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Bear in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Bear
  2. White Bear / Polar Bear
  3. Polar Bear
  4. Panda Bear
  5. Giant Panda

Bear

Animal
China xióng
Japan kuma
Bear

熊 is the way to write "bear" (as in the animal) in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. If you are a bear fanatic, this is the wall scroll for you.

熊 is not specific to species, such as panda bear, polar bear, brown bear, etc.


If you need a more specific title, just post a special Asian calligraphy title request on our forum.


See Also:  Panda

White Bear / Polar Bear

China bái xióng
Japan haguma / shirokuma
White Bear / Polar Bear

This literally means "white bear."

白熊 is a way to say "polar bear" (Ursus maritimus) in Chinese and Japanese.

This can also be the Japanese surname Shirokuma.

Polar Bear

China běi jí xióng
Japan hokkyokuguma
Polar Bear

北極熊 means polar bear (Ursus maritimus), in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Panda Bear

China xióng māo
Panda Bear

熊貓 is how to write "panda" in Chinese. 熊貓 is kind of a generic term that is applied to all pandas. When most people think of panda bears, they are really thinking of the "giant panda" which has black and white fur.

The literal meaning of these characters are "bear cat." Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears."

Panda Bear

Japan pan da
Panda Bear

パンダ is how to write "panda" in Japanese. It's a phonetic title, written in Katakana that sounds almost exactly like the English word Panda.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Giant Panda

China dà xióng māo
Giant Panda

大熊貓 is how to write "giant panda" in Chinese. 大熊貓 is specific to the "giant panda" which has black and white fur. Not to be confused with other types of smaller pandas in China.

The literal meaning of these characters is "great/big bear cat." Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears."


Note: In Japanese, they only express Giant Panda in Katakana, which is ジャイアント パンダ” (Jaianto Panda). So we have not included that for wall scroll orders.

Search for Bear in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bearkumaxióng / xiong2 / xionghsiung
White Bear
Polar Bear
白熊haguma / shirokumabái xióng
bai2 xiong2
bai xiong
baixiong
pai hsiung
paihsiung
Polar Bear北極熊
北极熊
hokkyokuguma
hokyokuguma
běi jí xióng
bei3 ji2 xiong2
bei ji xiong
beijixiong
pei chi hsiung
peichihsiung
Panda Bear熊貓
熊猫
xióng māo
xiong2 mao1
xiong mao
xiongmao
hsiung mao
hsiungmao
Panda Bearパンダpan da / panda
Giant Panda大熊貓
大熊猫
dà xióng māo
da4 xiong2 mao1
da xiong mao
daxiongmao
ta hsiung mao
tahsiungmao
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.



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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.

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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.


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