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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. Sequoia

  6. Magnolia

  7. Shotokan

  8. Bonsai / Penzai

  9. Shotokan Karate-Do


Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

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

猿も木から落ちる 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

lín
rin
Small Forest Scroll

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
sōng
matsu
Pine Scroll

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
sēn lín
shinrin
Forest Scroll

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.

Sequoia

hóng shān
Sequoia Scroll

紅杉 is the Chinese title for Sequoia, as in the trees.

Magnolia

mù lán
mokuren
Magnolia Scroll

木蘭 is a general term for the magnolia (magnolia liliflora) or lily magnolia in Chinese and Japanese.

This can refer to any of the flowering plants or trees in the Magnolia genus.

In Chinese, this is also the name Mulan, as in Hua Mulan, the legendary woman warrior and folk hero of fifth-century China.

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name Mokuren.

Shotokan

sōng tāo guǎn
shou tou kan
Shotokan Scroll

These Kanji characters make up the title for Shotokan.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees. Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.

Bonsai / Penzai

Dwarf Tree Culture
pén zāi
bon sai
Bonsai / Penzai Scroll

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".

Shotokan Karate-Do

sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
shou tou kan kara te dou
Shotokan Karate-Do Scroll

These Japanese Kanji make up the title for Shotokan Karate.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees - followed by the characters for "The empty hand method" (kong shou dao / Karate-do). Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.




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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
Sequoia紅杉
红杉
hóng shān
hong2 shan1
hong shan
hongshan
hung shan
hungshan
Magnolia木蘭
木兰
mokurenmù lán / mu4 lan2 / mu lan / mulan
Shotokan鬆濤館
松涛館
shou tou kan
shoutoukan
sho to kan
shotokan
sōng tāo guǎn
song1 tao1 guan3
song tao guan
songtaoguan
sung t`ao kuan
sungtaokuan
sung tao kuan
Bonsai
Penzai
盆栽bon sai / bonsaipén zāi / pen2 zai1 / pen zai / penzaip`en tsai / pentsai / pen tsai
Shotokan Karate-Do鬆濤館空手道
松涛館空手道
shou tou kan kara te dou
shoutoukankaratedou
sho to kan kara te do
shotokankaratedo
sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
song1 tao1 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
song tao guan kong shou dao
songtaoguankongshoudao
sung t`ao kuan k`ung shou tao
sungtaokuankungshoutao
sung tao kuan kung shou tao
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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