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Power in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Power / Strength

  2. Strong / Powerful / Force

  3. Power of Understanding and Wisdom

  4. Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient

  5. Control of Power

  6. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger.

  7. Girl Power / Woman Power

  8. Juggernaut / Absolute Power

  9. One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils

10. Mighty / Powerful / Strong

11. Profound / Powerful Words

12. Strong / Powerful

13. Psychic Power

14. Electricity / Lightning

15. Strength / Vigor / Energy

Power / Strength

chikara / ryoku
Power / Strength Vertical Wall Scroll

力 is the simplest form of "power" or "strength."

In Japanese it is pronounced "chikara" when used alone, and "ryoku" when used in a sentence (there are also a few other possible pronunciations of this Kanji in Japanese).

In some context, this can mean ability, force, physical strength, capability, and influence.


See Also:  Strength | Vitality | Health

Strong / Powerful / Force

qiáng
kyou
Strong / Powerful / Force Vertical Wall Scroll

This "strong" character means strength, force, powerful, better, stubborn, and stiff (yes, all of this in one character). This "strong" has less to do with physical strength and more to do with having a winning attitude, or just having the ability to win at something.

Note that most of the time, this character is pronounced "qiang" but when used with the meaning of stubborn, unyielding, or stiff, it is pronounced "jiang" in Chinese.

Also, sometimes "qiang" is used in modern Chinese to describe people that do crazy things (Example: Bicycling from Beijing to Tibet alone). I sometimes can be found outside my Beijing apartment wearing nothing but shorts and a tee-shirt while eating an ice cream during a snow storm, just to hear my neighbors call me "qiang." Maybe they mean "strong" but perhaps they are using the new meaning of "crazy strong."

Also a Korean Hanja with same meaning but mostly used in compound words.

強 is used in Japanese (though normally in compound words). In Japanese, it has the same meaning but in some context can mean "a little more than..." or "a little over [some amount]." Most Japanese would read this as tough, strength, stiff, hard, inflexible, obstinate, or stubborn.

Power of Understanding and Wisdom

wù xìng
gosei
Power of Understanding and Wisdom Vertical Wall Scroll

悟性 means the power of understanding and insight in Chinese.

It is often associated with Neo-Confucianism. In that regard, it means to realize, perceive, or have the perception of man's true nature. It can also mean to find your soul, the soul of others, or the soul of the world. Some will translate this simply as the state of being "savvy."

In Japanese, this is often translated as wisdom and understanding.

Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient

zì lì
jiriki
Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient Vertical Wall Scroll

自力 is a word in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean, and Buddhist term meaning: power within oneself; self-sufficient; by oneself; self-made; self-power; inner ability.

Control of Power

Him Cho Chung
lì cào zhèng
Control of Power Vertical Wall Scroll

力操正 is a Korean martial arts title meaning, "Power Control."

It's most often cited as one of the 8 key concepts from Tang Soo Do.

This can be pronounced in Chinese but will only be recognized by those familiar with martial arts terms.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger.

lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger. Vertical Wall Scroll

This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger."

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.

Girl Power / Woman Power

nǚ lì
onna ryoku / me riki
Girl Power / Woman Power Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be read as "girl power," "woman power," or "female strength."

女力 is kind of a strange or unofficial title in Chinese and Japanese. At least, it's not common for a wall scroll.

This should be "onna ryoku" in Japanese but I found some who suggest it should be "me riki."

Juggernaut / Absolute Power

zettai-tekina chikara
Juggernaut / Absolute Power Vertical Wall Scroll

絶対的な力 is a long Japanese word that means, "Absolute Power."

By those terms, this is roughly the Japanese equivalent to "juggernaut."

One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils

yī zhèng yā bǎi xié
One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils Vertical Wall Scroll

This ancient "One Justice Can Overpower a Hundred Evils" idiom and proverb is famous in China. But it has been around so long that its origins have long been forgotten.

It could be something that Confucius or one of his disciples said but no one can say for sure.

Mighty / Powerful / Strong

qiáng dà
kyoudai
Mighty / Powerful / Strong Vertical Wall Scroll

強大 can mean mighty, powerful, large, formidable, or strong.

This term is often used to describe soldiers/troops/warriors, and whole armies.

Profound / Powerful Words

rù mù sān fēn
Profound / Powerful Words Vertical Wall Scroll

These four characters together translate in English to a strong form of "profound" or "written with a forceful hand."

But there is much more to the story...

The deep meaning behind this proverb comes from a man named Wan Xizhi who lived in the third century.

He was a great writer and calligrapher whose writing style influenced generations of other writers and calligraphers.

He once wrote words on a piece of wood to be taken to an engraver.
When the engraver began to carve the characters into the wood, he found that Wang Xizhi's writing had penetrated the wood about 3/8 of an inch.

Thus people believed that his words were so powerful, and so profound this it caused the ink from his brush to penetrate the wood deeply.

The proverb literally means "penetrated wood three fen" (fen is an ancient Chinese measurement a little over to 1/8 of an inch or almost 4mm).

Strong / Powerful

qiáng zhuàng
kyousou
Strong / Powerful Vertical Wall Scroll

強壯 is an adjective that means powerful or strong.

It can also be translated as able-bodied, robust, or sturdy.
This version of strength also suggests muscularity.


壮Note that the second character was simplified in Japan after WWII (also simplified in mainland China but not for calligraphy). If you want the modern Japanese/simplified version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right.


See Also:  Strength | Vitality | Health

Psychic Power

reinouryoku
Psychic Power Vertical Wall Scroll

霊能力 is a word that means psychic power or spiritual ability in Japanese.

You may recognize the first character, 霊 (rei) is the same as the first Kanji in the word reiki. It means spirit or spiritual, but in this context can also mean phychic.
能力 can mean ability, capacity or power.

Electricity / Lightning

diàn
den
Electricity / Lightning Vertical Wall Scroll

電 is the title for electricity in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While this character means electric or electricity, it can also be used to mean lightning.


Note: This Kanji is not usually used alone like this in Japanese.


See Also:  Thunder | Energy | Rain

Electricity / Lightning

den ki
Electricity / Lightning Vertical Wall Scroll

電氣 is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.


See Also:  Thunder | Energy | Rain

Strength / Vigor / Energy

Physical Strength
qì lì
kiryoku
Strength / Vigor / Energy Vertical Wall Scroll

氣力 can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent.

氣力 refers mostly to physical strength (as opposed to mental or spiritual).


気In modern Japan, they use a simplified first character for this word. If you want to order this title with that special Japanese version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.




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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
Power
Strength
chikara / ryokulì / li4 / li
Strong
Powerful
Force

kyou / kyoqiáng / qiang2 / qiangch`iang / chiang
Power of Understanding and Wisdom悟性goseiwù xìng / wu4 xing4 / wu xing / wuxingwu hsing / wuhsing
Power of Oneself
Self-Sufficient
自力jirikizì lì / zi4 li4 / zi li / zilitzu li / tzuli
Control of Power力操正lì cào zhèng
li4 cao4 zheng4
li cao zheng
licaozheng
li ts`ao cheng
litsaocheng
li tsao cheng
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger.龍馬精神虎虎生威
龙马精神虎虎生威
lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei
Girl Power
Woman Power
女力onna ryoku / me riki
onnaryoku / meriki
nǚ lì / nv3 li4 / nv li / nvlinü li / nüli
Juggernaut
Absolute Power
絶対的な力zettai-tekina chikara
zettai-tekinachikara
One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils一正壓百邪
一正压百邪
yī zhèng yā bǎi xié
yi1 zheng4 ya1 bai3 xie2
yi zheng ya bai xie
yizhengyabaixie
i cheng ya pai hsieh
ichengyapaihsieh
Mighty
Powerful
Strong
強大
强大
kyoudai / kyodaiqiáng dà / qiang2 da4 / qiang da / qiangdach`iang ta / chiangta / chiang ta
Profound
Powerful Words
入木三分rù mù sān fēn
ru4 mu4 san1 fen1
ru mu san fen
rumusanfen
ju mu san fen
jumusanfen
Strong
Powerful
強壯
强壮
kyousou / kyosoqiáng zhuàng
qiang2 zhuang4
qiang zhuang
qiangzhuang
ch`iang chuang
chiangchuang
chiang chuang
Psychic Power霊能力reinouryoku
reinoryoku
Electricity
Lightning

dendiàn / dian4 / diantien
Electricity
Lightning
電氣
電気
den ki / denki
Strength
Vigor
Energy
氣力
气力 / 気力
kiryokuqì lì / qi4 li4 / qi li / qilich`i li / chili / chi li
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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