Sun in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Sun / Solar

  2. Morning Sun

  3. Sun Goddess

  4. Sun

  5. Asahi / Morning Sun

  6. Sun Moon Stars

  7. The Sun, Moon and Stars

  8. Tomorrow / The Next Sun

  9. Sunn

10. Assuncao

11. Heaven

12. Day

13. Elson

14. Gerson

15. Madisson

Sun / Solar

Also means Day, Sunshine, Sunlight, or Japan

hi / nichi
Sun / Solar 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 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.

tiān zhào huáng dà shén
Sun Goddess Scroll

天照皇大神 is the title for Sun Goddess or Amaterasu Oomikami in Japanese.

Rare Chinese Buddhists/Shitoists may be familiar with this (so I have included the Chinese pronunciation above) however, this should generally be considered a specifically-Japanese title.

Besides Amaterasuoomikami, this can also be pronounced/romanized as Tenshoukoudaijin. There are several similar ways to write Sun Goddess in Japanese, so don't be surprised if you see different forms on the web, etc.

tài yang
tai you
Sun 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

zhāo rì
Asahi / Morning Sun 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

rì yuè xīng
Sun Moon Stars 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

rì yuè xīng chén
The Sun, Moon and Stars 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

míng rì
ashita / meibi
Tomorrow / The Next Sun 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.

Sunn Scroll

孫 is the name Sunn in Chinese (Mandarin).

ā sǔn sà ào
Assuncao Scroll

阿筍薩奧 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the female Portuguese/Latin name Assunção or Assuncao.

Heaven 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

hi / nichi
Day 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.

āi ěr sūn
Elson Scroll

埃爾孫 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the male Spanish/Latin name Elson.

gài ěr sūn
Gerson Scroll

蓋爾孫 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the male Spanish/Latin name Gerson.

mǎ dí sǔn
Madisson Scroll

瑪迪筍 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the female French name Madisson.

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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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Madisson Scroll
grandson; descendant
grandchild; (given name) Yuzuru
Grandchild; grandson; translit. sun; grandchild



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sūn wù kōng
    sun1 wu4 kong1
sun wu k`ung
    sun wu kung
 songokuu / songoku
Madisson Scroll
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]
(ch) Sun Wukong (character in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West); Monkey King



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sūn yàn zī
    sun1 yan4 zi1
sun yen tzu
Madisson Scroll
Stefanie Sun (1978-), Singaporean singer-songwriter

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to decrease; to lose; to damage; to harm; (coll.) to speak sarcastically; to deride; caustic; mean; one of the 64 hexagrams of the Book of Changes (䷨)
(n,adj-na,vs,vi) (1) loss; damage; harm; unprofitable; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) disadvantage; handicap; drawback; unfavorable; (personal name) Takuji
To spoil, hurt, damage; lose that which one possesses

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to rub with the hand; to stroke

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tenon (cabinetmaking)

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 takouna / takona
bamboo shoot
(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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cross-beam for hanging bells

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fragrant grass

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 hayabusa(p); hayabusa
    はやぶさ(P); ハヤブサ
falcon; Taiwan pr. [zhun3]
(kana only) falcon (esp. the peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus); (surname) Hayabusa

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(literary) supper

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variant of 飧[sun1]
to dine



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    bu4 sun3
pu sun
not harming



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ér sūn
    er2 sun1
erh sun



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gōng sūn
    gong1 sun1
kung sun
 kouson / koson
two-character surname Gongsun
(surname, given name) Kōson



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



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    ge1 sun3
ko sun
circumcision (Bible term)



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láo sǔn
    lao2 sun3
lao sun
strain (medicine)


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


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



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



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yòu sǔn
    you4 sun3
yu sun
 mata son su
further lessens



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shòu sǔn
    shou4 sun3
shou sun
to suffer damage



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zuǐ sǔn
    zui3 sun3
tsui sun
(dialect) sharp-tongued; harsh



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



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zhí sūn
    zhi2 sun1
chih sun
grandniece; grandnephew



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    zi3 sun1
tzu sun
offspring; posterity
descendant; posterity; offspring; (surname) Shison



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    sun1 wu2
sun wu
Sunwu county in Heihe 黑河[Hei1 he2], Heilongjiang



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sūn jiān
    sun1 jian1
sun chien
Sun Jian (155-191), famous general at end of Han dynasty, forerunner of the southern kingdom of Wu of the Three Kingdoms
(personal name) Sonken

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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
Sun Goddess天照皇大神amaterasuoomikami
tiān zhào huáng dà shén
tian1 zhao4 huang2 da4 shen2
tian zhao huang da shen
t`ien chao huang ta shen
tien chao huang ta shen
tai you / taiyou / tai yotài yang / tai4 yang5 / tai yang / taiyangt`ai yang / taiyang / tai yang
Morning Sun
朝日asahizhāo 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
sūn / sun1 / sun
ā sǔn sà ào
a1 sun3 sa4 ao4
a sun sa ao
Heavententiān / tian1 / tiant`ien / tien
Dayhi / nichirì / ri4 / rijih
āi ěr sūn
ai1 er3 sun1
ai er sun
ai erh sun
gài ěr sūn
gai4 er3 sun1
gai er sun
kai erh sun
mǎ dí sǔn
ma3 di2 sun3
ma di sun
ma ti sun
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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