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The name Filial Piety in Chinese / Japanese...

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Filial Piety / Filial Conduct

 xiào xìng
Filial Piety / Filial Conduct Scroll

孝行 expresses the idea of filial piety or filial conduct.

While the first character means filial piety by itself, the second character adds “action.” Therefore this represents the actions you take to show your respect and obedience to your elders or ancestors.

Confucius is probably the first great advocate for filial piety.

Filial Piety

Filial Piety Scroll

孝 represents filial piety.

Some will define this in more common English as “respect for your parents and ancestors.”

孝 is a subject deeply emphasized by the ancient philosophy and teachings of Confucius.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although generally not considered part of the 7 core virtues of the warrior.

Note: 孝 is not the best of meanings when seen as a single character. Some will read the single-character form to mean “missing my dead ancestors.” However, when written as part of Confucian tenets, or in the two-character word that means filial piety, the meaning is better or read differently (context is important for this character).

We suggest one of our other two-character filial piety entries instead of this one.

The Dao of Filial Piety

 xiào dào
 kou dou
The Dao of Filial Piety Scroll

孝道 most clearly expresses the Confucian philosophy of filial piety.

Confucius taught that all should be respectful and obedient to their parents. Included in this idea is honoring your ancestors.

The second character is “dao/tao” or “the way” as in Taoism. You can say this title is “The Tao of Filial Piety” or “The Way of Filial Piety.”

See Also:  Confucius

Honor for Ancestors

 zǔ xiān chóng bài
 so sen suu hai
Honor for Ancestors Scroll

祖先崇拜 means “Appreciation and honor of your ancestors.”

This can refer to anyone from your grandparents and beyond.

The first two characters mean ancestors or forefathers.

The last two characters mean worship, adore/adoration, or admiration.

This is the kind of wall scroll that a filial son or daughter in China or Japan would hang to honor their ancestors who paved the way for the new generation.

拝Japanese use a slight variation on the last Kanji. If you want this specifically Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image to the right (instead of the button above). Note that Japanese people would easily be able to identify the original Chinese form of that Kanji anyway.

They also have a similar phrase in old Korean but the first two characters are reversed - just let me know if you want that version when you place your order.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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 kou; kyou(ok) / ko; kyo(ok)
    こう; きょう(ok)

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Filial Piety
filial piety or obedience; mourning apparel
(See 孝行・1) filial piety; (given name) Yasuaki
Filial, obedient.


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 koukou / koko

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Filial Piety / Filial Conduct
(n,vs,adj-na) (1) (See 親孝行) filial piety; (n,vs,adj-na) (2) showing devotion (to someone); (given name) Takayuki


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xiào dao
    xiao4 dao5
hsiao tao
 koudou / kodo

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The Dao of Filial Piety
filial piety (Confucian virtue); to be a good son or daughter
filial piety; (given name) Takamichi


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sān fú
    san1 fu2
san fu
(place-name, surname) Mifuku
The three (sources of) felicity: (1) The 無量壽經 has the felicity of (a) 世福 filial piety, regard for elders, keeping the ten commandments; (b) 戒福 of keeping the other commandments; (c) 行福 of resolve on complete bodhi and the pursuit of the Buddha-way. (2) The 倶舍論 18, has the blessedness of (a) 施類福 almsgiving, in evoking resultant wealth; (b) 戒類福 observance of the 性戒 (against killing, stealing, adultery, lying) and the 遮戒 (against alcohol, etc.), in obtaining a happy lot in the heavens; (c) 修類福 observance of meditation in obtaining final escape from the mortal round. Cf. 三種淨業.


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bù xiào
    bu4 xiao4
pu hsiao
 fukou(p); fukyou / fuko(p); fukyo
    ふこう(P); ふきょう
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) undutifulness to one's parents; lack of filial piety; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) (ふきょう only) (archaism) (See 八虐) (the crime of) cursing one's parents; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) (ふきょう only) (archaism) disowning one's child


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 ryouzen / ryozen
(1) completeness in both (e.g. loyalty and filial piety, study and sports); (can be adjective with の) (2) advantageous to both sides



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wǔ lún
    wu3 lun2
wu lun
the five Confucian relationships (ruler-subject, father-son, brother-brother, husband-wife, friend-friend)
the five Confucian filial-piety relationships


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fǎn bǔ
    fan3 bu3
fan pu
to support one's parents in their old age; to show filial piety; to to repay; to return a favor
caring for one's parents in return; (given name) Hanpo



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sāng bàng
    sang1 bang4
sang pang
funeral stick (held by the son as a sign of filial piety)



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cháng fèn
    chang2 fen4
ch`ang fen
    chang fen
 shoufun / shofun
to taste a patient's excrement (a form of medical examination, seen as an act of loyalty or filial piety); to suck up to sb; to kiss ass
shamelessly flattering; brown-nosing; licking excrement


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filial piety; brotherly love; (given name) Takayasu


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xiào xīn
    xiao4 xin1
hsiao hsin
 koushin / koshin
filial piety (a Confucian obligation); respect and obedience to one's parents
filial devotion; (personal name) Kōshin


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xiào tì
    xiao4 ti4
hsiao t`i
    hsiao ti
filial piety and fraternal duty
filial piety; brotherly love; (male given name) Takayoshi


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xiào jìng
    xiao4 jing4
hsiao ching
 koukei / koke
to show filial respect; to give presents (to one's elders or superiors); to support one's aged parents
filial piety; (male given name) Takayoshi


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 koukyou / kokyo
the Book of Filial Piety



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xiào jīng
    xiao4 jing1
hsiao ching
Xiaojing (Classic of Filial Piety)



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xiào shùn
    xiao4 shun4
hsiao shun
 koujun / kojun
filial; dutiful; devoted to one's parents (and grandparents etc); to show filial piety towards (an older family member); filial piety
(noun or adjectival noun) obedience; filial piety; (personal name) Takayori


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zhōng xiào
    zhong1 xiao4
chung hsiao
 chuukou / chuko
loyalty and filial piety; (given name) Chuukou
loyalty and filial piety


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yú xiào
    yu2 xiao4
yü hsiao
unquestioning filial piety


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 shikou / shiko
supreme filial piety; (given name) Yoshitaka


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guì rǔ
    gui4 ru3
kuei ju
(literary) (of a lamb) to kneel to suckle at the breast (used as a metaphor for filial piety)



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shí sān jīng
    shi2 san1 jing1
shih san ching
the Thirteen Confucian Classics, namely: Book of Songs 詩經|诗经[Shi1 jing1], Book of History 尚書|尚书[Shang4 shu1], Rites of Zhou 周禮|周礼[Zhou1 li3], Rites and Ceremonies 儀禮|仪礼[Yi2 li3], Classic of Rites 禮記|礼记[Li3 ji4], Book of Changes 易經|易经[Yi4 jing1], Mr Zuo's Annals 左傳|左传[Zuo3 Zhuan4], Mr Gongyang's Annals 公羊傳|公羊传[Gong1 yang2 Zhuan4], Mr Guliang's Annals 穀梁傳|谷梁传[Gu3 liang2 Zhuan4], The Analects 論語|论语[Lun2 yu3], Erya 爾雅|尔雅[Er3 ya3], Classic of Filial Piety 孝經|孝经[Xiao4 jing1], Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3]



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kū sāng bàng
    ku1 sang1 bang4
k`u sang pang
    ku sang pang
mourning staff draped in white, held at a funeral to show filial piety


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 oyafukou / oyafuko
(noun or adjectival noun) lack of filial piety


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 oyakoukou / oyakoko
(n,vs,vi,adj-na) (ant: 親不孝) filial piety; being kind to one's parents; taking care of one's parents


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èr shí sì xiào
    er4 shi2 si4 xiao4
erh shih ssu hsiao
the Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, classic Confucian text on filial piety from Yuan dynasty


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the five Confucian filial-piety relationships


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 jingichuukou / jingichuko
humanity, justice, loyalty, and filial piety


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 chuukouryouzen / chukoryozen
(yoji) being a good son and a loyal subject; possessing loyalty and filial piety


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 chuukoujingi / chukojingi
loyalty, filial piety, humanity, and justice

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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
Filial Piety
Filial Conduct
孝行koukou / kokoxiào xìng
xiao4 xing4
xiao xing
hsiao hsing
Filial Pietykou / koxiào / xiao4 / xiaohsiao
The Dao of Filial Piety孝道kou dou / koudou / ko doxiào dào / xiao4 dao4 / xiao dao / xiaodaohsiao tao / hsiaotao
Honor for Ancestors祖先崇拜
祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
so sen suu hai
so sen su hai
zǔ xiān chóng bài
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
zu xian chong bai
tsu hsien ch`ung pai
tsu hsien chung pai
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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