Custom Independence Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with Independence characters on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Independence 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 independence.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. American Samoa
  2. Appreciation of Truth by Meditation
  3. Free Spirit
  4. Independent Spirit...
  5. Independence
  6. Moon
  7. Nothingness
  8. Samoa
  9. Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself
10. Strong Woman


American Samoa

China měi shǔ sà mó yà
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This is the Chinese name for the territory of American Samoa (formerly known as Eastern Samoa). Not to be confused with Independent Somoa which is to the west.

If you want just a general "Samoa" title, just use the plain "Samoa" entry, as it does not actually designate western, eastern, American, or independent.


See Also...  Oceania

Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

China xīn yìn
Japan shin nin
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This is a Buddhist concept that simply stated is "appreciation of truth by meditation".

It's a deep subject, but my understanding is that you can find truth through meditation, and once you've found truth, you can learn to appreciate it more through further meditation. This title is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist community (your Asian friends may or may not understand it). The literal translation would be something like "the mind seal", I've seen this term translated this way from Japanese Buddhist poetry. But apparently, the seal that is stamped deep in your mind is the truth. You just have to meditate to find it.

Soothill defines it this way: Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the Chan (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.


Reference:Soothill-Hodous Dictionary of Chinese Buddhism


See Also...  Zen

Free Spirit

Chinese and Korean
China zì yóu jīng shén
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The first two characters mean freedom or liberty.

The second two characters mean spirit, heart, mind, or soul.

Together, this is a title that is very similar to the English term "free spirit".


See Also...  Freedom

Free Spirit

Japanese
Japan ji yuu na sei shin
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The first two characters mean freedom or liberty.

The middle character is a connecting Hiragana which is needed for Japanese grammar.

The last two characters mean spirit, heart, mind, or soul.

Together, this is a title that is very similar to the English term "free spirit".


See Also...  Freedom

Independent Spirit
Independent Heart

Japan dokuritsushin
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The first two characters mean independent or independence. The third character means spirit, heart or mind.

This is a Japanese and Korean term, although Chinese people would be able to guess the meaning (the characters make sense individually in Chinese, but are not used in this order).

Independence

China dú lì
Japan dokuritsu
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Besides meaning "to be independent" this can also means "to stand alone", self-reliance or self-support.


独Modern Japanese use a simplified version of the first character of independence. It's the same simplified version currently used in mainland China, so understood by most Chinese and all Japanese people. Click on the character to the right if you want the simplified/Japanese version.

Moon

China yuè
Japan tsuki
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This is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

This character is also used to refer to the month. This is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.

If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).

Nothingness

China kōng wú
Japan kuu mu
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This is "nothingness" in Buddhist context.

The first character means empty, but can also mean air or sky (air and sky have no form).

The second character means have not, no, none, not or to lack.

Together these characters reinforce each other into a word that means "absolute nothingness".

I know this is a term used in Buddhism, but I have not yet figured out the context in which it is used. I suppose it can be the fact that Buddhists believe that the world in a non-real illusion, or perhaps it's about visualizing yourself as "nothing" and therefore leaving behind your desire and worldliness.
Buddhist concepts and titles often have this element of ambiguity or rather "mystery". Therefore, such ideas can have different meanings to different people, and that's okay. If you don't get it right in this lifetime, as there will be plenty more lifetimes to master it (whatever "it" is, and if "it" really exists at all).

Soothill defines this as "Unreality, or immateriality, of things, which is defined as nothing existing of independent or self-contained nature".

Samoa

China sà mó yà
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This is the Chinese name for the country of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa). The official name is the Independent State of Samoa. Not to be confused with American Somoa which is to the southeast.


See Also...  Oceania

Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

Japan do kuritsu do ppo
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This Japanese proverb, Dokuritsu-Doppo, is an indication of your independence, self-reliance, standing on one's own two feet, or making one's own way in life.

Strong Woman

China nǚ qiáng rén
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This is the best way to say "strong woman" or "strong and independent woman" in Chinese.

Grammar in China is a bit different, so these three characters literally read as "female strength person" or "woman strong person". This might sound funny in English, but this is a natural-sounding title in Chinese.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.



The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
American Samoa美属萨摩亚
美屬薩摩亞
n/aměi shǔ sà mó yà
mei shu sa mo ya
mei3 shu3 sa4 mo2 ya4
meishusamoya
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation心印
心印
shin nin
shinnin
xīn yìn
xin yin
hsin yin
xin1 yin4
xinyin
Free Spirit自由精神
自由精神
n/azì yóu jīng shén
zi you jing shen
tzu yu ching shen
zi4 you2 jing1 shen2
ziyoujingshen
Free Spirit自由な精神
自由な精神
ji yuu na sei shin
jiyuunaseishin
ji yu na sei shin
n/a
Independent Spirit
Independent Heart
独立心
獨立心
dokuritsushinn/a
Independence独立
獨立
dokuritsudú lì
du li
tu li
du2 li4
duli
Moon
tsukiyuè
yue
yüeh
yue4
Nothingness空无
空無
kuu mu
kuumu
ku mu
kōng wú
kong wu
k`ung wu
kong1 wu2
kongwu
kungwu
kung wu
Samoa萨摩亚
薩摩亞
n/asà mó yà
sa mo ya
sa4 mo2 ya4
samoya
Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself独立独步
獨立獨步
do kuritsu do ppo
dokuritsudoppo
do kuritsu do po
n/a
Strong Woman女强人
女強人
n/anǚ qiáng rén
nv qiang ren
nü ch`iang jen
nv3 qiang2 ren2
nvqiangren
nüchiangjen
nü chiang jen

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "Independence" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.


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