The name Thunder in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Thunder

  2. God of Thunder

  3. Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

  4. Lightning

  5. Electricity / Lightning

  6. One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door

 rai / kaminari
Thunder Scroll

雷 can mean thunder, lightning, thunderbolt, mine (weapon), or slang for something terrifying or a fit of anger.

Some will say it is the symbol of the god of thunder or the god of lightning.

雷 is also a Chinese surname that romanizes as Lei.

God of Thunder

 léi shén
 rai jin
God of Thunder Scroll

雷神 is how to write the Japanese “Thunder God.” They don't really have separate words for thunder and lightning in Japanese, so this is also the “Lightning God.”

雷神 makes sense in Chinese (though not a common title).

This is also the origin of the English name Raiden.

Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack


Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack Scroll

突貫 is a Japanese word that can be translated as lightning attack, charge, or rush.

It's about a fast run or attack at the speed of lightning.

 shǎn diàn
Lightning Scroll

閃電 is the title for lightning in Chinese.

The first character means flash, dodge, or get out of the way. In this case, it's the “flash” meaning. Sometimes this character can be used to mean lightning by itself.

The second character means electricity.

See Also:  Rain | Storm

Electricity / Lightning

Electricity / Lightning Scroll

電 is the title for electricity in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While this character means electric or electricity, it can also be used to mean lightning.

Note: This Kanji is not usually used alone like this in Japanese.

See Also:  Power | Energy | Rain

Electricity / Lightning

 den ki
Electricity / Lightning Scroll

電氣 is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.

See Also:  Power | Energy | Rain

One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door

 bái tiān bú zuò kuī xīn shì yè bàn qiāo mén bù chī jīng
One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door Scroll

白天不做亏心事夜半敲门不吃惊 literally translates as: [If one does] not do bad things in the daytime, one need not be alarmed at knocks on the door in the middle of the night.

The meaning is something like, “A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.” Basically, the message is, “don't commit crimes and you won't be jumpy every time the doorbell rings (so don't do anything wrong and your life will have fewer worries and you can sleep at night).”

These search terms might be related to Thunder:


Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs

The Roar of the Lioness

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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thunder; (bound form) (military) mine, as in 地雷[di4 lei2] land mine; (coll.) to shock; to stun; to astound; (Tw) (coll.) spoiler; (Tw) (coll.) to reveal plot details to (sb)
(1) lightning; thunder; thunderbolt; (2) (かみなり only) god of thunder; god of lightning; (3) (かみなり only) anger; fit of anger; (surname, female given name) Rai
garjita, thunder, thundering.



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suǒ ěr
    suo3 er3
so erh

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Thor (Norse god of thunder)


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léi shén
    lei2 shen2
lei shen

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God of Thunder
god of thunder (Chinese Leigong 雷公[Lei2 gong1], Norse Thor 索爾|索尔[Suo3 er3], Greek Zeus 宙斯[Zhou4 si1] etc)
(1) god of thunder; (2) {Shinto} Raijin (god of thunder); (place-name) Raijin



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yīn tuó luó
    yin1 tuo2 luo2
yin t`o lo
    yin to lo

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Indra (a Hindu deity)
Indra, 因坻; 因提; 因提梨; 因達羅; 天帝; 天主帝; 帝釋天; originally a god of the atmosphere, i. e. of thunder and rain; idem Śakra; his symbol is the vajra, or thunderbolt, hence he is the 金剛手; he became 'lord of the gods of the sky', 'regent of the east quarter', 'popularly chief after Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Śiva, '(M.W.); in Buddhism he represents the secular power, and is inferior to a Buddhist saint. Cf. 忉利 and 印.


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 zandaa / zanda

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(See 雷・かみなり・1) thunder; (personal name) Sander



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bù dòng míng wáng
    bu4 dong4 ming2 wang2
pu tung ming wang
 fudoumyouou / fudomyoo

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Fudo Myo-o / Wisdom King
{Buddh} Acala (Wisdom King); Acalanatha; Fudō Myōō (Myō-ō); fierce Buddhist deity; (place-name) Fudoumyouou
不動尊 Aryacalanatha 阿奢羅曩 tr. 不動尊 and 無動尊 and Acalaceta, 阿奢囉逝吒 tr. 不動使者. The mouthpiece or messenger, e. g. the Mercury, of the Buddhas; and the chief of the five Ming Wang. He is regarded as the third person in the Vairocana trinity. He has a fierce mien overawing all evil spirits. He is said to have attained to Buddhahood, but also still to retain his position with Vairocana. He has many descriptive titles, e. g. 無量力神通無動者; 不動忿怒王, etc. Five different verbal signs are given to him. He carries a sharp wisdom-sword, a noose, a thunder-bolt. The colour of his images is various—black, blue, purple. He has a youthful appearance; his hair falls over his left shoulder; he stands or sits on a rock; left eye closed; mouth shut, teeth gripping upper lip, wrinkled forehead, seven locks of hair, full-bodied, A second representation is with four faces and four arms, angry mien, protruding teeth, with fames around him. A third with necklaces. A fourth, red, seated on a rock, fames, trident, etc. There are other forms. He has fourteen distinguishing symbols, and many dharanis associated with the realm of fire, of saving those in distress, and of wisdom. He has two messengers 二童子 Kimkara 矜羯羅 and Cetaka 制吒迦, and, including these, a group of eight messengers 八大童子 each with image, symbol, word-sign, etc. Cf. 不動佛.

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roll of thunder
(hist) Shang dynasty (of China; approx. 1600-1046 BCE); Yin dynasty; (personal name) Tadasu

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(onom.) sound of thunder

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clap of thunder

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to shake; to vibrate; to jolt; to quake; excited; shocked; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing thunder; ☳
zhen (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: thunder, east); (surname) Tatsumi
To shake, thunder, tremble, awe, quicken; translit. cin, ci.

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clap of thunder
Crash, rumble.

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clap of thunder

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heavy thunder


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winter thunder; thunderstorm accompanying a cold front



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mèn léi
    men4 lei2
men lei
muffled thunder; (fig.) sudden shock; blow


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dǎ léi
    da3 lei2
ta lei
to rumble with thunder; clap of thunder


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spring thunder; (given name) Harunari


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chén léi
    chen2 lei2
ch`en lei
    chen lei
deep growling thunder


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fǎ léi
    fa3 lei2
fa lei
The thunder of dharma, awakening man from stupor and stimulating the growth of virtue, the awful voice of Buddha-truth. 法電 The lightning of the Truth.


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(adj-na,adv,n,adj-no) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (kana only) syrupy; muddled; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) muddy; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) (kana only) sordid; (adverb taking the "to" particle) (4) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (kana only) rumble (e.g. of drums, of thunder); peal; boom


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(adj-na,adv,n,adj-no) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (kana only) syrupy; muddled; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) muddy; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) (kana only) sordid; (adverb taking the "to" particle) (4) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (kana only) rumble (e.g. of drums, of thunder); peal; boom


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cyclonic thunder-storm



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gǔn dòng
    gun3 dong4
kun tung
to roll; (to do something) in a loop; to scroll (computing); to progressively expand (economics); to rumble (of thunder)


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sudden and violent thunder


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huǐ huǐ
    hui3 hui3
hui hui
rumbling (of thunder etc)



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hōng xiǎng
    hong1 xiang3
hung hsiang
loud sound, such as that of thunder or a bomb; to rumble; to roar


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bì léi
    bi4 lei2
pi lei
To rend as thunder, to thunder.


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xùn léi
    xun4 lei2
hsün lei
(form) sudden peal of thunder; thunderclap

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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
Thunderrai / kaminariléi / lei2 / lei
God of Thunder雷神rai jin / raijinléi shén / lei2 shen2 / lei shen / leishen
Bolt of Lightning
Lightning Attack
突貫tokkan / tokan
shǎn diàn
shan3 dian4
shan dian
shan tien

dendiàn / dian4 / diantien
den ki / denki
One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door白天不做虧心事夜半敲門不吃驚
bái tiān bú zuò kuī xīn shì yè bàn qiāo mén bù chī jīng
bai2 tian1 bu2 zuo4 kui1 xin1 shi4 ye4 ban4 qiao1 men2 bu4 chi1 jing1
bai tian bu zuo kui xin shi ye ban qiao men bu chi jing
pai t`ien pu tso k`uei hsin shih yeh pan ch`iao men pu ch`ih ching
pai tien pu tso kuei hsin shih yeh pan chiao men pu chih ching
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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