The name Willow in Chinese / Japanese...

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  ryuu / yanagi
Willow Scroll

柳 is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji for willow (as in willow tree).

In ancient Chinese astronomy/astrology, this can refer to the “Willow” constellation (one of the 28 mansions).

If you want to get scientific, this can refer to any tree of the genus Salix including the weeping willow (Salix babylonica).

In Chinese, this can be the surname Liu.
In Japanese, it can be the surname Yanagi. It can also be pronounced other ways for different rare surnames. Some Japanese use this as a female given name.
In Korean, this can be the surname Yu, though most of the time it’s pronounced ryu in Korean.

The Geisha’s World

 huā liǔ jiè
The Geisha’s World Scroll

花柳界 literally means “Flower Willow World/Kingdom.”

In Japanese, this means “The Realm of the Geisha” or “World of the Geisha.” I suppose there is a presumption that the Geisha is surrounded by flowers in their residence. In Chinese and Korean, this pretty much has colloquially come to mean “The Red Light District” or to refer to pimps, prostitutes, and johns as a group.

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 riyou / riyo

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{astron} (See 二十八宿,朱雀・すざく・2) Chinese "Willow" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (surname) Riyou
A willow.

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 riyou / riyo

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(1) willow (any tree of genus Salix); (2) weeping willow (Salix babylonica); (surname) Riyou
Willow; aspen, poplar, arbutus; syphilis.



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guān shì yīn
    guan1 shi4 yin1
kuan shih yin

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Guan Shi Yin: Protector Of Life
Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
(out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
Regarder of the world's sounds, or cries, the so-called Goddess of Mercy; also known as 觀音; 觀世音善薩; 觀自在 (觀世自在); 觀尹; 光世音 (the last being the older form). Avalokiteśvara, v. 阿 8. Originally represented as a male, the images are now generally those of a female figure. The meaning of the term is in doubt; it is intp. as above, but the term 觀自在 (觀世自在) accords with the idea of Sovereign Regarder and is not associated with sounds or cries. Guanyin is one of the triad of Amida, is represented on his left, and is also represented as crowned with Amida; but there are as many as thirty-three different forms of Guanyin, sometimes with a bird, a vase, a willow wand, a pearl, a 'thousand' eyes and hands, etc., and, when as bestower of children, carrying a child. The island of Putuo (Potala) is the chief centre of Guanyin worship, where she is the protector of all in distress, especially of those who go to sea. There are many sūtras, etc., devoted to the cult, but its provenance and the date of its introduction to China are still in doubt. Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sūtra is devoted to Guanyin, and is the principal scripture of the cult; its date is uncertain. Guanyin is sometimes confounded with Amitābha and Maitreya. She is said to be the daughter of king Śubhavyūha 妙莊王, who had her killed by 'stifling because the sword of the executioner broke without hurting her. Her spirit went to hell; but hell changed into paradise. Yama sent her back to life to save his hell, when she was miraculously transported on a Lotus flower to the island of Poo-too'. Eitel.


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(place-name) willow

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Chinese wolfberry shrub (Lycium chinense); willow



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dōu luó
    dou1 luo2
tou lo
妬羅 (or 堵羅 or 蠧羅) tūla, floss, e. g. willow-floss, wild silk; cotton, also called兜羅綿 (or 兜羅M016820); also a tree producing such floss.


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(kana only) willow-leafed magnolia (Magnolia salicifolia); anise magnolia


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chuí liǔ
    chui2 liu3
ch`ui liu
    chui liu
weeping willow (Salix babylonica)
(place-name, surname) Tareyanagi


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 suiyou / suiyo
(See 枝垂れ柳) weeping willow


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(kana only) willow tit (Parus montanus); (place-name, surname) Kosuzume


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riverside willow (esp. rosegold pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla)


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chūn liǔ
    chun1 liu3
ch`un liu
    chun liu
Spring Willow Society, pioneering Chinese theatrical company set up in Tokyo in 1906, part of New Culture Movement 新文化運動|新文化运动[Xin1 Wen2 hua4 Yun4 dong4], continued in China from 1912 as 新劇同志會|新剧同志会[Xin1 ju4 Tong2 zhi4 hui4]
(surname) Haruyanagi


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liǔ sù
    liu3 su4
liu su
Chinese "Willow" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
(Skt. Aśleṣā)


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liǔ qǐ
    liu3 qi3
liu ch`i
    liu chi


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 ryuujou / ryujo
willow twig; (given name) Ryūjō


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liǔ zhī
    liu3 zhi1
liu chih
 ryuushi / ryushi
(given name) Ryūshi
Willow branches put in clean water to keep away evil spirits.



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liǔ tiáo
    liu3 tiao2
liu t`iao
    liu tiao
willow; willow branches; wicker (material for basketwork)
See: 柳条



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liǔ shù
    liu3 shu4
liu shu


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 yanagigoshi; ryuuyou / yanagigoshi; ryuyo
    やなぎごし; りゅうよう
(1) slim waist; slender figure; willowy figure; (2) (orig. meaning) waist of a willow tree


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 ryuuba / ryuba
(1) (やないば, やなぎば only) willow-leaf arrowhead; (2) (やないば, やなぎば only) part of a Japanese stirrup; (3) (やなぎば, りゅうよう only) (original, literal meaning) willow leaf; (personal name) Ryūba



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liǔ yīng
    liu3 ying1
liu ying
willow warbler; leaf warbler



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yáng zhī
    yang2 zhi1
yang chih
 youji / yoji
toothpick; skewer for eating moist wagashi (steel, bamboo, etc.); (place-name, surname) Yōji
Willow branches, or twigs, used as dantakāṣṭha, i.e. for cleansing the teeth by chewing or rubbing.



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yáng liǔ
    yang2 liu3
yang liu
willow tree; poplar and willow; name of traditional tune
willow (any tree of genus Salix); (1) willow (any tree of genus Salix); (2) weeping willow (Salix babylonica); riverside willow (esp. rosegold pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla); (surname) Yanagi



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yáng shě
    yang2 she3
yang she
Wi11ow leaves, e.g. yellow willow leaves given to a child as golden leaves to stop its crying, a parallel to the Buddha's opportune methods of teaching.


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 nekoyanagi; nekoyanagi
    ねこやなぎ; ネコヤナギ
(kana only) rosegold pussy willow (Salix gracilistyla)


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weeping willow; (surname) Itoyanagi


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(rare) willow flower


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 kinuyanagi; kinuyanagi
    きぬやなぎ; キヌヤナギ
(kana only) Salix kinuyanagi (species of willow)


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 horyuu / horyu
(1) purple willow; (2) infirmity; delicate constitution



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zhū zǐ
    zhu1 zi3
chu tzu
various sages; refers to the classical schools of thought, e.g. Confucianism 儒[ru2] represented by Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3] and Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3], Daoism 道[dao4] by Laozi 老子[Lao3 zi3] and Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子[Zhuang1 zi3], Mohism 墨[mo4] by Mozi 墨子[Mo4 zi3], Legalism 法[fa3] by Sunzi 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3] and Han Feizi 韓非子|韩非子[Han2 Fei1 zi3], and numerous others
(1) (kana only) gudgeon (any fish of genus Gnathopogon or related genera); (2) (See 本諸子) willow gudgeon (Gnathopogon caerulescens); (3) (See 九絵) longtooth grouper (species of fish, Epinephelus bruneus); (surname, female given name) Moroko

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Willow ryuu / yanagi
ryuu / yanagi
ryu / yanagi
liǔ / liu3 / liu
The Geisha’s World花柳界karyuukai / karyukaihuā liǔ jiè
hua1 liu3 jie4
hua liu jie
hua liu chieh

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