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Bird Scrolls in Chinese / Japanese...

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  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. Suzaku
11. Kingfisher
12. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
13. A Bright Future
14. Raven / Crow
15. Crane
16. Kingfisher
17. Falcon
18. Legendary Phoenix
19. Sparrow
20. Bad Experience, Caution Lingers
21. Kun
22. Swallow
23. Wings
24. Beauty of Nature
25. Phoenix
26. Tengu

Bird

China niǎo
Japan tori
Bird

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

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

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Suzaku

China zhū què
Japan suzaku
Suzaku

朱雀 is a Japanese surname that romanizes as Suzaku.

The meaning in Chinese and Japanese is "Vermilion Bird" or "Red Bird." 朱雀 is also the name of a Chinese start constellation (the seven mansions, or the god, who rules the southern sky).


This is not the only Japanese name that romanizes as Suzaku. Make sure you have the right one before you order.

Kingfisher

China cuì niǎo
Kingfisher

翠鳥 is the title for the kingfisher bird in Chinese.

翠 means bluish-green, or green jade.

鳥 means bird.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

China fèng huáng niè pán
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes." Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana."

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

A Bright Future

Incredible 10,000-Mile Flight of the Peng
China péng chéng wàn lǐ
A Bright Future

鵬程萬里 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to wish someone a long and successful career.

It's really about the 10,000 Flight of the Peng (Peng, also known as Roc is a mythical fish that can turn into a bird and take flight).

Zhuangzi

庄子 - Zhuangzi

Breaking down each character:
1. Peng or Roc (a kind of bird).
2. Journey (in this case, a flight).
3. 10,000 (Ten Thousand).
4. Li is a unit of distance often referred to as a "Chinese Mile," though the real distance is about half a kilometer.

Direct Translation: "Peng's Journey [of] 10,000 Li."
Literal meaning: "The 10,000-Li Flying Range Of The Roc."
Perceived meaning: "To have a bright future" or "To go far."

This proverb/idiom comes from the book of Zhuangzi. It tells the tale of a huge fish which could turn into a gigantic bird. This bird was called "peng" and was many miles long. This legendary size allowed the Peng to fly from the Northern Sea to the Southern Sea in a single bound.

Wishing someone "a Peng's Journey of 10,000 Li," will imply that they will be able to travel far without stopping, and will have great success, a long career, and a prosperous future.

Raven / Crow

China
Japan karasu
Raven / Crow

鴉 is raven or crow in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji. 鴉 is also an abbreviation for the Corvus species.

If this is your favorite bird, hang this symbol on your wall.


Note: Can also be the surname Karasu in Japanese.

Crane

Graceful bird of longevity
China
Japan gaku / tsuru
Crane

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.

Kingfisher

Japan kawasemi
Kingfisher

川蝉 is a common Japanese title for the kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

There are a few ways to name this little greenish bird in Japanese, so be aware, this is not the only or absolute kingfisher title.

Falcon

China
Falcon

鶻 is a Chinese character that means falcon. It can also refer to a migratory bird of prey.

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

Legendary Phoenix

China fèng huáng
Japan houou
Legendary Phoenix

鳳凰 is the word that translates as "Legendary Phoenix" in Chinese. This refers to the bird that according to Chinese folklore, rose from the fiery ashes.

The phoenix and dragon are by far the most famous creatures in Chinese mythology.

Sparrow

China què
Japan chie / suzume
Sparrow

雀 is the shortest way to say small bird, or sparrow in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

In Chinese, this can also be a colloquial way to speak of a freckle.

In Japanese, it's a nickname for a talkative person - not a bad thing, as it can also be a knowledgeable person

Bad Experience, Caution Lingers

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

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.

Kun

Sea Creature
China kūn
Japan kon
Kun

A 鲲 (Kun) is a famous sea monster, often associated or used interchangeably with a 鵬 (Peng).

鯤 is comparable to Leviathan or Jonah's whale.

In Chinese mythology, the Kun is a giant fish said to be able to turn into a bird.

鯤 and the mythological creature is also known in Japanese and Korean. However, in some context, this character can refer to fry (fish babies).

Swallow

China yàn
Japan yasushi
Swallow

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).

Wings

China
Japan yoku / tsubasa
Wings

翼 is the shortest way to say "wing" or "wings" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can be the wings of a bird or aircraft (including the rotors of a helicopter or rotor wing).

Single characters like this are often ambiguous and have many additional meanings. This character, depending on context, can mean the following:
Area surrounding the bullseye of a target; to assist; The Chinese surname Yi; "Wings" constellation (one of the 28 mansions of Chinese astronomy).

Beauty of Nature

Ka-Chou-Fuu-Getsu
Japan ka chou fuu getsu
Beauty of Nature

花鳥風月 is the Japanese Kanji proverb for "Beauties of Nature."

The dictionary definition is, "the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics."

The Kanji each represents an element of nature that constitute beauty in traditional Japanese art and culture.

The Kanji breakdown:
花 = ka = flower (also pronounced "hana")
鳥 = chou = bird (also pronounced "tori").
風 = fuu = wind (also pronounced "kaze").
月 = getsu = moon (also pronounced "tsuki")

Phoenix (male)

China fèng
Japan ootori
Phoenix (male)

鳳 is the simplest way to write "Phoenix" in Chinese. Because dragon is usually expressed as a single character, when you see "dragon and phoenix" written in Chinese, you'll often see this single-character version.

Please note, this is also the male element of phoenix, so it also means "male phoenix bird." However some Chinese people may argue that the phoenix has a female characteristic, regardless of which character you use.

Tengu

China tiān gǒu
Japan ten gu
Tengu

天狗 is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as, "heavenly dog."

Tengu are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings).

The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese any more. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)

Although the title contains the word "dog," the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.

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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 / jiuchiu
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 / maquema 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 / baihepai ho / paiho
Suzaku朱雀suzakuzhū què / zhu1 que4 / zhu que / zhuquechu ch`üeh / chuchüeh / chu chüeh
Kingfisher翠鳥
翠鸟
cuì niǎo / cui4 niao3 / cui niao / cuiniaots`ui niao / tsuiniao / tsui niao
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes鳳凰涅磐
凤凰涅磐
fèng huáng niè pán
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nie pan
fenghuangniepan
feng huang nieh p`an
fenghuangniehpan
feng huang nieh pan
A Bright Future鵬程萬里
鹏程万里
péng chéng wàn lǐ
peng2 cheng2 wan4 li3
peng cheng wan li
pengchengwanli
p`eng ch`eng wan li
pengchengwanli
peng cheng wan li
Raven
Crow

karasuyā / ya1 / ya
Crane
gaku / tsuruhè / he4 / heho
Kingfisher川蝉kawasemi
Falcon
hú / hu2 / hu
Legendary Phoenix鳳凰
凤凰
houou / hofèng huáng
feng4 huang2
feng huang
fenghuang
Sparrowchie / suzumequè / que4 / quech`üeh / chüeh
Bad Experience, Caution Lingers傷弓之鳥
伤弓之鸟
shou kyuu no tori
shoukyuunotori
sho kyu no tori
shokyunotori
shāng gōng zhī niǎo
shang1 gong1 zhi1 niao3
shang gong zhi niao
shanggongzhiniao
shang kung chih niao
shangkungchihniao
Kun
konkūn / kun1 / kunk`un / kun
Swallowyasushiyàn / yan4 / yanyen
Wings
yoku / tsubasayì / yi4 / yii
Beauty of Nature花鳥風月ka chou fuu getsu
kachoufuugetsu
ka cho fu getsu
kachofugetsu
Phoenix (male)
ootori / otorifèng / feng4 / feng
Tengu天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangout`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou
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

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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.


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