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Trees in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Even Monkeys Fall From Trees
  2. Small Forest
  3. Pine
  4. Forest
  5. Bonsai / Penzai
  6. Forest
  7. Hazel Tree
  8. Wood
  9. Shaolin
10. Pine Forest / Matsubayashi
11. The Tree of Enlightenment...
12. Forest

Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

Meaning: Anyone can make a mistake
Japan saru mo ki kara ochiru
Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

This is the Japanese proverb, "Even monkeys fall from trees." It suggests that even the most skilled, can make a mistake in something they should be a master of. Or, to put it simply, "Anyone can make a mistake."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Small Forest

China lín
Japan rin
Small Forest

林 refers to a small forest, a grove, a thicket, or the woods.

In Chinese, this can be the surname Lin. It's also the lin in Shaolin (referring to the monks of the Shaolin temple).

The symbology of this character is two trees side-by-side. Take a look, you can see the tree figures.

Pine

Pine or Fir Trees
China sōng
Japan matsu
Pine

If you love pine trees or pine forests, this character is for you. Also used to refer to fir trees.


鬆Sometimes you'll see a complex alternate version of this character. The meaning is still primarily pine but it can also have other meanings. If you want this special version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

枩There's another rare alternate version of this character as shown to the right. In this case, the character's radicals are arranged vertically instead of horizontally.

Forest

Wooded Area
China sēn lín
Japan shinrin
Forest

森林 is how to generically write "forest" or "woods" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

If you look at the first character, you will see that it is made up of three trees. The second is actually two trees. 森林 is one of those words that really visually expresses the meaning.

If your name is Forest, I suggest this title to represent your name.

Bonsai / Penzai

Dwarf Tree Culture
China pén zāi
Japan bon sai
Bonsai / Penzai

盆栽 is the word that refers to the culture, hobby and to the miniature trees themselves that have become popular around the world. Like many things, this art migrated from China to Japan some time ago but we tend to associate it with Japanese culture and even use the Japanese word in English.

Granted, in present day, this hobby seems to be more popular in Japan but still has a great following in China and even a little in Korea as well.

Note: Many people confuse the title of the bonsai tree with "banzai" which is a form of "hooray" in Japanese. I have also seen it misspelled as "bansai." The correct Romanization (Romaji) is "bonsai."

Forest

China sēn
Japan mori
Forest

森 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for forest.

This can also refer to a dense forest-like place or thing. It can also refer to a shrine grove or sacred grove (a forest of religious significance).

Hazel Tree

China zhēn
Japan hari
Hazel Tree

榛 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for Hazel Tree (Corylus Heterophylla).

Sometimes used to refer to the Japanese alder tree (Alnus japonica). Also, can be the Japanese surname, Hashibami.

Wood

(One of the five elements)
China
Japan ki
Wood

木 is the symbol for wood in Japanese, Korean and Chinese. This can sometimes mean "tree" depending on context. In fact, the character comes from a pictogram that is supposed to resemble a tree.


Wood is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

Shaolin

Little Forest
China shǎo lín
Japan sho rin
Shaolin

The Shaolin monks of China have been practicing the art of Kung Fu for thousands of years. While there are many schools of Kung Fu in China, Shaolin are one of the more religiously devout and disciplined.

The title of Shaolin actually refers to a specific Buddhist monastery. It should be noted that the Shaolin were famous in China long before the Kung Fu TV show. Their fame in China is due to the monks' heroic and swift rescue an emperor during the Tang Dynasty. Most Chinese people are not keenly aware of the Kung Fu TV show, and have no idea who David Carradine is or anything about his character, Kwai Chang Caine.

Note: The literal meaning of these two characters is "little forest."

The fame of the Shaolin has spread all over Asia, as even though this is a Chinese title, the same characters are used in Japanese with the same meaning.

Pine Forest / Matsubayashi

Japan matsubayashi
Pine Forest / Matsubayashi

This Japanese, Chinese, and Korean word means pine forest.

Also a Japanese surname that romanizes as Matsubayashi or Shourin.

The Tree of Enlightenment
The Bodhi Tree

China pú tí shù
Japan bodaiju
The Tree of Enlightenment / The Bodhi Tree

These three characters are the full title of the Bodhi tree (a fig tree) under which Siddhartha Gautama (the legendary man and who established the Buddhist religion), achieved enlightenment. Sometimes this is referred to as "the tree of enlightenment." If you don't have a Bodhi tree to sit under, maybe you can achieve your enlightenment under a wall scroll with this title.

Forest

Given Name
China fó léi sī tè
Forest

佛雷斯特 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Forest. However, if your name is Forest, I suggest using the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for forest (wooded area).

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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
Even Monkeys Fall From Trees猿も木から落ちるsaru mo ki kara ochiru
sarumokikaraochiru
Small Forestrinlín / lin2 / lin
Pine
matsusōng / song1 / songsung
Forest森林shinrinsēn lín / sen1 lin2 / sen lin / senlin
Bonsai
Penzai
盆栽bon sai / bonsaipén zāi / pen2 zai1 / pen zai / penzaip`en tsai / pentsai / pen tsai
Forestmorisēn / sen1 / sen
Hazel Treeharizhēn / zhen1 / zhenchen
Woodkimù / mu4 / mu
Shaolin少林sho rin / shorinshǎo lín / shao3 lin2 / shao lin / shaolin
Pine Forest
Matsubayashi
松林matsubayashi
The Tree of Enlightenment
The Bodhi Tree
菩提樹
菩提树
bodaijupú tí shù
pu2 ti2 shu4
pu ti shu
putishu
p`u t`i shu
putishu
pu ti shu
Forest佛雷斯特fó léi sī tè
fo2 lei2 si1 te4
fo lei si te
foleisite
fo lei ssu t`e
foleissute
fo lei ssu te
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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