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Love

China ài
Japan ai
Love Wall Scroll

愛 is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west, and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


It's very common for couples to say "I love you" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, "love" is not a term used very often. In fact, a person is more likely to say "I like you" rather than "I love you" in Japanese. So this word is well-known but seldom spoken.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Adorable / Cute / Lovely

Japan ka wai i
Adorable / Cute / Lovely Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means cute, adorable, charming, lovely, or pretty.

Depending on context, it can also mean dear, precious, darling, pet, cute little, or tiny.

Big Brother / Elder Brother

China ā xiōng
Japan akei
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阿兄 is a Chinese and Japanese title for elder brother.

阿兄 is an honorific title, like saying, "my dear brother." I nice way to pay tribute to your big brother, or older brother on your wall.

Younger Sister

China mèi
Japan mai / imouto
Younger Sister Wall Scroll

妹 is the single-character for younger sister.

In colloquial Japanese speech, this can be a way to say, darling, dear, honey, or my betrothed (only used when referring to a woman).

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mai.

In Chinese, you will generally see this used in double form, "妹妹" or "mei mei" when referring to a younger sister.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin mèi / mei4
Taiwan mei
Japanese mai まい
 sezaki せざき
 se
 imoto いもと
Chinese younger sister
Japanese (humble language) younger sister; (1) (archaism) (familiar language) darling (only of a woman); dear; honey; my betrothed; (2) (archaism) one's sister; (3) (archaism) (familiar language) (feminine speech) friend; (female given name) Mai; (surname) Sezaki; (place-name) Se; (place-name) Imoto
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Mandarin ài / ai4
Taiwan ai
Japanese rui るい
 rabu らぶ
 yoshimi よしみ
 yoshiki よしき
 yoshi よし
 yuki ゆき
 mezuru めづる
 mego めご
 megumu めぐむ
 megumi めぐみ
 megu めぐ
 mei / me めい
 manami まなみ
 manabu まなぶ
 mana まな
 madoka まどか
 hikari ひかり
 haato / hato はあと
 nozomi のぞみ
 naruko なるこ
 naru なる
 tsugumi つぐみ
 tsukumi つくみ
 chigiri ちぎり
 chikashi ちかし
 chika ちか
 saran さらん
 sara さら
 konomu このむ
 kokoro こころ
 kizuna きずな
 kanasa かなさ
 kanae かなえ
 kana かな
 erina えりな
 ui うい
 itoshi いとし
 ito いと
 itsumi いつみ
 izumi いずみ
 arisa ありさ
 ayu あゆ
 aya あや
 amika あみか
 azumi あづみ
 ako あこ
 aki あき
 aoi あおい
 aisu あいす
 aiji あいじ
 aika あいか
 aai / ai あい
Chinese to love; to be fond of; to like; affection; to be inclined (to do something); to tend to (happen)
Japanese (prefix) beloved; dear; (n,n-suf) (1) love; affection; care; (2) (Buddhist term) attachment; craving; desire; (female given name) Rui; (female given name) Rabu; (given name) Yoshimi; (female given name) Yoshiki; (female given name) Yoshi; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Medzuru; (female given name) Mego; (female given name) Megumu; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Megu; (female given name) Mei; (female given name) Manami; (female given name) Manabu; (female given name) Mana; (female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Hikari; (female given name) Haato; (female given name) Nozomi; (given name) Naruko; (female given name) Na
kāma; rāga. Love, affection, desire; also used for tṛṣṇā, thirst, avidity, desire, one of the twelve nidānas. It is intp. as 貪 coveting, and 染著 defiling attachment; also defined as defiling love like that toward wife and children, and undefiling love like that toward one's teachers and elders; to desire
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Mandarin zhēn / zhen1
Taiwan chen
Japanese mayanagi まやなぎ
 mami まみ
 mana まな
 masumi ますみ
 mashio ましお
 masatsugu まさつぐ
 masashi まさし
 masa まさ
 makoto まこと
 mako まこ
 magasaki まがさき
 mao まお
 tadashi ただし
 shinji しんじ
 shinzaki しんざき
 shinsaki しんさき
 shin しん
 sanesaki さねさき
 sana さな
 kokoro こころ
 atsushi あつし
Chinese really; truly; indeed; real; true; genuine
Japanese (prefix) beloved; dear; (prefix) (1) just; right; due (east); (2) pure; genuine; true; (3) truth; (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) truth; reality; genuineness; (2) seriousness; (3) logical TRUE; (4) printed style writing; (5) (abbreviation) star performer; (surname) Mayanagi; (personal name) Mami; (female given name) Mana; (personal name) Masumi; (personal name) Mashio; (personal name) Masatsugu; (personal name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Makoto; (female given name) Mako; (surname) Magasaki; (female given name) Mao; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Shinji; (surname) Shinzaki; (surname) Shinsaki; (surname, female given name) Shin; (surname) Sanesaki; (surname, female given name) Sana
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True / Real / Genuine

愛子


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Mandarin ài zǐ / ai4 zi3
Taiwan ai tzu
Japanese yoshiko よしこ
 megumiko めぐみこ
 manami まなみ
 manako まなこ
 mako まこ
 naruko なるこ
 tsuneko つねこ
 chikako ちかこ
 kanako かなこ
 itoko いとこ
 ayashi あやし
 ako あこ
 akiko あきこ
 aisu あいす
 aiko あいこ
Chinese beloved son
Japanese beloved child; dear child; (female given name) Yoshiko; (female given name) Megumiko; (female given name) Manami; (female given name) Manako; (female given name) Mako; (female given name) Naruko; (female given name) Tsuneko; (female given name) Chikako; (female given name) Kanako; (female given name) Itoko; (place-name, surname) Ayashi; (female given name) Ako; (female given name) Akiko; (female given name) Aisu; (female given name) Aiko
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親切


亲切

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Mandarin qīn qiè / qin1 qie4
Taiwan ch`in ch`ieh / chin chieh
Japanese shinsetsu しんせつ
Chinese amiable; cordial; close and dear; familiar
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) kindness; gentleness
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Kindness / Caring

阿兄

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Mandarin ā xiōng / a1 xiong1
Taiwan a hsiung
Japanese akei / ake あけい
Chinese elder brother
Japanese elder brother; my dear brother
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可愛い

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Japanese kawayui かわゆい
 kawaii / kawai かわいい
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny; (ateji / phonetic) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny
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Adorable / Cute / Lovely

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Japanese ma
Japanese (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

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Mandarin/ fu1
Taiwan fu
Japanese pu
 furukatsuto ふるかつと
 furi ふり
 fu
 osachi おさち
Chinese (classical) this, that; he, she, they; (exclamatory final particle); (initial particle, introduces an opinion); husband; man; manual worker; conscripted laborer (old)
Japanese (1) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (2) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (3) (kana only) embellishment; (1) (archaism) that; (2) (archaism) he; she; that person; husband; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) male; man; (2) (archaism) husband; (surname) Pu; (personal name) Furukatsuto; (personal name) Furi; (surname) Fu; (personal name) Osachi
A man; a sage, officer, hero; a husband, mate; a fellow; a particle, i. e. for, so, etc.

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Mandarin qì // qī / qi4 // qi1
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese tsumasaki つまさき
 tsuma つま
 takazuma たかづま
 sai さい
Chinese to marry off (a daughter); wife
Japanese (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) female; woman; (2) (archaism) wife; (1) wife; (2) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (3) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (4) (kana only) embellishment; (1) edge; tip; end; (2) gable wall; (3) gable; one's wife; (surname) Tsumasaki; (personal name) Tsuma; (surname) Takadzuma; (personal name) Sai
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese hamako はまこ
 chiisa / chisa ちいさ
 shoukei / shoke しょうけい
 shouka / shoka しょうか
 shou / sho しょう
 sazaki さざき
 koyanagi こやなぎ
 komine こみね
 kofuku こふく
 kohama こはま
 kozuru こづる
 kotaka こたか
 kosugi こすぎ
 koshio こしお
 kogayu こがゆ
 kogai こがい
 kokatsu こかつ
 kousu / kosu こうす
 ko
 oyanagi おやなぎ
 omura おむら
 omine おみね
 obama おばま
 ohama おはま
 ojio おじお
 oshio おしお
 ozaki おざき
 osaki おさき
 ogayu おがゆ
 ogai おがい
 okayu おかゆ
 okai おかい
 o
Chinese small; tiny; few; young
Japanese (n,n-pref) (1) smallness; small item; (2) short month (i.e. having fewer than 31 days); (3) (abbreviation) elementary school; (4) younger or inferior (of two items or people with the same name); (5) (archaism) unit of field area (approx. 400 sq m); (prefix) small; little; (prefix) narrow; thin; (prefix) (1) small; little; slight; (2) slightly less than; just about; (3) somewhat; somehow; (4) minor (sometimes derogatory); petty; (suffix) (rkb:) small; little; dear (figurative sense); (prefix) (1) small; narrow; (2) familiar prefix; (3) slightly; a bit; (surname) Hamako; (female given name) Chiisa; (given name) Shoukei; (personal name) Shouka; (surname) Shou; (surname) Sazaki; (surname) Koyanagi; (personal name) Komine; (personal name) Kofuku; (surname) Kohama; (surname) Kodzuru; (surname) Kotaka; (surname) Kosugi; (personal name) Koshio; (personal name) Kogayu; (personal name) Kogai; (personal name) Kokatsu; (personal name) Kousu; (place-name) Ko; (surname) Oy
Small, little; mean, petty; inferior.

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese toushuu / toshu とうしゅう
 suzaki すざき
 susaki すさき
 shuu / shu しゅう
 shima しま
 kuni くに
 atsumu あつむ
Chinese prefecture; (old) province; (old) administrative division; state (e.g. of US); oblast (Russia); canton (Switzerland)
Japanese sandbank; sandbar; (n,n-suf) (1) state; province; county; oblast; department (of ancient China); (2) continent; (suffix) (3) (archaism) dear; (given name) Toushuu; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Shuu; (female given name) Shima; (personal name) Kuni; (personal name) Atsumu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin ài // āi / ai4 // ai1
Taiwan ai
Chinese alas; oh dear; interjection or grunt of agreement or recognition (e.g. yes, it's me!); to sigh

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese suzaki すざき
 susaki すさき
 suga すが
 shuu / shu しゅう
 shimazaki しまざき
 shima しま
 kunizaki くにざき
 kuni くに
Chinese continent; island in a river
Japanese (archaism) mid-ocean sandbank; sandbank; sandbar; (n,n-suf) (1) state; province; county; oblast; department (of ancient China); (2) continent; (suffix) (3) (archaism) dear; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (surname) Suga; (surname) Shuu; (surname) Shimazaki; (surname) Shima; (surname) Kunizaki; (female given name) Kuni
An islet; a continent; island

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Mandarin qīn / qin1
Taiwan ch`in / chin
Japanese yoshimi よしみ
 chikara ちから
 chikashi ちかし
 chika ちか
 shinji しんじ
 shin しん
 oyazaki おやざき
Chinese parents-in-law of one's offspring; parent; one's own (flesh and blood); relative; related; marriage; bride; close; intimate; in person; first-hand; in favor of; pro-; to kiss; (Internet slang) dear
Japanese (1) intimacy; closeness; friendliness; (2) close relative; (prefix noun) (3) pro- (e.g. pro-American, pro-Japanese, etc.); (1) parent; parents; (2) dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); (3) founder; (4) (pet) owner; (personal name) Yoshimi; (surname) Chikara; (female given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (personal name) Shinji; (personal name) Shin; (surname) Oyazaki
Personally related, own, intimate; family; a wife, marriage; feeling of intimacy

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Mandarin guì / gui4
Taiwan kuei
Japanese motomu もとむ
 tadashi ただし
 takashi たかし
 taka たか
 kisaki きさき
 ki
 ateshi あてし
Chinese expensive; noble; precious; (honorific) your
Japanese (n,n-suf) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) lord; god; goddess; honorific title for deities (and high-ranking people); (archaism) value; preciousness; nobility; (suffix) honorific, familiar suffix; (given name) Motomu; (given name) Tadashi; (male given name) Takashi; (surname, female given name) Taka; (surname) Kisaki; (personal name) Ki; (given name) Ateshi
Honourable, dear, precious; valuable

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はて

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Japanese hate はて
Japanese (interjection) (1) Dear me!; Good gracious!; (2) well ... (used before sentences expressing a doubt); let me see; now ...

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まあ

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Japanese maa / ma まあ
Japanese (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

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やれ

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Japanese yare やれ
Japanese (interjection) oh!; ah!; oh dear!; dear me!; thank God!

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やや

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Japanese yaya やや
Japanese (interjection) Oh!; Oh my!; Dear me!; (female given name) Yaya

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仁弟

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Mandarin rén dì / ren2 di4
Taiwan jen ti
Chinese (honorific written address to younger man) My dear young friend

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仁兄

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Mandarin rén xiōng / ren2 xiong1
Taiwan jen hsiung
Japanese jinkei / jinke じんけい
Chinese (honorific written address) My dear friend
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (honorific or respectful language) (familiar language) you

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大切

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Japanese oogiri おおぎり
 ookiri おおきり
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) important; necessary; indispensable; (2) beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable; (3) careful; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun or adjectival noun) (1) important; necessary; indispensable; (2) beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable; (3) careful; (irregular okurigana usage) (1) large cut (e.g. of meat); (2) last piece of the day's programme; last act of a play; comic dialogue as the last item in vaudeville, music hall, etc.; (place-name, surname) Oogiri; (place-name) Ookiri

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復啓

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Japanese fukkei / fukke ふっけい
 fukukei / fukuke ふくけい
Japanese Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...

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拝復

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Japanese haifuku はいふく
Japanese (int,n) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...

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拝呈

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Japanese haitei / haite はいてい
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) presenting; presentation; (2) (honorific or respectful language) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern

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拝啓

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Japanese haikei / haike はいけい
Japanese Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern

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急啓

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Japanese kyuukei / kyuke きゅうけい
Japanese Dear Sir or Madam

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粛啓

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Japanese shukkei / shukke しゅっけい
 shukukei / shukuke しゅくけい
Japanese (interjection) (honorific or respectful language) Dear (name)

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看官

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Mandarin kàn guān / kan4 guan1
Taiwan k`an kuan / kan kuan
Chinese dear reader; dear listener

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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
Love
aiài / ai4 / ai
Adorable
Cute
Lovely
可愛い
可爱い
ka wai i / kawaii
Big Brother
Elder Brother
阿兄akeiā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axiong a hsiung / ahsiung
Younger Sister mai / imouto
mai / imoto
mai/imoto
mèi / mei4 / mei
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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Angel
Cherry Blossom
Death Before Dishonor
Determined
Eight
Endurance
Enso
Family First
Fish
Friendship
Grace
Honor
Humble
Infinity
Isaac
Jade
Jesus
Karate
Kempo
Kung Fu
Lucky
Martial Arts
Meiya
Metal
Mizu No Kokoro
Moon
Noble Eightfold Path
Number 8
Panda
Patience
Reiki
Shaolin
Star
Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan
Tao Te Ching
Tenacity
Thunder
Tiger
Trust in God
Vigor
Wolf

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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.


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