The Name Thread in Chinese / Japanese...

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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 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).

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).

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.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
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
The Red String赤い糸akai ito / akaiito
The Red Thread of Fate姻緣紅線
yīn yuán hóng xiàn
yin1 yuan2 hong2 xian4
yin yuan hong xian
yin yüan hung hsien
shi / itosī / si1 / sissu
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Silk Scroll
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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Silk Scroll
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


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Silk Scroll
(slang) (See スレ主) original poster (of a web-forum thread); OP; (personal name) Izzi


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Silk Scroll
lily yarn; handicraft, knitting, etc. thread made of artificial silk; (female given name) Lilian; Lillian

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to pull; to tear; (of cloth, thread etc) to buy; to chat; to gossip; (coll.) (Tw) ridiculous; hokey

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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.


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

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to string; to thread (needle)

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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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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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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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 kou / ko
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


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

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

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


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

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to classify; to twist silk; silk thread
(female given name) Rin

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

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variant of 緒|绪[xu4]


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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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latitude; woof (horizontal thread in weaving); weft
weft; woof (crosswise threads on a loom); (female given name) Tsukane

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

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 nyou / nyo
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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hempen thread; to dress hemp

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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)

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

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

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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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 tei / te
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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