Custom Life Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

Seeking the word for Life in Chinese or Japanese?
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  1. Living / Live Life
  2. Birth / Life
  3. Alive
  4. Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony
  5. Choose Life
  6. Embrace Life / Embrace Living
  7. Embrace Life
  8. Enjoy Life
  9. Eternal Life / Everlasting Life...
10. Eternal Life / Future Life
11. Everyday Life
12. Forever Young / Long Life
13. The Good Life / Beautiful Life
14. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering
15. A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding
16. Through the Ups and Downs of Life
17. Life Saving Sword
18. Life in Harmony / Balanced Life
19. Life in Balance / Balancing Life
20. Life in Harmony / Balanced Life
21. Life Energy / Spiritual Energy
22. Life Force
23. Life Full of Love
24. Life Goes On
25. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
26. Life in Every Breath
27. Life Is But A Dream
28. Life is a Journey
29. Life is Good / Life is Beautiful
30. Life is Good
31. Life is Short
32. Life is What You Make It
33. Life is What You Make of It
34. Journey of Life
35. Life Full of Love
36. Life of Love
37. Life of Serenity
38. Life with Love
39. Life is Good
40. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
41. Longevity / Long Life
42. Love Life
43. Music is Life
44. New Life
45. Better to sacrifice your life than your principles
46. Principles of Life
47. The Single Life
48. Such is Life
49. Such is Life / Such is Destiny
50. This is Life
51. Thug Life
52. Way of Life / Art of Life
53. Eternal Wheel of Life
54. Jesus is My Life
55. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate
56. The Tree of Enlightenment...
57. Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism
58. Carpe Diem / Seize the Day
59. Die Without Regret
60. Eat Drink and Be Merry
61. First Born Daughter
62. First Born Son
63. First Born
64. Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs
65. Healthy Living
66. We are not born with knowledge,...
67. Live For The Day
68. Live For The Day / Seize The Day
69. Live for What You Love
70. Live Laugh Love
71. Live Without Regret
72. Live Laugh Love
73. New Beginning
74. Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity
75. No Regrets
76. 5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood
77. Re-Birth / Renaissance
78. Resurrection / Re-Birth
79. Sacrifice
80. Soul Mates
81. Vitality


Living / Live Life

China shēng huó
Japan sei katsu
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This means life, living, to live, or the state of being alive. It can also refer to your daily existence or livelihood. It can also be a suggestion to just "Live life."

This is also the term used in other titles such as "healthy living" or Lance Armstrong's "Livestrong" campaign (Chinese title for Livestrong only).

If you need a reminder that you are alive, and to take a breath, this might be the perfect wall scroll for you.

Birth / Life

China shēng
Japan shou / iku
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This Chinese word means "to be born" and "to give birth."

Also, it's often used to refer to life itself, and sometimes "to grow."

This character is used in a lot of compound words such as "yi sheng," which means "doctor" (literally "healer of life"), "sheng ri" which means "birthday" (literally "birth day") and "xue sheng" which means student (literally "studying life" or "learner [about] life"). Few Chinese people will think of the literal meaning when this use words like doctor and student - but it is interesting to note.

This character has the same root meaning in Korean Hanja and Japanese. However, in Japanese, there are many possible pronunciations, and this can be used to mean "raw" or "unprocessed" (as in draft beer). Therefore, not be the best if your audience is Japanese.


See Also:  Vitality

Alive

China huó zhe
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This is the word that means alive, as in the state of living or being alive (Chinese only).

Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony

China hé měi
Japan wa mi
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These two characters create a word that means, "harmonious" or, "in perfect harmony." The deeper meaning or more natural translation would be something like, "beautiful life."

The first character means peace and harmony.

The second character means beautiful. But in this case, when combined with the first character, beautiful refers to being satisfied with what you have in your life. This can be having good relations, good feelings, comfort, and having enough (with no feeling of wanting).


Note: In Japanese, this is often used as the name "Wami." This title is probably more appropriate if your audience is Chinese.

Choose Life

China xuǎn zé shēng huó
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This can mean to choose life instead of death (or suicide) or to choose to live life to the fullest.

I think of it as the key phrase used by Renton (Ewan McGregor) in the movie Trainspotting. While Chinese people will not think of Trainspotting when they see this phrase, for me, it will always be what comes near the end of this colorful rant:

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.

Embrace Life / Embrace Living

China yōng bào shēng huó
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This Chinese title means to embrace or to hug life, or the embrace what it is to live.

Embrace Life

Japan jinsei o kyouju suru
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This means, "embrace life," in Japanese.

This can also be translated as "enjoy life."


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

Enjoy Life

China xiǎng shòu shēng huó
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This is a Chinese proverb that means "Enjoy Life."

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


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

Enjoy Life

Japan jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
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This 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.

Eternal Life / Everlasting Life
Immortality

China yǒng shēng
Japan eisei
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These are the last two words from John 3:16 in the Chinese Union Bible.

Although not specifically Christian, this is the way to express ever-lasting life or eternal life in Chinese.

In Japanese, this can either mean eternal life or immortality.


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

See Also:  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation | Immortality

Eternal Life / Future Life

China lái shì
Japan rai-se
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This word can be used in many different ways. It is often used to express the next life (life in heaven or wherever your soul is bound for). So it does have a religious overtone. However, it can also be used to express your life in the future - perhaps during your present lifetime. It can also be translated as "the next world," "the next generation," "the time that is to come," "otherworld," or simply "posterity."


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

See Also:  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation | Immortality

Everyday Life

China rì cháng shēng huó
Japan nichi jou sei katsu
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This simply means everyday life or regular life. You can also translate it as "Living day to day."


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

Forever Young / Long Life

Japan fu rou chou ju
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This Japanese phrase means "perpetual youth and longevity." It contains the ideas of never getting old and eternal life.


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

The Good Life / Beautiful Life

China měi hǎo de shēng huó
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In Chinese, this means "Beautiful Life," or "The Good Life."


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

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering

China huò dé yǒng shēng de yào shí shì xiān yào huó dé jīng cǎi
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This is a famous quote from Bruce Lee. However, when quoted, he was speaking in English. So this is a translation of his English quote into Chinese. Since Bruce spoke both Chinese and English, his quotes sometimes go both ways.


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

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)."

What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.

The last word means "far" but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.


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

See Also:  Serenity

Through the Ups and Downs of Life

China tóng gān gòng kǔ
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This Chinese proverb talks of "shared delights and common hardships." This can be translated and understood a few different ways, including:
To share life's joys and sorrows.
For better or for worse.
Through joys and sorrows of life.
Through all life ups and downs.
To go through thick and thin.
To stick together through thick and thin.
To share joys and sorrows of life.
To share pleasures and pains.
To partake in each other's joys and sorrows.
To take "for better or for worse."


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

Life Saving Sword

Japan katsu jin ken
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This is a Japanese title for "life saving sword" or "katsujinken."

This title suggests that a sword used for killing can also be used for saving or giving life.


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

See Also:  Satsujinken

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Harmonious Life
China hé xié shēng huó
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This title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two characters regard the idea of balance, harmony, and peace.

The second two characters mean "life." More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living. Some would translate those two characters as "one's daily existence."


Note: We have a couple of titles for this idea. This version is more of a noun, thus "The Balanced Life" verses a verb form like "Balancing [Your] Life."


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

Life in Balance / Balancing Life

The art of balancing your life
China píng héng rén shēng
Japan hei kou jin sei
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This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.

The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.

The last two characters mean "life." Literally "human life."


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

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Japan cho wa sei katsu
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This Japanese title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two Kanji mean harmonious or in harmony.

The second two Kanji mean "life." More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living.


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

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
China
Japan ki
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This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

This character is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in “life force” or “spiritual energy”. It is most often translated as “energy flow,” or literally as “air” or “breath”. Some people will simply translate this as “spirit” but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

米The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice is shown to the right.

Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.

氣氣The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like one the symbols shown to the right.

氣However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical is shown to the right.

The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the “flow” of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.


気The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.

More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


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

See Also:  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Birth | Soul

Life Force

China shēng mìng
Japan seimei / inochi
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This Chinese, Korean and Japanese word means "life force" or simply "life." The first character means "life" or "birth." The second means "life" or "fate." Together they create the meaning of "life force," though some will translate this as "existence" and sometimes "vitality."


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

See Also:  Vitality | Birth

Life Full of Love

Japan ai ni afu re ta jin sei
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This Japanese proverb means "life full of love" or "life filled with love."


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

Life Goes On

China shēng huó zài jì xù
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No matter what happens, life goes on. For better or worse, life goes one. This is the basic idea behind this modern Chinese proverb which literally says "Life goes on" in these five characters.


A further explanation of this phrase can now be found on our forum here: Life Goes On in Chinese, explained.


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Life Goes On

Japan jin sei ha tsudu ku
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This is a Japanese phrase that expresses, "Life Goes On."

The first two characters mean "life" (literally "human life").
The third character is a particle which connects the ideas in this phrase.
The last two characters mean "to continue," "to last," "to go on," "to occur again and again."


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

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
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This 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.


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

See Also:  Prosperity

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
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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

Life in Every Breath

China shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
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This means, "life in every breath" in Chinese.

This phrase is more like "every breath in life," as if it's a quantity of breaths that makes up your life.


There are many ways to understand this phrase in English, so this is one of a few ways it could be translated into Chinese. If you're looking for a different meaning, post a on the Chinese Calligraphy Question Forum.


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

Life in Every Breath

Japan hakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
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This means, "life in every breath" in Japanese.

This phrase is more like "every single breath as you live and dwell."

The characters breakdown this way:
吐く息 (hakuiki) to breathe; exhaled air; one's breath; breathing.
一つ (hitotsu) one; only; just.
にも (nimo) also; too; as well; even.
生命 (seimei) life; existence; living.
が (ga) particle.
宿り (yadori) to lodge; to dwell; lodging; abode; shelter.


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

Life Is But A Dream

China rén shēng rú mèng
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This is an old Chinese proverb that suggests, "life is but a dream."

This kind of follows the Buddhist idea that the world is a temporal place, where reality may not be as real as you think.


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Life is a Journey

China rén shēng shì yí duàn lǚ chéng
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This proverb means "Life is a Journey."

If this matches your philosophy, this might be the perfect Chinese calligraphy for you.


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

Life is Good / Life is Beautiful

Japan jinsei wa subarashii
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This means "life is good," "life is great," or "life is beautiful" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).

The third character kind of means "is."

The last five characters are a long adjective that means wonderful, splendid, and/or magnificent. In the context of life it reads more like good or beautiful.


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

Life is Good / Life is Beautiful

China shēng huó měi hǎo
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This means "life is good" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean "life" or "living."

The last two characters mean "good" or "beautiful."


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

Life is Good

China rén shēng liáng hǎo
Japan jin sei ryou kou
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This means "life is good" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).

The last two characters mean "good."

This also makes sense in Chinese but it reads more like, "life is all right."


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

Life is Short

Even a 100-year-old is but a traveler passing through this life
China bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
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百歲光陰如過客 directly translates as: [Even a] hundred-year-old [person] is [just a] traveler passing by.

The simple message is, "Human life is short." Of course, there is an unspoken suggestion that you should make the best of the time you have here on earth.


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Life is Short

Japan jinsei ha mijikai
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This is "life is short" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death); human life, living, lifetime.
は (ha/wa) particle (means "is" in this case).
短い (mijikai) short.


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Life is What You Make It

China shēng huó shì zì jǐ chuàng zào de
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This is a Chinese phrase meaning, "Life is what you make of it," or "Life is your own creation."


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Life is What You Make of It

Japan jinsei wa tsukuru mono
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This means, "life is what you make of it," in Japanese.


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Journey of Life

Japan jinseikouro
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If you believe that life is a journey, this is a nice Japanese title for you wall.

This means "journey of life" in Japanese Kanji. The actual word order is more like "life (人生) journey (行路)" as Japanese grammar is a bit different than English.

Note: The "journey" part can also be translated as "road," so this is also how to say, "the road of life."


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Life Full of Love

China chōng mǎn ài de shēng huó
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This is the Chinese way to say, "life full of love," "life brimming with love," or "life overflowing with love."


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

Life of Love

China ài qíng shēng huó
Japan aijyou seikatsu
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This is the Chinese proverb for "Loving Life." Some also translate this as "[your] Loving Life" or "Life full of Love."

This is about being a loving person (to spouse and/or family) during your life. This is not the same as loving the state of being alive - not "love of living" but rather "being loving person during your life."


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, though use of this proverb in Korean has not been verified.

This proverb can be understood in Japanese but it's primarily a Chinese proverb (it will "feel" Chinese to a Japanese person).


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

Life of Love

Japan aini michita seikatsu
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This Japanese phrase means "a loving life" or "life filled with love."


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

Life of Serenity

Japan yuu yuu kan kan
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This means, "life of serenity" in Japanese.
However, it can also have these meanings depending on how it's read: "composed and unhurried," "easygoing and leisurely," "in indolence," or "life of idleness."


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

Life with Love

Japan ai no a ru jin sei
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This Japanese phrase means "Life with Love."


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Life is Good

China shēng huó shì měi hǎo de
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This is "Life is Good" in Mandarin Chinese.


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

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

A wish for a long and prosperous life
China fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
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This is a phrase that means "May you have good fortune as great as the eastern oceans, and may your life last as long as the southern mountains."

In ancient Chinese mythology, the eastern oceans and southern mountains are where God resides (basically it is the same as saying "heaven"). So it's like saying, "May your good fortune and life be as vast as the heavens."

There is also a longer, 14-character version of this phrase. Also, this can be cut into two scrolls (with half the phrase on each side - great for hanging on either side of a doorway). Just let me know if you'd like a special version (there is an additional cost).


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

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

Japan nan zan no jyu
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This is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan," which literally means "south mountain." This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.

The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.

I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall."


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

Longevity / Long Life

China cháng shòu
Japan chouju
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Used as a noun, this word means "longevity" or "the ability to live long." It can also be an adjective meaning "long lived."


Japanese LongevityPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of the second character of longevity - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of this two-character longevity calligraphy.


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

Longevity / Long Life

China shòu
Japan ju / kotobuki
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Can be defined as "long life" or "longevity" in the simplest form.


Japanese LongevityPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version.


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

Love Life

China rè ài shēng mìng
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This is the Chinese phrase for "Love Life" or "Love of Life."

If you love your life, or want a reminder on your wall to keep you loving your life each day, this is the selection for you.

To clarify, this is different than "A life full of love," or "love while you live." With this phrase, you are loving the state of being alive.


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, though use of this phrase in Korean has not been verified.


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

Music is Life

Japan ongaku wa jinseidesu
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This means "music is life" in Japanese.


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

Music is Life

China yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
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This means, "Music is Life," in Chinese.

This is a title that we composed after so many people searched for it on our website.


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

New Life

China xīn shēng
Japan waka ki
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This literally means "new life" or "new birth" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Depending on context, this word can also mean newborn, new student, rebirth, new birth, nascent.
In Japanese, this can be the given name Wakaki.


Note: This is not the most common word selection for a calligraphy wall scroll. But if you're a westerner, you can bend the rules a bit.


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

New Life

Japan shin sei katsu
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This literally means "new life" or "new livelihood" in Japanese Kanji.

This word is most appropriate if you are starting a new career, or otherwise are starting a new chapter in your life or a new beginning.


Note: This is not the most common word selection for a calligraphy wall scroll. But if you're a westerner, you can bend the rules a bit.


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

Better to sacrifice your life than your principles

China shě shēng qǔ yì
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This is a Chinese proverb that comes from the philosopher Mencius.

It can be translated a few different ways:
To give up life for righteousness.
To choose honor over life
Better to sacrifice one's life than one's principles.


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

Principles of Life

China shēng huó xìn tiáo
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This Chinese proverb means "principles of life" or "The personal obligations and rules that you live by."

For instance, if you were a vegetarian, the act of not eating meat fits into this category.
This could also be translated as "Way of living."


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

The Single Life

Dokushin-Kizoku
Japan do kushin ki zoku
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This Japanese proverb literally means "Single Aristocrat" or "Single Noble."

The understood meaning is that single people can live freely without a spouse or kids to support. To put it in an old cliché, they are footloose and fancy-free.

If you are a bachelor or bachelorette with few responsibilities and just a thirst for freedom and a worry-free life, this could be the title for you.


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

Such is Life

China shēng huó jiù shì zhè yàng
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This is probably the best way to say, "Such is life," or "C'est la vie" in Chinese.


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

Such is Life / Such is Destiny

China zhè jiù shì mìng
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This means, "Such is life," or "Such is destiny."

This can also be translated as "This is life," "This is [our] lot in life," or "This is [our] destiny." It is perhaps a fatalistic phrase. It can be compared with the French, "Ceci est la vie" or "C'est la vie."


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

This is Life

China zhè jiù shì shēng huó
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This is a Chinese phrase that means, "This is life," or "Such is life."

If you are looking for the French, "C'est la vie," this is a close match.


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

Thug Life

China bào tú shēng huó
Japan bou to sei katsu
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This is probably the best way to say "Thug Life" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

It's a strange title to be sure, so expect native Asian people to be confused when they see your Thug Life calligraphy.

The first two characters mean bandit, thug, ruffian, insurgent, rioter, or mob.

The last two characters mean life, live, or living.


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

Way of Life / Art of Life

China shēng huó fǎ
Japan seikatsuhou
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This is a Japanese and Chinese title meaning, "art of living" or "way of life."

This can also be translated a few other ways, such as, "rule of life" and "the act of living."

The "art" title kind of comes from the fact that the last character is the same as the book, "The Art of War." So when you write your book, this is the title for, "The Art of Life," in Chinese and Japanese.


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

Eternal Wheel of Life

China fǎ lún
Japan hourin / horin
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title, "The Eternal Wheel of Life," in Buddhism.

Also known as the wheel of the law, or Buddha-truth which is able to crush all evil and all opposition. It is likened to Indra's wheel which rolls on from man to man, place to place, age to age.

Colloquially used in some sects to mean preaching or spreading Buddha-truth.


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

Jesus is My Life

China yē sū shì wǒ de shēng mìng
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耶穌是我的生命 means Jesus is my life in Chinese.

The first two characters are a transliteration of the name Jesus into Mandarin Chinese.
The third character means, is.

The fourth and fifth mean, my or mine.

The last two characters mean life, as in lifespan, or from birth to death.

This is not a common phrase for Chinese Christians, but this is the best way to translate this idea from English to Mandarin Chinese.


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

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

China lè tiān
Japan raku ten
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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: This 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.


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

The Tree of Enlightenment
The Bodhi Tree

China pú tí shù
Japan bodaiju
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These three characters are the full title of the Bodhi tree (a fig tree) under which Siddhartha Gautama (the legendary man and who established the Buddhist religion), achieved enlightenment. Sometimes this is referred to as "the tree of enlightenment." If you don't have a Bodhi tree to sit under, maybe you can achieve your enlightenment under a wall scroll with this title.


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

Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism

Japan ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyou na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba houshi to omoiyari no seishin
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The Buddha ordered that all should know this triple truth...
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

This is the English translation most commonly used for this Japanese Buddhist phrase. You might have seen this on a coffee cup or tee-shirt.


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

Carpe Diem / Seize the Day

China bǎ wò jīn rì
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This is the closest and most natural way to express this proverb in Chinese.

The first two characters mean "to seize" but can also be translated as "take control of."

The last two characters mean "today."


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

Die Without Regret

China sǐ ér wú huǐ
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This is how to say "die with no regrets" in Mandarin Chinese.

This proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius.


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

See Also:  No Regrets

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
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This 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.


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

First Born Daughter

China zhǎng
Japan choujo
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This is a Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for eldest daughter or first born daughter.

This can also be a given name "Osame" in Japanese.


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

First Born Son

China zhǎng nán
Japan chounan
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This is a Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for eldest son (may be the only son), first born son.

This can also be the Japanese personal name "Nobuo."


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

First Born

Japan souryou
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This is a Japanese title for the eldest child, the oldest child, first born child, or child who carries on the family name.

In more ancient times, this was used to refer to the head of a warrior clan. It can also be a place name or given name "Souryou" or "Soryo" in Japanese.


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

Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui
Japan ei ko sei sui
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This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish," "life is full of fortune and misfortune," or simply "vicissitudes of life."

This is about the rise and fall of human affairs, or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:
栄 = prosper. thrive. flourish. boom.
枯 = wither. die.
盛 = prosperous. flourishing. thriving. successful. active. energetic. vigorous. lively. enthusiastic. popular.
衰 = become weaker. decline. get weak. die down. subside. abate. fail.


Notes:
榮The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it's used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean. Korean pronunciation is shown above for reference only.


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

Healthy Living

China jiàn kāng shēng huó
Japan kenkou seikatsu
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If you are into healthy living, this might be an excellent selection for a wall scroll to hang in your home.

The first two characters speak of health, vitality, vigor, and being of sound body. The second two characters mean living or life (daily existence).


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

See Also:  Strength | Vitality | Health

We are not born with knowledge,
how does one achieve maturity?

China rén fēi shēng ér zhī zhī zhě shú néng wú huò
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This figuratively means, "Without a teacher, how can we learn/mature?"

This is a philosophic pondering by Han Yu, a Tang Dynasty essayist and philosopher (618–907 A.D.). This Chinese proverb can be translated as, "Knowledge is not innate to man, how can we overcome doubt?" or, "We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity?."

This infers that we need the guidance of a teacher if we wish to learn, mature, and become better.


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

Live For The Day

China huó zài jīn tiān
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This is not really an eastern concept, so it does not translate into a phrase that seems natural on a wall scroll. However, if this is your philosophy, the characters shown here do capture your idea of living for today or living in the moment. These characters literally say "Live in today" and they are grammatically correct in Chinese.


Note: This kind of makes sense in Korean Hanja but the grammar is Chinese, so it's not that natural in Korean.


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

Live For The Day / Seize The Day

Japan ima wo i ki ru
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This Japanese phrase can be translated as "live for the day," "live for the moment," "seize the day," or "make the most of the present." You can think of this as the Japanese version of "Carpe Diem."


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

Live for What You Love

Japan jin sei ou ka
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This 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).


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

See Also:  Prosperity

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
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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: This 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.


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

Live Without Regret

China shēng ér wú huǐ
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This is how to say "live without regrets" in Mandarin Chinese.


Note: There is some debate about whether this makes sense in Japanese. It would be read, "nama ji mu ke," and be understood in Japanese. But, a Japanese person will probably think it's Chinese (not Japanese).


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

See Also:  Live For Today

Live Without Regret

Japan jinsei kui nashi
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This is how to say "live without regrets" in Japanese.


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

See Also:  Live For Today

Live Laugh Love

Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
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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.

New Beginning

China xīn de kāi shǐ
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This literally means "new beginning" in Chinese characters.

The character means "new."

The second is a possessive article connecting the ideas of new & beginning.

The last two characters can mean "to begin," "beginning," "to start," "initial," "commencement," or "initiation."


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

New Beginning

China yī shǐ
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This is a short version of "new beginning" or simply "beginning" in Chinese characters.

You can also translated this as "from this moment on," "starting now" or "henceforth."

In day-to-day speech, this word can apply to starting new job, beginning a new career, entering a new chapter of your life, or taking a new position (in politics, scholarship, etc).


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

New Beginning

Japan arata na hajimari
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This is a Japanese word that means "new beginning" or "new start."

Here's the character breakdown:
新た (arata) = new; fresh; novel; newly; freshly; or this can be like the prefix "re-" like "re-start" or "reset."
な (na) is kind of a connecting article. This glues "new" to "beginning."
始まり (hajimari) = origin; beginning.


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

Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity

China bù qì bù chóu huó dào bái tóu
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This Chinese proverb means, "Without anger or worry, you will have a long life, until after all your hair is white."

It more literally reads, "Don't get angry or worried [and you will] live [long] till [all your] hair [becomes] white."


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

No Regrets

China wú huǐ
Japan mu ke
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This is how to say "no regrets" in Mandarin Chinese. This also makes sense in Japanese though not the most common way to express "no regrets" in Japanese.


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

See Also:  Live For Today

No Regrets

Japan kou kai na shi
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This is how to say "no regrets" in Japanese.


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

See Also:  Live For Today

5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood

Samyag Ajiva / Samma Ajiva
China zhèng mìng
Japan sei myou
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正命 (right living) is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism.

Right Living, along with Right Speech and Right Action constitute the path to Virtue.

Right Living means that a Buddhist should only take a job or pursue a career in a field that does no harm. Buddhists should not work in the arms trade, as pimps or in the field of prostitution, as a butcher or in a shop that kills or sells meat, in a laboratory that does animal research, or any other business that involves scheming or unethical behavior.

Another definition: Avoidance of professions that are harmful to sentient beings, such as slaughterer, hunter, dealer in weaponry or narcotics, etc.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.


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

See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Re-Birth / Renaissance

China chóng shēng
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This is the Chinese word for rebirth. This can be used literally or metaphorically. As a metaphor, you could use this to say something like "We are watching the rebirth of New Orleans after the disaster of Katrina."

This is sometimes translated as "renaissance."

Note: This is not the Buddhist concept of reincarnation or re-birth.


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

See Also:  Reincarnation

Resurrection / Re-Birth

China fù huó
Japan hukkatsu
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This is the Chinese, Japanese and Korean word for resurrection or rebirth. Basically this means "return to life."

It is the term used in most Asian Bibles to refer to the resurrection of Christ. In Japanese, it is sometimes used to mean a Christian Revival. In some context it can mean resuscitation.


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

See Also:  Christianity | Jesus Christ | God Of Abraham

Sacrifice

China xī shēng
Japan gi sei
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This means sacrifice in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

There is a suggestion in this word that this regards sacrificing your life.

Note: Depending on context, this can also mean victim or scapegoat in Japanese.

In original and ancient Chinese, this word referred to sacrificial animals. It can still have this meaning in a Buddhist context.


犠The version of the first character used in modern Japan looks like the image to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will be written in this Japanese version.


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

Soul Mates

China líng hún bàn lǚ
Japan reikon hanryo
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靈魂伴侶 is the literal translation of "Soul Mates."

This is kind of the western way to express "soul mates" but translated into Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first two characters mean "soul" or "spirit."
The second two characters mean "mate," "companion" or "partner."

Although not the most common title, these characters have good meaning and will be received well in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It's a universal title!


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

Vitality

China shēng mìng lì
Japan seimeiryoku
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This word can mean "vitality" or "libido." The first two characters mean "life" or "life force." The last character is a common word that means "strength." So together you get the meaning "life strength" which is the essence of vitality. Some will also translate this word as "good health."


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

See Also:  Life Force | Health




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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.



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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Living / Live Life 生活sei katsu / seikatsushēng huó
sheng1 huo2
sheng huo
shenghuo
Birth / Life shou / iku / sho / iku / sho/ikushēng / sheng1 / sheng
Alive 活著
活着
huó zhe / huo2 zhe / huo zhe / huozhe huo che / huoche
Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony 和美wa mi / wamihé měi / he2 mei3 / he mei / hemei ho mei / homei
Choose Life 選擇生活
选择生活
xuǎn zé shēng huó
xuan3 ze2 sheng1 huo2
xuan ze sheng huo
xuanzeshenghuo
hsüan tse sheng huo
hsüantseshenghuo
Embrace Life / Embrace Living 擁抱生活
拥抱生活
yōng bào shēng huó
yong1 bao4 sheng1 huo2
yong bao sheng huo
yongbaoshenghuo
yung pao sheng huo
yungpaoshenghuo
Embrace Life 人生を享受するjinsei o kyouju suru
jinseiokyoujusuru
jinsei o kyoju suru
jinseiokyojusuru
Enjoy Life 享受生活xiǎng shòu shēng huó
xiang3 shou4 sheng1 huo2
xiang shou sheng huo
xiangshoushenghuo
hsiang shou sheng huo
hsiangshoushenghuo
Enjoy Life 人生を楽しみにしているjin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
Eternal Life / Everlasting Life / Immortality 永生eiseiyǒng shēng
yong3 sheng1
yong sheng
yongsheng
yung sheng
yungsheng
Eternal Life / Future Life 來世
来世
rai-selái shì / lai2 shi4 / lai shi / laishi lai shih / laishih
Everyday Life 日常生活nichi jou sei katsu
nichijouseikatsu
nichi jo sei katsu
nichijoseikatsu
rì cháng shēng huó
ri4 chang2 sheng1 huo2
ri chang sheng huo
richangshenghuo
jih ch`ang sheng huo
jihchangshenghuo
jih chang sheng huo
Forever Young / Long Life 不老長壽
不老長寿
fu rou chou ju
furouchouju
fu ro cho ju
furochoju
The Good Life / Beautiful Life 美好的生活měi hǎo de shēng huó
mei3 hao3 de sheng1 huo2
mei hao de sheng huo
meihaodeshenghuo
mei hao te sheng huo
meihaoteshenghuo
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering 獲得永生的鑰匙是先要活得精彩
获得永生的钥匙是先要活得精彩
huò dé yǒng shēng de yào shí shì xiān yào huó dé jīng cǎi
huo4 de2 yong3 sheng1 de yao4 shi2 shi4 xian1 yao4 huo2 de2 jing1 cai3
huo de yong sheng de yao shi shi xian yao huo de jing cai
huo te yung sheng te yao shih shih hsien yao huo te ching ts`ai
huo te yung sheng te yao shih shih hsien yao huo te ching tsai
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding 淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠
淡泊以明志宁静而致远
dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan
Through the Ups and Downs of Life 同甘共苦tóng gān gòng kǔ
tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
tong gan gong ku
tonggangongku
t`ung kan kung k`u
tungkankungku
tung kan kung ku
Life Saving Sword 活人剣katsu jin ken
katsujinken
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life 和諧生活
和谐生活
hé xié shēng huó
he2 xie2 sheng1 huo2
he xie sheng huo
hexieshenghuo
ho hsieh sheng huo
hohsiehshenghuo
Life in Balance / Balancing Life 平衡人生hei kou jin sei
heikoujinsei
hei ko jin sei
heikojinsei
píng héng rén shēng
ping2 heng2 ren2 sheng1
ping heng ren sheng
pinghengrensheng
p`ing heng jen sheng
pinghengjensheng
ping heng jen sheng
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life 調和生活cho wa sei katsu
chowaseikatsu
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy
气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qi ch`i / chi
Life Force 生命seimei / inochishēng mìng
sheng1 ming4
sheng ming
shengming
Life Full of Love 愛に溢れた人生ai ni afu re ta jin sei
ainiafuretajinsei
Life Goes On 生活在繼續
生活在继续
shēng huó zài jì xù
sheng1 huo2 zai4 ji4 xu4
sheng huo zai ji xu
shenghuozaijixu
sheng huo tsai chi hsü
shenghuotsaichihsü
Life Goes On 人生は続くjin sei ha tsudu ku
jinseihatsuduku
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity 幸福成功的一生xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
xing4 fu2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1
xing fu cheng gong de yi sheng
xingfuchenggongdeyisheng
hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
hsingfuchengkungteisheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity 幸福と繁栄の人生kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
koufukutohaneinojinsei
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
kofukutohaneinojinsei
Life in Every Breath 生活中的每一次呼吸shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
sheng1 huo2 zhong1 de mei3 yi1 ci4 hu1 xi1
sheng huo zhong de mei yi ci hu xi
sheng huo chung te mei i tz`u hu hsi
sheng huo chung te mei i tzu hu hsi
Life in Every Breath 吐く息一つにも生命が宿りhakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life Is But A Dream 人生如夢
人生如梦
rén shēng rú mèng
ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
ren sheng ru meng
renshengrumeng
jen sheng ju meng
jenshengjumeng
Life is a Journey 人生是一段旅程rén shēng shì yí duàn lǚ chéng
ren2 sheng1 shi4 yi2 duan4 lv3 cheng2
ren sheng shi yi duan lv cheng
renshengshiyiduanlvcheng
jen sheng shih i tuan lü ch`eng
jen sheng shih i tuan lü cheng
Life is Good / Life is Beautiful 人生は素晴らしいjinsei wa subarashii
jinseiwasubarashii
jinsei wa subarashi
jinseiwasubarashi
Life is Good / Life is Beautiful 生活美好shēng huó měi hǎo
sheng1 huo2 mei3 hao3
sheng huo mei hao
shenghuomeihao
Life is Good 人生良好jin sei ryou kou
jinseiryoukou
jin sei ryo ko
jinseiryoko
rén shēng liáng hǎo
ren2 sheng1 liang2 hao3
ren sheng liang hao
renshenglianghao
jen sheng liang hao
jenshenglianghao
Life is Short 百歲光陰如過客
百岁光阴如过客
bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
bai3 sui4 guang1 yin1 ru2 guo4 ke4
bai sui guang yin ru guo ke
baisuiguangyinruguoke
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo k`o
paisuikuangyinjukuoko
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo ko
Life is Short 人生は短いjinsei ha mijikai
jinseihamijikai
Life is What You Make It 生活是自己創造的
生活是自己创造的
shēng huó shì zì jǐ chuàng zào de
sheng1 huo2 shi4 zi4 ji3 chuang4 zao4 de
sheng huo shi zi ji chuang zao de
sheng huo shih tzu chi ch`uang tsao te
sheng huo shih tzu chi chuang tsao te
Life is What You Make of It 人生は作るものjinsei wa tsukuru mono
jinseiwatsukurumono
Journey of Life 人生行路jinseikouro
jinseikoro
Life Full of Love 充滿沖愛的生活
充满冲爱的生活
chōng mǎn ài de shēng huó
chong1 man3 ai4 de sheng1 huo2
chong man ai de sheng huo
chongmanaideshenghuo
ch`ung man ai te sheng huo
chungmanaiteshenghuo
chung man ai te sheng huo
Life of Love 愛情生活
爱情生活
aijyou seikatsu
aijyouseikatsu
aijyo seikatsu
aijyoseikatsu
ài qíng shēng huó
ai4 qing2 sheng1 huo2
ai qing sheng huo
aiqingshenghuo
ai ch`ing sheng huo
aichingshenghuo
ai ching sheng huo
Life of Love 愛に満ちた生活aini michita seikatsu
ainimichitaseikatsu
Life of Serenity 悠悠閑閑yuu yuu kan kan
yuuyuukankan
yu yu kan kan
yuyukankan
Life with Love 愛のある人生ai no a ru jin sei
ainoarujinsei
Life is Good 生活是美好的shēng huó shì měi hǎo de
sheng1 huo2 shi4 mei3 hao3 de
sheng huo shi mei hao de
shenghuoshimeihaode
sheng huo shih mei hao te
shenghuoshihmeihaote
Longevity / Long Life Wishes 福如東海壽比南山
福如东海寿比南山
fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
fu2 ru2 dong1 hai3 shou4 bi3 nan2 shan1
fu ru dong hai shou bi nan shan
furudonghaishoubinanshan
fu ju tung hai shou pi nan shan
fujutunghaishoupinanshan
Longevity / Long Life Wishes 南山之壽
南山之寿
nan zan no jyu
nanzannojyu
Longevity / Long Life 長壽
长寿
chouju / chojucháng shòu
chang2 shou4
chang shou
changshou
ch`ang shou
changshou
chang shou
Longevity / Long Life
寿
ju / kotobukishòu / shou4 / shou
Love Life 熱愛生命
热爱生命
rè ài shēng mìng
re4 ai4 sheng1 ming4
re ai sheng ming
reaishengming
je ai sheng ming
jeaishengming
Music is Life 音楽は人生ですongaku wa jinseidesu
ongakuwajinseidesu
Music is Life 音樂就是生命
音乐就是生命
yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
yin1 yue4 jiu4 shi4 sheng1 ming4
yin yue jiu shi sheng ming
yinyuejiushishengming
yin yüeh chiu shih sheng ming
New Life 新生waka ki / wakakixīn shēng
xin1 sheng1
xin sheng
xinsheng
hsin sheng
hsinsheng
New Life 新生活shin sei katsu
shinseikatsu
Better to sacrifice your life than your principles 捨生取義
舍生取义
shě shēng qǔ yì
she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4
she sheng qu yi
sheshengquyi
she sheng ch`ü i
sheshengchüi
she sheng chü i
Principles of Life 生活信條
生活信条
shēng huó xìn tiáo
sheng1 huo2 xin4 tiao2
sheng huo xin tiao
shenghuoxintiao
sheng huo hsin t`iao
shenghuohsintiao
sheng huo hsin tiao
The Single Life 独身貴族 / 獨身貴族
独身贵族
do kushin ki zoku
dokushinkizoku
Such is Life 生活就是這樣
生活就是这样
shēng huó jiù shì zhè yàng
sheng1 huo2 jiu4 shi4 zhe4 yang4
sheng huo jiu shi zhe yang
shenghuojiushizheyang
sheng huo chiu shih che yang
shenghuochiushihcheyang
Such is Life / Such is Destiny 這就是命
这就是命
zhè jiù shì mìng
zhe4 jiu4 shi4 ming4
zhe jiu shi ming
zhejiushiming
che chiu shih ming
chechiushihming
This is Life 這就是生活
这就是生活
zhè jiù shì shēng huó
zhe4 jiu4 shi4 sheng1 huo2
zhe jiu shi sheng huo
zhejiushishenghuo
che chiu shih sheng huo
chechiushihshenghuo
Thug Life 暴徒生活bou to sei katsu
boutoseikatsu
bo to sei katsu
botoseikatsu
bào tú shēng huó
bao4 tu2 sheng1 huo2
bao tu sheng huo
baotushenghuo
pao t`u sheng huo
paotushenghuo
pao tu sheng huo
Way of Life / Art of Life 生活法seikatsuhou
seikatsuho
shēng huó fǎ
sheng1 huo2 fa3
sheng huo fa
shenghuofa
Eternal Wheel of Life 法輪
法轮
hourin / horin
horin / horin
horin/horin
fǎ lún / fa3 lun2 / fa lun / falun
Jesus is My Life 耶穌是我的生命
耶稣是我的生命
yē sū shì wǒ de shēng mìng
ye1 su1 shi4 wo3 de sheng1 ming4
ye su shi wo de sheng ming
yesushiwodeshengming
yeh su shih wo te sheng ming
yehsushihwoteshengming
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate 樂天 / 楽天
乐天
raku ten / rakutenlè tiān / le4 tian1 / le tian / letian le t`ien / letien / le tien
The Tree of Enlightenment
The Bodhi Tree
菩提樹
菩提树
bodaijupú tí shù
pu2 ti2 shu4
pu ti shu
putishu
p`u t`i shu
putishu
pu ti shu
Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism 人間性を再生するのは寛容な心親切な言葉奉仕と思いやりの精神ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyou na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba houshi to omoiyari no seishin
ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyo na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba hoshi to omoiyari no seishin
ningenseiosaiseisurunowakanyonakokoroshinsetsunakotobahoshitoomoiyarinoseishin
Carpe Diem / Seize the Day 把握今日bǎ wò jīn rì
ba3 wo4 jin1 ri4
ba wo jin ri
bawojinri
pa wo chin jih
pawochinjih
Die Without Regret 死而無悔
死而无悔
sǐ ér wú huǐ
si3 er2 wu2 hui3
si er wu hui
sierwuhui
ssu erh wu hui
ssuerhwuhui
Eat Drink and Be Merry 喫喝玩樂及時行樂
吃喝玩乐及时行乐
chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
chihewanlejishixingle
ch`ih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
chih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
First Born Daughter 長女
长女
choujo / chojozhǎng
zhang3 nu:3
zhang nu:
zhangnu:
chang nü
changnü
First Born Son 長男
长男
chounan / chonanzhǎng nán
zhang3 nan2
zhang nan
zhangnan
chang nan
changnan
First Born 惣領souryou / soryo
Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs 栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
荣枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
Healthy Living 健康生活kenkou seikatsu
kenkouseikatsu
kenko seikatsu
kenkoseikatsu
jiàn kāng shēng huó
jian4 kang1 sheng1 huo2
jian kang sheng huo
jiankangshenghuo
chien k`ang sheng huo
chienkangshenghuo
chien kang sheng huo
We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity? 人非生而知之者熟能無惑rén fēi shēng ér zhī zhī zhě shú néng wú huò
ren2 fei1 sheng1 er2 zhi1 zhi1 zhe3 shu2 neng2 wu2 huo4
ren fei sheng er zhi zhi zhe shu neng wu huo
jen fei sheng erh chih chih che shu neng wu huo
Live For The Day 活在今天huó zài jīn tiān
huo2 zai4 jin1 tian1
huo zai jin tian
huozaijintian
huo tsai chin t`ien
huotsaichintien
huo tsai chin tien
Live For The Day / Seize The Day 今を生きるima wo i ki ru
imawoikiru
Live for What You Love 人生謳歌jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
jinseioka
Live Laugh Love 笑愛生活
笑爱生活
xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
xiaoaishenghuo
hsiao ai sheng huo
hsiaoaishenghuo
Live Without Regret 生而無悔
生而无悔
shēng ér wú huǐ
sheng1 er2 wu2 hui3
sheng er wu hui
shengerwuhui
sheng erh wu hui
shengerhwuhui
Live Without Regret 人生悔い無しjinsei kui nashi
jinseikuinashi
Live Laugh Love 愛と笑いの生活ai to warai no seikatsu
aitowarainoseikatsu
New Beginning 新的開始
新的开始
xīn de kāi shǐ
xin1 de kai1 shi3
xin de kai shi
xindekaishi
hsin te k`ai shih
hsintekaishih
hsin te kai shih
New Beginning 伊始yī shǐ / yi1 shi3 / yi shi / yishi i shih / ishih
New Beginning 新たな始まりarata na hajimari
aratanahajimari
Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity 不氣不愁活到白頭
不气不愁活到白头
bù qì bù chóu huó dào bái tóu
bu4 qi4 bu4 chou2 huo2 dao4 bai2 tou2
bu qi bu chou huo dao bai tou
buqibuchouhuodaobaitou
pu ch`i pu ch`ou huo tao pai t`ou
puchipuchouhuotaopaitou
pu chi pu chou huo tao pai tou
No Regrets 無悔
无悔
mu ke / mukewú huǐ / wu2 hui3 / wu hui / wuhui
No Regrets 後悔無しkou kai na shi
koukainashi
ko kai na shi
kokainashi
5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood 正命sei myou / seimyou / sei myo / seimyozhèng mìng
zheng4 ming4
zheng ming
zhengming
cheng ming
chengming
Re-Birth / Renaissance 重生chóng shēng
chong2 sheng1
chong sheng
chongsheng
ch`ung sheng
chungsheng
chung sheng
Resurrection / Re-Birth 復活
复活
hukkatsu / hukatsufù huó / fu4 huo2 / fu huo / fuhuo
Sacrifice 犧牲 / 犠牲
牺牲
gi sei / giseixī shēng / xi1 sheng1 / xi sheng / xisheng hsi sheng / hsisheng
Soul Mates 靈魂伴侶
灵魂伴侣
reikon hanryo
reikonhanryo
líng hún bàn lǚ
ling2 hun2 ban4 lv3
ling hun ban lv
linghunbanlv
ling hun pan lü
linghunpanlü
Vitality 生命力seimeiryokushēng mìng lì
sheng1 ming4 li4
sheng ming li
shengmingli

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