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The Red Thread of Fate

yīn yuán hóng xiàn
The Red Thread of Fate Scroll

姻緣紅線 is the legendary red string of destiny that binds all soul mates or lovers together.

In ancient Chinese culture, a mythological matchmaker named 月老 (Yuè Lǎo) was the controller of the fate that led lovers to meet. He did this by tying a celestial red string to the ankle of each person. Sometime during their life, they will meet and marry as fate dictates.

While the origin of the red string comes from China, it has spread to other parts of Asia (such as Japan where it's known as 赤い糸).

The Red String

Thread of Lover's Destiny / Fate
akai ito
The Red String Scroll

This literally translates as, "the red string" or "the red thread" in Japanese but the real meaning is much deeper...

In Japanese culture, it's believed that fate, destiny, or karma joins lovers by an unseen string, tied around one little finger of each. 赤い糸 is how soul mates fine and are drawn to each other.

The Japanese concept of the red thread of fate, by most estimations, comes from Chinese folklore, where it's known as 姻緣紅線. The only difference being that in China, the celestial red thread is tied around the ankles of the lovers (versus what is usually represented to be the pinky finger in Japan).

shi / ito
Silk Scroll

絲 is the simplest way to write silk in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also mean thread, and it used as parts of words like "silk fabric" or "silk scarf".

In Japanese, this can be the surname Ito.

絲 is used far more in Chinese for silk (silk comes from China) than Japanese.

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents Scroll

This is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite".

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Red Thread of Fate姻緣紅線
姻缘红线
yīn yuán hóng xiàn
yin1 yuan2 hong2 xian4
yin yuan hong xian
yinyuanhongxian
yin yüan hung hsien
yinyüanhunghsien
The Red String赤い糸akai ito / akaiito
Silk
shi / itosī / si1 / sissu
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
谁言寸草心报得三春晖
shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
shui2 yan2 cun4 cao3 xin1 bao4 de2 san1 chun1 hui1
shui yan cun cao xin bao de san chun hui
shui yen ts`un ts`ao hsin pao te san ch`un hui
shui yen tsun tsao hsin pao te san chun hui
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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shān
    shan1
shan
 yama
    やま
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mountain; hill; anything that resembles a mountain; CL:座[zuo4]; bundled straw in which silkworms spin cocoons; gable
(n,ctr) (1) mountain; hill; (n,ctr) (2) mine (e.g. coal mine); (n,ctr) (3) heap; pile; (4) crown (of a hat); thread (of a screw); tread (of a tire); protruding part of an object; high part; (5) climax; peak; critical point; (6) guess; speculation; gamble; (7) (slang) (police, crime reporter jargon) criminal case; crime; (8) mountain climbing; mountaineering; (9) (See 山鉾) festival float (esp. one mounted with a decorative halberd); (10) (See 山札・1) deck (of playing cards on table, face down, from which cards are drawn); stack; (11) {mahj} wall; wall tile; (12) (archaism) temple; temple grounds; (prefix noun) (13) wild; (personal name) Yamamura
A hill, mountain; a monastery.


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    si1
ssu
 shi
    いと
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silk; thread; trace; (cuisine) shreds or julienne strips; CL:條|条[tiao2]; classifier: a thread (of cloud, smoke etc), a bit, an iota, a hint (of something) etc
(surname, female given name) Ito
a thread; a thread

イッチ

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 icchi
    イッチ
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(slang) (See スレ主) original poster (of a web-forum thread); OP; (personal name) Izzi

リリアン

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 ririan
    リリアン
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lily yarn; handicraft, knitting, etc. thread made of artificial silk; (female given name) Lilian; Lillian

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chě
    che3
ch`e
    che
to pull; to tear; (of cloth, thread etc) to buy; to chat; to gossip; (coll.) (Tw) ridiculous; hokey

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duàn
    duan4
tuan
 dan
    だん
paragraph; section; segment; stage (of a process); classifier for stories, periods of time, lengths of thread etc
(1) step; stair; (flight of) steps; (row of) stitches; columns (of print); (n,ctr) (2) grade; rank; level; (counter) (3) counter for breaks in written language (or speech, etc.); (counter) (4) (See 級・きゅう・2) dan; senior rank in martial arts, go, shogi, etc.; (place-name, surname) Dan
A piece; a section, paragraph. piṇda, a ball, lump, especially of palatable food, sustenance.

穿

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chuān
    chuan1
ch`uan
    chuan
 sen
    はく
to wear; to put on; to dress; to bore through; to pierce; to perforate; to penetrate; to pass through; to thread
(female given name) Haku
To bore, pierce; to thread; to don, put on. To bore a well and gradually discover water, likened to the gradual discovery of the Buddha-nature; to bore

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    mi4
mi
 shi
    し
fine silk; Kangxi radical 120
(1) thread; (numeric) (2) 0.0001; one ten-thousandth; (surname) Itoyanagi


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rèn
    ren4
jen
to string; to thread (needle)


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rèn
    ren4
jen
 nin
to weave; to lay warp for weaving; silk thread for weaving; variant of 紉|纫, to sew; to stitch; thread
to weave


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    xi4
hsi
 hoso
    ほそ
thin or slender; finely particulate; thin and soft; fine; delicate; trifling; (of a sound) quiet; frugal
(1) (abbreviation) (See 細引き,細糸) fine thread; hempen cord; (prefix noun) (2) slender; narrow; weak; (suffix noun) (3) (as ぼそ) narrowness; (surname) Hososaki
Fine, small, minute, in detail: careful; subtle

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rèn
    ren4
jen
 nin
to weave; to lay warp for weaving; variant of 紝|纴[ren4], silk thread for weaving
To lay a warp, wind, weave [紝]; to weave


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jiǎo
    jiao3
chiao
 kou / ko
    こう
to twist (strands into a thread); to entangle; to wring; to hang (by the neck); to turn; to wind; classifier for skeins of yarn
(hist) death by hanging (punishment in the ritsuryō system)
Intertwine, twist, intermingle; to fasten


𫄧

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yán
    yan2
yen
 en
cap tassels
The threads of beads or gems which hang, front and back, from the ceremonial square cap.

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 kase
    かせ
(1) (kana only) hank; skein; reel; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) reeled thread; (surname) Kase

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 moji
    もじ
hemp yarn or linen thread woven into a coarse cloth used for mosquito nets, summer clothes, etc.


线

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xiàn
    xian4
hsien
 sen
variant of 線|线[xian4]
Thread: a clue, continuation. An intp. of sūtra; thread


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lún
    lun2
lun
 rin
    りん
to classify; to twist silk; silk thread
(female given name) Rin


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    xu4
hsü
 sho; cho
    しょ; ちょ
beginnings; clues; mental state; thread
beginning; inception; (personal name) Osachi

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    xu4
hsü
 sho
variant of 緒|绪[xu4]
thread


线

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xiàn
    xian4
hsien
 sen
    せん
thread; string; wire; line; CL:條|条[tiao2],股[gu3],根[gen1]; (after a number) tier (unofficial ranking of a Chinese city)
(n,n-suf) (1) line; stripe; stria; (n,n-suf) (2) line (e.g. telephone line); wire; (n,n-suf) (3) (See X線) ray (e.g. X-ray); beam; (n,n-suf) (4) line (e.g. of a railroad); track; route; lane; (n,n-suf) (5) outline; contours; form; (n,n-suf) (6) level; (n,n-suf) (7) division; (n,n-suf) (8) (See いい線) line (of action); position; approach; policy; principle; (n,n-suf) (9) (See 線が太い,線が細い) impression one leaves; air one gives off; (surname) Sen
A thread, wire, clue, spy, lead, connection; a thread


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wěi
    wei3
wei
 tsukane
    つかね
latitude; woof (horizontal thread in weaving); weft
weft; woof (crosswise threads on a loom); (female given name) Tsukane


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    lu:3

 ru
strand; thread; detailed; in detail; classifier for wisps (of smoke, mist or vapor), strands, locks (of hair)
thread


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rào
    rao4
jao
 nyou / nyo
    にょう
to wind; to coil (thread); to rotate around; to spiral; to move around; to go round (an obstacle); to by-pass; to make a detour; to confuse; to perplex
(kana only) (e.g. 道, 起) kanji radical that runs from the left to the bottom part of the kanji; kanji enclosure-type radical; (personal name) Hanabusa
To wind round, go round; to wind round

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    lu2
lu
hempen thread; to dress hemp

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    gu3
ku
 ko
    もも
thigh; part of a whole; portion of a sum; (stock) share; strand of a thread; low-level administrative unit, translated as "section" or "department" etc, ranked below 科[ke1]; classifier for long winding things like ropes, rivers etc; classifier for smoke, smells etc: thread, puff, whiff; classifier for bands of people, gangs etc; classifier for sudden forceful actions
(1) thigh; (can be adjective with の) (2) femoral; (1) crotch; crutch; groin; thigh; (2) fork (in a tree, road, river, etc.); tines (of a fork)
thigh


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    mo4
mo
 myaku
    みゃく
see 脈脈|脉脉[mo4 mo4]
(1) pulse; (2) vein; (3) chain (of mountains, etc.); (4) hope; (5) thread (of an argument)
vein

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 myaku
    みゃく
(1) pulse; (2) vein; (3) chain (of mountains, etc.); (4) hope; (5) thread (of an argument)


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guàn
    guan4
kuan
 nuki
    ぬき
to pierce through; to pass through; to be stringed together; string of 1000 cash
{archit} crosspiece (between pillars, etc.); penetrating tie beam; (personal name) Hakaru
To string, thread, pass through; to go through


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dǐng
    ding3
ting
 tei / te
    てい
apex; crown of the head; top; roof; most; to carry on the head; to push to the top; to go against; to replace; to substitute; to be subjected to (an aerial bombing, hailstorm etc); (slang) to "bump" a forum thread to raise its profile; classifier for headwear, hats, veils etc
(1) crown (of head); summit (of mountain); spire; (2) easy win for one; (3) something received; (personal name) Tei
Top of the head, crown, summit, apex, zenith; highest; to rise; oppose; an official's 'button'.

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