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Japan mitsu
Secret Vertical Wall Scroll

This can mean: secret; secrecy; confidential; quiet; still; esoteric. As a piece of calligraphy artwork, it will be read with this secret or secrecy meaning.

When used in the context between people, this can mean: close; close together; intimate; closed in.

When referring to materials or objects, it can refer to: thickness; density; thick; dense; fine; small.

In Chinese, this can be the surname Mi.
In Japanese, this can be the name Mitsu.


China àn
Japan yami
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll

闇 is the shortest and universal way (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja) to write "darkness."

In Chinese this can mean: dark, gloomy, hidden, secret, to shut the door, unilluminated.

In Japanese this can mean: darkness, the dark, black-marketeering, dark, shady, illegal.

In old Korean Hanja this can mean: dark, obscure, hidden, secret.

暗 Note that there is an alternate form of this character. It is used as an alternate in all three languages (that rarely happens). You can see this alternate version to the right. If you want to order that version, please click on that character, instead of the button above.


Japan an koku
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll

暗黒 is the two-character Japanese word for darkness.

The first Kanji can mean unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.
The second character means black or dark.

Together, these two Kanji will be understood as dark or darkness.


China hēi àn
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll

黑闇 is the two-character Chinese word for darkness.

The first character alone means black or dark.

The second character has several possible meanings, depending on context; They include: to shut the door, unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.

Together, these two characters will, in most cases, simply be translated as "dark" or "darkness."

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ mi4
Taiwan mi
Japanese mitsu / みつ
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese secret; confidential; close; thick; dense; surname Mi; name of an ancient state
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) density; thickness; (2) secrecy; (3) minute; fine; (4) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 密教・みっきょう) esoteric Buddhism; secret Buddhist teachings; (surname, female given name) Mitsu; (female given name) Hisoka; (female given name) Takashi; (given name) Shizuka
Closed in; close together; intimate; quiet, still; secret, occult, esoteric; fine, small; contrasted with 顯 open, exoteric. Cf. 祕.

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Mandarin àn / an4
Taiwan an
Japanese hikage / ひかげ    harai / はらい    an / あん    ado / あど    atou / ato / あとう
Chinese dark; gloomy; hidden; secret; muddled; obscure; in the dark
Japanese (female given name) Hikage; (surname) Harai; (given name) An; (personal name) Ado; (personal name) Atou
Dark, dim, gloom, dull; secret, hidden; darkness

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Mandarin/ gu3
Taiwan ku
Japanese hone / ほね    kotsu;kotsu / こつ;コツ
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese bone
Japanese (1) bone; (2) frame; (3) outline; core; (4) backbone; spirit; fortitude; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) laborious; troublesome; difficult; (kana only) knack; skill; trick; secret; know-how; the ropes; hang; (personal name) Hone
Bone: bones, relics.

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Mandarin hēi / hei1
Taiwan hei
Japanese koku
Chinese black; dark; sinister; secret; shady; illegal; to hide (something) away; to vilify; (loanword) to hack (computing); abbr. for Heilongjiang province 黑龍江|黑龙江[Hei1 long2 jiang1]
kāla; kṛṣṇa; black; dark.


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Japanese nainai / ないない    uchiuchi / うちうち Japanese (adj-no,adv,n) family circle; the inside; private; informal; secret; confidential


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Mandarin hū xī / hu1 xi1
Taiwan hu hsi
Japanese kokyuu / kokyu / こきゅう
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to breathe
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) breathing; respiration; (2) knack; trick; secret (of doing something); (3) harmony; balance; synchronization; accord; (4) (See 一呼吸) short interval; short pause
Exhale and inhale; to exhale and inhale


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Mandarin shén mì / shen2 mi4
Taiwan shen mi
Japanese shinpi / しんぴ
Darkness Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese mysterious; mystery
Japanese (n,adj-na,adj-no) mystery; mysteriousness; secret; (female given name) Shinpi

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me / めい
Chinese dark; deep; stupid; the underworld
Japanese (female given name) Mei
Darkness, obscurity; deep. Hades; used chiefly in the sense of 無知 ignorance, profound, secret, invisible, e.g. as opposed to 顯 open, manifest.

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Mandarin bāng / bang1
Taiwan pang
Chinese to help; to assist; to support; for sb (i.e. as a help); hired (as worker); side (of pail, boat etc); outer layer; upper (of a shoe); group; gang; clique; party; secret society

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese sen / せん
Chinese hidden; secret; latent; to hide; to conceal; to submerge; to dive
Japanese (given name) Sen
to hide away

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Mandarin/ mi4
Taiwan mi
Japanese hi
Chinese variant of 秘[mi4]
Secret, occult, esoteric; opposite of 顯.

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Mandarin/ si1
Taiwan ssu
Japanese watashi(p);watakushi(p) / わたし(P);わたくし(P)    watai / わたい    wai;wate / わい;わて    asshi;wacchi;wasshi / あっし;わっち;わっし    atashi(p);atakushi;atai;ate / あたし(P);あたくし;あたい;あて
Chinese personal; private; selfish
Japanese (pronoun) (1) I; me; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) (わたくし only) private affairs; personal matter; secrecy; (3) (わたくし only) selfishness; (archaism) (ktb:) I; me; (pronoun) (1) (archaism) (ksb:) I; me; (2) (わい only) (used toward people of equal or lower status) you; (See 公・こう・1) private affairs; personal matter; (pronoun) I (mainly used by working men); myself; (pronoun) (feminine speech) (kana only) I; me; (surname) Kisai
Private, secret, selfish, illicit; myself

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Mandarin mì // bì / mi4 // bi4
Taiwan mi // pi
Japanese hi
Chinese secret; secretary; see 秘魯|秘鲁[Bi4 lu3]

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Mandarin zhòng // zhǒng / zhong4 // zhong3
Taiwan chung
Japanese tane / たね    shu / しゅ    kusa / くさ
Chinese to plant; to grow; to cultivate; seed; species; kind; type; classifier for types, kinds, sorts
Japanese (1) seed (e.g. of a plant); pip; kind; variety; quality; tone; (2) material (e.g. for an article); matter (e.g. of a story); subject; theme; (news) copy; (3) {food} ingredient; leaven (bread); main ingredient of a sushi; (4) cause; source; (5) trick; secret; magician's trick; inside story; (6) (See 胤) paternal blood; lineage; (7) breed (of a stock); sperm; semen; (n,n-suf) (1) kind; variety; (2) (biological) species; (3) (abbreviation) (See 種概念) (logical) species; (n,n-suf) (1) (oft. ぐさ in compounds) cause; seed; origin; (2) variety; kind; (n,ctr) (3) counter for varieties; (surname) Tanezaki; (surname, female given name) Tane
vīja; bīja. Seed, germ; sort, species; also to sow, plant.

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Mandarin/ yu4
Japanese yo
A potation, or drinking: a secret or private drinking; private.

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Mandarin yīn / yin1
Taiwan yin
Japanese hoto / ほと    in / いん
Chinese overcast (weather); cloudy; shady; Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang); negative (electric.); feminine; moon; implicit; hidden; genitalia; surname Yin
Japanese (archaism) female private parts; female genitals; (1) (ant: 陽・1) yin (i.e. the negative); (2) (See 陰に) unseen location (i.e. somewhere private); (surname) Kage
Shade, dark, the shades, the negative as opposed to the positive principle, female, the moon, back, secret. In Buddhism it is the phenomenal, as obscuring the true nature of things; also the aggregation of phenomenal things resulting in births and deaths, hence it is used as a translation like 蘊 q.v. for skandha, the 五陰 being the five skandhas or aggregates.

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Mandarin yìn // yǐn / yin4 // yin3
Taiwan yin
Japanese on
Chinese to lean upon; secret; hidden; concealed; (prefix) crypto-
To hide, conceal; obscure, esoteric; retired; hidden

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Mandarin/ mo4
Taiwan mo
Japanese moku
Chinese silent; to write from memory
Dark, secret, silent, profound.


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Japanese gon / ごん Japanese (archaism) (feminine speech) (secret language of court ladies) (See 牛蒡) great burdock


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Japanese kotsu / コツ Japanese (kana only) knack; skill; trick; secret; know-how; the ropes; hang


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Mandarin yī wù / yi1 wu4
Taiwan i wu
Japanese ichibutsu;ichimotsu / いちぶつ;いちもつ
Japanese (1) (esp. いちもつ) plot; ulterior motive; secret intention; (2) thing; article; (3) (esp. いちもつ) penis
one thing


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Mandarin xià xīn / xia4 xin1
Taiwan hsia hsin
Japanese shitagokoro / したごころ
Japanese (1) secret intention; ulterior motive; (2) kanji "heart" radical at bottom


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Japanese maruhi / まるひ Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) confidential; secret; classified


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Japanese kukon / くこん Japanese (1) (See 三三九度) three-times-three exchange of nuptial cups; (2) (See 女房詞) sake (secret language of court ladies); rice wine


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Mandarin tā xīn / ta1 xin1
Taiwan t`a hsin / ta hsin
Japanese tashin / たしん
Japanese other intention; secret purpose; ulterior motive; ill will; fickleness; double-mindedness
minds of others


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Japanese tai / たい Japanese ill will; malice; another intention; secret purpose; ulterior motive; fickleness; double-mindedness


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Japanese tagen;tagon / たげん;たごん Japanese (noun/participle) telling others; revealing to others; letting out a secret


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Japanese senjutsu / せんじゅつ Japanese wizardry; secret of immortality


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Japanese kaitou / kaito / かいとう Japanese any of a number of secret societies of ancient China (often opposed to the government)



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Mandarin liù tāo / liu4 tao1
Taiwan liu t`ao / liu tao
Chinese “Six Secret Strategic Teachings”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], attributed to Jiang Ziya 薑子牙|姜子牙[Jiang1 Zi3 ya2]

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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
Secretmitsumì / mi4 / mi
yamiàn / an4 / an
Darkness暗黒an koku / ankoku
hēi àn / hei1 an4 / hei an / heian
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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