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Dance in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Dance
  2. Dance / Dancing
  3. Dance
  4. Dancer
  5. Lion Dance
  6. Harmony
  7. Lioness
  8. Geisha


Dance

China
Japan mai
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This is the simplest way to write dance in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also be translated as to dance, to wield, to brandish or to circle. It's meaning of dance is more clearly defined in Chinese than it is in Japanese (see our two-character word for dancing if you want to be absolutely clear in both languages).

Dance / Dancing

China wǔ dǎo
Japan butou
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This is the clearest way to express the art of dancing in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. If you are a dancer, or love the art of dance, this is the calligraphy selection for you.

Dance

Japanese
Japan buyou
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This is the most proper term for dance or dancing in Japanese.

The first Kanji means "dance", and the second means to jump or leap. Together, they are just a strong way to say "dance" (the second Kanji just clarifies the first - nobody will translate this as "dance jumping").

Dancer

Classic Chinese
China wǔ zhě
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This is the classic or literary way to say dancer in Chinese. This is probably the most eloquent way to say dancer, and the most appropriate for a wall scroll.

Dancer

Modern Chinese
China wǔ dǎo jiā
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This is the modern way to say dancer in Chinese.

Lion Dance

China wǔ shī
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This is the Chinese title for "lion dance".

This is the traditional Chinese costumed dance seen at festivals (especially Chinese new years), ceremonies, and often at the beginning of Chinese martial arts events.

Lion Dance

Japan shi shi mai
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This is the Japanese title for lion dancing.

This refers to the Japanese version borrowed from traditional Chinese culture. The Japanese version almost always features a red-faced lion with a green cloak with a white pattern.

Harmony (Music)

China tiáo hé
Japan chou wa
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This word means harmony in Chinese and Japanese. It should be noted that this is the musical version of harmony.

Note: In English, we use the same "harmony" for multiple meanings. However, Japanese and Chinese are more specific in many cases.

Note: The first character suggests a musical meaning, and can also be used to describe warriors marching in perfect cadence (in step). The second character carries the meaning of harmony itself.


See Also...  Musician

Lioness

China cí shī
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This is how to write "lioness" in Chinese.

Note: This is not a very common title for a wall scroll in China. Perhaps because lions are not indigenous to China. Though oddly enough, rarity of lions made them very prized - and lion dances are a popular festival attraction.
If you do see name of this species of animal written on a wall scroll, it's more likely to be the masculine form of "lion".

Geisha

China yún zhě
Japan geisha
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This is the real basis for the way we spell geisha. However, there are many more ways to refer to a woman that fills the role that westerners think of when they hear the word geisha.

In Japanese, these characters literally mean "artful person". But in English it might be better translated as "a person (woman) highly trained/accomplished in the arts".

However, my Japanese dictionary says "a singing and dancing girl".

Many will argue as to whether "geisha" = "prostitute" or not. My Japanese friends seem to have the opinion that a geisha is so highly trained in the art playing musical instruments and dancing that the fact she might also be a prostitute is secondary to her performance on stage.

This is a "Japanese only" term, they use a slightly different first character to express "geisha" in Chinese. Since this is a Japanese term, I have not included the Chinese version.


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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...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Alina
Autumn
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Bear
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blessings
Blossom
Bodhi
Brotherly Love
Capricorn Zodiac Sign
Cause and Effect
Cecilia
Cherry Blossom
Christopher
Dennis
Divine Protection
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Eternal Life
Faith in God
Family First and Forever
Fate
Felix
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Focus
Fortitude
Free Spirit
Friendship
Geoffrey
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold
Gold Fish
Goldfish
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Heart and Soul
Honesty
Honor
Hope
I Love You
I Need You
Indestructable
Infinity
Integrity
Iris Flower
Jasmine Flower
Jeff
Koi Fish
Kung Fu
Life in Balance
Live for the Day
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Love Laugh
Longevity
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Moon
Mountain
Music
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Never Forget
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No Regrets
Panda
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Peace
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Plum
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Quality
Remember
Rita
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Sarah
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Silence
Tenacity
Thankfulness
Three
Tiger
Understanding
United
Walking
Warrior
Warrior Spirit
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Will
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William
Williams
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Year of the Dragon

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
Dance
mai
wu
wu3
Dance / Dancing舞蹈
舞蹈
butou
buto
wǔ dǎo
wu dao
wu tao
wu3 dao3
wudao
Dance (Japanese only)舞踊
舞踴
buyou
buyo
n/a
Dancer舞者
舞者
n/awǔ zhě
wu zhe
wu che
wu3 zhe3
wuzhe
Dancer舞蹈家
舞蹈家
n/awǔ dǎo jiā
wu dao jia
wu tao chia
wu3 dao3 jia1
wudaojia
Lion Dance舞狮
舞獅
n/awǔ shī
wu shi
wu shih
wu3 shi1
wushi
Lion Dance獅子舞
獅子舞
shi shi mai
shishimai
n/a
Harmony (Music)调和
調和
chou wa
chouwa
cho wa
tiáo hé
tiao he
t`iao ho
tiao2 he2
tiaohe
tiaoho
tiao ho
Lioness雌狮
雌獅
n/ací shī
ci shi
tz`u shih
ci2 shi1
cishi
tzushih
tzu shih
Geisha芸者
芸者
geishayún zhě
yun zhe
yün che
yun2 zhe3
yunzhe

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 "dance" 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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