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  1. Dance
  2. Dance / Dancing
  3. Dancer
  4. Lion Dance


Dance

China
Japan mai
Dance Wall Scroll

舞 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.

This character reads more clearly as dance Chinese than it does in Japanese (see our two-character word for dancing if you want to be absolutely clear in both languages).

Dance

Japan buyou
Dance Wall Scroll

舞踴 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").

Dance / Dancing

China wǔ dǎo
Japan butou
Dance / Dancing Wall Scroll

舞蹈 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.

Dancer

Classic Chinese
China wǔ zhě
Dancer Wall Scroll

舞者 is the classic or literary way to say dancer in Chinese. 舞者 is probably the most eloquent way to say dancer, and the most appropriate for a wall scroll.

Dancer

Modern Chinese Version
China wǔ dǎo jiā
Dancer Wall Scroll

舞蹈家 is the modern way to say dancer in Chinese.

Dancer

Japan odoriko
Dancer Wall Scroll

踊り子 means dancer in Japanese.

This title usually refers to a female dancer.

Lion Dance

China wǔ shī
Lion Dance Wall Scroll

舞獅 is the Chinese title for "lion dance."

舞獅 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
Lion Dance Wall Scroll

獅子舞 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.




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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
Dance maiwǔ / wu3 / wu
Dance 舞踴
舞踊
buyou / buyo
Dance
Dancing
舞蹈butou / butowǔ dǎo / wu3 dao3 / wu dao / wudao wu tao / wutao
Dancer 舞者wǔ zhě / wu3 zhe3 / wu zhe / wuzhe wu che / wuche
Dancer 舞蹈家wǔ dǎo jiā
wu3 dao3 jia1
wu dao jia
wudaojia
wu tao chia
wutaochia
Dancer 踊り子odoriko
Lion Dance 舞獅
舞狮
wǔ shī / wu3 shi1 / wu shi / wushi wu shih / wushih
Lion Dance 獅子舞shi shi mai
shishimai
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.

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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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