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  1. Yin Yang

  2. Yako / Minami

  3. Ba Gua

  4. Tai Chi Ball

  5. Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

  6. Daoism / Taoism

 yīn yáng
 in you
Yin Yang Scroll

陰陽 literally means yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin-yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun so that you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as “sun and moon.”

Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.

See Also:  Taoism

Yako / Minami

Yako / Minami Scroll

This can be the Japanese surname Yako or Minami.

陽 is actually the yang from yin and yang ☯.

The meaning includes positive, sun, male, the side on which the sun shines, the sun, heat, masculine, dynamic, etc.

 bā guà
Ba Gua Scroll

八卦 is the Chinese title for Bagua or Ba Gua.

Simply put, this represents the eight elements often seen around the yin-yang symbol.

Tai Chi Ball

 tài jí qiú
 tai kyoku kyuu
Tai Chi Ball Scroll

太極球 is the title “Tai Chi Ball.”

This may refer to any number of variations of exercise balls, some with yin-yang themes, others strictly for taichi/taiji or qigong exercises.

Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

 shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Scroll

Many things have opposite properties. The water you drink can also drown you. Pork may nourish you and keep you alive but under-cook it and it could kill you. Potassium nitrate is often used as a fertilizer to grow the food that sustains us but it's also been used as an explosive to topple buildings and destroy us.

This concept is easily associated with “yin yang” where an element has two opposite properties that are as different as night and day.

This proverb's meaning can be summed up this way: “Anything that can lead you to success may also contain great risks.”

This phrase is known in literary circles by Korean people (scholars or literature). It is therefore also a valid proverb in Korean Hanja, though most Koreans would not be able to make sense of it.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road

 michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism Scroll

道 is the character “dao” which is sometimes written as “tao” but pronounced like “dow” in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as “Taoism.” If you translate this literally, it can mean “the way” or “the path.”

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced “dou” and sometimes “michi” when written alone in Japanese but pronounced “do” in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also “do” in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan so Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of when they read this character.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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yīn yáng
    yin1 yang2
yin yang
 inyou / inyo

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Yin Yang
yin and yang
cosmic dual forces; yin and yang; sun and moon, etc.; (place-name) In'you
yin and yang


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hún pò
    hun2 po4
hun p`o
    hun po

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Ghost / Soul / Spirit
soul; spirit; ghost
Animus and anima; the spiritual nature or mind, and the animal soul; the two are defined as mind and body or mental and physical, the invisible soul inhabiting the visible body, the former being celestial, the latter terrestrial.

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 kou / ko
the solid and broken lines of the eight trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], e.g. ☶
(See 卦) yao (line representing yin or yang that comprises one third of a trigram)

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overcast (weather); cloudy; shady; Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang); negative (electric.); feminine; moon; implicit; hidden; genitalia
(archaism) female private parts; female genitals; (surname) Kage
Shade, dark, the shades, the negative as opposed to the positive principle, female, the moon, back, secret. In Buddhism it is the phenomenal, as obscuring the true nature of things; also the aggregation of phenomenal things resulting in births and deaths, hence it is used as a translation like 蘊 q.v. for skandha, the 五陰 being the five skandhas or aggregates.


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jiǔ liú
    jiu3 liu2
chiu liu
the nine schools of thought, philosophical schools of the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods (770-220 BC), viz Confucians 儒家[Ru2 jia1], Daoists 道家[Dao4 jia1], Yin and Yang 陰陽家|阴阳家[Yin1 yang2 jia1], Legalists 法家[Fa3 jia1], Logicians 名家[Ming2 jia1], Mohists 墨家[Mo4 jia1], Diplomats 縱橫家|纵横家[Zong4 heng2 jia1], Miscellaneous 雜家|杂家[Za2 jia1], and Agriculturalists 農家|农家[Nong2 jia1]
九漏 idem | 孔.


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qián kūn
    qian2 kun1
ch`ien k`un
    chien kun
yin and yang; heaven and earth; the universe
heaven and earth; universe


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two forces (of yin and yang)



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liǎng yí
    liang3 yi2
liang i
heaven and earth; yin and yang


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 rokki; rikki; rikuki
    ろっき; りっき; りくき
(1) yin, yang, wind, rain, darkness, light; (2) cold, heat, dryness, dampness, wind, fire; (3) six emotions (joy, anger, sorrow, pleasure, love, hate)



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tài yīn
    tai4 yin1
t`ai yin
    tai yin
 taiin / tain
the Moon (esp. in Daoism)
(1) the Moon; (2) (See 小陰) the greater yin (in yin-yang)


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 shouin / shoin
the lesser yin (within yin-yang)



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qì huà
    qi4 hua4
ch`i hua
    chi hua
to vaporize; evaporation; carburetion; 氣|气[qi4] transformation in TCM (i.e. transformation of yin yang vital breath); unvoicing of voiced consonant



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xū sǔn
    xu1 sun3
hsü sun
(TCM) consumptive disease, chronic deficiency disorder due to impaired function of inner organs, deficiency of qi, blood, yin and yang; asomethingenia



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zōu yǎn
    zou1 yan3
tsou yen
 suuen / suen
Zou Yan (305-240 BC), founder of the School of Yin-Yang of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC)
(personal name) Suuen


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taijitu (chi:); cosmic dual forces symbol; yin-yang symbol



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tài jí tú
    tai4 ji2 tu2
t`ai chi t`u
    tai chi tu
diagram of cosmological scheme; Yin-Yang symbol ☯


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gōng qiǎo míng
    gong1 qiao3 ming2
kung ch`iao ming
    kung chiao ming
 kugyoumyou / kugyomyo
(hist) (See 五明) silpasthanavidya (ancient Indian study of the arts, incl. mathematics and mechanics)
Śilpasthana-vidyā. 巧業明 One of the five departments of knowledge dealing with the arts, e. g. the various crafts, mechanics, natural science (yin-yang), calculations (especially for the calendar and astrology), etc.



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yīn yáng jiā
    yin1 yang2 jia1
yin yang chia
 inyouka; onyouke; onmyouke / inyoka; onyoke; onmyoke
    いんようか; おんようけ; おんみょうけ
School of Yin-Yang of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) founded by Zou Yan 鄒衍|邹衍[Zou1 Yan3]
(1) (See 陰陽道) diviner (esp. of the Yin and Yang system); sorcerer; exorcist; medium; (2) (hist) School of Yin-yang (China); School of Naturalists


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 onmyoudou; onyoudou / onmyodo; onyodo
    おんみょうどう; おんようどう
Onmyōdō; way of Yin and Yang; occult divination system based on the Taoist theory of the five elements


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sān jiào jiǔ liú
    san1 jiao4 jiu3 liu2
san chiao chiu liu
the Three Religions (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism) and Nine Schools (Confucians, Daoists, Yin-Yang, Legalists, Logicians, Mohists, Political Strategists, Eclectics, Agriculturists); fig. people from all trades (often derog.)


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 inyoukaku / inyokaku
horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum var. thunbergianum); rowdy lamb herb; barrenwort; bishop's hat; fairy wings; yin yang huo


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 inyougogyou; onyougogyou / inyogogyo; onyogogyo
    いんようごぎょう; おんようごぎょう
(yoji) the cosmic dual forces (yin and yang) and the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) in Chinese cosmology



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yīn yáng hé tóng
    yin1 yang2 he2 tong2
yin yang ho t`ung
    yin yang ho tung
a deal where the parties collude to sign an under-the-table "yin contract" 陰合同|阴合同 as well as an ostensibly genuine "yang contract" 陽合同|阳合同 in order to deceive authorities


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 inyouwagou / inyowago
the harmony of yin and yang energies


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 shouin / shoin
the lesser yin (in yin-yang)


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 shouyou / shoyo
the lesser yang (in yin-yang)


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 inyoukaku / inyokaku
horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum var. thunbergianum); rowdy lamb herb; barrenwort; bishop's hat; fairy wings; yin yang huo


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 inyoukaku; inyoukaku / inyokaku; inyokaku
    いんようかく; インヨウカク
(See 碇草) horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum var. thunbergianum); rowdy lamb herb; barrenwort; bishop's hat; fairy wings; yin yang huo

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Yin Yang陰陽
in you / inyou / in yoyīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang

you / yoyáng / yang2 / yang
Ba Gua八卦bā guà / ba1 gua4 / ba gua / baguapa kua / pakua
Tai Chi Ball太極球
tai kyoku kyuu
tai kyoku kyu
tài jí qiú
tai4 ji2 qiu2
tai ji qiu
t`ai chi ch`iu
tai chi chiu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also水能載舟亦能覆舟
shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
shui3 neng2 zai4 zhou1 yi4 neng2 fu4 zhou1
shui neng zai zhou yi neng fu zhou
shui neng tsai chou i neng fu chou
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
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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