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Bestfriends in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Best Friends
  2. Best Friends / Buddies
  3. Best Friends / Closest Friend
  4. Extremely Good Friends
  5. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever
  6. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
  7. Together Forever in Love
  8. Together Forever
  9. Forever In My Heart
10. Together Forever
11. Eternal Friendship...
12. Friend / Friendship
13. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
14. Friend
15. No Worries


Best Friends

China zhì jiāo
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This an alternate way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "most", "extreme" or "best". The second character means "making friends" or "building friendship". There's sort of a suggestion with the second character that fate caused you to intersect in life and become friends (that character can mean intersection in some context).

This can also mean "most intimate friend", "very good friend of long standing", or "closest friend".


See Also...  Friendship | Soulmates

Best Friends / Buddies

China qīn yǒu
Japan shin yuu
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This is the Japanese way to say "best friend".

The first character can mean "relative" or sometimes "parents". The second character means "friend". Think about the close relationship that Japanese people have with their parents and relatives, and this starts to mean "close friends".

Some Japanese-English dictionaries also translate this as "bosom friend", "old friend", "intimate friend", "buddy", "crony" or "chum".

Note that in Chinese, this has the meaning of "relatives and friends". It's a good meaning in Chinese, but it's not quite the same as "best friends".

Best Friends / Closest Friend

China zhì yǒu
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This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "most", "extreme" or "best".
The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in China).

Can also be translated as "close friend" or "most intimate friend".


See Also...  Friendship | Soulmates

Extremely Good Friends

Japan bakugyakunotomo
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This is Japanese expressing meaning, "extremely good friends" or "best friends".

Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

Chinese
China yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
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This is exactly what the title suggests. This means friends that are eternal or a friendship that will last forever - you will remain the best of friends as long as you live.

The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

The middle character links the words (it's a possessive article).

The last two characters represent friendship, or simply "friends".

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
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This can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


See Also...  I Love You

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Japanese Only
Japan sai ai
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This Japanese word means the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.

Together Forever in Love

China yǒng yuǎn ài zài yī qǐ
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This is "together forever in love" in Chinese.

It's a nice phrase if you're a couple who plans to stay together and make your love last as long as you live.

Together Forever

China yǒng yuǎn zài yī qǐ
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This is "together forever" in Chinese.

This is a great idea for couples making a commitment of a lifetime.

Forever In My Heart

Japanese
Japan i tsu ma de mo watashi no kokoro no naka ni
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This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Japanese.

Forever In My Heart

Chinese
China yǒng yuǎn zài wǒ xīn zhōng
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This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Chinese.

Forever In My Heart

Chinese
China yǒng yuǎn zài wǒ xīn
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This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Chinese.

This is the shorter, somewhat lyrical version of this phrase.

永遠 forever / eternal
在 at / in / exists
我 me / myself / my
心 heart / mind / soul

Forever In My Heart

Japanese
Japan ei en ni watashi no kokoro no naka ni
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This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
永遠 (eien) eternity; perpetuity; immortality; permanence.
に (ni) indicates location of a person or thing.
私の (watashi no) my; mine.
心の中 (kokoro no naka) the middle of one's mind; the midst of one's heart.
に (ni) indicates location of a person or thing (makes this "in" the middle of one's heart).


Note: There's more than one way to say "Forever in My Heart" in Japanese, so you'll find another version in our database. This is the very verbose version.

Together Forever

Japan zutto issho
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This is "together forever" in Japanese.

The first three characters mean "continuously", "throughout", "all along", "the whole time", or "all the way".

The last two Kanji mean "together".

Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever

Japanese
Japan ei en no yuu
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The first two characters mean eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "Love, of the eternal kind".

The last character is "friend" or "Friendship".


See Also...  Best Friends

Friend / Friendship

Single Character
China yǒu
Japan tomo
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This is the simplest way to express the idea of friends or friendship in Chinese. It can mean friend, companion, or pal in Japanese. In Korean, it can mean friend, companion, or associate.

This single characters is open to interpretation, so it can mean different things to different people (not necessarily a bad thing, as you can decide what it means to you). If you want a more concisely-defined word, you should probably pick one of our multi-character friendship-related words.


See Also...  Best Friends | Friendly | Friendship

Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

China zhì yǒu
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This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "honest" or "most sincere". The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in Chinese).


See Also...  Friendship | Soulmates

Friend

Japanese
Japan tomo dachi
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This is the most common way to say "friend" in Japanese.


See Also...  Best Friends | Friendly | Friendship

No Worries

China fàng xīn
Japan houshin
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My Australian friends always say "No worries mate". It's caught on with me, though I drop the "mate" part since it confuses my fellow Americans.

If you would like to express the idea of "no worries" this is the best and most natural way to say it in Chinese.

The characters you see to the left can be translated as "put your mind at rest" or "to be at ease". You could literally translate "no worries" but it doesn't "flow" like this simple Chinese version.

For your info, the first character means to release, to free, to let go, to relax, or to rest. The second character means your heart or your mind.

Note that in Japanese and Korean, this holds the similar meaning of "peace of mind", but can also mean absentmindedness or carelessness depending on context.


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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...

Adam
Aikido
Ambition
Army
Autumn
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Becky
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Bodhi
Bodhi Tree
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Bushido
Cause and Effect
Charles
Chelsea
Cherry Blossom
Courage
Crane
Destiny
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Esther
Female
Feng Shui
First
First Born Son
Fish
Flowers
Flying
Forever
Forever in My Heart
Ghost
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold
Gold Fish
Good
Good Fortune
Good Luck
Grace from Heaven
Great
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Guang
Harmony
Home
Honest
Honesty
Horse
I Love You
I Need You
Iris Flower
Janet
Jasmine Flower
Jenny
Jessica
Jody
Josephine
Karate
Kimberly
Knight
Koi Fish
Learn
Little
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live the Moment
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love and Respect
Love for Humanity
Love Forever
Love Life
Luck
Lucky
Luke
Martha
Megan
Moon
Mother
Mountain
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Never
New Year
No Regrets
Noah
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Patrick
Peace
Peace of Mind
Pearl
Plum
Power of the Dragon
Quiet
Reason
Rich
Richard
River
Serenity
Sincerity and Devotion
Soulmates
Star
Strength
Strength and Courage
Strong
Sucess
The Saint
Three
Tiger
Tigers
Tree
Tyler
Vicki
Victoria
Warrior
White
Whore
Wisdom
Woman
Xi Shi
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang
You Are My One Love

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
Best Friends至交
至交
n/azhì jiāo
zhi jiao
chih chiao
zhi4 jiao1
zhijiao
Best Friends / Buddies亲友
親友
shin yuu
shinyuu
shin yu
qīn yǒu
qin you
ch`in yu
qin1 you3
qinyou
chinyu
chin yu
Best Friends / Closest Friend至友
至友
n/azhì yǒu
zhi you
chih yu
zhi4 you3
zhiyou
Extremely Good Friends莫逆の友
莫逆の友
bakugyakunotomon/a
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever永远的朋友
永遠的朋友
n/ayǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
yong yuan de peng you
yung yüan te p`eng yu
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yongyuandepengyou
yungyüantepengyu
yung yüan te peng yu
Best Love / Most Sincere Love至爱
至愛
n/azhì ài
zhi ai
chih ai
zhi4 ai4
zhiai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love最愛
最愛
sai ai
saiai
n/a
Together Forever in Love永远爱在一起
永遠愛在一起
n/ayǒng yuǎn ài zài yī qǐ
yong yuan ai zai yi qi
yung yüan ai tsai i ch`i
yong3 yuan3 ai4 zai4 yi1 qi3
yongyuanaizaiyiqi
yungyüanaitsaiichi
yung yüan ai tsai i chi
Together Forever永远在一起
永遠在一起
n/ayǒng yuǎn zài yī qǐ
yong yuan zai yi qi
yung yüan tsai i ch`i
yong3 yuan3 zai4 yi1 qi3
yongyuanzaiyiqi
yungyüantsaiichi
yung yüan tsai i chi
Forever In My Heartいつまでも私の心の中に
いつまでも私の心の中に
i tsu ma de mo watashi no kokoro no naka nin/a
Forever In My Heart永远在我心中
永遠在我心中
n/ayǒng yuǎn zài wǒ xīn zhōng
yong yuan zai wo xin zhong
yung yüan tsai wo hsin chung
yong3 yuan3 zai4 wo3 xin1 zhong1
yongyuanzaiwoxinzhong
Forever In My Heart永远在我心
永遠在我心
n/ayǒng yuǎn zài wǒ xīn
yong yuan zai wo xin
yung yüan tsai wo hsin
yong3 yuan3 zai4 wo3 xin1
yongyuanzaiwoxin
Forever In My Heart永遠に私の心の中に
永遠に私の心の中に
ei en ni watashi no kokoro no naka nin/a
Together Foreverずっと一緒
ずっと一緒
zutto issho
zuttoissho
zutto isho
n/a
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友
永遠の友
ei en no yuu
eiennoyuu
ei en no yu
n/a
Friend / Friendship
tomoyǒu
you
yu
you3
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend挚友
摯友
n/azhì yǒu
zhi you
chih yu
zhi4 you3
zhiyou
Friend (Japanese)友达
友達
tomo dachi
tomodachi
n/a
No Worries放心
放心
houshin
hoshin
fàng xīn
fang xin
fang hsin
fang4 xin1
fangxin

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 "bestfriends" 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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