Happiness Chinese & Japanese Wall Scrolls

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  1. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
  2. Happiness
  3. Happiness in the Afterlife
  4. Double Happiness Guest Book
  5. Happiness / Contentment
  6. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
  7. Love and Happiness
  8. Happiness / Contentment
  9. Happiness / Joy
10. Double Happiness
11. Joyfulness / Happiness
12. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
13. Peace, Love, Happiness
14. Prosperity and Happiness
15. Pursuit of Happiness
16. School of Happiness
17. Seven Rules of Happiness
18. Eternal Happiness
19. School of Happiness
20. Doing good is the greatest source of happiness
21. 100 Years of Happy Marriage
22. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate
23. Be Happy
24. Better to be Happy than Rich
25. Happy Buddha
26. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
27. Happy Birthday
28. Happy Family
29. Happy Laughter
30. Happy New Year
31. Happy
32. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence
33. Joyful
34. Dream Come True / Enjoy Success
35. Eat Drink and Be Merry
36. Enjoy Life
37. Enthusiasm
38. Enthusiasm / Warm-Hearted
39. The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter
40. Laugh / Smile
41. Laughing Dragon Kung Fu
42. Live for What You Love
43. Live Laugh Love
44. Live in Peace and Contentment
45. Love
46. Live Laugh Love
47. Pleasure
48. Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams
49. Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs
50. Wedding
51. Wedding / Getting Married
52. Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield


Happiness / Joyful / Joy

China
Japan ki / yorokobi
Happiness / Joyful / Joy Wall Scroll

喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."

This character can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).

If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.


There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).


See Also:  Contentment | Joy

Happiness

China xìng fú
Japan koufuku
Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.

Happiness in the Afterlife

China míng fú
Japan mei fuku
Happiness in the Afterlife Wall Scroll

This unusual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean term means afterlife happiness, happiness in the next world, or the happiness of the dead.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
China
Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll

囍 is where to start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll."

The paper panel can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm. If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (which with silk panels will yield a wall scroll about 155cm).

Most customers pick red paper with gold flakes, and white or ivory silk. But, you can do any color combination that you want.

Happiness / Contentment

Japan ko fuku
Happiness / Contentment Wall Scroll

鼓腹 means happiness and contentment in Japanese Kanji.

The first Kanji represents your internal beat or drum.
The second Kanji represents your mind and body.
Together, it suggests that your internal rhythm or beat is regular, soothing, and at proper tempo.


See Also:  Satisfaction | Pleasure | Well-Being

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky Wall Scroll

This can mean happiness, good fortune, good luck, and in the old days, good harvest or bounty.

Note: From Japanese, this character is sometimes romanized as "sachi," and is often pronounced "kou" or sometimes "rei" when used in compound words with other Kanji.

Love and Happiness

China xìng fú yǔ ài
Love and Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福與愛 is "happiness and love" in Chinese.

There is a suggestion of "good fortune" in the version of happiness used here.

Happiness / Contentment

China mǎn zú
Japan man zoku
Happiness / Contentment Wall Scroll

滿足 / 満足 is the kind of happiness that involves being satisfied and content.

This can also suggest the actions of "to satisfy," "to meet the needs of."

Other single-word definitions include: satisfaction; contentment; sufficient; enough; adequate; full; complete.


満In Japanese, the Kanji for this word is an alternate Chinese form. You can see and select this version at the right (recommended only if your audience is specifically Japanese).


See Also:  Satisfaction | Contentment | Pleasure | Well-Being

Happiness / Joy

China
Happiness / Joy Wall Scroll

禧 is the type of happiness known in the west as "joy." The radical on the right side of this character is often seen alone (with the same meaning - and we do recommend that version because it's more universal).

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
China
Double Happiness Wall Scroll

囍 is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.

囍 is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

Double Happiness Portrait Red If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.

Joyfulness / Happiness

China kuài lè
Japan kai raku
Joyfulness / Happiness Wall Scroll

Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad.

This word can also mean pleasure, enjoyment, delight, cheerful, or merry. In some ways, this is the essence that makes someone to be perceived as a charming person.

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Wall Scroll

幸福成功的一生 means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success." It's a great and very positive and inspirational wall scroll selection.


See Also:  Prosperity

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success."


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


See Also:  Prosperity

Peace, Love, Happiness

China hé píng bó ài xìng fú
Peace, Love, Happiness Wall Scroll

和平博愛幸福 is a word-list that means, "peace, love, happiness," in Chinese.


Word lists like this are not commonly-seen in China. Phrases with subject, verb, and object, or just single words are more natural for calligraphy artwork.

Peace, Love, Happiness

Japan heiwa ai koufuku
Peace, Love, Happiness Wall Scroll

平和, 愛, 幸福 means "peace, love, happiness" in Japanese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Prosperity and Happiness

China fù lè
Japan furaku
Prosperity and Happiness Wall Scroll

富樂 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a title meaning prosperity and happiness.

If you have a desire to live in prosperity and happiness, this is for you.

Note: This title is often used in a Buddhist context.

Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
Pursuit of Happiness Wall Scroll

The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."

The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.

追尋幸福 is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

Pursuit of Happiness

Japan koufuku o motome te
Pursuit of Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福を求めて is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese..

Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め (motome) to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle


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


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

School of Happiness

Japan koufuku no gakkou
School of Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福の学校 means "School of Happiness" in Japanese.

幸福の學校 is not a common phrase in Japanese, but it will be understood.

Seven Rules of Happiness

Japan kou fuku no nana ka jou
Seven Rules of Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福の七カ條 is the title for the 7 rules of happiness in Japanese. The rules themselves take up a lot of space:

1. 成功や栄誉や勝ち負けを目的に、ことを行ってはいけない。
2. しないではいられないことをし続けなさい。
3. 他人との比較ではない、あくまで自分の楽しさを追及すべし。
4. 好きの力を信じる。
5. 才能と収入は別、努力は人を裏切ると心得よ。
6. 怠け者になりなさい。
7. 目に見えない世界を信じる。

...so this title is probably all you need.


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

Eternal Happiness

China xìng fú yǒng héng
Eternal Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福永恆 is a short way to say eternal happiness in Chinese.

Breaking down the parts:
幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.
永恆 means eternal, everlasting, and/or forever.

Another way to write this is 永恆的幸福. It reverses the word order and adds a possessive article. I prefer the shorter version, which is also a bit more natural in Chinese.

School of Happiness

China xìng fú xué xiào
School of Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福學校 means "School of Happiness" or "Happiness School" in Chinese.

幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.

學校 means school or college.

Doing good is the greatest source of happiness

China wéi shàn zuì lè
Doing good is the greatest source of happiness Wall Scroll

為善最樂 can be translated as, "Doing good is the greatest source of happiness," or "doing good deeds brings the greatest joy".

The origin is not known, sometimes used in the context of Buddhism. However, this Chinese proverb or philosophy is a fairly mainstream idea of benevolence.

100 Years of Happy Marriage

China bǎi nián hǎo hé
100 Years of Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

百年好合 is a wish or greeting, often heard at Chinese weddings, for a couple to have 100 good years together.

Some will translate this more naturally into English as: "May you live a long and happy life together."

The character breakdown:
百 = 100
年 = Years
好 = Good (Happy)
合 = Together

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

China lè tiān
Japan raku ten
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate Wall Scroll

樂天 is about being optimistic and also making the best of whatever life throws at you.

This word is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as, "acceptance of fate and happy about it." There is one English word equivalent which is sanguinity or sanguinary.

You can also say that this means, "Be happy with whatever Heaven provides," or "Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you." 樂天 suggests being an optimist in life.

Note: 樂天 / 楽天 is sometimes a given name in China.


楽 Please note that Japanese tend to write the first character in a slightly-different form (as seen to the right). Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

Be Happy

Japan Shiawa se de a ru
Be Happy Wall Scroll

幸せである is a way to express the idea, "be happy" in Japanese.

Japanese grammar is far different than English, so the word order is kind of the opposite of English. If you translated directly, you'd have something like, "Happiness hence forth," or "Happiness hereafter." Basically, the idea is to be happy from this moment on.


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

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Wall Scroll

Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

...Satisfaction, happiness, and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the amount to money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, and seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your personal worth by the size of your bank account.


See Also:  A Sly Rabbit Will Have Three Openings to Its Den

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
Happy Buddha Wall Scroll

This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. 歡喜光佛 is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

China
Japan raku
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss Wall Scroll

樂 / 楽 is a single-character form of happiness or bliss that holds the ideas of laughing and having a good time. It can also be translated as happy, glad, enjoyable, fun, and sometimes, music.

This a really good character if your audience is Chinese.

樂 / 楽 is not a word seen alone very often in Korean.

楽In Japanese, this character is written like the image shown to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will look like this instead of the character shown above.
Note: In Japanese, this has a meaning of comfort, ease, and enjoyment.


See Also:  Joyfulness

Happy Birthday

China shēng rì kuài lè
Happy Birthday Wall Scroll

生日快樂 is how to write "Happy Birthday" in Chinese. The first two characters mean "birthday," and the second two characters mean "happiness," or rather a wish for happiness.

Because a birthday only lasts one day per year, we strongly suggest that you find an appropriate and personal calligraphy gift that can be hung in the recipient's home year round.

Happy Birthday

Japan shuku tan jou bi
Happy Birthday Wall Scroll

祝誕生日 is the shortest way to write "Happy Birthday" in Japanese. The first Kanji means "wish" or "express good wishes," and the last three characters mean "birthday."

Because a birthday only lasts one day per year, we strongly suggest that you find an appropriate and personal calligraphy gift that can be hung in the recipient's home year round.

Happy Birthday

Japan tan jou bi o me de tou
Happy Birthday Wall Scroll

誕生日おめでとう is a verbose way to write "Happy Birthday" in Japanese. The first part says "birthday" and the last 5 Kanji mean "congratulations."


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

Happy Family

China hé xié zhī jiā
Happy Family Wall Scroll

和諧之家 means, "harmonious family" or "happy family" in Chinese.

The first two characters relay the idea of happiness and harmony.
The third character is a connecting or possessive article (connects harmony/happiness to family).
The last character means family but can also mean home or household.

Happy Family

Japan nago ya ka na ka tei
Happy Family Wall Scroll

和やかな家庭 means "happy family" or "harmonious family" in Japanese. The first three Kanji create a word that means mild, calm, gentle, quiet, or harmonious. After that is a connecting article. The last two Kanji mean family, home, or household.


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

Happy Laughter

China huān xiào
Happy Laughter Wall Scroll

歡笑 translates as "happy laughter."

The first character means happy or happiness.
The second character means to laugh, laughter or smile.

Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year Wall Scroll

If you want to wish someone a happy new year this is the way. You can hang this up during Western New Years (Dec 31st - Jan 1st) and keep it up until after Chinese New Years which happens in either January or February of each year (it changes from year to year because China uses a lunar calendar).

Happy

China xīn
Japan kin
Happy Wall Scroll

欣 is the type of happiness that you feel on the inside. It is the feeling of being released and delighted as well as being in a state of contentment. 欣 is a more internal happiness that perhaps only shows by the smile on your face. It can also be translated as "to take pleasure in" or "to rejoice."

Note: This character is often used in compound words - especially in Korean Hanja.
As Japanese Kanji, this is so rare, that most Japanese people are not aware of its existence.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

Japan shiawa se na guu zen
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence Wall Scroll

幸せな偶然 is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean happiness, good fortune, luck, or blessing.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.


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

Joyful

China huān
Japan kan
Joyful Wall Scroll

歡 means joyous, happy, delight, and pleased.

This character represents an external happiness that may have you clapping and cheering.


Please note: The other happiness/joyful which looks like "喜" is more popular.

歡 is the ancient/old version in China and Japan. After WWII in Japan, they started using 歓. Just let us know if you want this modern version instead of the ancient one.

Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

China dé zhì
Dream Come True / Enjoy Success Wall Scroll

This Chinese word means to accomplish one's ambition, a dream come true, or to enjoy your success.

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Wall Scroll

吃喝玩樂 is the short version of, "Eat, drink, and be merry."

This Chinese proverb suggests to abandon oneself to a life of pleasure.

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Wall Scroll

喫喝玩樂及時行樂 is just about the closest proverb to match the western idea of "Eat, drink, and be merry."

This Chinese proverb more literally means, "Eat, drink, play, be merry, enjoy everything as long as you can."

It's basically a suggestion that you try to enjoy everything in life, as long as you live, or as long as you are able.

Enjoy Life

China xiǎng shòu shēng huó
Enjoy Life Wall Scroll

享受生活 is a Chinese proverb that means "Enjoy Life."

The first two characters mean "to enjoy" and the last two mean "life" or "living."

Enjoy Life

Japan jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
Enjoy Life Wall Scroll

人生を楽しみにしている is one way to write "enjoy life" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death) human lifetime, living.
を (o) connecting particle.
楽しみ (tanoshimi) enjoyment; pleasure; anticipation; looking forward to.
に (ni) connecting particle.
し (shi) to do; to cause; to become; to make (into).
て (te) connecting particle.
いる (iru) indicates continuing action or resulting state.


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

Enthusiasm

China rè qíng
Enthusiasm Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Korean word for enthusiasm can also be translated as "Passion for a cause."

Enthusiasm is being cheerful, happy, and full of spirit. It is doing something wholeheartedly and eagerly. When you are enthusiastic, you have a positive attitude.

In some context, this could have a meaning of being extremely fond of something or having a fondness for a cause or person.


This Chinese word can also be translated as "sincere and warm" or literally "warm sentiment / affection."


See Also:  Motivation | Passion | Commitment | Tenacity

Enthusiasm / Warm-Hearted

China rè xīn
Japan nesshin
Enthusiasm / Warm-Hearted Wall Scroll

熱心 is another version of Enthusiasm in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja. This literally means "warm-hearted" (can also mean warm-spirited or warm-souled).

This word is also used to express the ideas of earnestness or eagerness.

Can mean "zeal" in Japanese.

The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

The perfect scroll if you love humor…
...or as a gift for the comedian in your life
China hōng tāng dà xiào
The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter Wall Scroll

In China, this proverb is used in response to a good joke or witty comment.

The story goes that Mr. Feng and Mr. He were both senior officials in the Song Dynasty (about a thousand years ago). One day, Mr. Feng walked into their shared office wearing a new pair of boots. The boots caught the eye of Mr. He who said, "New boots! - how much were they?." Mr. Feng lifted one of the boots off the ground as if to show it off and responded, "900 coins."
Astonished, Mr. Feng explained, "900? How can that be? - I paid 1800 coins for my boots!." Mr. Feng then lifted his other foot off the ground and said, "This boot was also 900 coins."

It is said that the whole room was shaking from the laughter of all that heard Mr. Feng's joke on Mr. He.

Laugh / Smile

China xiào
Japan e / shou / wa
Laugh / Smile Wall Scroll

This character simply means to laugh or smile.

Notes: In some context, it can mean "ridicule" in Korean Hanja. This character is not often seen alone in Japanese, though it is understood.

Laughing Dragon Kung Fu

China xiào lóng gōng fu
Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Wall Scroll

笑龍功夫 is the title for a Martial Arts studio (custom-made at by request of the owner of the studio).

Live for What You Love

Japan jin sei ou ka
Live for What You Love Wall Scroll

人生謳歌 means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).


See Also:  Prosperity

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
Live Laugh Love Wall Scroll

In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."

Please note: 笑愛生活 is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.


We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.

Live in Peace and Contentment

China ān jū lè yè
Japan an kyo raku gyou
Live in Peace and Contentment Wall Scroll

安居樂業 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja proverb for, "living in peace and working happily," or "to live in peace and be content with one's occupation."

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.

This character 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

Live Laugh Love

Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
Live Laugh Love Wall Scroll

Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.

This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."


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

Pleasure

China
Japan yu
Pleasure Wall Scroll

This character can be defined as pleasure, well-pleased, contented, and happy.

Note: This character is no longer in common use in Japanese.


See Also:  Passion

Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams

China zhuī xún mèng xiǎng
Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams Wall Scroll

The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."

The last two mean dreams. This version of dreams refers to those with an element of reality (not the dreams you have when you sleep but rather your aspirations or goals in life).

This title will tell everyone that you want to make your dreams come true.


See Also:  Pursuit of Happiness

Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams

Japan yume wo oi tsudukeru
Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams Wall Scroll

夢を追い続ける is the Japanese way to express "Follow Your Dreams." If you have dreams that you want to pursue and make true, this is the phrase for you.

The first character is "dream" or "dreams." The rest of the characters establish the idea of chasing or pursuing.


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


See Also:  Pursuit of Happiness

Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs

China dà xiào
Japan taishou
Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "roar of laughter," "loud laughter," "hearty laugh" or "cachinnation."

The first character means big or great, and the second character means laugh or smile.

If you like humor, this is a great wall scroll to hang in your home.


See Also:  The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

Wedding

China hūn
Wedding Wall Scroll

This character is related to the ideas of getting married, being in a marriage, or taking a wife (could also mean take a husband, as "take a wife" is a western term, and this is just a general Chinese term regarding a wedding).


See Also:  Double Happiness

Wedding / Getting Married

China jié hūn
Japan kettukon / kekkon
Wedding / Getting Married Wall Scroll

These two characters create a word that means wedding, or getting married. In some context, it can just be read as "marriage."


See Also:  Double Happiness | Partnership: Marriage

Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

Japan doujou de naki senjou de warau
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Wall Scroll

道場で泣き戦場で笑う is a Japanese phrase that means, "Cry in the dojo, laugh on the battlefield."

You'll see this phrase in a lot of dojos as a kind of philosophical joke.


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


See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle




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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
Happiness
Joyful
Joy
ki / yorokobixǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Happiness 幸福koufuku / kofukuxìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfu hsing fu / hsingfu
Happiness in the Afterlife 冥福mei fuku / meifukumíng fú / ming2 fu2 / ming fu / mingfu
Double Happiness Guest Book
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Happiness
Contentment
鼓腹ko fuku / kofuku
Happiness
Fortune
Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng / xing4 / xing hsing
Love and Happiness 幸福與愛
幸福与爱
xìng fú yǔ ài
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xing fu yu ai
xingfuyuai
hsing fu yü ai
hsingfuyüai
Happiness
Contentment
滿足 / 満足
满足
man zoku / manzokumǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzu man tsu / mantsu
Happiness
Joy
xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Double Happiness
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
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.