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5. Iron Heart
鋼 is the Chinese character and Japanese Kanji for steel (as in iron mixed with carbon and other elements to make it stronger).
This can also be the name Hagane in Japanese. Like Mr. Steel in English. It can also be pronounced as Tsuyoshi or Kou when used as personal or given names in Japan.
武士の一言金鉄の如し is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior.
Here's a couple versions of how this can be translated:
A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).
Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
This is a form of discipline which suggests training of the mind and character, aimed at producing self-control, obedience, etc.
One of my Chinese-English dictionaries even translates this as "tempering oneself" or turning yourself into hardened steel.
In old Korean Hanja, they use these characters in reverse order but with the same meaning. If you want the Korean version, please click this link instead of the button above: Korean version.
This can be translated as "iron heart", "steel core", "iron mind" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.
鐵心 is not a common term, but I added it here since so many were looking for "iron heart". 鐵心 is almost like saying you are without emotions or feeling - a very stoic person. 鐵心 is not a Buddhist trait.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|hagane||gāng / gang1 / gang||kang|
|The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel||武士の一言、金鉄の如し||bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi|
|Tempering Makes Strong Steel||百煉才成鋼 / 百煉纔成鋼|
|bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng|
bai3 lian4 cai2 cheng2 gang1
bai lian cai cheng gang
|pai lien ts`ai ch`eng kang
pai lien tsai cheng kang
|磨練 / 磨鍊 / 磨鍊|
|mó liàn / mo2 lian4 / mo lian / molian||mo lien / molien|
|tetsu kokoro / tesshin|
tetsukokoro / tesshin
tetsu kokoro / teshin
tetsukokoro / teshin
|tiě xīn / tie3 xin1 / tie xin / tiexin||t`ieh hsin / tiehhsin / tieh hsin|
|yoroi||kǎi / kai3 / kai||k`ai / kai|
|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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