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Winter in Chinese / Japanese...

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Winter Season

China dōng
Japan fuyu
Winter Season Vertical Wall Scroll

冬 is the word/character used to describe the Winter season in Chinese and Japanese.

It also means winter in Korean Hanja, though a second character is usually added in Korean.

You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness
China bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.

To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It

China bù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [One who has] not been a monk [does] not know [the feeling of a] cold head.
I need to explain that a Chinese Buddhist monk always has a shaved head, and thus a cold head in winter.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot know the true meaning of hardship until one has experienced it oneself.

This is an idiom in Chinese, so the figurative meaning is what people perceive when they hear or read this phrase. Just as in English, when someone says, "The grass is always greener," one will think about the idea of jealousy, rather than the quality of one's lawn.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Japanese tō / ふゆ
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) winter; (female given name) Fuyu
hima; hemanta; winter.


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Mandarin sì jì / si4 ji4
Taiwan ssu chi
Japanese shiki / しき
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese four seasons, namely: spring 春, summer 夏, autumn 秋 and winter
Japanese four seasons; (female given name) Yomogi


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Mandarin chūn xià qiū dōng / chun1 xia4 qiu1 dong1
Taiwan ch`un hsia ch`iu tung / chun hsia chiu tung
Japanese shunkashuutou / shunkashuto / しゅんかしゅうとう
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese the four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (yoji) spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter; the four seasons; (personal name) Hitotose

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Mandarin zuò / zuo4
Taiwan tso
Japanese nara / なら
Chinese oak; Quercus serrata
Japanese (kana only) oak (esp. Quercus serrata); Distylium racemosum (evergreen tree of the winter-hazel genus); (personal name) Nara

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Mandarin jiǎ / jia3
Taiwan chia
Japanese enoki / えのき
Chinese (evergreen shrub); Celtis sinensis
Japanese (1) (kana only) Japanese hackberry (Celtis sinensis var. japonica); Chinese nettle tree; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) enoki mushroom (Flammulina velutipes); winter mushroom; velvet shank; enokitake; enokidake; (surname) Enoki

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Mandarin shòu / shou4
Taiwan shou
Japanese kari / かり
Chinese to hunt; to go hunting (as winter sport in former times); hunting dog; imperial tour
Japanese (1) hunting; (n,n-suf) (2) harvesting (e.g. berries, fruit); picking; gathering; (surname) Kari

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Mandarin/ la4
Taiwan la
Japanese rō / ろう
Chinese 12th lunar month; preserved (meat, fish etc)
Japanese (1) {Buddh} offering ceremony held on the third day of the dog after the winter solstice; (2) twelfth month of the lunisolar calendar; (3) (See 臈) year in the Buddhist order (after the completion of the first meditation retreat)
Dried flesh; to sacrifice to the gods three days after the winter solstice; the end of the year; a year; a monastic year, i.e. the end of the annual summer retreat, also called 戒臘; 夏臘; 法臘; a year in the Buddhist order


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Japanese santou / santo / さんとう Japanese three winter months; (female given name) Mifuyu


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Mandarin sān jì / san1 ji4
Taiwan san chi
Japanese sanki / みき
Japanese (female given name) Miki
The "three seasons" of an Indian year— spring, summer, and winter; a year.


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Mandarin zhōng yè / zhong1 ye4
Taiwan chung yeh
Japanese chū ya / ちゅうや
Japanese (1) {Buddh} (See 六時) midnight period; midnight service; (2) (archaism) winter solstice; (surname) Nakaya


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Japanese nishi / にし Japanese the two solstices (summer and winter)


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Mandarin jiāo jiǔ / jiao1 jiu3
Taiwan chiao chiu
Chinese the coldest period of the year; three nine day periods after the winter solstice


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Japanese kontou / konto / こんとう Japanese (n-adv,n-t) this winter; next winter; last winter


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Japanese yokan / よかん Japanese lingering winter



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Mandarin liù shí / liu4 shi2
Taiwan liu shih
Japanese rokuji / ろくじ
Japanese (1) six o'clock; (2) (Buddhist term) six periods of a day (morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight, late night)
The six 'hours' or periods in a day, three for night and three for day, i. e. morning noon, evening; night, midnight, and dawn. Also, the six divisions of the year, two each of spring, summer, and winter.


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Mandarin dōng lìng / dong1 ling4
Taiwan tung ling
Chinese winter; winter climate


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Japanese fuyusaku / ふゆさく Japanese (See 冬作物) winter crops


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Japanese fuyugata / ふゆがた Japanese (can act as adjective) (1) wintery; (2) (abbreviation) (See 冬型気圧配置) atmospheric pressure pattern in winter; winter pressure pattern


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Japanese fuyuba / ふゆば Japanese the winter season


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Mandarin dōng xià / dong1 xia4
Taiwan tung hsia
Japanese fuyuka / ふゆか
Chinese winter and summer
Japanese (female given name) Fuyuka


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Mandarin dōng yè / dong1 ye4
Taiwan tung yeh
Japanese tōya / とうや
Japanese (female given name) Touya
The night before the 冬至 winter solstice; evening before the winter solstice


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Mandarin dōng tiān / dong1 tian1
Taiwan tung t`ien / tung tien
Japanese touten / toten / とうてん
Chinese winter; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese winter sky; wintry weather


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Mandarin dōng jì / dong1 ji4
Taiwan tung chi
Japanese touki / toki / とうき
Chinese winter
Japanese (season of) winter; (personal name) Fuyuki



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Mandarin dōng gōng / dong1 gong1
Taiwan tung kung
Japanese toukyuu / tokyu / とうきゅう
Chinese Winter Palace (St Petersburg); Hermitage Museum
Japanese (place-name) Winter Palace (in Saint Petersburg); Zimniy Dvorets


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Japanese fuyushaku;fuyushaku / ふゆしゃく;フユシャク Japanese (kana only) winter moth (Geometridae spp.)


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Mandarin dōng shān / dong1 shan1
Taiwan tung shan
Japanese fuyuyama / ふゆやま
Chinese Tungshan or Dongshan township in Yilan county 宜蘭縣|宜兰县[Yi2 lan2 xian4], Taiwan
Japanese (1) wintry mountain; (2) mountain that is often climbed during the winter; (surname) Fuyuyama


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Japanese fuyubi / ふゆび Japanese the winter sun


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Mandarin dōng yuè / dong1 yue4
Taiwan tung yüeh
Japanese tougetsu / togetsu / とうげつ
Chinese eleventh lunar month
Japanese (1) winter; winter season; (2) winter moon; (female given name) Fuyutsuki


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Japanese fuyufuku / ふゆふく Japanese winter clothing


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Japanese touki / toki / とうき Japanese (n-adv,n-t) winter; wintertime; winter term

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Winter Seasonfuyudōng / dong1 / dongtung
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime不經冬寒不知春暖
bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It不當和尚不知頭冷
bù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng
bu4 dang1 he2 shang4 bu4 zhi1 tou2 leng3
bu dang he shang bu zhi tou leng
pu tang ho shang pu chih t`ou leng
pu tang ho shang pu chih tou leng
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