Custom Justice Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

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If you want to create a cool Justice 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 justice.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Justice / Righteousness
  2. One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils
  3. Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision
  4. Fair / Impartial
  5. Impartial and Fair to the...
  6. Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial
  7. God is my Judge
  8. Judge
  9. Only God Can Judge Me
10. Koan
11. The Five Tenets of Confucius
12. Courage to do what is right
13. Eye for an eye
14. Giri
15. Faithful / Honorable...
16. Honesty
17. No Surrender
18. Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened,...
19. Love and Honor
20. No Mind / Mushin
21. Respect out of fear is never genuine...
22. Seven Heavenly Virtues


Justice / Righteousness

China zhèng yì
Japan sei gi
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Practicing justice and righteousness is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don't prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don't accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.


Note: This is also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils

China yī zhèng yā bǎi xié
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This ancient "One Justice Can Overpower a Hundred Evils" idiom and proverb is famous in China. But it has been around so long that its origins have long been forgotten.

It could be something that Confucius or one of his disciples said, but no one can say for sure.

Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision

Also means: honor loyalty morality righteousness
China
Japan gi
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This is about doing the right thing or making the right decision, not because it's easy, but because it's ethically and morally correct.
No matter the outcome or result, one does not lose face if tempering proper justice.

This character can also be defined as righteousness, justice, morality, honor, or "right conduct". In more a more expanded definition, it can mean loyalty to friends, loyalty to the public good, or patriotism. This idea of loyalty and friendship comes from the fact that you will treat those you are loyal to with morality and justice.

This is also one of the five tenets of Confucius doctrine.

儀There's also an alternate version of this character sometimes seen in Bushido or Korean Taekwondo tenets. It's just the addition of a radical on the left side of the character. If you want this version, click on the image to the right instead of the button above.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also...  Judgement | Impartial | Confucius Tenets

Fair / Impartial

China gōng píng
Japan kouhei
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This word means impartial, fairness, and justice in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

This character, on your wall, should be used to remind yourself to be fair and just in all situations of life.


See Also...  Balance

Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

AKA: Universal Benevolence
China yí shì tóng rén
Japan isshidoujin
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This is how to write "universal benevolence". This is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.

If you are kind and charitable to all people, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others, but rather you see them eye to eye on the same level with you.


See Also...  Benevolence | Compassion | Equality | Right Decision | Selflessness | Work Unselfishly For The Common

Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial

China dà gōng wú sī
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This Chinese proverb comes from an old story from some time before 476 BC. About a man named Qi Huangyang, who was commissioned by the king to select the best person for a certain job in the Imperial Court.

Qi Huangyang selected his enemy for the job. The king was very confused by the selection, but Qi Huangyang explained that he was asked to find the best person for the job, not necessarily someone that he personally liked or had a friendship with.

Later, Confucius commented on how unselfish and impartial Qi Huangyang was by saying "Da Gong Wu Si" which if you look it up in a Chinese dictionary, is generally translated as "Unselfish" or "Just and Fair".

If you translate each character, you'd have something like,

"Big/Deep Justice Without Self".

Direct translations like this leave out a lot of what the Chinese characters really say. Use your imagination, and suddenly you realize that "without self" means "without thinking about yourself in the decision" - together, these two words mean "unselfish". The first two characters serve to really drive the point home that we are talking about a concept that is similar to "blind justice".

One of my Chinese-English dictionaries translates this simply as "just and fair". So that is the short and simple version.

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


See Also...  Selflessness | Work Unselfishly For The Common Good | Altruism

God is my Judge

China shàng dì shì wǒ de fǎ guān
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This is not a traditional Chinese phrase. We professionally translated it for a customer's request (in proper Chinese grammar).


See Also...  God

Judge

China fǎ guān
Japan hou kan
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This is the written title used to refer to Judges in the legal court system in China, Japan, and ancient Korea (same word used, but now written differently in modern Korea).

Only God Can Judge Me

China zhǐ yǒu shàng dì néng píng pàn wǒ
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This means, "Only God can judge me" in Chinese.

Only God Can Judge Me

Japanese
Japan kami nomi zo shiru
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This means, "Only God can judge me" in Japanese.

Koan

China gōng àn
Japan kouan
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In Buddhist context, this is a Zen question for meditation.

From the Buddhist dictionary this is:
Problems set by Zen masters, upon which thought is concentrated as a means to attain inner unity and illumination.

The secular meaning of this word can mean a judge's desk, complex legal case, contentious issue, a dossier, case record, public laws, regulations, or case-law.

The Five Tenets of Confucius

The Five Cardinal Rules / Virtues of Confucius
China rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
Japan jin gi rei tomo nobu
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These are the core of Confucius philosophy. Simply stated they are:
benevolence / charity
justice / rectitude
courtesy / politeness / tact
wisdom / knowledge
fidelity / trust / sincerity

Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion, but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.

This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues".


礼 If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets, but they will know all the meanings of the characters.


See Also...  Confucius Teachings | Ethics

Courage to do what is right

China jiàn yì yǒng wéi
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The title says it all.

This could also be translated as:
"Never hesitate to do what is right".


See Also...  Work Unselfishly For The Common Good | Bravery

Eye for an eye

China yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
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This same proverb seems to be used in virtually every language and culture around the world. Whether you are Arab, Persian, Jewish, European, British, Asian, or American, this proverb is well known as the "original form of justice".

Giri

(obligation or duty in Japanese)
China yì lǐ
Japan giri
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This term means obligation or a sense of duty that one may have to their employer, country or culture.

This is a specifically Japanese term, as in Chinese, these two characters form a word that means "religious doctrine" or refers to the argument presented in an essay.

This term has similar meaning in Korean where is can be translated as justice, sense of duty, loyalty, integrity or obligation.

This is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll. So this entry is intended more for educational purposes.


More information about Giri

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
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This is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".

Honesty

China shí
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This character means real, true, honest, or solid. It is one of several ways to express the idea of truth.

Note: In some context, this can carry extended meanings of reality, actuality, really, sincerity, or substance.


See Also...  Truth | Trust

No Surrender

Honor Does Not Allow Second Thoughts
China yì wú fǎn gù
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This Chinese proverb can be translated a few different ways. Here are some examples:

Honor does not allow one to glance back.
Duty-bound not to turn back.
No surrender.
To pursue justice with no second thoughts.
Never surrender your principles.

This proverb is really about having the courage to do what is right without questioning your decision to take the right and just course.

Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened,
Listen to One Side and be in the Dark

China jiān tīng zé míng, piān tīng zé àn
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A man named Wei Zheng lived between 580-643 AD. He was a noble and wise historian and minister in the court of the early Tang Dynasty.

The emperor once asked him, "What should an emperor do to understand the real-world situation and what makes an emperor out-of-touch with reality?"

Wei Zheng replied, "Listen to both sides and you will be enlightened; listen to only one side and you will be left in the dark."

Then Wei Zheng went on to site examples of leaders in history that were victorious after heeding both sides of the story, and other leaders that met their doom because they believed one-sided stories which often came from flattering lips.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

Love and Honor

...2 character version
China qíng yì
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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

Love and Honor

...four character version
China shēn qíng hòu yì
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This means to love and honor. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).


This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.


See Also...  Love And Honor

No Mind / Mushin

China wú xīn
Japan mu shin
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In Japanese, this word means innocent, or one with no knowledge of good and evil. It literally means "without mind".

This is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: "No mind, a mind without ego. A mind like a mirror which reflects and dos not judge." The original term was "mushin no shin", meaning, "mind of no mind." It is a state of mind without fear, anger, or anxiety. Mushin is often described by the phrase, "mizu no kokoro", which means, "mind like water". The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it’s surroundings when calm, but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

This has a good meaning in conjunction with Chan / Zen Buddhism in Japan. However, out of that context, it means mindlessness or absent-minded. To non-Buddhists in China, this is associated with doing something without thinking.
In Korean, this usually means indifference.

Use caution and know your audience before ordering this selection.


More info: Wikipedia: Mushin

Respect out of fear is never genuine
Reverence out of respect is never false

China dǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de
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This is a proverb that seems to be aimed at world leaders or others in power. Perhaps a suggestion to avoid the practice of "fear mongering" opting instead for a policy of benevolence and justice.

An example: When the Bush administration told Pakistan they could either join America in the "war on terror", or expect some bombs to be coming their way, Bush gained this kind of "less-than-genuine respect" from Pakistanis.
Leaders in places like North Korea and even Saudi Arabia reap the same bogus respect from their own citizens.


Note that calligraphers do not like to repeat the same characters in exactly the same way in the same piece of artwork. So expect the characters that are repeated to be written in different forms in the real artwork (unlike the way they are displayed to the left).

Seven Heavenly Virtues

China xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì
Japan shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei
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This is a list in Chinese and Japanese Kanji of an interpretation of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

1. Faith is belief in God, and the right virtues.
2. Hope is taking a positive future view, that good will prevail.
3. Charity is concern for, and active helping of, others.
4. Fortitude is never giving up.
5. Justice is being fair and equitable with others.
6. Prudence is care of and moderation with money.
7. Temperance is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things which are not needed.

The full list is here. This is a word list, not a common phrase. While all Chinese and Japanese people will recognise the words in the list, they may not understand what the list is about (unless they are familiar with the Seven Heavenly Virtues).


Don't get this as a tattoo or anything like that without first consulting a native translator in the target language. These are fine for a wall scroll, but a long discussion is needed before you commit to this for a lifetime inking commitment.




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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
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Justice / Righteousness正义
正義
sei gi
seigi
zhèng yì
zheng yi
cheng i
zheng4 yi4
zhengyi
One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils一正压百邪
一正壓百邪
n/ayī zhèng yā bǎi xié
yi zheng ya bai xie
i cheng ya pai hsieh
yi1 zheng4 ya1 bai3 xie2
yizhengyabaixie
Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision
gi
yi
i
yi4
Fair / Impartial公平
公平
kouhei
kohei
gōng píng
gong ping
kung p`ing
gong1 ping2
gongping
kungping
kung ping
Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World
一视同仁
一視同仁
isshidoujin
ishidojin
yí shì tóng rén
yi shi tong ren
i shih t`ung jen
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
yishitongren
ishihtungjen
i shih tung jen
Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial大公无私
大公無私
n/adà gōng wú sī
da gong wu si
ta kung wu ssu
da4 gong1 wu2 si1
dagongwusi
God is my Judge上帝是我的法官
上帝是我的法官
n/ashàng dì shì wǒ de fǎ guān
shang di shi wo de fa guan
shang ti shih wo te fa kuan
shang4 di4 shi4 wo3 de fa3 guan1
shangdishiwodefaguan
Judge法官
法官
hou kan
houkan
ho kan
fǎ guān
fa guan
fa kuan
fa3 guan1
faguan
Only God Can Judge Me只有上帝能评判我
衹有上帝能評判我
n/azhǐ yǒu shàng dì néng píng pàn wǒ
zhi you shang di neng ping pan wo
chih yu shang ti neng p`ing p`an wo
zhi3 you3 shang4 di4 neng2 ping2 pan4 wo3
chih yu shang ti neng ping pan wo
Only God Can Judge Me神のみぞ知る
神のみぞ知る
kami nomi zo shiru
kaminomizoshiru
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Koan公案
公案
kouan
koan
gōng àn
gong an
kung an
gong1 an4
gongan
The Five Tenets of Confucius仁义礼智信
仁義禮智信
jin gi rei tomo nobu
jingireitomonobu
rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
ren yi li zhi xin
jen i li chih hsin
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
renyilizhixin
Courage to do what is right见义勇为
見義勇為
n/ajiàn yì yǒng wéi
jian yi yong wei
chien i yung wei
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
jianyiyongwei
Eye for an eye以眼还眼
以眼還眼
n/ayǐ yǎn huán yǎn
yi yan huan yan
i yen huan yen
yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
yiyanhuanyan
Giri义理
義理
giriyì lǐ
yi li
i li
yi4 li3
yili
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty信义
信義
shingixìn yì
xin yi
hsin i
xin4 yi4
xinyi
Honesty
n/ashí
shi
shih
shi2
No Surrender义无反顾
義無反顧
n/ayì wú fǎn gù
yi wu fan gu
i wu fan ku
yi4 wu2 fan3 gu4
yiwufangu
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, Listen to One Side and be in the Dark兼听则明偏听则暗
兼聽則明偏聽則暗
n/ajiān tīng zé míng, piān tīng zé àn
jian ting ze ming, pian ting ze an
chien t`ing tse ming, p`ien t`ing tse an
jian1 ting1 ze2 ming2, pian1 ting1 ze2 an4
chien ting tse ming, pien ting tse an
Love and Honor情义
情義
n/aqíng yì
qing yi
ch`ing i
qing2 yi4
qingyi
chingi
ching i
Love and Honor深情厚义
深情厚義
n/ashēn qíng hòu yì
shen qing hou yi
shen ch`ing hou i
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shenqinghouyi
shenchinghoui
shen ching hou i
No Mind / Mushin无心
無心
mu shin
mushin
wú xīn
wu xin
wu hsin
wu2 xin1
wuxin
Respect out of fear is never genuine
Reverence out of respect is never false
打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的
打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的
n/adǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de
da pa de ren shi jia de jing pa de ren shi zhen de
ta p`a te jen shih chia te ching p`a te jen shih chen te
da3 pa4 de ren2 shi4 jia3 de jing4 pa4 de ren2 shi4 zhen1 de
ta pa te jen shih chia te ching pa te jen shih chen te
Seven Heavenly Virtues信仰希望慈善坚忍正义慎重节制
信仰希望慈善堅忍正義慎重節制
shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei
shinko kibo jizen kennin seigi shincho sesei
xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì
xin yang xi wang ci shan jian ren zheng yi shen zhong jie zhi
hsin yang hsi wang tz`u shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
xin4 yang3 xi1 wang4 ci2 shan4 jian1 ren3 zheng4 yi4 shen4 zhong4 jie2 zhi4
hsin yang hsi wang tzu shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih

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