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The name One Direction in Chinese / Japanese...

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Courage to do what is right

 jiàn yì yǒng wéi
Courage to do what is right Scroll

見義勇為 means the courage to do what is right in Chinese.

This could also be translated as “Never hesitate to do what is right.”

This comes from Confucian thought:
Your courage should head in an honorable direction. For example, you should take action when the goal is to attain a just result as, without honorable intent, a person’s gutsy fervor can easily lead them astray.

One who flaunts courage but disregards justice is bound to do wrong; someone who possesses courage and morality is destined to become a hero.

Some text above paraphrased from The World of Chinese - The Character of 勇

See Also:  Work Unselfishly for the Common Good | Justice | Bravery

One Direction

 yí shì dài
One Direction Scroll

一世代 is a way to write “One Direction” in Chinese, referring to the British-Irish boy band.

They are commonly referred to as “1D” in Japan and China (no Chinese characters for that).

This title does not exactly mean “one direction.” It's closer to “one generation,” “one era,” or “one world.”

One Direction

 wan dairekushon
One Direction Scroll

ワンダイレクション is a way to write “One Direction” in Japanese Katakana, referring to the British-Irish boy band.

They are commonly referred to as “1D” in Japan and China (no Japanese Kanji for that).

This title sounds like “One Direction” using Japanese sounds. Unlike Japanese Kanji words, this does not have any meaning, just pronunciation.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Push or Knock

To weigh one's words

 fǎn fù tuī qiāo
Push or Knock Scroll

During the Tang Dynasty, a man named Jia Dao (born in the year 779), a well-studied scholar and poet, went to the capital to take the imperial examination.

One day as he rides a donkey through the city streets, a poem begins to form in his mind. A portion of the poem comes into his head like this:

“The bird sits on the tree branch near a pond,
A monk approaches and knocks at the gate...”

At the same time, he wondered if the word “push” would be better than “knock” in his poem.

As he rides down the street, he imagines the monk pushing or knocking. Soon he finds himself making motions of pushing and shaking a fist in a knocking motion as he debates which word to use. He is quite a sight as he makes his way down the street on his donkey with hands and fists flying about as the internal debate continues.

As he amuses people along the street, he becomes completely lost in his thoughts and does not see the mayor's procession coming in the opposite direction. Jia Bao is blocking the way for the procession to continue down the road, and the mayor's guards immediately decide to remove Jia Bao by force. Jia Bao, not realizing that he was in the way, apologizes, explains his poetic dilemma and awaits his punishment for blocking the mayor's way.

The mayor, Han Yu, a scholar and author of prose himself, finds himself intrigued by Jia Dao's poem and problem. Han Yu gets off his horse and addresses Jia Bao, stating, “I think knock is better.” The relieved Jia Bao raises his head and is invited by the mayor to join the procession, and are seen riding off together down the street, exchanging their ideas and love of poetry.

In modern Chinese, this 反復推敲 idiom is used when someone is trying to decide which word to use in their writing or when struggling to decide between two things when neither seems to have a downside.

Samadhi Scroll

定 is the single-character way to express the idea of Samadhi in Chinese and Japanese.

A single-character title like this is open to a lot of interpretation. So 定 can mean to set, to fix, to determine, to decide, to order, certainly, truly, settle, or compose the mind.

In the Buddhist context, this means “Perfect absorption of thought into the one object of meditation,” “The mind fixed in one direction,” “Internal state of imperturbability or tranquility,” or “Exempt from all external sensations.”

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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 jou / jo

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to fix; to set; to make definite; to subscribe to (a newspaper etc); to book (tickets etc); to order (goods etc); to congeal; to coagulate; (literary) definitely
(1) (See 案の定・あんのじょう) certainty; reality; actuality; (prefix noun) (2) (See 定宿) regular; permanent; (3) {Buddh} (See 三昧・さんまい・1,禅定・ぜんじょう・1) samadhi (state of intense concentration achieved through meditation); (given name) Yasushi
To fix, settle. samādhi. 'Composing the mind'; 'intent contemplation'; 'perfect absorption of thought into the one object of meditation.' M. W. Abstract meditation, the mind fixed in one direction, or field. (1) 散定 scattered or general meditation (in the world of desire). (2) 禪定 abstract meditation (in the realms of form and beyond form). It is also one of the five attributes of the dharmakāya 法身, i. e. an internal state of imperturbability or tranquility, exempt from all external sensations, 超受陰; cf. 三摩提.

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 hou / ho

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Fong / Fang
square; power or involution (math.); upright; honest; fair and square; direction; side; party (to a contract, dispute etc); place; method; prescription (medicine); just when; only or just; classifier for square things; abbr. for square or cubic meter
(1) direction; way; side; area (in a particular direction); (2) (often 私の方, あなたの方, etc.) side (of an argument, etc.); one's part; (3) type; category; (4) field (of study, etc.); (5) indicates one side of a comparison; (6) way; method; manner; means; (7) length (of each side of a square); (given name) Michi
Square; place; correct; a means, plan, prescription; then, now, just.

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to go out; to come out; to arise; to occur; to produce; to yield; to go beyond; to exceed; (used after a verb to indicate an outward direction or a positive result); classifier for dramas, plays, operas etc
(n,n-suf) (1) coming out; going out; outflow; efflux; rising (of the Sun or the Moon); (n,n-suf) (2) attending (work); appearing (on stage); one's turn to go on; (n,n-suf) (3) start; beginning; (n,n-suf) (4) origins; background; person (or item) originating from ...; graduate of ...; native of ...; member of ... (lineage); (n,n-suf) (5) architectural member that projects outward; (n,n-suf) (6) highest point of the stern of a ship; (n,n-suf) (7) (kana only) (usu. after the -masu stem of a verb as 〜出がある or 〜出がない, etc.) amount (comprising something); amount of time or effort required to do something; (surname) De
To go out, come forth, put forth; exit; beyond.

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hand; (formal) to hold; person engaged in certain types of work; person skilled in certain types of work; personal(ly); convenient; classifier for skill; CL:雙|双[shuang1],隻|只[zhi1]
(1) (occ. pronounced た when a prefix) (See お手・おて・1) hand; arm; (2) (colloquialism) (See お手・おて・3) forepaw; foreleg; (3) handle; (4) hand; worker; help; (5) trouble; care; effort; (6) means; way; trick; move; technique; workmanship; (7) hand; handwriting; (8) kind; type; sort; (9) (See 手に入る) one's hands; one's possession; (10) (See 手に余る) ability to cope; (11) hand (of cards); (12) (See 山の手・1) direction; (n,n-suf,ctr) (13) move (in go, shogi, etc.); (surname) Tezaki
pāṇī; hasta; kara; hand, arm.


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yī xiàng
    yi1 xiang4
i hsiang
 ikkou / ikko
a period of time in the recent past; (indicating a period of time up to the present) all along; the whole time
(adverb) (1) (See 一向に・1) completely; absolutely; totally; (adverb) (2) (in a negative sentence) (not) at all; (not) a bit; (not) in the least; (adverb) (3) earnestly; intently; determinedly; (4) (abbreviation) (See 一向宗) Jōdo Shinshū; (surname) Hitomukai
One direction, each direction; with single mind, the mind fixed in one direction undistracted; e.g. 一向淸淨無有女人 (The land of that Buddha is) everywhere pure; no women are there.


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tā fāng
    ta1 fang1
t`a fang
    ta fang
 tahou / taho
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) one (esp. of two); the other; one way; the other way; one direction; the other direction; one side; the other side; one party; the other party; (conjunction) (2) (See 一方・いっぽう・2) on the other hand
other lands


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 sochira(p); socchi(p); sonata; sochi
    そちら(P); そっち(P); そなた; そち
(pronoun) (1) (kana only) (direction distant from the speaker, close to the listener) (See こちら・1,あちら・1,どちら・1) that way; that direction; (pronoun) (2) (kana only) (place distant from the speaker, close to the listener) there; (pronoun) (3) (kana only) (something close to the listener) that (one); (pronoun) (4) (kana only) (そちら is polite) you; your family; your company; (pronoun) (5) (kana only) (someone close to the listener) that person


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(out-dated kanji) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (pn,adj-no) (1) (kana only) which way; which direction; where; (2) which one (esp. of two alternatives); (3) who; (out-dated kanji) (pn,adj-no) (1) (kana only) which way; which direction; where; (2) which one (esp. of two alternatives); (3) who



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jiā fēng
    jia1 feng1
chia feng
 kafuu; iekaze / kafu; iekaze
    かふう; いえかぜ
(1) family tradition; (2) (いえかぜ only) (archaism) wind blowing from the direction of one's home
family style



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huí xiàng
    hui2 xiang4
hui hsiang
(noun/participle) Buddhist memorial service; prayers for the repose of the soul
The goal or direction of any discipline such as that of bodhisattva, Buddha, etc.; to devote one's merits to the salvation of others; works of supererogation.


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diào xiàng
    diao4 xiang4
tiao hsiang
to turn; to adjust one's direction; to lose one's bearings


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zhī pèi
    zhi1 pei4
chih p`ei
    chih pei
to control; to dominate; to allocate
(noun, transitive verb) (1) rule; domination; control; (noun, transitive verb) (2) direction; management; guidance; (noun, transitive verb) (3) control (of one's destiny, public opinion, etc.); governing; influence; sway; (noun, transitive verb) (4) {gramm} government


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 toudou / todo
(adv-to,adj-t) (1) torrentially; swiftly flowing (water, esp. river); voluminously flowing; (2) (speak) eloquently; fluently; spout forth (a torrent of speech); (3) flood of the times (moving strongly in one direction); current of the times; (surname) Toudou


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tāo tāo
    tao1 tao1
t`ao t`ao
    tao tao
 toutou / toto
(adv-to,adj-t) (1) torrentially; swiftly flowing (water, esp. river); voluminously flowing; (2) (speak) eloquently; fluently; spout forth (a torrent of speech); (3) flood of the times (moving strongly in one direction); current of the times


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(1) (one's) gaze; direction in which one is looking; (2) point of view; standpoint; (3) line covering someone's eyes (in an edited photograph)


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(1) arrow (symbol); (2) (colloquialism) (romantic) interest (for a certain person); direction (of one's attention, etc.)


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 juuou / juo
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) length and width; length and breadth; lengthwise and crosswise; vertical and horizontal; the four cardinal points; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) every direction; all directions; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) as one wishes; as one pleases; at will


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(transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to follow (a road, path, etc.); to trace; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to follow (a clue, scent, tracks, plot, etc.); to trace (a route, history, family tree, etc.); to retrace (e.g. one's memory); to search; to go over; (transitive verb) (3) (kana only) to head towards (of a situation); to go in the direction of; to take (a course); to pursue (a path); to meet (a fate)


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nì xíng
    ni4 xing2
ni hsing
 gyakkou; gyakukou / gyakko; gyakuko
    ぎゃっこう; ぎゃくこう
to go the wrong way; to go against one-way traffic regulation
(n,vs,vi) (1) (ant: 順行・1) backward movement; reverse movement; going backwards; retrogression; going in the wrong direction; going against (e.g. the times); running counter to; (n,vs,vi) (2) {astron} (ant: 順行・2) retrograde motion


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each one; all; every direction


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miàn miàn
    mian4 mian4
mien mien
multiple viewpoints
each one; all; every direction



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fēng tóu
    feng1 tou2
feng t`ou
    feng tou
 fuutou / futo
wind direction; the way the wind blows; fig. trend; direction of events; how things develop (esp. how they affect oneself); public opinion (concerning one's actions); publicity (usually derog.); limelight
(personal name) Fūtou


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 ichihoukou / ichihoko
(adj-no,n) one direction; unidirectional; non-interactive


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(archaism) (See 方塞がり) setting off the night before one normally would have departed, travelling in a different direction, spending the night there, and leaving for one's destination in the morning (done to avoid travelling in an unlucky direction; a common practice during the Heian period)


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(archaism) (See 方塞がり,方違へ所) setting off the night before one normally would have departed, travelling in a different direction, spending the night there, and leaving for one's destination in the morning (done to avoid travelling in an unlucky direction; a common practice during the Heian period)


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 zama; zama
    ざま; ザマ
(1) (derogatory term) (kana only) mess; sorry state; plight; sad sight; (suffix) (2) (indicates direction) -ways; -wards; (suffix) (3) (after the -masu stem of a verb) in the act of ...; just as one is ...; (suffix) (4) (after the -masu stem of a verb) (See 様・さま・3) manner of ...; way of ...


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(archaism) place where one spends the night to avoid travelling in an unlucky direction


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(archaism) place where one spends the night to avoid travelling in an unlucky direction



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bǎi chuān guī hǎi
    bai3 chuan1 gui1 hai3
pai ch`uan kuei hai
    pai chuan kuei hai
all things tend in one direction (idiom)



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zhōng guó zhì gōng dǎng
    zhong1 guo2 zhi4 gong1 dang3
chung kuo chih kung tang
(PRC) China Zhi Gong Party, one of the eight legally recognized minor political parties following the direction of the CCP

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Courage to do what is right見義勇為
jiàn yì yǒng wéi
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
jian yi yong wei
chien i yung wei
One Direction一世代yí shì dài
yi1 shi4 dai4
yi shi dai
i shih tai
One Directionワンダイレクションwan dairekushon
Push or Knock反復推敲
fǎn fù tuī qiāo
fan3 fu4 tui1 qiao1
fan fu tui qiao
fan fu t`ui ch`iao
fan fu tui chiao
Samadhisadadìng / ding4 / dingting
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