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| 1. Crane
2. White Crane
3. Swan / White Crane
4. White Crane Fist
| 5. Construction Crane|
6. Wu Xing Fist
7. Jin Ji Du Li
8. Every Creature Has A Domain
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: This character can mean crane or stork in Japanese.
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.
A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name. This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.
In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2014, construction has barely slowed.
If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane."
The first line (which is the column on the right) says, "The Ocean is the World of the Dragon." The next column says, "The Clouds are the Domain of the Cranes."
海為龍世界雲是鶴家鄉 is a somewhat poetic way to say that everyone and everything has its place in the world.
The image to the right is what this calligraphy can look like in xing-kaishu style by Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|gaku / tsuru||hè / he4 / he||ho|
|bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihe||pai ho / paiho|
|白鳥||hakuchou / shirotori|
hakucho / shirotori
|White Crane Fist||白鶴拳|
bai2 he4 quan2
bai he quan
|pai ho ch`üan
pai ho chüan
|kijuuki / kijuki||qǐ zhòng jī
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qi zhong ji
|ch`i chung chi
chi chung chi
|Wu Xing Fist||五形拳||gokeiken||wǔ xíng quán
wu3 xing2 quan2
wu xing quan
|wu hsing ch`üan
wu hsing chüan
|Jin Ji Du Li||金雞獨立|
|kin kei doku ritsu|
|jīn jī dú lì
jin1 ji1 du2 li4
jin ji du li
|chin chi tu li
|Every Creature Has A Domain||海為龍世界雲是鶴家鄉|
|hǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
hai3 wei2 long2 shi4 jie4 yun2 shi4 he4 jia1 xiang1
hai wei long shi jie yun shi he jia xiang
|hai wei lung shih chieh yün shih ho chia hsiang|
|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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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.
When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
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.
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.
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.
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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