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China qīng
Japan sei
Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll

清 means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moonlight piercing pure water." The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through." Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear."

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.

Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When reading in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.

Mirror: Beautiful Clarity

China míng jìng
Japan mei kyou
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity Vertical Wall Scroll

While this means mirror in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, it's commonly used as a metaphor for something beautiful and bright or something that provides clarity and insight.


Clean and Pure
China jìng
Japan jou
Purity Vertical Wall Scroll

淨 is the most simple way to express purity or cleanliness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

As a single character, the concept is broad: This can be a verb (the act of cleaning, purifying, or to cleanse) but it can also be the state of being clean, pure, and chaste. In some context, it can be a place to clean (like a bathing room for the soul in a Buddhist context). In Japanese, this can be a female given name "Jou" or "jō" (the Japanese equivalent of the English girl's name "Chastity").

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

China zhuān xīn
Japan sen shin
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose," "focused on one single thing," "concentrated" and sometimes, "special."

The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.

Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart." It's often translated as, "dedication," as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts." It's also used to mean, "with single mind," "whole-heartedly," "paying attention," "undivided attention," "concentration (-ed)," "engrossed," "devotionally (listening/watching)," and/or "attentive."

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion."

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.

専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.

See Also:  Faith | Devotion

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ yi1
Taiwan i
Japanese ii / i / イー    hito(p);hi;hii / hito(p);hi;hi / ひと(P);ひ;ひい
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Chinese one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1); also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
Japanese (numeric) one (chi: yī); (prefix) (1) (esp. ひと) (See 一・いち・1) one; (numeric) (2) (when counting aloud, usu. ひ or ひい) one; (female given name) Moto; (male given name) Makoto; (female given name) Hiyuu; (given name) Hitotsu; (male given name) Hitoshi; (female given name) Hito; (surname, female given name) Hajime; (male given name) Hajimu; (surname) Ninomae; (surname) Dekata; (m,f) Tsukasa; (given name) Susumu; (female given name) Kokoro; (female given name) Kazuha; (surname, female given name) Kazu; (given name) Osamu; (given name) Iru; (female given name) Itsu; (surname, given name) Ichi
eka. One, unity, monad, once, the same; immediately on (seeing, hearing, etc.).

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me / めい    min / みん    myou / myo / みょう
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese bright; opposite: dark 暗[an4]; (of meaning) clear; to understand; next; public or open; wise; generic term for a sacrifice to the gods; Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); surname Ming; Ming (c. 2000 BC), fourth of the legendary Flame Emperors, 炎帝[Yan2 di4] descended from Shennong 神農|神农[Shen2 nong2] Farmer God
Japanese (1) brightness; (2) clarity; acumen; (3) power of vision; Ming (dynasty of China, 1368-1644); (1) {Buddh} vidya (wisdom); (2) (See 真言・1) mantra; (prefix) (3) the coming (4th of July, etc.); (given name) Tooru; (female given name) Sayaka; (female given name) Saya; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Asumi; (surname) Akera; (personal name) Akemine; (surname) Akesaki; (place-name, surname) Ake; (female given name) Akuru; (surname) Akiraka; (surname, female given name) Akira; (personal name) Akinori; (personal name) Akitsugu; (surname, female given name) Aki; (female given name) Akaru; (surname, female given name) Akari; (personal name) Akamine; (personal name) Akajio; (personal name) Akashio; (surname, female given name) Akashi
vidyā, knowledge. ming means bright, clear, enlightenment, intp. by 智慧 or 聰明 wisdom, wise; to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence; it is a term for 眞言 because the 'true word' can destroy the obscurity of illusion; the 'manifestation' of the power of the object of worship; it means also dhāraṇīs or mantras of mystic wisdom. Also, the Ming dynasty A. D. 1368-1644.



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Mandarin míng jìng / ming2 jing4
Taiwan ming ching
Japanese meikyou;myoukyou;meikei / mekyo;myokyo;meke / めいきょう;みょうきょう;めいけい
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese mirror (as a metaphor for something beautiful, bright and flat -- such as a lake -- or something that provides clarity and insight); Der Spiegel
Japanese polished mirror; clear mirror; (personal name) Meikyou; (female given name) Akimi
a [clear] mirror

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Japanese saya / さや    saeru / さえる    sae / さえ    go / ご Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness); (female given name) Saya; (female given name) Saeru; (surname, female given name) Sae; (personal name) Go

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Mandarin xiǎn / xian3
Taiwan hsien
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese Japanese variant of 顯|显
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (archaism) exposure; clarity; (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 顕教) exoteric Buddhism; public Buddhist teachings; (personal name) Kenzou; (personal name) Kensou; (personal name) Kenji; (personal name) Kenshou; (given name) Kenki; (given name) Ken; (female given name) Akira; (personal name) Akinori


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Japanese sae / さえ Japanese (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)


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Japanese sae / さえ Japanese (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)


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Mandarin míng liǎo / ming2 liao3
Taiwan ming liao
Japanese meiryou / meryo / めいりょう
Chinese to understand clearly; to be clear about; plain; clear; also written 明瞭|明了[ming2 liao3]
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness
To understand thoroughly; complete enlightenment; to clarify


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Mandarin míng liàng / ming2 liang4
Taiwan ming liang
Japanese haruaki / はるあき
Chinese bright; shining; glittering; to become clear
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness; (personal name) Haruaki



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Mandarin míng liǎo / ming2 liao3
Taiwan ming liao
Japanese meiryou / meryo / めいりょう
Chinese to understand clearly; to be clear about; plain; clear
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness


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Japanese meishi / meshi / めいし Japanese (noun/participle) clarity of vision


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Japanese nigori / にごり Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) muddiness; murkiness; lack of clarity; (2) impurity; (3) Japanese voiced consonant mark; (4) (abbreviation) (See 濁り酒) unrefined sake


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Japanese chomei / chome / ちょめい Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity


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Mandarin qīng xī dù / qing1 xi1 du4
Taiwan ch`ing hsi tu / ching hsi tu
Chinese definition; sharpness; clarity


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Japanese futoumeikan / futomekan / ふとうめいかん Japanese sense of uncertainty; lack of clarity; indecisiveness


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Japanese meiryou / meryo / めいりょう Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clarity; clearness


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Japanese kurariti / クラリティ Japanese clarity


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Japanese kenjataimu / けんじゃタイム Japanese (slang) (joc) post-coital clarity; period after orgasm when a man is free from sexual desire and can think clearly


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Japanese kenjamoodo / けんじゃモード Japanese (slang) (joc) post-coital clarity; period after orgasm when a man is free from sexual desire and can think clearly


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Japanese kuraritii / kurariti / クラリティー Japanese clarity


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Japanese sae / さえ Japanese (1) clearness; clarity; (2) skillfulness (skilfulness)


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Japanese kuraritii;kurariti / kurariti;kurariti / クラリティー;クラリティ Japanese clarity

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Lookup Clarity in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Clarityseiqīng / qing1 / qingch`ing / ching
Mirror: Beautiful Clarity明鏡
mei kyou / meikyou / mei kyo / meikyomíng jìng
ming2 jing4
ming jing
ming ching
Purityjou / jojìng / jing4 / jingching
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
chuan hsin
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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