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Winter Season

dōng
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
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

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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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

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
不经冬寒不知春暖
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
不当和尚不知头冷
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
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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

四季

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

春夏秋冬

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

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

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jiǎ / jia3
chia
 enoki / えのき
(evergreen shrub); Celtis sinensis
(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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shòu / shou4
shou
 kari / かり
to hunt; to go hunting (as winter sport in former times); hunting dog; imperial tour
(1) hunting; (n,n-suf) (2) harvesting (e.g. berries, fruit); picking; gathering; (surname) Kari


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/ la4
la
 rou / ro / ろう
12th lunar month; preserved (meat, fish etc)
(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

三冬

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

三季

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

中夜

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

二至

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 nishi / にし the two solstices (summer and winter)

交九

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

今冬

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

余寒

see styles
 yokan / よかん lingering winter

六時


六时

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liù shí / liu4 shi2
liu shih
 rokuji / ろくじ
(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.

冬令

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dōng lìng / dong1 ling4
tung ling
winter; winter climate

冬作

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

冬型

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

冬場

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 fuyuba / ふゆば the winter season

冬夏

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

冬夜

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

冬天

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

冬季

see styles
dōng jì / dong1 ji4
tung chi
 touki / toki / とうき
winter
(season of) winter; (personal name) Fuyuki

冬宮


冬宫

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

冬尺

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

冬山

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

冬日

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 fuyubi / ふゆび the winter sun

冬月

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

冬服

see styles
 fuyufuku / ふゆふく winter clothing

冬期

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

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