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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Fish
  2. Koi Fish
  3. Carp / Koi Fish
  4. Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi
  5. Without a big net, how can you catch fish?
  6. Drain the pond to get all the fish
  7. Goldfish
  8. Teach A Man To Fish
  9. Trigger Fish
10. Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance
11. A Bright Future
12. Kun
13. Mermaid
14. Mermaid / Merman
15. Shark
16. Suzuki
17. Tuna
18. Yellow
19. Pisces


Fish

China
Japan sakana / gyo / uo
Fish Wall Scroll

魚 is the character that means fish in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Koi Fish

China
Japan koi
Koi Fish Wall Scroll

鯉 is the Japanese Kanji which created the title "koi fish." This word is pronounced "koi" in Japanese.

Here is the reality: This character actually means "carp" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Koi fish really are carp (by species) and were breed to obtain colorful variations in ancient China. Some generations later, some of these colorful fish were transported to Japan, where they also became vastly popular.

Note: Please see our other entry for koi fish (Nishiki Goi) which is a more normal selection for a Japanese koi fish enthusiast to have on their wall.

Carp / Koi Fish

China lǐ yú
Carp / Koi Fish Wall Scroll

鯉魚 is one Chinese title for what westerners call "koi fish." This literally means "carp fish" (which is what koi fish really are). You probably want the other title, which is more specific to the colorful fish that you are thinking of. Look for "Nishiki Goi" on our website.

Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi

China jǐn lǐ
Japan nishiki goi
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Wall Scroll

If you like or collect and maintain koi fish, this is the wall scroll for you.

Technically, this is a certain and revered species of "koi fish" in Japan but it is the most normal selection for a wall scroll (more normal than the actual Kanji for "koi" or "fish" alone.

This literally means "brocade carp" or "embroidered carp." This term is also used to mean the same thing in China (which is the origin of koi fish breeding and cultivation, several generations before they became popular in Japan).

For those of you that don't know, the Kanji for "koi" (which is pronounced "goi" in this entry) really means "carp." If you want the word that means "koi fish," it would just be the generic word for "carp fish." That would include both colorful carp, and the more mundane gray carp (the ones people eat, if they don't mind lots of bones).

Without a big net, how can you catch fish?

China bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
Without a big net, how can you catch fish? Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [if one does] not cast a big net, [one can] not get big fish.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot make great accomplishments without making great efforts or taking great pains.

不撒大網不得大魚 is sort of the fishing version of, "No pain, no gain."

Drain the pond to get all the fish

Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
China jié zé ér yú
Drain the pond to get all the fish Wall Scroll

In 632 BC, Duke Wen of the Kingdom of Jin was about to lead an army against the forces of the Kingdom of Chu.
The Duke asked one of his advisers, Jiu Fan, how they could possibly win the impending battle, as they were drastically outnumbered.
Jiu Fan said, "All is fair in war," and went on to suggest a plan of dishonorable tactics (cheating).
The Duke was not sure of this advice, so he asked another adviser, Yong Ji, who replied, "If you catch fish by draining the pond, you can certainly get all the fish. But there will be no fish the following year. You can cheat this one time in battle but such tactics can only be used once, as the enemy will be wise in future encounters."

The Duke heard the words of his wiser adviser but cheated to gain victory in the battle. However, he rewarded Yong Ji more than Jiu Fan at the victory celebration, stating that while Jiu Fan's advice gained one victory, the wise words of Yong Ji would last forever.

This Chinese idiom/proverb is still used, over 2600 years later to remind people not to burn bridges, cheat, or dishonor oneself in exchange for a short term gain, while sacrificing the future.

竭澤而漁 is very similar to the meaning of the English phrase, "Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs."

Goldfish

China jīn yú
Japan kin gyo
Goldfish Wall Scroll

金魚 is the title for goldfish in Chinese and Japanese.

There was a time in ancient China when only the Emperor could possess the true yellow-gold colored fish. 金魚 is why alternate coloration such as orange, black, red, and white were bred. Many believe this is why colors other than yellow-gold are more common for "goldfish" found in pet shops today.

Teach A Man To Fish

China shòu rén yǐ yú bù rú shòu rén yǐ yú
Teach A Man To Fish Wall Scroll

授人以魚不如授人以漁 is the Chinese version of the proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

This implies that knowledge is the best charity.

Trigger Fish

China bān jī yú
Trigger Fish Wall Scroll

扳機魚 is the Chinese title for the Trigger Fish.

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

China nián nián yǒu yú
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Wall Scroll

年年有餘 is a common proverb or wish of prosperity you'll hear around the time of Chinese New Years.

Directly translated character by character it means, "Year Year Have Surplus." A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be "Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life."

On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. 年年有餘 is because the last character "yu" which means surplus or abundance has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for "fish."

年年有餘 is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.

In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked especially for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.


See Also:  Prosperity | Good Fortune

A Bright Future

Incredible 10,000-Mile Flight of the Peng
China péng chéng wàn lǐ
A Bright Future Wall Scroll

鵬程萬里 / 鵬程萬裡 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to wish someone a long and successful career.

It's really about the 10,000 Flight of the Peng (Peng, also known as Roc is a mythical fish that can turn into a bird and take flight).

Zhuangzi

庄子 - Zhuangzi

Breaking down each character:
1. Peng or Roc (a kind of bird).
2. Journey (in this case, a flight).
3. 10,000 (Ten Thousand).
4. Li is a unit of distance often referred to as a "Chinese Mile," though the real distance is about half a kilometer.

Direct Translation: "Peng's Journey [of] 10,000 Li."
Literal meaning: "The 10,000-Li Flying Range Of The Roc."
Perceived meaning: "To have a bright future" or "To go far."

This proverb/idiom comes from the book of Zhuangzi. It tells the tale of a huge fish which could turn into a gigantic bird. This bird was called "peng" and was many miles long. This legendary size allowed the Peng to fly from the Northern Sea to the Southern Sea in a single bound.

Wishing someone "a Peng's Journey of 10,000 Li," will imply that they will be able to travel far without stopping, and will have great success, a long career, and a prosperous future.

Kun

Sea Creature
China kūn
Japan kon
Kun Wall Scroll

A 鲲 (Kun) is a famous sea monster, often associated or used interchangeably with a 鵬 (Peng).

鯤 is comparable to Leviathan or Jonah's whale.

In Chinese mythology, the Kun is a giant fish said to be able to turn into a bird.

This character and the mythological creature is also known in Japanese and Korean. However, in some context, this character can refer to fry (fish babies).

Mermaid

China měi rén yú
Mermaid Wall Scroll

美人魚 is the Chinese word for mermaid.

It literally means "beautiful human fish."

Mermaid / Merman

(Unisex)
China rén yú
Japan nin gyo
Mermaid / Merman Wall Scroll

人魚 is the Japanese Kanji, Korean Hanja and Chinese word for "merman" or "mermaid."

It literally means "human fish."

人魚 is a non-gender-specific or unisex word in all three languages.

Shark

China shā
Japan haze
Shark Wall Scroll

This single Chinese character means shark.

However, in Japanese, it can refer to the family of goby fish.

鯊 is good if you're looking for shark in Chinese but Japanese may misunderstand it.

Shark

China shā yú
Shark Wall Scroll

鯊魚 means shark (literally "shark fish") in Chinese.

Suzuki

Japan su zu ki
Suzuki Wall Scroll

スズキ is the Japanese Katakana name for Suzuki (Japanese automobile and motorcycle manufacturer).

This name can also refer to a fish (specifically a sea bass or perch).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Tuna

China wěi
Japan maguro
Tuna Wall Scroll

鮪 is the Chinese and Japanese character for tuna.

In Chinese, this is usually used to mean the "little tunny" (Euthynnus alletteratus), the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. However, it can refer to any fish of the Thunnus genus.

In Japanese, it can refer to the Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis).

Yellow

Yellow Color
China huáng
Japan hon / kou
Yellow Wall Scroll

黃 is the single character for the color yellow in Chinese.

In China, yellow is traditionally the color of the emperor. In fact, there was a time when only the emperor could wear yellow clothing, or own yellow pet fish. Note: Goldfish were breed originally in China for the emperor. When the perfect yellow fish was breed, all but the emperor were banned from owning any. Thus a more orange-colored goldfish dominated the market.

This character is not a common selection for a wall scroll. Even if your Chinese surname is Huang (Yellow) or your Korean surname is Hwang (yellow), it's still probably not appropriate.


黄This character is written with a slight variation in Simplified Chinese and modern Japanese. Click on the image to the right if you want this alternate version.

Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shuāng yú zuò
Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign Wall Scroll

雙魚座 is the Chinese way to write Pisces (fish) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac

Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China yú zuò
Japan uo-za
Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign Wall Scroll

魚座 is the Japanese way to write Pisces (fish) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac




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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
Fish
sakana / gyo / uoyú / yu2 / yu
Koi Fish
koilǐ / li3 / li
Carp
Koi Fish
鯉魚
鲤鱼
lǐ yú / li3 yu2 / li yu / liyu li yü / liyü
Koi Fish
Nishiki Goi
錦鯉
锦鲤
nishiki goi
nishikigoi
jǐn lǐ / jin3 li3 / jin li / jinli chin li / chinli
Without a big net, how can you catch fish? 不撒大網不得大魚
不撒大网不得大鱼
bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
bu4 sa1 da4 wang3 bu4 de2 da4 yu2
bu sa da wang bu de da yu
busadawangbudedayu
pu sa ta wang pu te ta yü
pusatawangputetayü
Drain the pond to get all the fish 竭澤而漁
竭泽而渔
jié zé ér yú
jie2 ze2 er2 yu2
jie ze er yu
jiezeeryu
chieh tse erh yü
chiehtseerhyü
Goldfish 金魚
金鱼
kin gyo / kingyojīn yú / jin1 yu2 / jin yu / jinyu chin yü / chinyü
Teach A Man To Fish 授人以魚不如授人以漁
授人以鱼不如授人以渔
shòu rén yǐ yú bù rú shòu rén yǐ yú
shou4 ren2 yi3 yu2 bu4 ru2 shou4 ren2 yi3 yu2
shou ren yi yu bu ru shou ren yi yu
shou jen i yü pu ju shou jen i yü
Trigger Fish 扳機魚
扳机鱼
bān jī yú
ban1 ji1 yu2
ban ji yu
banjiyu
pan chi yü
panchiyü
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance 年年有餘
年年有馀
nián nián yǒu yú
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
nian nian you yu
niannianyouyu
nien nien yu yü
niennienyuyü
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.



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