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Adapt and Overcome in Chinese / Japanese...

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Warriors Adapt and Overcome

Soldiers need a fluid plan
China bīng wú cháng shì shuǐ wú cháng xíng
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This literally translates as: Troops/soldiers/warriors have no fixed [battlefield] strategy [just as] water has no constant shape [but adapts itself to whatever container it is in].

Figuratively, this means: One should seek to find whatever strategy or method is best suited to resolving each individual problem.

This proverb is about as close as you can get to the military idea of "adapt improvise overcome". This is best way to express that idea in both an ancient way, and a very natural way in Chinese.

Ability to Adapt

Japan ouhen nouryoku
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This is, "the ability to take proper steps to meet the situation", "the ability to adapt oneself to the requirement of the moment", "the ability to adapt to circumstances", or "adapt and overcome", in Japanese Kanji.

Adapt Oneself

China yìng biàn
Japan ou hen
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This means, "to meet a contingency", "to adapt oneself to changes", or "to adapt to changes" in Chinese. It's also used in Japanese, but usually only in the context of Buddhism. This is probably the shortest way to express the idea of adapting and overcoming whatever circumstances present themselves.

Mind Like Water

Mizu No Kokoro
Japan mizu no kokoro
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This is the Japanese Buddhist and martial arts phrase, "mizu no kokoro", which means, "mind like water" or "heart of water".

The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it’s surroundings when calm, but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.




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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 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 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...

Aikido
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Ba Gua Zhang
Balanced Life
Bamboo
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Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
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Blessing
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Bonsai
Brotherly Love
Buddhism
Bushido
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Dragon Tiger
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Frog
God is Always With You
God is Love
God of Abraham
Gold
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Good Luck
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Hannah
Happiness
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Heart
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I Need You
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Leanne
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Life of Serenity
Like
Live for Today
Live Love Die
Long Life
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Lotus
Lotus Flower
Love
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Love and Peace
Love and Strength
Love Eternal
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Love You Forever
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Moon
Mother
Mugen
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Namo Amitabha Buddha
No Mind
One Life One Chance
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Sandra
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Taekwondo
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Year of the Dragon

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
Warriors Adapt and Overcome兵无常势水无常形
兵無常勢水無常形
n/abīng wú cháng shì shuǐ wú cháng xíng
bing wu chang shi shui wu chang xing
ping wu ch`ang shih shui wu ch`ang hsing
bing1 wu2 chang2 shi4 shui3 wu2 chang2 xing2
ping wu chang shih shui wu chang hsing
Ability to Adapt応変能力
応変能力
ouhen nouryoku
ouhennouryoku
ohen noryoku
n/a
Adapt Oneself应变
應變
ou hen
ouhen
o hen
yìng biàn
ying bian
ying pien
ying4 bian4
yingbian
Mind Like Water水の心
水の心
mizu no kokoro
mizunokokoro
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 "adapt and overcome" 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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