old School

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古道 is the Japanese word meaning "The Old Way". The first character literally means old or ancient. The second character means "the way" and is the same character as used in Taoism / Daoism (Taoism literally means "the way").

This second character can also be translated as "method", as in a way of doing things.

古道 is sometimes Romanized as "kodo" though officially, the Romaji should be "Kodou".

My Japanese-English dictionary further translates this word as old road, ancient methods, ancient moral teachings, the way of learning.

Note that this would be understood differently in Chinese. Most Chinese people would just read this as, "The old road" without the other meanings derived in Japanese.

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fù gǔ
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The meaning of this title can vary depending on context. It used to just mean a return to the old ways.

It can also mean, "to turn back the clock", "retro" (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s), "revival", or "restoration".

The return to "the old ways" was also an aspiration of Confucius about 2500 years ago. This proves that "going retro" or "old school" has been cool since at least 500 B.C.

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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
The Old Way
Old School
古道kodou / kodo
Old School
fukko / fukofù gǔ / fu4 gu3 / fu gu / fugufu ku / fuku
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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xiān bèi / xian1 bei4
hsien pei
 senpai / せんぱい
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elders; former generations
(See 後輩・こうはい) senior (at work or school); superior; elder; older graduate; progenitor; old-timer



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fù gǔ / fu4 gu3
fu ku
 fukko / ふっこ
Retro / Old School Scroll
to return to old ways (a Confucian aspiration); to turn back the clock; neoclassical school during Tang and Song associated with classical writing 古文; retro (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s)
(n,vs,adj-no) revival; restoration

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xiàng / xiang4
 sou / so / そう
appearance; portrait; picture; government minister; (physics) phase; (literary) to appraise (esp. by scrutinizing physical features); to read sb's fortune (by physiognomy, palmistry etc)
(1) appearance; look; countenance; (2) (See 女難の相) a 'seeming' that fortune-tellers relate to one's fortune; (3) {ling} aspect; (4) {physics} phase (e.g. solid, liquid and gaseous); (given name) Tasuku
lakṣana 攞乞尖拏. Also, nimitta. A 'distinctive mark, sign', 'indication, characteristic', 'designation'. M. W. External appearance; the appearance of things; form; a phenomenon 有爲法 in the sense of appearance; mutual; to regard. The four forms taken by every phenomenon are 生住異滅 rise, stay, change, cease, i. e. birth, life, old age, death. The Huayan school has a sixfold division of form, namely, whole and parts, together and separate, integrate and disintegrate. A Buddha or Cakravartī is recognized by his thirty-two lakṣana , i. e. his thirty-two characteristic physiological marks.

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guàn / guan4
Taoist monastery; palace gate watchtower; platform
vipaśyanā; vidarśanā. To look into, study, examine, contemplate; contemplation, insight; a study, a Taoist monastery; to consider illusion and discern illusion, or discern the seeming from the real; to contemplate and mentally enter into truth. 覺 is defined as awakening, or awareness, 觀 as examination or study. It is also an old tr. of the word Yoga; and cf. 禪 17. Guan is especially a doctrine of the Tiantai school as shown in the 止觀 q.v; meditative insight


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gǔ wén / gu3 wen2
ku wen
 komon / こもん
old language; the Classics; Classical Chinese as a literary model, esp. in Tang and Song prose; Classical Chinese as a school subject
(abbreviation) (obscure) kanji


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 koryuu / koryu / こりゅう old manners; old style; old school (of art)


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 gakubatsu / がくばつ alma mater clique; old school tie



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xué míng / xue2 ming2
hsüeh ming
scientific name; Latin name (of plant or animal); (according to an old system of nomenclature) on entering school life, a formal personal name given to new students
See: 学名



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xué táng / xue2 tang2
hsüeh t`ang / hsüeh tang
college; school (old)


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xué jiān / xue2 jian1
hsüeh chien
school official responsible for supervising the students (old)



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guān xué / guan1 xue2
kuan hsüeh
school or academic institution (old)
See: 官学


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 shougaku / shogaku / しょうがく (1) (abbreviation) (See 小学校) elementary school; primary school; grade school; (2) (hist) school for children over eight years old in ancient China; (3) traditional Chinese philology


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 kyuugeki / kyugeki / きゅうげき (1) classical drama (kabuki, noh, etc.); play of the old school; (2) (See 時代劇) period drama (film)


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 kyuuhei / kyuhe / きゅうへい (adj-na,n,adj-no) old-fashioned; conservatism; standing evil; the old school; antiquated


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 kyuuha / kyuha / きゅうは old school; old style; conservative people


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 kyuuha / kyuha / きゅうは (noun - becomes adjective with の) old school; old style


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zhāo hé / zhao1 he2
chao ho
 shouwa / showa / しょうわ
Shōwa, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1925-1989) of emperor Hirohito 裕仁[Yu4 ren2]
(1) (See 元号・げんごう) Shōwa era (1926.12.25-1989.1.7); (adjectival noun) (2) (colloquialism) reminiscent of the Shōwa era; Shōwa-nostalgic; old-fashioned; quaint; old-school; (given name) Terukazu



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shū huì / shu1 hui4
shu hui
calligraphy society; village school (old); literary society (old)


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cūn shú / cun1 shu2
ts`un shu / tsun shu
(old) village school; rural school


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zhèng zōng / zheng4 zong1
cheng tsung
 masamune / まさむね
orthodox school; fig. traditional; old school; authentic; genuine
(1) famous sword; sword blade by Masamune; (2) (colloquialism) sake; Japanese rice wine; brand of sake from Nada region during Tenpō era (1830-1844); (surname, given name) Masamune
correct doctrine


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jiān xué / jian1 xue2
chien hsüeh
school official responsible for supervising the students (old)



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yì xué / yi4 xue2
i hsüeh
free school (old)
doctrinal study


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lǎo pài / lao3 pai4
lao p`ai / lao pai
old-fashioned; old-school


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lǎo pái / lao3 pai2
lao p`ai / lao pai
old, well-known brand; old style; old school; an old hand; experienced veteran



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jiù pài / jiu4 pai4
chiu p`ai / chiu pai
old school; conservative faction
See: 旧派



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lǐng dì / ling3 di4
ling ti
 ryouchi / ryochi / りょうち
territory; domain; estate; (old) fief
(noun - becomes adjective with の) territory; dominion; grounds (e.g. school); (surname) Ryouchi



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guǎn dì / guan3 di4
kuan ti
school (old)



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gǔ qiè / gu3 qie4
ku ch`ieh / ku chieh
beginning-school ceremony (old usage); classical learning


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 shusshinkou / shusshinko / しゅっしんこう one's old school or university; alma mater; the school or university one attended


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 doutanuki / dotanuki / どうたぬき (1) Eiroku-period swordsmithing school, named for a place in the old Higo province; (2) sword of the Dotanuki school, usually thicker and heavier than regular Japanese swords; (3) in fiction, a heavier variant of Japanese sword

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