The Name Lai in Japanese/Chinese on a Custom-Made Wall Scroll.

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This is the surname Lai, as used in Mandarin Chinese.

The meaning is to depend on, to relay upon, to hang on in a place, to renege (on a promise), or to throw the burden on. Context really matters with these meanings, and when used as a surname, it's just a surname.

To Come / To Arrive

 rai / takagi / kuru
To Come / To Arrive Scroll

來 means to come or to arrive.

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Rai or the surnames Takagi or Kuru (and a few other rare names). Often written 来 instead of the original 來 in modern Japanese.

In the Buddhist context, this can mean the coming or refer to the future.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
lài / lai4 / lai
To Come
To Arrive

rai / takagi / kurulái / lai2 / lai
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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