Buy a Custom Father Chinese or Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Father on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Father Asian character tattoo, you can purchase that on our Chinese and Japanese Tattoo Image Service page and we'll help you select from many forms of ancient Asian symbols that express the idea of Father.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. No one knows a son better than the father
  2. Bond
  3. No man knows what he owes to his parents...
  4. Family Bond / Family Ties
  5. Father and Daughter
  6. Father and Son
  7. Daddy / Father
  8. Father and Son
  9. Loving Father
10. Love for Parents

No one knows a son better than the father

China zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
No one knows a son better than the father Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "No one knows a son better than his father."

This idiom is based on the idea that after spending many years together, family members know everything about each other. Better than anyone else, a father knows the qualities and shortcomings of his son.

If you are looking for something about "father and son," this is probably the best selection.

知子莫若父 is the original proverb (very old) but others have been composed about various combinations of mothers, sons, daughters, and fathers.


China bàn
Japan kizuna
Bond Wall Scroll

This Kanji represents a bond, as in the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, family ties, or a family bond.

絆 is the kind of character that says, no matter what happens (difficult times), we have this bond that cannot be broken.

If you go to the Japanese dictionary, the definition is: bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; tether; fetters.

Read this before ordering...
This Kanji is best if your audience is Japanese. While this is also a Chinese character, it has a completely different meaning in Chinese (it means to hinder or stumble in Chinese). It's a very rare character in Korean Hanja but does mean bond in Korean (used in Korean words for certain kinds of glue and sticking plaster).

No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own

Japan ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents / till he comes to have children of his own Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

子を持って知る親の恩 is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Family Bond / Family Ties

Japan ruien
Family Bond / Family Ties Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means affinity or family relationship.

類縁 is about the bond shared by blood within a family or those from the same ancestor.

Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter Wall Scroll

父女 is a title for "father and daughter" in Chinese.

Note: 父女 is an unusual word for a calligraphy wall scroll.

Father and Daughter

Japan chichi musume
Father and Daughter Wall Scroll

父娘 is a title for "father and daughter" in Japanese Kanji.

Father and Son

Japan chichi musuko
Father and Son Wall Scroll

父息子 is "father and son" in Japanese.

Daddy / Father

China bà ba
Daddy / Father Wall Scroll

爸爸 is the colloquial way to say "Daddy" in Chinese. Sometimes Chinese people will refer to their father with just one of these characters, "Ba," which would be like "Dad." With both characters, "Baba," it's more like "Daddy."

爸爸 is really a weird selection for a wall scroll, so consider this entry to be for educational purposes only (don't order this).

Father and Son

China fù yù zǐ
Father and Son Wall Scroll

父與子 is the simple term for "Father and Son." However, we like some of our other tribute phrases to fathers better than this one.

Loving Father

China cí fù
Japan jifu
Loving Father Wall Scroll

These characters create the title of loving father, affectionate father, or merciful father. A great gift for your dad.

Love for Parents

Japan oya omoi
Love for Parents Wall Scroll

親思い is, "love or affection for one's parents," in Japanese.

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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
No one knows a son better than the father 知子莫若父zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
zhi1 zi3 mo4 ruo4 fu4
zhi zi mo ruo fu
chih tzu mo jo fu
kizunabàn / ban4 / ban pan
No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own
子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
Family Bond
Family Ties
Father and Daughter 父女fù / fu4 nx3 / fu nx / funx fu
Father and Daughter 父娘chichi musume
Father and Son 父息子chichi musuko
爸爸bà ba / ba4 ba / ba ba / baba pa pa / papa
Father and Son 父與子
fù yù zǐ
fu4 yu4 zi3
fu yu zi
fu yü tzu
Loving Father 慈父jifucí fù / ci2 fu4 / ci fu / cifu tz`u fu / tzufu / tzu fu
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.

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.