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Balance in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Balance / Peace
  2. Balance / Equilibrium
  3. Harmony / Balance
  4. Universe in Balance / Balanced Universe
  5. Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature
  6. Life in Balance / Balancing Life
  7. Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature
  8. Life in Harmony / Balanced Life
  9. Yin Yang
10. Feng Shui
11. Peace of Mind
12. Fair / Impartial
13. Moderation


Balance / Peace

China píng
Japan hira
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This is a single-character that means balance in Chinese, but it's not too direct or too specific about what kind of balance. Chinese people often like calligraphy art that is a little vague or mysterious. In this way, you can decide what it means to you, and you'll be right.

This character is also part of a word that means peace in Chinese, Japanese and old Korean.

Some alternate translations of this single character include: balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, smooth or flat.

Note that in Japanese, this just means "level" or "flat" by itself (not the best choice for balance if your audience is Japanese).

Balance / Equilibrium

China jūn héng
Japan kin kou
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This means balance or equilibrium. This title is best for a Japanese audience where the word suggests that you life is in balance in all matters (or is a reminder for you to try and keep all matters in balance).

Harmony / Balance

China hé xié
Japan wa kai
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This word means harmonious, harmony, concordant, or balanced in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

In Korean Hanja, it sometimes means reconciliation or compromise.


See Also...  Peace

Universe in Balance / Balanced Universe

China yǔ zhòu píng héng
Japan u chuu hei kou
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This proverb is simply Universe Balanced (we might say "Balanced Universe" in English).

The first two characters mean Universe. However, in some context, it can mean cosmic, cosmos, or outer space.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced (can also mean equilibrium).

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China shēng tài píng héng
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This title is about the way and balance of nature.

The first two characters mean nature or the way of life.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Note: We have two versions of this title on our website. This is the one we recommend, as it is a little more natural (no pun intended).

Life in Balance / Balancing Life

The art of balancing your life
China píng héng rén shēng
Japan hei kou jin sei
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This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.

The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.

The last two characters mean "life". Literally "human life".

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China zì rán píng héng
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This title means "nature balanced".

The first two characters mean nature (as in mother nature, or all biological life).
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japanese only
Japan shizenkai no kinkou
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This is a verbose way to say "nature in balance" in Japanese

The first three Kanji have the meaning of "the natural world" or "the natural kingdom" (kind of like animal kingdom, but including plants, and all things biological).
The third character is a Hiragana that acts to connect the two ideas here.
The last two Kanji mean equilibrium or balance.

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japanese only
Japan shizen no cho wa
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This title means "nature in harmony" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean nature (as in mother nature, or the natural world).
The middle Hiragana is a possessive article that connects the two ideas.
The last two Kanji mean "in harmony" or "in balance".

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Harmonious Life
China hé xié shēng huó
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This title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two characters regard the idea of balance, harmony, and peace.

The second two characters mean "life". More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living. Some would translate those two characters as "one's daily existence".


Note: We have a couple of titles for this idea. This version is more of a noun, thus "The Balanced Life" verses a verb form like "Balancing [Your] Life".

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Japanese
Japan cho wa sei katsu
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This Japanese title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two Kanji mean harmonious or in harmony.

The second two Kanji mean "life". More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living.

Yin Yang

China yīn yáng
Japan in you
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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

Feng Shui

China fēng shuǐ
Japan fuu sui
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This is the famous technique and approach to arranging your home externally around natural features, and internally to create balance and peace.

These two characters literally mean "wind water". Obviously the title is far more simple than the concept behind this subject.

It may enlighten you slightly to know that the character for "wind" can also mean "style", "custom" or "manner" in some context. This may apply somewhat to this title.

In a very technical sense, this title is translated as "Chinese geomancy".

Peace of Mind

China hé píng
Japan wa hei
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This is the Chinese order for these two characters which means peace but can also be translated as amicability, pacifically or mildness. This is often translated as a simple way to say "peace of mind". This combination is used in Korean Hanja to mean "peace and harmony".

Alone, the first character means peace and harmony.
The second chracter means balance, when read by itself.

Note: These characters are often seen in the opposite order in Japanese with the same meaning (You'll sometimes find them in this order in Japan, so either way is OK).

Fair / Impartial

China gōng píng
Japan kouhei
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This word means impartial, fairness, and justice in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

This character, on your wall, should be used to remind yourself to be fair and just in all situations of life.


See Also...  Justice

Moderation

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
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Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.

This word can also be translated as sobriety, self-restraint, or temperance.

This is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.


See Also...  Prudence | Ethics | Humble | Humility


Check dictionary for balance
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...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Allan
Autumn
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blessed By Heaven
Blossom
Bodhi Tree
Born
Bound
Brotherly Love
Buddhism
Bushido
Butterfly
Caitlyn
Cancer
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Control
Crane
Darkness
Daughter
Dick
Double Happiness
Down
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dream
Earth
Elizabeth
Erin
Eternity
Evil
Face
Fearless
Fish
Flowers
Flying
Forest
Forever
Fortitude
Fortune
Freedom
Ghost
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Good Fortune
Grace from Heaven
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Guan Yin
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Horse
Humility
Inner Peace
Inner Strength
Integrity
Iris Flower
Jesus
Joseph
Koi Fish
Leopard
Life in One Breath
Lion
Live for Today
Live in Prosperity
Long Life
Longevity
Luck
Michael
Moon
One Life One Chance
Pain
Peace
Pearl
People
Personal Fate Or Destiny
Pine
Priscilla
Prosperity
Protect
Qing
Rain and Wind
Roger
Scout
Shorinryu
Sniper
Spring
Stength
Strength
Strong and Beautiful
Suffering
Tess
The Saint
The Way
Tree
Victory
Warrior
Water
Way of the Sword
White
Winter
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

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
Balance / Peace
hirapíng
ping
p`ing
ping2
ping
ping
Balance / Equilibrium均衡
均衡
kin kou
kinkou
kin ko
jūn héng
jun heng
chün heng
jun1 heng2
junheng
Harmony / Balance和谐
和諧
wa kai
wakai
hé xié
he xie
ho hsieh
he2 xie2
hexie
Universe in Balance / Balanced Universe宇宙平衡
宇宙平衡
u chuu hei kou
uchuuheikou
u chu hei ko
yǔ zhòu píng héng
yu zhou ping heng
yü chou p`ing heng
yu3 zhou4 ping2 heng2
yuzhoupingheng
yüchoupingheng
yü chou ping heng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature生态平衡
生態平衡
n/ashēng tài píng héng
sheng tai ping heng
sheng t`ai p`ing heng
sheng1 tai4 ping2 heng2
shengtaipingheng
shengtaipingheng
sheng tai ping heng
Life in Balance / Balancing Life平衡人生
平衡人生
hei kou jin sei
heikoujinsei
hei ko jin sei
píng héng rén shēng
ping heng ren sheng
p`ing heng jen sheng
ping2 heng2 ren2 sheng1
pinghengrensheng
pinghengjensheng
ping heng jen sheng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature自然平衡
自然平衡
n/azì rán píng héng
zi ran ping heng
tzu jan p`ing heng
zi4 ran2 ping2 heng2
ziranpingheng
tzujanpingheng
tzu jan ping heng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature自然界の均衡
自然界の均衡
shizenkai no kinkou
shizenkainokinkou
shizenkai no kinko
n/a
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature自然の調和
自然の調和
shizen no cho wa
shizennochowa
n/a
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life和谐生活
和諧生活
n/ahé xié shēng huó
he xie sheng huo
ho hsieh sheng huo
he2 xie2 sheng1 huo2
hexieshenghuo
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life調和生活
調和生活
cho wa sei katsu
chowaseikatsu
n/a
Yin Yang阴阳
陰陽
in you
inyou
in yo
yīn yáng
yin yang
yin1 yang2
yinyang
Feng Shui风水
風水
fuu sui
fuusui
fu sui
fēng shuǐ
feng shui
feng1 shui3
fengshui
Peace of Mind和平
和平
wa hei
wahei
hé píng
he ping
ho p`ing
he2 ping2
heping
hoping
ho ping
Fair / Impartial公平
公平
kouhei
kohei
gōng píng
gong ping
kung p`ing
gong1 ping2
gongping
kungping
kung ping
Moderation节制
節制
sessei
sesei
jié zhì
jie zhi
chieh chih
jie2 zhi4
jiezhi

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 "balance" 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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