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These two characters mean intelligence or intelligent.
The first character means wisdom, intellect or knowledge.
The second means ability, talent, skill, capacity, capable, able, and can even mean competent.
Together, the compound word can mean "capacity for wisdom," "useful knowledge," or even "mental power." Obviously this translates more clearly into English as "intelligence."
Note: 智能 / 知能 is not the same word used to mean "military intelligence." See our other entry for that.
In modern Japan, they tend to use a version of the first character without the bottom radical. If your audience for this artwork is Japanese, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.
This Japanese word refers to wisdom, intelligence, and prudence.
It was originally a Chinese word which refers to a wise person or enlightened ruler. It means wise and able, sagacious now in China.
If you are a government spy, engaged in business espionage, or in some military intelligence department, this is both the title of what you are doing and what you are collecting about your enemy.
It is suggestive by itself of military intelligence but applies to corporate intelligence if you are keeping an eye on your competition in business.
軍事情報 is the full way to say "Military Intelligence."
The first two characters mean "military affairs."
The second two characters mean "intelligence" or "information-gathering."
If you work in the G2 section of your military unit, this is the wall scroll for you.
See Also: Military
智 is the simplest way to write wisdom in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
Being a single character, the wisdom meaning is open to interpretation, and can also mean intellect, knowledge or reason, resourcefulness, or wit.
智 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.
智 is sometimes included in the Bushido code but usually not considered part of the seven key concepts of the code.
See our Wisdom in Chinese, Japanese and Korean page for more wisdom-related calligraphy.
The first character means, "wise" or "smart" and the second character means "intelligence."
I have also seen these two characters translated together as knowledge, sagacity, sense, and intelligence.
Note: 智慧 is used commonly in Chinese and is a less-common word in Japanese and Korean. If your audience is Japanese, I suggest our other Japanese wisdom option.
This means intellect or wisdom in Japanese too but is a more unusual way to write this word (though both versions are pronounced the same in Japanese).
See Also: Learn From Wisdom
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|智能 / 知能|
|chinou / chino||zhì néng / zhi4 neng2 / zhi neng / zhineng||chih neng / chihneng|
|shin tou / shintou / shin to / shinto||xīn dēng / xin1 deng1 / xin deng / xindeng||hsin teng / hsinteng|
|ken mei / kenmei||xián míng|
|jouhou / joho||qíng bào / qing2 bao4 / qing bao / qingbao||ch`ing pao / chingpao / ching pao|
|jūn shì qíng bào|
jun1 shi4 qing2 bao4
jun shi qing bao
|chün shih ch`ing pao
chün shih ching pao
|慧||e / kei||huì / hui4 / hui|
|Wisdom||智||chi / tomo||zhì / zhi4 / zhi||chih|
|Wisdom||智慧||chie||zhì huì / zhi4 hui4 / zhi hui / zhihui||chih hui / chihhui|
|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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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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