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Orion’s Belt in Chinese / Japanese...

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Orion’s Belt

liè hù zuò
Orion’s Belt Scroll

獵戶座 means Orion's Belt, or more literally Orion's Constellation or the "Constellation of the Hunter".

This title refers not just to the three stars that make up the belt but to the whole constellation known as Orion (or the Hunter).

Orion’s Belt

orionza
Orion’s Belt Scroll

オリオン座 is the Japanese title for Orion's Belt (constellation).


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

sān sù sì
Betelgeuse Scroll

參宿四 is the title for Betelgeuse (star in the constellation Orion) in Chinese.

Also known as "α Orionis" (Alpha Orionis), Alpha Ori, or in Japan the Heike-boshi or Heike-star.

Note: 参宿 (Shēn Xiù) is the name given by ancient Chinese astronomers for a constellation of three stars (the three naked-eye visible belt stars of Orion). Therefore, 參宿四 means the Fourth Star of the constellation of Three Stars (which sounds like a joke). As telescopes got better, it should be noted that there are actually 10 stars in the constellation.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Orion’s Belt獵戶座
猎户座
liè hù zuò
lie4 hu4 zuo4
lie hu zuo
liehuzuo
lieh hu tso
liehhutso
Orion’s Beltオリオン座orionza
Betelgeuse參宿四sān sù sì
san1 su4 si4
san su si
sansusi
san su ssu
sansussu
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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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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