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We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Money on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Money 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 Money.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Money
  2. Money / Wealth
  3. Time is Money
  4. Precious / Treasure
  5. Treasure
  6. Time is as Precious as Gold
  7. A Moment of Time...
  8. Goldfish
  9. Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,...
10. Gold / Metal
11. Venus / Gold Star
12. The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel
13. Time is Gold
14. Cherish
15. You are who you hang out with.
16. Five Elements
17. Precious
18. Wealth / Fortune / Riches / Abundance
19. Wealth / Riches / Fortune
20. Yen


Money

China qián
Japan sen
Money Wall Scroll

錢 is the simplest way to say "money" in Chinese. It can also mean cash, coins, or currency. It's also a surname in China.

銭 This also means coins in old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji (though they use a slightly alternate form in Japan as seen to the right). In both Japan and Korea, this can simply mean "one cent."

金 On the left side of this character is a radical which means "gold" (or metal depending on context).

戋 戔 On the right are two repeated radicals which currently mean "small" or "narrow" but used to kind of mean "tools" or "weapon."

It's a bit of a stretch but you could suggest that money = "gold weapons" or "gold tools" in Chinese. Many Chinese people would argue otherwise depending on what they know of or the way they understand the etymology of the right side radical. I've seen some who say it means "industrialized gold."

Money / Wealth

China jīn qián
Japan kin sen
Money / Wealth Wall Scroll

金錢 / 金銭 means money, cash, currency or wealth in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Literally, it means "gold coins" but has come to be used to mean money in general, as well as the idea of wealth.


銭The second character of this word is written in a variant form in Japan. The more common version in Japan is shown to the right. Click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above if you want this Japanese variant in your calligraphy.

Time is Money

Japan toki wa kane nari
Time is Money Wall Scroll

時は金なり is the Japanese phrase meaning, "Time is Money." It matches the use and meaning of the same idiom as used in English.


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

Precious / Treasure

Japan ki chou hin
Precious / Treasure Wall Scroll

貴重品 means precious or treasured as an adjective or as a noun, valuables or treasures in Japanese.

貴重品 exists in the Korean dictionary but is rarely if ever used in Korea.

Treasure

China zhēn bǎo
Japan chin hou
Treasure Wall Scroll

In Chinese this word meaning treasure, something you value highly, or something very precious to you.

In Japanese, this has a meaning like "rare treasure."

The first character can mean precious thing or treasure. The second character can mean a jewel or gem, a treasure or simply precious. Together these two characters reinforce each other into a word that clearly means treasure.

Treasure

China bǎo
Japan takara
Treasure Wall Scroll

寶 means precious thing or treasure. This can also mean precious, a gem, a pearl, or anything valuable.


宝The version of this character shown to the left is the traditional Chinese and ancient/traditional Japanese version. In modern Japan and China, this character has been simplified. This simplified version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese/simplified version, just click the Kanji on the right, instead of the button above. If your audience is Chinese or Korean, I recommend the ancient/traditional form. Only consider the simplified form if your audience is younger Japanese people.

Treasure

China cái bǎo
Japan zaihou
Treasure Wall Scroll

財寶 is the Japanese word meaning "treasure" or "money and valuables."

The first character means "property," "money," "wealth" or "assets." The second character means "treasure," "wealth" or "valuables" in Japanese. Together these two characters reinforce each other into a word that clearly means treasure in Japanese.

財寶 is also a word meaning "money and valuables" in Chinese but more of a daily use word - not as appropriate for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese.


宝The second character shown to the left is the ancient/traditional Japanese version. In modern Japan, this character has been simplified. This simplified version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese/simplified version, just click the Kanji on the right, instead of the button above.

Time is as Precious as Gold

China xí shí rú jīn
Time is as Precious as Gold Wall Scroll

This proverb can be translated as "Cherish Time as if it was Gold," or "Time is as Valuable as Gold."

This basically suggests that time is gold, and you should value the time you have (and use it well).

A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold

Japan shunshouikkoku
A Moment of Time / is as Precious as Gold Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "A moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)".

Goldfish

China jīn yú
Japan kin gyo
Goldfish Wall Scroll

金魚 is the title for goldfish in Chinese and Japanese.

There was a time in ancient China when only the Emperor could possess the true yellow-gold colored fish. 金魚 is why alternate coloration such as orange, black, red, and white were bred. Many believe this is why colors other than yellow-gold are more common for "goldfish" found in pet shops today.

Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,
Gold Turns a Heart Black

China bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, / Gold Turns a Heart Black Wall Scroll

Literally this says: [Just as] white liquor makes people's faces turn red, [So] yellow gold makes people's hearts turn black.

This is a warning about the nature of greed. The suggestion is that one who lusts for gold and riches, will eventually have a black heart (or become a heartless greedy bastard). As a wall scroll, this is a reminder and warning to keep yourself from following the greedy path.

Gold / Metal

(One of the five elements)
China jīn
Japan kin
Gold / Metal Wall Scroll

金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.


Gold / Metal is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

Venus / Gold Star

China jīn xīng
Japan kinboshi / kinsei
Venus / Gold Star Wall Scroll

This literally means gold star. Most of the time, in the context of the sky, this refers to the planet Venus.

Away from the sky, this can refer to a dazzling victory (e.g. win of a rank-and-file wrestler over the grand champion), or be the Japanese surname Kinboshi.

In Buddhist context, this is Śukra, from Sanskrit for the planet Venus.

The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel

Japan bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi
The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel Wall Scroll

This is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior. Here's a couple versions of how this can be translated:

A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).


Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)


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

Time is Gold

China yī kè qiān jīn
Japan ikko ku sen kin
Time is Gold Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese proverb can be translated as, "time is gold," "every minute counts," "every moment is precious," "time is money," or "precious time."

Cherish

China zhēn ài
Cherish Wall Scroll

珍愛 means to cherish, to treasure, or to love dearly in Chinese.

Cherish

Japan hi zou
Cherish Wall Scroll

秘蔵 means to cherish, to treasure, or to prize in Japanese.

You are who you hang out with.

China āi jīn sì jīn āi yù sì yù
You are who you hang out with. Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [One who is] close to gold [is] like gold [and one who is] close to jade [is] like jade.

Figuratively, this means:
A good environment produces good people.
People are in influenced by the company they keep.

Basically, if you hang out with good people, you are likely to become or stay good yourself. The opposite also being true. This is like the moral version of "You are what you eat."


Note: In Japanese, they have a similar phrase, 類は友を呼ぶ (rui wa tomo o yobu) Birds of a feather flock together. However, this is not a good meaning, so we're not offering it for wall scrolls.

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements Wall Scroll

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

Precious

Japan tattoi
Precious Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means precious, valuable, priceless, noble, exalted, or sacred.

Wealth / Fortune / Riches / Abundance

China
Japan tomi
Wealth / Fortune / Riches / Abundance Wall Scroll

The title says it all; this word is clearly understood in Chinese and Japanese as well as Korean Hanja.

Wealth / Riches / Fortune

China cái fù
Wealth / Riches / Fortune Wall Scroll

財富 means wealth or riches in Chinese.

Hanging this on your wall will label you as a "lover of money" or a "greedy person." Order this, only if you don't mind being seen in this light.

Yen

Japanese Currency
China yuán
Japan yen
Yen Wall Scroll

円 / 圓 is Yen, the Japanese currency.

円 / 圓 is actually the Japanese variant of the original Chinese 圓 or 圆. It means circle, entirety, whole, full, or complete. It was actually the slang usage that became money, dough, or moola.

Occasionally, this is used as a given name, or other interesting uses. This version of the character is almost never used in Chinese, unless referring to Japanese money.

Unless you have a specific reason to request it, this is a strange selection for a wall scroll.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Money 錢 / 銭
senqián / qian2 / qian ch`ien / chien
Money
Wealth
金錢 / 金銭
金钱
kin sen / kinsenjīn qián / jin1 qian2 / jin qian / jinqian chin ch`ien / chinchien / chin chien
Time is Money 時は金なりtoki wa kane nari
tokiwakanenari
Precious
Treasure
貴重品ki chou hin
kichouhin
ki cho hin
kichohin
Treasure 珍寶
珍宝
chin hou / chinhou / chin ho / chinhozhēn bǎo / zhen1 bao3 / zhen bao / zhenbao chen pao / chenpao
Treasure
takarabǎo / bao3 / bao pao
Treasure 財寶
财宝
zaihou / zaihocái bǎo / cai2 bao3 / cai bao / caibao ts`ai pao / tsaipao / tsai pao
Time is as Precious as Gold 惜時如金
惜时如金
xí shí rú jīn
xi2 shi2 ru2 jin1
xi shi ru jin
xishirujin
hsi shih ju chin
hsishihjuchin
A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold
春宵一刻shunshouikkoku
shunshoikoku
Goldfish 金魚
金鱼
kin gyo / kingyojīn yú / jin1 yu2 / jin yu / jinyu chin yü / chinyü
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.