One Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scrolls

If you're searching for "One", it's hard to tell what you migth actually be looking for. The entries below might miss the mark. You can submit a request for a special title via our forum here.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. One
  2. Best / Number One
  3. One Day Seems Like 1000 Years
  4. One Good Deed Each Day
  5. One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils
  6. One Family Under Heaven
  7. Progress Day by Day


One

The number one
China
Japan ichi
One Wall Scroll

一 is "one" or "1" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

People keep searching for "one" but I'm not sure what you want. This would be a strange selection for a wall scroll, so please don't order it. Post a request on our forum if you want a phrase with "one" in it that you can't find on our site.

The "one" character is really simple, it's just one stroke. Two is two strokes and three is three strokes, from four and above, the characters get more complicated.

In some ways, the "one" character is too simple, it could be a stray mark, or added to a banking document. Therefore, the following banking anti-fraud character for "one" have developed over the last 1500 years in China and Japan:
壱 壹 弌

Best / Number One

Japan ichi ban
Best / Number One Wall Scroll

一番 is often used to mean "best" or "the best" in Japanese. It actually means "number one" in Japanese.

One Day Seems Like 1000 Years

Japan ichi jitsu sen shuu
One Day Seems Like 1000 Years Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb is really about missing someone.

一日千秋 is often used to express how hard it is to wait for someone's return, or to be away from someone.

Some will translate this as, "one day feels like a very long time," or "waiting for someone (something) is hard."

If we break down this Ichijitsusenshuu Kanji one-by-one, we get:
一 = one / a
日 = day / sun (can also represent time, or a date)
千 = 1000 / a thousand
秋 = autumn / fall

Together, 千秋 can mean, "autumn comes thousand times" (or 1000 years). It can also be read as 1000 periods of time.
So, you can read this as, "1 day is like 1000 years," or "1 day is like 1000 years." Either way, it relays the idea of heartache as you wait for someone that you miss.

One Good Deed Each Day

China yī rì yī shàn
Japan ichinichichizen
One Good Deed Each Day Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja phrase suggests doing a good deed each day, or doing one good turn a day.

It literally reads, "One Day, One Good (Deed)".

One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils

China yī zhèng yā bǎi xié
One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils Wall Scroll

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

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

One Family Under Heaven

China tiān xià yī jiā
Japan tenka ikka
One Family Under Heaven Wall Scroll

This proverb can also be translated as "The whole world is one family." It is used to mean that all humans are related under heaven.

The first two characters can be translated as "the world," "whole country," "descended from heaven," "earth under heaven," "the public" or "the ruling power."

The second two characters can mean "one family," "a household," "one's folks," "a house" or "a home." Usually this is read as "a family."

Note: This proverb can be understood in Japanese, though not commonly used.

Progress Day by Day

China rì jiàn
Progress Day by Day Wall Scroll

This Chinese word means to progress, increase, or change, day-by-day. It suggests something getting better one day at a time, or with each passing day.


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
One ichiyī / yi1 / yi i
Best
Number One
一番ichi ban / ichiban
One Day Seems Like 1000 Years 一日千秋ichi jitsu sen shuu
ichijitsusenshuu
ichi jitsu sen shu
ichijitsusenshu
One Good Deed Each Day 一日一善ichinichichizenyī rì yī shàn
yi1 ri4 yi1 shan4
yi ri yi shan
yiriyishan
i jih i shan
ijihishan
One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils 一正壓百邪
一正压百邪
yī zhèng yā bǎi xié
yi1 zheng4 ya1 bai3 xie2
yi zheng ya bai xie
yizhengyabaixie
i cheng ya pai hsieh
ichengyapaihsieh
One Family Under Heaven 天下一家tenka ikka / tenkaikka / tenka ika / tenkaikatiān xià yī jiā
tian1 xia4 yi1 jia1
tian xia yi jia
tianxiayijia
t`ien hsia i chia
tienhsiaichia
tien hsia i chia
Progress Day by Day 日漸
日渐
rì jiàn / ri4 jian4 / ri jian / rijian jih chien / jihchien
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.