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Bamboo

zhú
take
Bamboo Vertical Wall Scroll

竹 is the character that means bamboo in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In Asian cultures, bamboo is often seen as a symbol of a noble gentleman (being tall, straight, and honest).

There are also some multi-character bamboo words that regard individual bamboo plants, species of bamboo, bamboo as lumber, and edible bamboo shoots. However, this single-character seems most appropriate for a wall scroll and covers the whole category of Asian bamboo.

Bamboo Moon

yuè zhú
tsuki take
Bamboo Moon Vertical Wall Scroll

月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon." Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.


The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).

Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

Innocent Children's Games
qīng méi zhú mǎ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally means, "green plums and hobby-horse." Figuratively, it means, "innocent children's games," "childhood sweethearts," or "a couple who grew up as childhood friends."

This phrase may sound a little strange as it's a kind of Chinese proverb or idiom. It makes much more sense in Chinese than English.

Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot

bǎi chǐ gān tóu gèng jìng yī bù
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot Vertical Wall Scroll

This proverb literally translates as: [Even a] one-hundred foot [tall] bamboo [can] progress even one [more] step.

Figuratively, this means: After having achieved a fair degree of success, one should try to do still better.




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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
Bambootakezhú / zhu2 / zhuchu
Bamboo Moon月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhuyüeh chu / yüehchu
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse青梅竹馬
青梅竹马
qīng méi zhú mǎ
qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
qing mei zhu ma
qingmeizhuma
ch`ing mei chu ma
chingmeichuma
ching mei chu ma
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot百尺竿頭更進一步
百尺竿头更进一步
bǎi chǐ gān tóu gèng jìng yī bù
bai3 chi3 gan1 tou2 geng4 jing4 yi1 bu4
bai chi gan tou geng jing yi bu
baichigantougengjingyibu
pai ch`ih kan t`ou keng ching i pu
pai chih kan tou keng ching i pu
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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zhú / zhu2
chu
 take(p);take / たけ(P);タケ
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot Vertical Wall Scroll
bamboo; CL:棵[ke1],支[zhi1],根[gen1]; Kangxi radical 118
(1) bamboo (any grass of subfamily Bambusoideae); (2) (See 梅・うめ・2,松・まつ・2) middle (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Chikusaki
veṇu, bamboo.


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jiǎn / jian3
chien
 kan / かん
Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot Vertical Wall Scroll
simple; uncomplicated; letter; to choose; to select; bamboo strips used for writing (old)
brevity; simplicity; (surname) Kan
A tablet, memorandum; to abridge; appoint; examine; abrupt, concise, direct; to choose

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zhú / zhu2
chu
"bamboo" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 118)


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shāo / shao1
shao
pot-scrubbing brush made of bamboo strips; basket (container) for chopsticks; variant of 筲[shao1]

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suǎn / suan3
suan
ancient utensil for washing rice (or being used as a plate); ancient bamboo container for hats

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biǎn / bian3
pien
horizontal rectangular inscribed tablet hung over a door or on a wall; shallow round woven bamboo basket

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qiān / qian1
ch`ien / chien
short slender pointed piece of metal, bamboo etc; skewer; prod used to extract samples from sacks of grain etc; (dialect) to stick in; to bolt (a door); to arrange (flowers in a vase); to graft (tree); to pedicure; to peel (an apple etc)

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/ bi4
pi
weapon handle of bamboo strips

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guàng / guang4
kuang
woven wood and bamboo utensil; classifier for threads and strings


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jiǎn / jian3
chien
bamboo conduit; wooden peg; spout; same as 筧|笕


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zhàn / zhan4
chan
 kakebashi / かけばし
a wooden or bamboo pen for sheep or cattle; wood or bamboo trestlework; a warehouse
(surname) Kakebashi

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jiàn / jian4
chien
material (such as rocks, earth, bamboo etc) used to hastily repair a dike; (literary) door bar (vertical bar used to prevent the horizontal movement of a door bolt)

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chá / cha2
ch`a / cha
a raft made of bamboo or wood; to fell trees; to hew

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shū / shu1
shu
 shiyu / しゆ
bamboo or wooden spear; Kangxi radical 79, occurring in 段, 毅, 殺 etc
kanji radical 79 at right; (surname) Shiyu

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shàn / shan4
shan
bamboo fish trap; used in names of places connected with Shantou 汕頭|汕头[Shan4 tou2]


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pán / pan2
p`an / pan
classifier for strips of land or bamboo, shops, factories etc; slit bamboo or chopped wood (dialect)

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běn / ben3
pen
 fugo;mokko;mokkou;ishimi / fugo;mokko;mokko;ishimi / ふご;もっこ;もっこう;いしみ
a basket or pan used for earth, manure etc
implement for carrying heavy loads, generally made of bamboo and woven grass or rope

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/ ba1
pa
 magaki / まがき
an article made of bamboo strips; fence
(1) (archaism) short roughly woven fence; (2) divider between boxes (i.e. for box seats) in a theatre, etc.; (surname) Magaki

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qǐn / qin3
ch`in / chin
smiling countenance; bamboo rope

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zhào / zhao4
chao
 zaru / ざる
loosely woven bamboo ladle
(1) (kana only) draining basket (traditionally made of bamboo); colander; strainer; sieve; (2) (kana only) (See ざる法・ざるほう) something full of holes; (3) (abbreviation) (kana only) (See ざる蕎麦) zaru soba; (4) (colloquialism) (kana only) strong drinker; someone who can drink like a fish; (surname) Zaru

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 takanna / たかんな (1) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (2) (abbreviation) (kana only) inexperienced doctor; quack; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) bamboo shoot; (place-name) Takanna

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yuán / yuan2
yüan
bamboo with black patches

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shēng / sheng1
sheng
 shou;sou / sho;so / しょう;そう
sheng, a free reed wind instrument, with vertical bamboo pipes
traditional Japanese wind instrument resembling panpipes; free-reed instrument used in Japanese court music; (female given name) Shouno

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chī / chi1
ch`ih / chih
 chi / ち
to whip with bamboo strips
(archaism) (See 五刑) light caning (10-50 times)

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/ li4
li
 kasa / かさ
bamboo rain hat
(1) conical hat (East-Asian style); coolie hat; (2) (See 傘・かさ・2) something shaped like a conical hat or an umbrella; shade (of a lamp); mushroom cap; pileus; (personal name) Riyuu

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/ si4
ssu
square bamboo container for food or clothing

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/ da2
ta
rough bamboo mat

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/ zi3
tzu
bamboo mat; bed mat

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líng / ling2
ling
bamboo screen

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fàn / fan4
fan
bamboo mold

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Even The 100-Foot Bamboo Can Grow One More Foot Vertical Wall Scroll
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