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This is a common way to write Polo in Chinese.
This would also be the way to write Polo for the surname or the car made by Volkswagen (the Polo model is sold worldwide with the exception of the USA). It can also refer to Marco Polo in Chinese.
In Japanese, this is a name that romanizes as Hara.
馬球 is the Chinese title for the ancient game of polo.
During the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), the elite and rich would mount their horses and engage in this rigorous sport. It was the only sport of that period that women were also known to play.
The original polo came from Persia and may have been played in China hundreds of years before the Tang popularized it.
The characters “馬球” literally mean “horse ball.”
水球 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title for water polo.
The literal meaning of the characters is “water ball.”
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|hara||bō luó / bo1 luo2 / bo luo / boluo||po lo / polo|
|mǎ qiú / ma3 qiu2 / ma qiu / maqiu||ma ch`iu / machiu / ma chiu|
|mǎ kě bō luó|
ma3 ke3 bo1 luo2
ma ke bo luo
|ma k`o po lo
ma ko po lo
|Water Polo||水球||sui kyuu / suikyuu / sui kyu||shuǐ qiú / shui3 qiu2 / shui qiu / shuiqiu||shui ch`iu / shuichiu / shui chiu|
|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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