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Gold / Metal

(One of the five elements)
jīn
kin
Gold / Metal Vertical Wall Scroll

金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.


Gold / Metal is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

Five Elements

jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements Vertical Wall Scroll

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gold
Metal
kinjīn / jin1 / jinchin
Five Elements金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
jinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo tu


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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jīn / jin1
chin
 kin / きん
Five Elements Vertical Wall Scroll
gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight categories of ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]
(1) gold (Au); golden (color); gold (medal, cup); (adj-no,n) (2) valuable; of highest value; (3) money; gold coin; (4) (abbreviation) (See 金曜) Friday; (5) (See 五行・1) metal (fourth of the five elements); (6) Jin dynasty (China, 1115-1234); Chin dynasty; Jurchen dynasty; (n,n-suf) (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 金将) gold general; (8) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) (See 金玉・きんたま) testicles; (suf,ctr) (9) karat; carat; (surname) Kimu; Kim
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.


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yín / yin2
yin
 gin / ぎんじ
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silver; silver-colored; relating to money or currency
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (5) (shogi) (abbreviation) silver general; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (personal name) Ginji
rūpya. Silver; money; silver


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sōng / song1
sung
 su / す
loose; to loosen; to relax
(1) (kana only) cavity (in old root vegetables, tofu, metal casting, etc.); pore; hollow; bubble; blowhole; (can be adjective with の) (2) (kana only) porous; pithy; spongy

五行

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wǔ xíng / wu3 xing2
wu hsing
 gogyou / gogyo / ごぎょう
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five phases of Chinese philosophy: wood 木, fire 火, earth 土, metal 金, water 水
(1) (See 五大・ごだい・1) the five elements (in Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water); the five phases; wu xing; (2) {Buddh} five practices of the Bodhisattvas; (3) (See 六信五行) the five pillars of Islam; (surname, given name) Gogyou
The five lines of conduct. I. According to the 起信論 Awakening of Faith they are almsgiving; keeping the commandments; patience under insult; zeal or progress; meditation. II. According to the 涅槃經 Nirvana Sutra they are saintly or bodhisattva deeds; arhat, or noble deeds; deva deeds; children's deeds (i. e. normal good deeds of men, devas, and Hinayanists); sickness conditions, e. g. illness, delusion, etc.; — into all these lines of conduct and conditions a Bodhisattva enters. III. The five elements, or tanmātra— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water; or earth, water, ire, air, and ether (or space) as taught by the later Mahāyāna philosophy; idem 五大; five practices

風輪


风轮

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fēng lún / feng1 lun2
feng lun
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The wheel, or circle, of wind below the circle of water and metal on which the earth rests; the circle of wind rests on space; wind-wheel

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gāi / gai1
kai
a kind of metal or jade ornament worn in ancient times to ward off evil spirits

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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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/ yi3
i
a kind of metal or jade ornament worn in ancient times to ward off evil spirits

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bǎn / ban3
pan
 ita / いた
board; plank; plate; shutter; table tennis bat; clappers (music); CL:塊|块[kuai4]; accented beat in Chinese music; hard; stiff; to stop smiling or look serious
(1) board; plank; (2) sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab; (3) (See 俎板) cutting board; chopping board; (4) (abbreviation) (usu. as 板さん) (See 板前・1,板場・いたば・2) chef (esp. of high-end Japanese cuisine); cook; (5) stage (i.e. at a theatre); (personal name) Ban
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.


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jiāo / jiao1
chiao
 kyō
to pour liquid; to irrigate (using waterwheel); to water; to cast (molten metal); to mold
To sprinkle, to water: perfidious, infamous; to sprinkle

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duàn / duan4
tuan
 tan
variant of 鍛|锻[duan4]
To forge metal, work upon, calcine; to forge

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jiǎ / jia3
chia
 kou / ko / こう
first of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; (used for an unspecified person or thing); first (in a list, as a party to a contract etc); letter "A" or Roman "I" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; armor plating; shell or carapace; (of the fingers or toes) nail; bladed leather or metal armor (old); ranking system used in the Imperial examinations (old); civil administration unit (old); ancient Chinese compass point: 75°
(1) carapace; shell; (2) 1st in rank; grade A; (3) instep; back of hand; (4) (See 乙・おつ・1) the A party (e.g. in a contract); the first party; plaintiff (label in legal documents); (surname) Yoroi
Scale, mail; the first of the ten 'celestial stems '; armor

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qìng / qing4
ch`ing / ching
 kei / ke / けい
chime stones, ancient percussion instrument made of stone or jade pieces hung in a row and struck as a xylophone
sounding stone; qing; ancient Chinese chime shaped like a chevron (inverted 'v'), orig. of stone, today often metal, in Japan primarily used at Buddhist temples; (given name) Kei
A piece of flat stone or metal, used as a gong, or for musical percussion; stone chime

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/ bo2
po
 haku / はく
plaited matting (of rushes, bamboo etc); silkworm basket; metal foil; foil paper
(1) foil; (gold, etc.) leaf; (2) prestige


𨰿

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/ xi4
hsi
(arch.) metal horn attached as shield to horse or to the axle of a chariot


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bǎn / ban3
pan
metal plate; sheet of metal


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/ yu4
treasure; hard metal

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zhì / zhi4
chih
 magane / まがね
old variant of 紩[zhi4]
(1) iron (Fe); (adj-no,n) (2) strong and hard (as iron); (n,n-suf,n-pref) (3) (abbreviation) railway; (n,n-pref) (4) (colloquialism) railway enthusiast; iron; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (given name) Magane


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tóng / tong2
t`ung / tung
 dō / どうさき
copper (chemistry); see also 紅銅|红铜[hong2 tong2]; CL:塊|块[kuai4]
(1) copper (Cu); (2) (abbreviation) bronze (medal); (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (1) copper (Cu); (2) (abbreviation) bronze (medal); (surname) Dousaki
tāmra. copper, brass.


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xiǎn / xian3
hsien
 zuku / ずく
shining metal; (old) the 16th of the month (abbreviation used in telegrams)
(abbreviation) (colloquialism) (See 銑鉄) pig iron; (given name) Sen


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míng / ming2
ming
 mei / me / めい
to engrave; inscribed motto
(1) inscription; epitaph; (2) (manufacturer's) engraved signature; (3) (See 座右の銘・ざゆうのめい) motto; maxim; precept; (surname) Mei
To engrave, on metal, stone, or the tablets of the heart; to inscribe


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xiāo / xiao1
hsiao
 shō
to melt (metal); to cancel or annul; to sell; to spend; to fasten with a bolt; bolt or pin
To melt metal, dissolve, dispel, dissipate, spend, cancel, end; to melt (metal)

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méi / mei2
mei
americium (chemistry) (Tw); (archaic) metal chain

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wǎn / wan3
wan
 ajima / あじま
variant of 碗[wan3]
small metal bowl; (place-name) Ajima


𬬭

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lún / lun2
lun
(metal); roentgenium (chemistry)

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/ ta4
t`a / ta
to encase the end with metal


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chāng / chang1
ch`ang / chang
metal utensil; mounting; fitting

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móu / mou2
mou
iron pot; metal cap


𬭤

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hóu / hou2
hou
metal arrowhead

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/ ye4
yeh
 yō
thin plates of metal
A thin metal plate; a thin metal plate

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