We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Moon on a wall scroll or portrait.
Quick links to words on this page...
| 1. Bamboo Moon
4. Yin Yang
| 6. August
10. Month of March
|11. The Month of May|
13. Great Expectations
月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon." Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.
With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.
The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).
月 is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
This character is also used to refer to the month. 月 is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.
If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).
月光 is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for moonlight.
This can also be used to describe a moonbeam, and can be a given name all three languages (pronounced as Rumi when used as a female given name in Japanese).
These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon."
Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.
See Also: Taoism
四月 is April in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This was originally the fourth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fourth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "fourth month" or "fourth moon."
八月 is the month of August in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
These characters literally mean "eighth month" or "eighth moon."
In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yatsuki, in much the same way August can be a female given name in English.
二月 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the month of February.
This literally means the "second month" or "second moon" (of the year).
七月 is how Chinese and Japanese express July (also used in old Korean Hanja). These characters literally mean "seventh month" or "seventh moon."
六月 is the month of June in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This was originally the sixth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "sixth month" or "sixth moon."
三月 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Chinese way to write the month of March.
This literally reads as "third month" or "third moon."
五月 is the month of May in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This was originally the fifth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "fifth month" or "fifth moon."
Note: Sometimes Japanese parents will use this as a female given name, and use "Mei" (the sound of May in English) as the pronunciation.
十月 is how Chinese and Japanese express October (also used in old Korean Hanja). These characters literally mean "tenth month" or "tenth moon."
This character holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.
望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.
望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Bamboo Moon||月竹||tsuki take / tsukitake||yuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhu||yüeh chu / yüehchu|
|Moon||月||tsuki||yuè / yue4 / yue||yüeh|
|Moonlight||月光||gekkou / geko||yuè guāng
|in you / inyou / in yo / inyo||yīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang|
|April||四月||shi gatsu / shigatsu||sì yuè / si4 yue4 / si yue / siyue||ssu yüeh / ssuyüeh|
|August||八月||hachigatsu / yatsuki||bā yuè / ba1 yue4 / ba yue / bayue||pa yüeh / payüeh|
|February||二月||futatsuki / nigatsu||èr yuè / er4 yue4 / er yue / eryue||erh yüeh / erhyüeh|
|July||七月||shichigatsu||qī yuè / qi1 yue4 / qi yue / qiyue||ch`i yüeh / chiyüeh / chi yüeh|
|June||六月||roku gatsu / rokugatsu||liù yuè / liu4 yue4 / liu yue / liuyue||liu yüeh / liuyüeh|
|Month of March||三月||mitsuki / sangatsu||sān yuè / san1 yue4 / san yue / sanyue||san yüeh / sanyüeh|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.