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10. Younger Sister
姉妹 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title for sisters.
Please note: It's kind of an uncommon title for a wall scroll.
婦女會 is an expression which means "sisterhood" as in a women's association, club or group.
The first two characters mean "women."
The last character means to assemble, to meet, to gather, to see, union, group, or association.
This Buddhist title means "dark sister," "dark one," or "dark woman."
There are two sisters:
One is the deva, 功德女 ("merit" or "achieving"), who causes people to acquire wealth.
The other is the "dark one," 黑闇女, who causes people to spend and waste.
These sisters always accompany each other.
手足情 is the love between siblings. When you love, protect, care for, and have a deep bond that only brothers or sisters can.
The actual translation is "Hand and Foot" but it is said the relationship between brothers or sisters is like that of hands and feet. They belong together, and complete the body. Even though this says "hand and foot," it will always be read with the brotherly and sisterly love meaning in Chinese.
Note: During the past 20 years, the "One child policy" in China is slowly making this term obsolete.
妹 is the single-character for younger sister.
In colloquial Japanese speech, this can be a way to say, darling, dear, honey, or my betrothed (only used when referring to a woman).
In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mai.
In Chinese, you will generally see this used in double form, "妹妹" or "mei mei" when referring to a younger sister.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Sisters||姉妹||shi mai / shimai||zǐ mèi / zi3 mei4 / zi mei / zimei||tzu mei / tzumei|
|jiě mèi guān xì|
jie3 mei4 guan1 xi4
jie mei guan xi
|chieh mei kuan hsi
|Sisters at Heart||心の姉妹||kokoro no shi mai|
|Brothers and Sisters||御兄弟||go kyou dai|
go kyo dai
|Sisterhood||姐妹情||jiě mèi qíng|
jie3 mei4 qing2
jie mei qing
|chieh mei ch`ing
chieh mei ching
Association of Women
|fu jo kai / fujokai||fù nǚ huì|
fu4 nv3 hui4
fu nv hui
|fu nü hui
|姉妹愛||shi mai ai / shimaiai|
|Dark Sister||黑闇女||koku an nyo|
|hēi àn nǚ|
hei1 an4 nv3
hei an nv
|hei an nü
|Brotherly and Sisterly Love||手足情||shǒu zú qíng|
shou3 zu2 qing2
shou zu qing
|shou tsu ch`ing
shou tsu ching
|Younger Sister||妹||mai / imouto|
mai / imoto
mai / imoto
|mèi / mei4 / mei|
|Brother and Sister||兄姉||keishi / kyoudai|
keishi / kyodai
keishi / kyodai
|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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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
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There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
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