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| 1. Honorable Death - No Surrender
2. Grim Reaper / God of Death
3. Death Before Dishonor
4. Death with Dignity
5. Death Before Dishonor
| 6. Death Before Surrender
7. Death Before Dishonor
8. Sword of Death
9. Death Before Surrender
|11. Kill / Massacre / Mass Killing|
13. Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher
14. Die Without Regret
15. Not Long for this World
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This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender", or simply "No surrender". If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide", or "Ideology of honorable death".
This is the title of the mythological figure (often called the Grim Reaper in western culture) in charge of taking the souls of those who die.
This is the Japanese version of "Death Before Dishonor". Japanese grammar is a bit different than English, so this really means something like "Rather die than to be dishonored". However, the "dishonor" is the first three Kanji, and death is the last Kanji. There are two Hiragana (より) which indicate the preference is death when comparing dishonor to death.
This was added at the request of a customer. This is not a good choice for a wall scroll unless you have a very specific and personal reason.
Death Before Dishonor
A soldier can die or kill, but never dishonor or disgrace himself
shì kě shā bù kě rǔ
This almost directly matches the military idea of "Death Before Dishonor", while also being an ancient Chinese proverb.
This is often translated as "Death Before Dishonor". The more literal translation is more like, "Better to die than compromise". The last two characters mean "not to bend" or "not to bow down". Some might even say that it means "not to surrender". Thus, you could say this proverb means, "Better to die than live on my knees" or simply "no surrender" (with the real idea being that you would rather die than surrender).
This is the short version of a longer Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery". The characters shown above just say the "rather be a broken piece of jade" part (the second half is implied - everyone in China knows this idiom).
This is the long version of a Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery".
This is an idiom. It therefore doesn't directly say exactly what it means. If you think about the English idiom, "The grass is always greener", it does not directly say "jealousy" or "envy" but everyone knows that it is implied.
This almost directly matches the idea of "Death Before Dishonor", while also being an ancient Chinese proverb.
This is a Japanese title for "Death Sword", "Life Taking Sword" or "satsujinken". This is the opposite of katsujinken, or the "life saving sword". This title is not as commonly-used in Japanese, but pairs well when hung with katsujinken.
See Also... Katsujinken
This ancient Chinese proverb can be translated as "Rather to die than surrender", "Prefer death over surrender", "To prefer death to surrender", or simply "No surrender".
This is the state of being "not permanent", "not enduring", transitory, or evolving. It can also mean variable or changeable. In some context, it can refer to a ghost that is supposed to take a soul upon death. Following that, this term can also mean to pass away or die.
Kill / Massacre / Mass Killing
This is how to write "kill" or "massacre".
shikaku / shikyaku
This is the most sophisticated way to write "assassin" in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. The unsophisticated way just means murderer.
Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher
This is how to write "to kill" or "killing".
This is how to say "die with no regrets" in Mandarin Chinese.
See Also... No Regrets
This phrase means "Old and ailing with little time left" or "Not long for this world".
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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|
|Honorable Death - No Surrender||玉砕主義|
|gyokusai shugi |
|Grim Reaper / God of Death||死神|
|Death Before Dishonor||不名誉より死|
|fu mei yo yo ri shi|
|Death with Dignity||尊厳死|
|son gen shi|
|Death Before Dishonor||士可杀不可辱|
|n/a||shì kě shā bù kě rǔ|
shi ke sha bu ke ru
shih k`o sha pu k`o ju
|shi4 ke3 sha1 bu4 ke3 ru3|
shih ko sha pu ko ju
|Death Before Surrender||宁死不屈|
|n/a||níng sǐ bù qū|
ning si bu qu
ning ssu pu ch`ü
|ning2 si3 bu4 qu1|
ning ssu pu chü
|Death Before Dishonor||宁为玉碎|
|n/a||níng wéi yù suì|
ning wei yu sui
ning wei yü sui
|ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4|
|Death Before Dishonor||宁为玉碎不为瓦全|
|n/a||níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán|
ning wei yu sui bu wei wa quan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa ch`üan
|ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu2 wei2 wa3 quan2|
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa chüan
|Death Before Dishonor||可杀不可辱|
|n/a||kě shā bù kě rǔ|
ke sha bu ke ru
k`o sha pu k`o ju
|ke3 sha1 bu4 ke3 ru3|
ko sha pu ko ju
|Sword of Death||杀人剣|
|satsu jin ken|
|Death Before Surrender||宁死不降|
|n/a||nìng sǐ bù xiáng|
ning si bu xiang
ning ssu pu hsiang
|ning4 si3 bu4 xiang2|
|Kill / Massacre / Mass Killing||杀戮|
|shikaku / shikyaku||cì kè|
|Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher||杀|
|Die Without Regret||死而无悔|
|n/a||sǐ ér wú huǐ|
si er wu hui
ssu erh wu hui
|si3 er2 wu2 hui3|
|Not Long for this World||风烛残年|
|n/a||fēng zhú cán nián|
feng zhu can nian
feng chu ts`an nien
|feng1 zhu2 can2 nian2|
feng chu tsan nien
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 "death" 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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