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Sun in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Sun / Solar

  2. Morning Sun

  3. Sun

  4. Asahi / Morning Sun

  5. Sun Moon Stars

  6. The Sun, Moon and Stars

  7. Tomorrow / The Next Sun

  8. Heaven

  9. Day

Sun / Solar

Also means Day, Sunshine, Sunlight, or Japan
Japan hi / nichi
Sun / Solar Vertical Wall Scroll

日 is the word for sun. It also means day, and can refer to the day of the month when expressing the date.
Example: October 1st would be "10 Moons, 1 Sun."

日 is also the first Kanji for the title of Japan (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja). Thus, this character is used as an adjective for things that are Japanese.
Ever heard of Japan being called, "The land of the rising sun"? Well, that's what the full title of Japan means.

Depending on context, this character can mean Sunshine or Sunlight.

Note: In Japanese, this Kanji has a variety of possible pronunciations. The pronunciation changed depending on context and how this Kanji is combined with other Kanji. When used alone, this is usually "hi" (pronounced like "hee") but sometimes it's "nichi." When combined, it can be "tsu," "ni," "ka," and a few others.

Morning Sun

Japan asahi
Morning Sun Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean character means morning sun, dawn, or rising sun.

It can also be the Japanese surnames Kyoku or Asahi.


China tài yang
Japan tai you
Sun Vertical Wall Scroll

太陽 is a two-character title for the Sun.

This refers specifically to Sol, the star at the center of our Solar system.

In Japanese, this is often romanized as Taiyou or Taiyo, but can also be pronounced as the names Minami, Hiroaki, Hinata, Hikaru, Tsubasa, Tahi, Takayasu, Takaharu, or Soru.

Asahi / Morning Sun

China zhāo rì
Asahi / Morning Sun Vertical Wall Scroll

朝日 is a version of the Japanese name Asahi.

This can also be Ahisa, Asuka, Ashita, or Asaka. 朝日 means morning sun and is the name of the famous beer company in Japan.

This would be read as "Zhao Ri" in Mandarin where it means morning sun but is also known to be the Asahi company (maker of beer and other beverages).

Sun Moon Stars

China rì yuè xīng
Japan nichigetsusei
Sun Moon Stars Vertical Wall Scroll

日月星 is the shortest way to write a title (or word list) that means Sun, Moon, Stars.

The Sun, Moon and Stars

China rì yuè xīng chén
Japan nichigetsuseishin
The Sun, Moon and Stars Vertical Wall Scroll

This title encompasses all of the heavenly bodies or celestial bodies.

Namely, this includes the Sun, Moon and Stars of our universe.

Tomorrow / The Next Sun

China míng rì
Japan ashita / meibi
Tomorrow / The Next Sun Vertical Wall Scroll

明日 is a common way to say "tomorrow" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This temporal noun literally means "next sun[rise]." In addition to "tomorrow," it can also mean "near future."

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name Meibi.


China tiān
Japan ten
Heaven Vertical Wall Scroll

天 means "heaven" or "sky" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The context determines if you are talking about heaven or the sky above (often they are the same concept).

When combined with other characters, words like "today" and "tomorrow" are created. While sometimes the character for "sun" is used to mean "day," often "sky" represents "day" in Asian languages.
Example: 今天 (this sky) = "today," 明天 (next sky) = "tomorrow" in modern Chinese and Japanese.

In Chinese culture, regardless of which religion, it's almost always assumed that God (and any other deities) live up above in the sky. The concept of God living in the sky is likely the reason heaven is associated with this character.
The equation goes something like this: God's domain is the sky, thus, the sky is heaven.

Note: As a single character, this is a little ambiguous, so you might want to choose our Kingdom of Heaven selection instead.

See Also:  Heaven | God | Today


Japan hi / nichi
Day Vertical Wall Scroll

日 is how to write "day" in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Hanja.

This can also mean "Sun," the star in the middle of the Solar system in which we live. In Japanese, it can also mean "sunshine" or even "Sunday."

When writing the date in modern Chinese and Japanese, putting a number in front of this character indicates the day of the month. Of course, you need to indicate the month too... The month is expressed with a number followed by the character for the moon. So "three moons ten suns" would be "March 10th" or "3/10."

Note: 日 is also the first character for the proper name of Japan. Remember that Japan is "The land of the rising sun"? Well, the first character for Japan means "sun" the second means "origin" so you get the real meaning now. Sometimes, in China, this sun character can be a short name for Japan or a suffix for something of or from Japan.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sun search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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Mandarin sūn wù kōng / sun1 wu4 kong1
Taiwan sun wu k`ung / sun wu kung
Japanese songokuu / songoku / そんごくう
Day Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, character with supernatural powers in the novel Journey to the West 西遊記|西游记[Xi1 you2 Ji4]; Son Goku, the main character in Dragon Ball 七龍珠|七龙珠[Qi1 long2 zhu1]
Japanese (person) Sun Wukong; Monkey King (character in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West)



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Mandarin sūn yàn zī / sun1 yan4 zi1
Taiwan sun yen tzu
Day Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Stefanie Sun (1978-), Singaporean singer-songwriter

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Mandarin sūn / sun1
Taiwan sun
Japanese mago / まご
Chinese grandson; descendant; surname Sun
Japanese grandchild; (given name) Yuzuru; (surname) Magosaki; (surname) Mago; (given name) Douson; (surname, given name) Son; (surname) Sun; (personal name) Iku
Grandchild; grandson; translit. sun.

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Mandarin sǔn / sun3
Taiwan sun
Japanese son / そん
Chinese to decrease; to lose; to damage; to harm; (coll.) to speak sarcastically; to deride; caustic; mean; one of the 64 trigrams of the Book of Changes (old)
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) loss; damage; harm; unprofitable; (2) disadvantage; handicap; drawback; unfavorable; (personal name) Takuji
To spoil, hurt, damage; lose that which one possesses

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Mandarin sūn / sun1
Taiwan sun
Chinese to rub with the hand; to stroke

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Mandarin sǔn / sun3
Taiwan sun
Chinese tenon (cabinetmaking)

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Mandarin sūn / sun1
Taiwan sun
Chinese (monkey)

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Mandarin sǔn / sun3
Taiwan sun
Japanese takouna / takona / たこうな    takenoko / たけのこ    takanna / たかんな    takamuna / たかむな
Chinese bamboo shoot
Japanese (1) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (2) (abbreviation) (kana only) inexperienced doctor; quack; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) bamboo shoot

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Mandarin sǔn / sun3
Taiwan sun
Chinese cross-beam for hanging bells

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Mandarin sūn / sun1
Taiwan sun
Chinese fragrant grass

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Mandarin sǔn / sun3
Taiwan sun
Japanese hayabusa(p);hayabusa / はやぶさ(P);ハヤブサ
Chinese falcon; Taiwan pr. [zhun3]
Japanese (kana only) falcon (esp. the peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus); (surname) Hayabusa; (m,f) Hayato; (given name) Hayashi; (personal name) Junji; (given name) Jun; (given name) Shun

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Mandarin sūn / sun1
Taiwan sun
Chinese (literary) supper

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Mandarin sūn / sun1
Taiwan sun
Japanese san
Chinese variant of 飧[sun1]



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Mandarinsǔn / bu4 sun3
Taiwan pu sun
Japanese fuson
not harming



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Mandarin ér sūn / er2 sun1
Taiwan erh sun
Japanese jison
Chinese descendant



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Mandarin gōng sūn / gong1 sun1
Taiwan kung sun
Japanese kouson / koson / こうそん
Chinese two-character surname Gongsun
Japanese (surname, given name) Kouson



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Mandarin dōng sǔn / dong1 sun3
Taiwan tung sun
Chinese winter bamboo shoots (smaller and tenderer as a result of being dug out before they come out of the soil)



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Mandarin láo sǔn / lao2 sun3
Taiwan lao sun
Japanese rōson
Chinese strain (medicine)


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Mandarinsǔn / ka3 sun3
Taiwan k`a sun / ka sun
Chinese clip; latch (on a clip-into-place component)


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Mandarin mǎo sǔn / mao3 sun3
Taiwan mao sun
Chinese mortise and tenon (slot and tab forming a carpenter's joint)



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Mandarin cān sūn / can1 sun1
Taiwan ts`an sun / tsan sun
Chinese Samson (name); biblical hero around 1100 BC



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Mandarin yòu sǔn / you4 sun3
Taiwan yu sun
Japanese mata son su
further lessens



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Mandarin shòu sǔn / shou4 sun3
Taiwan shou sun
Chinese to suffer damage



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Mandarin zuǐ sǔn / zui3 sun3
Taiwan tsui sun
Chinese (dialect) sharp-tongued; harsh



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Mandarin wài sūn / wai4 sun1
Taiwan wai sun
Japanese gaison;sotomago / がいそん;そとまご
Chinese daughter's son; grandson; descendant via the female line
Japanese grandchild from a daughter married into another family



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Mandarin zhí sūn / zhi2 sun1
Taiwan chih sun
Japanese tesson / てっそん
Chinese grandnephew
Japanese grandniece; grandnephew



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Mandarinsūn / zi3 sun1
Taiwan tzu sun
Japanese shison / しそん
Chinese offspring; posterity
Japanese descendant; posterity; offspring; (surname) Shison; (surname) Komago



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Mandarin sūn/ sun1 wu2
Taiwan sun wu
Chinese Sunwu county in Heihe 黑河[Hei1 he2], Heilongjiang



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Mandarin sūn jiān / sun1 jian1
Taiwan sun chien
Japanese sonken / そんけん
Chinese Sun Jian (155-191), famous general at end of Han dynasty, forerunner of the southern kingdom of Wu of the Three Kingdoms
Japanese (personal name) Sonken



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Mandarin sūn/ sun1 nu:3
Taiwan sun
Chinese son's daughter; granddaughter

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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
hi / nichirì / ri4 / rijih
Morning Sunasahixù / xu4 / xuhsü
tai you / taiyou / tai yo / taiyotài yang / tai4 yang5 / tai yang / taiyangt`ai yang / taiyang / tai yang
Morning Sun
朝日zhāo rì
zhao1 ri4 
zhao ri 
Sun Moon Stars日月星nichigetsuseirì yuè xīng
ri4 yue4 xing1
ri yue xing
jih yüeh hsing
The Sun, Moon and Stars日月星辰nichigetsuseishinrì yuè xīng chén
ri4 yue4 xing1 chen2
ri yue xing chen
jih yüeh hsing ch`en
jih yüeh hsing chen
The Next Sun
明日ashita / meibimíng rì / ming2 ri4 / ming ri / mingriming jih / mingjih
Heavententiān / tian1 / tiant`ien / tien
Dayhi / nichirì / ri4 / rijih
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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