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Yin Yang

China yīn yáng
Japan in you
Yin Yang Vertical Wall Scroll

These are the characters that literally mean 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 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

Ba Gua

China bā guà
Ba Gua Vertical Wall Scroll

八卦 is the Chinese title for Bagua or Ba Gua.

To put it simply, this represents the eight elements often seen around the yin yang symbol.

Tai Chi Ball

China tài jí qiú
Japan tai kyoku kyuu
Tai Chi Ball Vertical Wall 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

China shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Vertical Wall 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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin yīn yáng / yin1 yang2
Taiwan yin yang
Japanese inyou(p);onmyou;onyou / inyo(p);onmyo;onyo / いんよう(P);おんみょう;おんよう
Chinese yin and yang
Japanese cosmic dual forces; yin and yang; sun and moon, etc.; (place-name) In'you
yin and yang; yin and yang

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Mandarin yáo / yao2
Taiwan yao
Japanese kou / ko / こう
Chinese the solid and broken lines of the eight trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], e.g. ☶
Japanese (See 卦) yao (line representing yin or yang that comprises one third of a trigram)

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Mandarin yīn / yin1
Taiwan yin
Japanese hoto / ほと    in / いん
Chinese overcast (weather); cloudy; shady; Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang); negative (electric.); feminine; moon; implicit; hidden; genitalia; surname Yin
Japanese (archaism) female private parts; female genitals; (1) (ant: 陽・1) yin (i.e. the negative); (2) (See 陰に) unseen location (i.e. somewhere private); (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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Mandarin jiǔ liú / jiu3 liu2
Taiwan chiu liu
Japanese kuru
Chinese 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; nine contaminations


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Mandarin qián kūn / qian2 kun1
Taiwan ch`ien k`un / chien kun
Japanese kenkon / けんこん
Chinese yin and yang; heaven and earth; the universe
Japanese heaven and earth; universe


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Japanese niki / にき Japanese two forces of yin and yang



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Mandarin liǎng yí / liang3 yi2
Taiwan liang i
Chinese heaven and earth; yin and yang


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Japanese rokki;rikki;rikuki / ろっき;りっき;りくき Japanese (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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Mandarin qì huà / qi4 hua4
Taiwan ch`i hua / chi hua
Chinese 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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Mandarin xū sǔn / xu1 sun3
Taiwan hsü sun
Chinese (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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Mandarin zōu yǎn / zou1 yan3
Taiwan tsou yen
Japanese suuen / suen / すうえん
Chinese Zou Yan (305-240 BC), founder of the School of Yin-Yang of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC)
Japanese (personal name) Suuen


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Japanese taikyokuzu / たいきょくず Japanese taijitu (chi:); cosmic dual forces symbol; yin-yang symbol



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


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Mandarin gōng qiǎo míng / gong1 qiao3 ming2
Taiwan kung ch`iao ming / kung chiao ming
Japanese kugyoumyou / kugyomyo / くぎょうみょう
Japanese (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; knowledge of the arts



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


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


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Mandarin sān jiào jiǔ liú / san1 jiao4 jiu3 liu2
Taiwan san chiao chiu liu
Chinese 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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Japanese inyoukaku / inyokaku / いんようかく Japanese horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum var. thunbergianum); rowdy lamb herb; barrenwort; bishop's hat; fairy wings; yin yang huo


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Japanese inyougogyou;onyougogyou / inyogogyo;onyogogyo / いんようごぎょう;おんようごぎょう Japanese (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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Japanese inyouwagou / inyowago / いんようわごう Japanese (yoji) the harmony of yin and yang energies


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


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

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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
Yin Yang陰陽
in you / inyou / in yo / inyoyīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang
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
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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