Custom Friendship Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with Friendship characters on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Friendship Asian character tattoo, you can purchase that here: Asian / Chinese / Japanese Tattoo Image Service ...and we'll give you many tattoo image templates of the ancient Asian symbols that express the idea of friendship.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Friendship
  2. Eternal Friendship...
  3. Friend / Friendship
  4. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever
  5. Friend / Friendship
  6. Best Friends / Closest Friend
  7. Best Friends
  8. Best Friends / Buddies
  9. Extremely Good Friends
10. Christian Friend
11. Family and Friends
12. Friend
13. Friendliness
14. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
15. Sworn Friend / Ally
16. True Friend
17. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
18. Forever In My Heart
19. Soul Mates
20. Kindness / Caring
21. Love
22. Love and Honor
23. Once in a Lifetime
24. Partnership: Marriage
25. Together Forever
26. Together Forever in Love


Friendship

China yǒu yì
Japan yuugi
Friendship Wall Scroll

Can also be defined as companionship or fellowship. 友誼 is common in Chinese and Korean Hanja but seldom used in Japanese anymore.


See Also:  Partnership | Friendliness

Friendship

China yǒu qíng
Japan yuujou
Friendship Wall Scroll

Can also be translated as "camaraderie" or "fellowship." But this character combination is only used commonly in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.

Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever

Japan ei en no yuu
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever Wall Scroll

The first two characters mean eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "Love, of the eternal kind."

The last character is "friend" or "Friendship."


See Also:  Best Friends

Friend / Friendship

China yǒu
Japan tomo
Friend / Friendship Wall Scroll

友 is the simplest way to express the idea of friends or friendship in Chinese.

It can mean friend, companion, or pal in Japanese. In Korean, it can mean friend, companion, or associate.

This single character is open to interpretation, so it can mean different things to different people (not necessarily a bad thing, as you can decide what it means to you). If you want a more concisely-defined word, you should probably pick one of our multi-character friendship-related words.


See Also:  Best Friends | Friendly

Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

China yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever Wall Scroll

永遠的朋友 is exactly what the title suggests. 永遠的朋友 means friends that are eternal or a friendship that will last forever - you will remain the best of friends as long as you live.

The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

The middle character links the words (it's a possessive article).

The last two characters represent friendship, or simply "friends."

Friend / Friendship

China péng
Japan tomo
Friend / Friendship Wall Scroll

朋 is a simple way to say friend, companion, comrade, or pal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, or old Korean Hanja.

朋 is a very short form, so a longer two-character word for friendship might be better.

Note: In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yukari.

Best Friends / Closest Friend

China zhì yǒu
Best Friends / Closest Friend Wall Scroll

This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "most," "extreme" or "best."
The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in China).

Can also be translated as "close friend" or "most intimate friend."


See Also:  Soulmates

Best Friends

China zhì jiāo
Best Friends Wall Scroll

This an alternate way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "most," "extreme" or "best." The second character means "making friends" or "building friendship." There's sort of a suggestion with the second character that fate caused you to intersect in life and become friends (that character can mean intersection in some context).

This can also mean "most intimate friend," "very good friend of long standing," or "closest friend."


See Also:  Soulmates

Best Friends / Buddies

China qīn yǒu
Japan shin yuu
Best Friends / Buddies Wall Scroll

親友 is the Japanese way to say "best friend."

The first character can mean "relative" or sometimes "parents." The second character means "friend." Think about the close relationship that Japanese people have with their parents and relatives, and this starts to mean "close friends."

Some Japanese-English dictionaries also translate this as "bosom friend," "old friend," "intimate friend," "buddy," "crony" or "chum."

Note that in Chinese, this has the meaning of "relatives and friends." It's a good meaning in Chinese but it's not quite the same as "best friends."

Extremely Good Friends

Japan bakugyakunotomo
Extremely Good Friends Wall Scroll

莫逆の友 is Japanese expressing meaning, "extremely good friends" or "best friends."

Christian Friend

China jiào yǒu
Christian Friend Wall Scroll

Depending on context, this word can mean Christian or "friend of the same religion." While technically it could be any religion, this is used mostly within the Christian faith. You can also translate this as "Christian friend" and in some cases "Church member."

Family and Friends

China qīn péng hǎo yǒu
Family and Friends Wall Scroll

This Chinese title simply means "family and friends," or "kith and kin."

If you read each character more literally, it's like, "relatives, friends, [and] good/close friends."

Family and Friends

Japan kazoku ya yuujin
Family and Friends Wall Scroll

家族や友人 means, "family and friends," in Japanese.

Friend

Japan tomo dachi
Friend Wall Scroll

友達 is the most common way to say "friend" in Japanese.


See Also:  Best Friends | Friendly

Friendliness

China yǒu hǎo
Japan yuukou
Friendliness Wall Scroll

This Chinese/Japanese word can also be defined as "amity," "friendly," and "outgoing."

Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

China zhì yǒu
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend Wall Scroll

This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "honest" or "most sincere." The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in Chinese).


See Also:  Soulmates

Sworn Friend / Ally

China méng yǒu
Japan meiyuu
Sworn Friend / Ally Wall Scroll

盟友 means a sworn friend or ally. If you stand on the same side of an issue with someone, and perhaps fight for the same cause together, this is the term you would use to describe such a partner.

There may not be a personal relationship, as this term is also used to describe whole countries that make a coalition, or fight against a common enemy.

This would be most appropriate if you are a high-level military officer, giving this wall scroll to an officer of another country as you join forces together, and go to war.

True Friend

China gòu péng you
True Friend Wall Scroll

夠朋友 is a colloquial title in Chinese meaning, "to be a true friend."

True Friend

Japan shinnotomo
True Friend Wall Scroll

真の友 is "true friend" in Japanese.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
Best Love / Most Sincere Love Wall Scroll

This can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


See Also:  I Love You

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Japan moai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means the best love, beloved, or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.

Forever In My Heart

China yǒng yuǎn zài wǒ xīn zhōng
Forever In My Heart Wall Scroll

This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Chinese.

Forever In My Heart

China yǒng yuǎn zài wǒ xīn
Forever In My Heart Wall Scroll

This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Chinese.

This is the shorter, somewhat lyrical version of this phrase.

永遠 forever / eternal
在 at / in / exists
我 me / myself / my
心 heart / mind / soul

Forever In My Heart

Japan i tsu ma de mo watashi no kokoro no naka ni
Forever In My Heart Wall Scroll

This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Japanese.


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

Forever In My Heart

Japan ei en ni watashi no kokoro no naka ni
Forever In My Heart Wall Scroll

This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
永遠 (eien) eternity; perpetuity; immortality; permanence.
に (ni) indicates the location of a person or thing.
私の (watashi no) my; mine.
心の中 (kokoro no naka) the middle of one's mind; the midst of one's heart.
に (ni) indicates the location of a person or thing (makes this "in" the middle of one's heart).


Note: There's more than one way to say "Forever in My Heart" in Japanese, so you'll find another version in our database. This is the very verbose version.


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

Soul Mates

Japan tamashii no tomo
Soul Mates Wall Scroll

魂の友 is one of a few ways to write "Soul Mates" in Japanese.

The first Kanji means soul, spirit, ghost, immortal soul, the mind, or conscious mind. From Sanskrit it's Vijñāna.

The middle character is a Japanese Hiragana connecting or possessive article that links the two ideas together.

The last Kanji means friends or friendship.

Kindness / Caring

China qīn qiè
Japan shin setsu
Kindness / Caring Wall Scroll

Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others. Be thoughtful about people's needs. Show love and compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help. When you are tempted to be cruel, to criticize or tease, decide to be kind instead.

This Chinese / Japanese / Korean word can also mean affectionate, cordial, warmly, or close (emotionally).


See Also:  Love | Caring | Benevolence

Love

China ài
Japan ai
Love Wall Scroll

愛 is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west, and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


It's very common for couples to say "I love you" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, "love" is not a term used very often. In fact, a person is more likely to say "I like you" rather than "I love you" in Japanese. So this word is well-known but seldom spoken.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Love and Honor

China qíng yì
Love and Honor Wall Scroll

This means to love and honor in Chinese. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation," as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship."

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor." It's probably best if your target is Chinese.


This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).


See Also:  Love and Honor

Once in a Lifetime

China yī qī yī huì
Japan ichigoichie
Once in a Lifetime Wall Scroll

This Japanese title can be translated as "for this time only," "chance meeting," "one meeting, one opportunity," "never again," or "one chance in a lifetime."

The characters literally mean "one time one meeting" - of course, the Kanji characters have meaning far beyond a direct translation like this.

Some might use this proverb to talk of an opportunity that presents itself just once in your life. It could also be the single chance-meeting with your true soul mate. Basically an expression for any event that might happen once in a lifetime.


This is primarily a Japanese title, however, there is also a Traditional Chinese (and old Korean) version of this proverb. Just the last character is different.
會The traditional form was used in Japan before WWII and in Korea prior to 1900. This title is somewhat known in China.

If you want the older traditional form, just click on the character to the right.

Partnership: Marriage

China bàn lǚ
Japan hanryo
Partnership: Marriage Wall Scroll

伴侶 is the kind of partnership in which a good marriage is founded. This Chinese word could also be translated as mates or companionship. 伴侶 can also be used as a noun to refer to a partner or companion.

This does not have to include a marriage but at least refers to a partnership with a deep relationship or bond.


Note that this is not the same as a business partner. Different words are used for various types business partnerships (post your request on our Asian calligraphy forum if you need something in that regard).

Together Forever

China yǒng yuǎn zài yī qǐ
Together Forever Wall Scroll

永遠在一起 is "together forever" in Chinese.

永遠在一起 is a great idea for couples making a commitment of a lifetime.

Together Forever

Japan zutto issho
Together Forever Wall Scroll

ずっと一緒 is "together forever" in Japanese.

The first three characters mean "continuously," "throughout," "all along," "the whole time," or "all the way."

The last two Kanji mean "together."


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

Together Forever in Love

China yǒng yuǎn ài zài yī qǐ
Together Forever in Love Wall Scroll

This is "together forever in love" in Chinese.

It's a nice phrase if you're a couple who plans to stay together and make your love last as long as you live.




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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
Friendship 友誼
友谊
yuugi / yugiyǒu yì / you3 yi4 / you yi / youyi yu i / yui
Friendship 友情yuujou / yujoyǒu qíng / you3 qing2 / you qing / youqing yu ch`ing / yuching / yu ching
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友ei en no yuu
eiennoyuu
ei en no yu
eiennoyu
Friend
Friendship
tomoyǒu / you3 / you yu
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠的朋友
永远的朋友
yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yong yuan de peng you
yongyuandepengyou
yung yüan te p`eng yu
yungyüantepengyu
yung yüan te peng yu
Friend
Friendship
tomopéng / peng2 / peng p`eng / peng
Best Friends
Closest Friend
至友zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou chih yu / chihyu
Best Friends 至交zhì jiāo / zhi4 jiao1 / zhi jiao / zhijiao chih chiao / chihchiao
Best Friends
Buddies
親友
亲友
shin yuu / shinyuu / shin yu / shinyuqīn yǒu / qin1 you3 / qin you / qinyou ch`in yu / chinyu / chin yu
Extremely Good Friends 莫逆の友bakugyakunotomo
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.