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| 1. Crane
2. Construction Crane
3. White Crane
4. Swan / White Crane
| 5. White Crane Fist|
6. Jin Ji Du Li
7. Wu Xing Fist
8. Every Creature Has A Domain
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.
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.
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).
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.
This is the title for White Crane Fist style of martial arts. This is also known as "Baihequan" or "Fujian White Crane".
"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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|qǐ zhòng jī|
qi zhong ji
ch`i chung chi
|qi3 zhong4 ji1|
chi chung chi
|Swan / White Crane||白鳥|
|hakuchou / shirotori|
hakucho / shirotori
|White Crane Fist||白鹤拳|
bai he quan
pai ho ch`üan
|bai2 he4 quan2|
pai ho chüan
|Jin Ji Du Li||金鸡独立|
|kin kei doku ritsu|
|jīn jī dú lì|
jin ji du li
chin chi tu li
|jin1 ji1 du2 li4|
|Wu Xing Fist||五形拳|
|gokeiken||wǔ xíng quán|
wu xing quan
wu hsing ch`üan
|wu3 xing2 quan2|
wu hsing chüan
|Every Creature Has A Domain||海为龙世界云是鹤家乡|
|n/a||hǎi 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.
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