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Crane in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Crane
  2. Construction Crane
  3. White Crane
  4. Swan / White Crane
  5. White Crane Fist
  6. Dragon Snake Tiger...
  7. Jin Ji Du Li
  8. Wu Xing Fist
  9. Every Creature Has A Domain


Crane

Graceful bird of longevity
China
Japan tsuru
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This 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.

Construction Crane

China qǐ zhòng jī
Japan kijuuki
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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, where 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 current level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere in preparation for the 2008 Olympics.

If you want the type of crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for the "vehicle crane". post your request on our Asian calligraphy forum if you need that title for some reason.

White Crane

China bái hè
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This 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).

Swan / White Crane

Japan hakuchou / shirotori
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This 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.

White Crane Fist

China bái hè
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This is the title for White Crane Fist style of martial arts. This is also known as "Baihequan" or "Fujian White Crane".

Dragon Snake Tiger
Leopard Crane

China lóng shé hǔ bào hè
Japan ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
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This is a list of the Chinese characters for the five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu in a comfortable order (meaning that they are in the proper order and will simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

Jin Ji Du Li

China jīn jī dú lì
Japan kin kei doku ritsu
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"Jin Ji Du Li", means "golden rooster stands on one leg".

This also called "crane stance" in English. This is used in wushu, karate and other forms of martial arts.

This can be pronounced, "kinkei dokuritsu" in Japanese, but it's rarely a title used in Japanese.

Wu Xing Fist

Five Forms Fist of Kung Fu
China wǔ xíng quán
Japan gokeiken
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This is "Wu Xing Fist" or "Five Form Fist". The forms refer to Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, and Leopard. This term is used in Kung Fu, and is recognized by both Chinese and Japanese practitioners of martial arts.

Every Creature Has A Domain

China hǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
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Every Creature has a Domain 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".

This 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.


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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...

Aikido
Ambition
Army
Autumn
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Bear
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Blossom
Bodhi Tree
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Bushido
Carlos
Cause and Effect
Charles
Cherry Blossom
Christopher
Cindy
Courage
Crane
Darren
Destiny
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Family First
Feng Shui
Flowers
Flying
Fortune
Francisco
Freedom
Ghost
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold
Good
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Guan Yin
Harmony
Health
Honest
Honesty
I Love You
I Need You
Iris Flower
Karate
Knight
Koi Fish
Learn
Liberty
Light
Live for Today
Live Laugh Love
Live Love Die
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love Always
Love and Respect
Love Life
Luck
Martha
Moon
Never
Never Forget
New Year
One Life Live It
One Life One Chance
Passionate Love
Pearl
Respect
Ricky
Sincerity and Devotion
Soulmates
Spirit of the Tiger
Steve
Strength
Strength and Courage
Tiger
Tigers
Tree
Trust in God
Warrior
Warriors
White
Whore
Wisdom
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
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
Crane
tsuru
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ho
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Construction Crane起重机
起重機
kijuuki
kijuki
qǐ zhòng jī
qi zhong ji
ch`i chung chi
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qizhongji
chichungchi
chi chung chi
White Crane白鹤
白鶴
n/abái hè
bai he
pai ho
bai2 he4
baihe
Swan / White Crane白鳥
白鳥
hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
n/a
White Crane Fist白鹤拳
白鶴拳
n/abái hè
bai he quan
pai ho ch`üan
bai2 he4 quan2
baihequan
paihochüan
pai ho chüan
Dragon Snake Tiger
Leopard Crane
龙蛇虎豹鹤
龍蛇虎豹鶴
ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
ryuuhebitorahyoutsuru
ryu hebi tora hyo tsuru
lóng shé hǔ bào hè
long she hu bao he
lung she hu pao ho
long2 she2 hu3 bao4 he4
longshehubaohe
Jin Ji Du Li金鸡独立
金雞獨立
kin kei doku ritsu
kinkeidokuritsu
jīn jī dú lì
jin ji du li
chin chi tu li
jin1 ji1 du2 li4
jinjiduli
Wu Xing Fist五形拳
五形拳
gokeikenwǔ xíng quán
wu xing quan
wu hsing ch`üan
wu3 xing2 quan2
wuxingquan
wuhsingchüan
wu hsing chüan
Every Creature Has A Domain海为龙世界云是鹤家乡
海為龍世界雲是鶴家鄉
n/ahǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
hai wei long shi jie yun shi he jia xiang
hai wei lung shih chieh yün shih ho chia hsiang
hai3 wei2 long2 shi4 jie4 yun2 shi4 he4 jia1 xiang1

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 "crane" 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.

Some people may refer to this entry as Crane Kanji, Crane Characters, Crane in Mandarin Chinese, Crane Characters, Crane in Chinese Writing, Crane in Japanese Writing, Crane in Asian Writing, Crane Ideograms, Chinese Crane symbols, Crane Hieroglyphics, Crane Glyphs, Crane in Chinese Letters, Crane Hanzi, Crane in Japanese Kanji, Crane Pictograms, Crane in the Chinese Written-Language, or Crane in the Japanese Written-Language.

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