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A New Beginning in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. New Life
  2. New Beginning
  3. Shodan
  4. Lion Dance
  5. Good Luck / Good Fortune
  6. Never Forget Your First Resolution


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.

New Life

Japanese
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.

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".

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).

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.

New Beginning

Japan kotohajime
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This is a Japanese word that means taking up a new line of work or the beginning of new things.

In other context, it can refer to starting the preparations for New Year's festivities or resuming work after the New Year's vacation.

Shodan

Japan sho dan
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This Japanese Kanji word literally means, "beginning degree". This is the lowest black belt rank in Japanese martial arts and the game of Go.

The first Kanji means first, new, or beginning in Japanese.

Other ways to translate this title include, "lowest grade" or "first grade".

Lion Dance

China wǔ shī
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This is the Chinese title for "lion dance".

This is the traditional Chinese costumed dance seen at festivals (especially Chinese new years), ceremonies, and often at the beginning of Chinese martial arts events.

Good Luck / Good Fortune

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Japan fuku
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This Character is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.

The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).

One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.

This character literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.


See Also...  Lucky

Never Forget Your First Resolution

Never Lose Your Beginner's Spirit
Japan sho shin wasu ru be ka ra zu
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This is an old Japanese proverb that suggests you try to never forget the enthusiasm you had as a child when you try new things (or even face the day-to-day). Basically avoid having a mundane attitude that many people get with age.

You'll find this Japanese proverb translated a few different ways. Here are some of them:
Don't forget your first resolution.
Never forget your child-like enthusiasm.
Forget not the the beginner's mind.
Try never to lose your initial enthusiasm (freshness of attitude).


Note: This is sometimes written as 初心忘る可からず. The one shown above is used about 10x more often. There's only one character difference between the two versions.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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

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

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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


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

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




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Adventure
Anita
Courage
Dawn
Dream Big
Earth
Enough
Family
Fist
Flores
God is Love
Harmony
Heart Mind and Soul
Jesus
Leah
Life
Love and Strength
Love God
Michael
Strength
Strong
Unity
Victor
Warrior
Water
Wishes

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
New Life新生
新生
waka ki
wakaki
xīn shēng
xin sheng
hsin sheng
xin1 sheng1
xinsheng
New Life新生活
新生活
shin sei katsu
shinseikatsu
n/a
New Beginning新的开始
新的開始
n/axīn de kāi shǐ
xin de kai shi
hsin te k`ai shih
xin1 de kai1 shi3
xindekaishi
hsintekaishih
hsin te kai shih
New Beginning伊始
伊始
n/ayī shǐ
yi shi
i shih
yi1 shi3
yishi
New Beginning新たな始まり
新たな始まり
arata na hajimari
aratanahajimari
n/a
New Beginning事始め
事始め
kotohajimen/a
Shodan初段
初段
sho dan
shodan
n/a
Lion Dance舞狮
舞獅
n/awǔ shī
wu shi
wu shih
wu3 shi1
wushi
Good Luck / Good Fortune
fuku
fu
fu2
Never Forget Your First Resolution初心忘るべからず
初心忘るべからず / 初心忘る可からず
sho shin wasu ru be ka ra zu
shoshinwasurubekarazu
n/a

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "a new beginning" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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