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Bird in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Bird
  2. Flying Ace / Aviator / Bird Man
  3. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark
  4. Black Eagle / Condor
  5. Swan / White Crane
  6. Sparrow
  7. Eagle / Falcon / Hawk
  8. Black Raven
  9. White Crane
10. Crane
11. Bad Experience, Caution Lingers
12. Swallow


Bird

China niǎo
Japan tori
Bird Wall Scroll

鳥 is simply the word for bird in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

鳥 can also mean fowl, poultry, cock or chicken.

Flying Ace / Aviator / Bird Man

Japan chou jin
Flying Ace / Aviator / Bird Man Wall Scroll

鳥人 means "bird man" or "bird person" but it used colloquially in Japanese to mean a flying ace or aviator.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

China xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark Wall Scroll

This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915


This quote is not sourced, and therefore several variations exist in English. Some suggest the original was in the Bengali language.

This, of course, is the Chinese translation which has the meaning of, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark."

Black Eagle / Condor

China jiù
Japan washi
Black Eagle / Condor Wall Scroll

鷲 is the way to write black eagle, or condor in Chinese. It means eagle (sometimes vulture) in Japanese Kanji. 鷲 hasn't been in common use in Korean for hundreds of years, so it's hard to say what bird it represented in old Korean Hanja.

There are other multi-character words which express different specific species of birds of prey (bald eagle, osprey, golden eagle, etc).


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

Swan / White Crane

Japan hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane Wall Scroll

白鳥 is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for white swan (Cygnus Bechstein).

The title literally means white-feathered bird. This title can also be used to refer to a white crane.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Hakuchou.

Sparrow

China má què
Japan maa jan
Sparrow Wall Scroll

麻雀 is the common and specific name for a hemp sparrow bird in Chinese.

This was also the original name for the game known commonly as Mahjong. You will still see boxes of Mahjong tiles with the title 麻雀 for sparrow instead of the modern 麻將 in Southern China. This title is also used for Mahjong in Japan.

Eagle / Falcon / Hawk

China yīng
Japan taka
Eagle / Falcon / Hawk Wall Scroll

鷹 is the way to write eagle, falcon, or hawk in Chinese. It means hawk or falcon in Japanese Kanji, and simply "eagle" in old Korean Hanja. Though we have different words for them in English, eagles, falcons, and hawks are all seen as the same general type of bird in Asian languages.

If you are looking for the Dutch surname Valk, or the German surname Falco by meaning, this would be a good character for you.


There are other multi-character words (most of them contain this character) which express different specific species of birds of prey (bald eagle, osprey, golden eagle, etc). If you need a more specific title, just post a special Asian calligraphy title request on our forum.

Black Raven

China
Japan karasu
Black Raven Wall Scroll

烏 can mean raven or crow but is also used as an alternate way to write the color black. Therefore, this is a symbol of the black raven (with emphasis on black). This can also mean rook or dark.


Notes: This can be the Japanese surname Karasu, or Chinese surname Wu.

White Crane

China bái hè
White Crane Wall Scroll

白鶴 means White Crane.

This title directly means "White Crane" in Chinese but in English, this particular crane is referred to as the "red-crowned crane" or "Grus Japonensis." This crane is mostly white with a red bill (crown).

Crane

Graceful bird of longevity
China
Japan gaku / tsuru
Crane Wall Scroll

鶴 is a famous bird of China. Known in China to be a very spiritual creature, the crane is a symbol of both longevity, and the journey of souls and spirits of ancestors.

Note: 鶴 can mean crane or stork in Japanese.

Bad Experience, Caution Lingers

A bird wounded by an arrow
China shāng gōng zhī niǎo
Japan shou kyuu no tori
Bad Experience, Caution Lingers Wall Scroll

This literally means, "bird wounded by an arrow."

Figuratively, this refers to a wounded or damaged person. It's very similar to the western proverb, "a person once bitten is twice shy." To explain further, this is about someone who has become overly cautious due to a bad experience.

This phrase is used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Swallow

China yàn
Japan yasushi
Swallow Wall Scroll

燕 is the single-character for the swallow (bird).

If you are a zoologist, this can refer to birds of the family Hirundinidae. Sometimes used to refer to Hirundo rustica (the barn swallow).

燕 is also a surname in China that romanizes as Yan. In fact, there were also several different Yan kingdoms in the ancient history of China (which is the origin of the surname).




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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bird
toriniǎo / niao3 / niao
Flying Ace
Aviator
Bird Man
鳥人chou jin / choujin / cho jin / chojin
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark 信唸是在黎明前的黑闇中能感到光明的鳥
信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟
xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3
xin nian shi zai li ming qian de hei an zhong neng gan dao guang ming de niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming ch`ien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming chien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
Black Eagle
Condor

washijiù / jiu4 / jiu chiu
Swan
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
hakucho/shirotori
Sparrow 麻雀maa jan / maajan / ma jan / majanmá què / ma2 que4 / ma que / maque ma ch`üeh / machüeh / ma chüeh
Eagle
Falcon
Hawk

takayīng / ying1 / ying
Black Raven
karasuwū / wu1 / wu
White Crane 白鶴
白鹤
bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihe pai ho / paiho
Crane
gaku / tsuruhè / he4 / he ho
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.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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