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  1. Overcome the Devil
  2. Repel Evil / Expel the Devil
  3. Daredevil Warrior...
  4. Demon
  5. Ghost / Apparition / Phantom
  6. Akuma
  7. Offering / Puja
  8. Fear No Evil
  9. Evil Cause, Evil Result
10. Divine Spirit
11. Black
12. Happiness in the Afterlife
13. Awareness
14. Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic
15. Good and Evil
16. Grim Reaper / God of Death
17. Joshua 24:15
18. Midnight
19. No Mind / Mushin
20. Ghost Demon
21. Rebel / Insurgent
22. Tranquil Midnight
23. Distinguish Good and Evil
24. Eternal Wheel of Life
25. Zhong Kui
26. Dynamic
27. Filial Piety

Overcome the Devil

China xiáng mó
Japan gou ma
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Overcome the Devil

This means to overcome the Devil, Satan, Demons or Evil. There's a lot of ways to translate this including conquering the devil, evil spirits, evil influences, or someone who habitually performs negative/evil acts.

In Buddhist context, it means to overcome demons, e.g. as the Buddha did at his enlightenment.

Repel Evil / Expel the Devil

China qū mó
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Repel Evil<br>Expel the Devil

This is the way you would write a sign or symbol to repel the devil or drive away evil in Chinese.

Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior

Japan oni mu sha
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Daredevil Warrior<br>Soul of a Warrior

This is an unusual title that can be translated two ways. The most common is probably "daredevil warrior". However, the first character means demon, ghost, or soul of the departed. Therefore, it can kind of mean soul of a warrior, or demon warrior.

This title is Japanese only, and should not be used if your audience is Chinese.


China è mó
Japan aku ma
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This is a common way to say demon, fiend, evil spirit, devil, or Satan in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This is a strange choice for a wall scroll, so consider this entry for reference only.

Ghost / Apparition / Phantom

China yāo guài
Japan you kai
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Ghost / Apparition / Phantom

This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word can be defined as devil, ghost, apparition, phantom, spectre, specter, demon, monster, or goblin.


Japan akuma
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This Japanese word means Devil, Demon, or Satan. This is also the English/Japanese title for a character in Street Fighter.

Note: In Japan, the Street Fighter is known as Gouki or Goki. This sort of means grand ghost, or great spirit. If you want this instead of the Akuma title, just click on the Goki Kanji to the right.

Offering / Puja

China gòng yǎng
Japan ku you
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Offering / Puja

This is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean rough equivalent to the Sanskrit word, Pūjā.

The meaning is: To make offerings (to the Gods); to supply; to provide for one's elders; to support one's parents; memorial service for the dead; holding a service; any offering for body or mind; to make offerings of whatever nourishes (e.g. food, goods, incense, lamps, scriptures, the doctrine).

The final meaning varies greatly depending on the context it which the word is used.

Fear No Evil

China bú pà xié è
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Fear No Evil

This literally means, "no fear evil". Chinese grammar and word order is a little different than English. This is the best way to write something that means "fear no evil" in Chinese.

The first character means "not", "don't" or "no".
The second means "fear".
The last two mean "evil", but can also be translated as sinister, vicious, wickedness, or just "bad".

Fear No Evil

Japan aku o osore nai
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Fear No Evil

This is "Fear No Evil" in Japanese.

Japanese grammar and phrase construction is different than English, so this literally reads, "Evil Fear Not".

The "evil" Kanji can also be translated as "wickedness".

Evil Cause, Evil Result

Meaning: You reap what you sow
Japan akuin akka
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Evil Cause, Evil Result

This Japanese proverb means, "Evil cause, evil effect" or "Bad causes bring bad results".

The English equivalent is probably, "Sow evil and reap evil" or more commonly, "You reap what you sow".

Note: This is also considered to be a Buddhist phrase encompassing the idea of karmic retribution.

Divine Spirit

China yù yǐng
Japan goei
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Divine Spirit

This is a Japanese word that means divine spirit, or honorific language for "spirit of the dead".

This can also refer to an image of a deity, buddha, royal, noble, etc.)

In Buddhist context, it can mean (wooden) images of saints or deities.

This is also a Japanese name, Mikage.

Note: This is also a word in Chinese, but not used very often in China (except perhaps by certain Buddhists).


China hēi
Japan kuro
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This is the color black in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context this can mean "dark" or "evil".

黒There is an alternate form of this character which is commonly-used in modern Japan (shown to the right). If you want this alternate/Japanese form, just click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Happiness in the Afterlife

China míng fú
Japan mei fuku
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Happiness in the Afterlife

This unusual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean term means afterlife happiness, happiness in the next world, or the happiness of the dead.


China jué / jiào
Japan gaku / satoru
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This can mean to feel; to figure out; thinking; awake; aware; bodhi; knowing; understanding; enlightenment; illumination; apprehend; perceive; realize.

This is a character that is impossible to define in a single word.

This term is often associated with Buddhism where it's understood to be: Illumination, enlightenment, or awakening in regard to the real in contrast to the seeming. However, it can also refer to enlightenment in regard to morality and evil.


In Japanese, this can be the personal name Satoru.

In certain context, and only when pronounced as "jiao" in Chinese, it can refer to a nap, sleep or the state of sleeping. However, as a single character on a wall scroll, everyone will read this with the awareness or enlightenment context.

By no means is this the only way to write enlightenment. In fact, you should only choose this character if you are looking more for a word meaning awareness.

See Also...  Enlightenment | Wisdom | Knowledge

Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic

China jīng jìn
Japan shoujin
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Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic

This is a wide-ranging word that is used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

It can mean devotion, diligence, concentration, aggressive, enterprising, vigorous, energetic, purification, pushing, asceticism, assiduity, or virility. This word is deep, and these two characters can express ideas that take a full English phrase to describe such as, "concentration of mind", "to forge ahead vigorously", or "to dedicate oneself to progress".

Used in the context of Buddhism, it means, "making earnest efforts to cultivate virtue and get rid of evil", or "zeal in one's quest for enlightenment".

Good and Evil

Japan zenakufuni
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Good and Evil

This is a Japanese Buddhist expression that states, "Good [and] evil [are] not two [separate things]". A more natural way to express this in English is, "Good and evil are but two faces of the same coin".

Grim Reaper / God of Death

China sǐ shén
Japan shinigami
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Grim Reaper / God of 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 title can be translated directly as "god of death" or "spirit of death". The first character literally means "death" and the second means "spirit" or "god".

This is a very strange title for a calligraphy wall scroll. I'm not even sure if my calligraphers will write it, as it has some bad superstitious feelings attached to it.

Joshua 24:15

This House Serves the LORD
China zhì yú wǒ hé wǒ jiā wǒ men bì dìng shì fèng yē hé huá
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Joshua 24:15

Depending on which English translation you like, here are the full English language version of Joshua 24:15

Joshua 24:15 in Chinese

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Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV) But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

The characters shown here just dwell on the last line of the verse, " for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

We used the only official Christian Chinese Bible that I know of so that the translation would be as accurate and standard as possible. Any Chinese Christian worth their salt will easily be able to identify this verse from the Chinese words on this scroll.

I think it is a bit like having a secret code on your wall that quietly expresses to whom your are faithful.

A great gift for your devout Christian or Jewish friend if they happen to be fond of Asian art.

Or perhaps a wonderful "conversation starter" for your own home.

Note: If you are curious, the last three characters represent they way "LORD" is used in most English Bibles. In Chinese, this is actually the phonetic name in Mandarin Chinese for "Jehovah".


Japan mayonaka
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This is the Japanese title for midnight or "the dead of night".

This can also be a Japanese female given name pronounced Sayana.

No Mind / Mushin

China wú xīn
Japan mu shin
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No Mind / Mushin

In Japanese, this word means innocent, or one with no knowledge of good and evil. It literally means "without mind".

This is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: "No mind, a mind without ego. A mind like a mirror which reflects and dos not judge." The original term was "mushin no shin", meaning, "mind of no mind." It is a state of mind without fear, anger, or anxiety. Mushin is often described by the phrase, "mizu no kokoro", which means, "mind like water". The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it’s surroundings when calm, but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

This has a good meaning in conjunction with Chan / Zen Buddhism in Japan. However, out of that context, it means mindlessness or absent-minded. To non-Buddhists in China, this is associated with doing something without thinking.
In Korean, this usually means indifference.

Use caution and know your audience before ordering this selection.

More info: Wikipedia: Mushin

Ghost Demon

China guǐ
Japan oni
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Ghost Demon

This word can mean ghost, ogre, demon, or "spirit of a deceased person", in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context, it can also mean sly, crafty, ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.)

This can also be the "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions in Chinese folklore).

An extended list of meanings includes: departed; dead; a disembodied spirit; dead person; evil being; hungry ghost.

Rebel / Insurgent

China zéi
Japan zoku
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Rebel / Insurgent

People keep asking me for rebel in a single Chinese character, Korean Hanja, or Japanese Kanji. The problem is, rebel is not really a good word in Asian culture (depending on the context in which it is used). This rebel symbol can also mean thief; traitor; evil; robber; burglar; insurgent; spoiler. Used as an adjective, it can mean wily or deceitful.

Tranquil Midnight

China yè shēn rén jìng
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Tranquil Midnight

This literally means, "Night Deep/Dark People Quiet/Tranquil".

In more natural English, some translate this as "late night, all is quiet", "tranquil midnight", or "in the dead of night" (implying the dead quiet of midnight).

Distinguish Good and Evil

China zhāng shàn dàn è
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Distinguish Good and Evil

This is a Chinese proverb that means, "distinguish good and evil", "uphold virtue and condemn evil", "praise good and expose vice", or "uphold good condemn evil".

Eternal Wheel of Life

China fǎ lún
Japan hourin / horin
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Eternal Wheel of Life

This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title, "The Eternal Wheel of Life", in Buddhism.

Also known as the wheel of the law, or Buddha-truth which is able to crush all evil and all opposition. It is likened to Indra's wheel which rolls on from man to man, place to place, age to age.

Colloquially used in some sects to mean preaching or spreading Buddha-truth.

Zhong Kui

China zhōng kuí
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Zhong Kui

This is the name Zhong Kui.

He is a mythological figure who is known to to drive away evil spirits (especially from your dreams). Sometimes Zhong Kui is used figuratively to describe a person with the courage to fight against evil.


Moving / Motion / Ever-Changing
China dòng
Japan dou
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This is the only Chinese/Japanese/Korean word that can encompass the idea of "dynamic" into one character.

This word can also mean:
to use; to act; to move; to change; motion; stir.

In Buddhist context, it means: Movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.

The key point of this word is that it represents motion or always moving. Some might say "lively" or certainly the opposite of something that is stagnant or dead.

Note: In Japanese, this can also be a female given name, Yurugi.

Filial Piety

China xiào
Japan kou
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Filial Piety

This character represents filial piety. Some will define this in more common English as "respect for your parents and ancestors".

This is a subject deeply emphasized by the ancient philosophy and teachings of Confucius.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although generally not considered part of the 7 core virtues of the warrior.

Note: This character is not the best of meanings when seen along as a single character. Some will read the single character form to mean "missing my dead ancestors". However, when written at part of Confucian tenets, or in the two-character word that means filial piety, the meaning is better or read differently (context is important for this character).

We suggest one of our other two-character filial piety entries instead of this one.

See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Filial Piety | Confucius

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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
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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.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Overcome the Devil 降魔gou ma / gouma / go ma / gomaxiáng mó / xiang2 mo2 / xiang mo / xiangmo hsiang mo / hsiangmo
Repel Evil / Expel the Devil 驅魔
qū mó / qu1 mo2 / qu mo / qumo ch`ü mo / chümo / chü mo
Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior
鬼武者oni mu sha / onimusha
Demon 惡魔
aku ma / akumaè mó / e4 mo2 / e mo / emo o mo / omo
Ghost / Apparition / Phantom 妖怪you kai / youkai / yo kai / yokaiyāo guài / yao1 guai4 / yao guai / yaoguai yao kuai / yaokuai
Akuma 悪魔akuma
Offering / Puja 供養
ku you / kuyou / ku yo / kuyogòng yǎng
gong4 yang3
gong yang
kung yang
Fear No Evil 不怕邪惡
bú pà xié è
bu2 pa4 xie2 e4
bu pa xie e
pu p`a hsieh o
pu pa hsieh o
Fear No Evil 悪を恐れないaku o osore nai
Evil Cause, Evil Result 悪因悪果akuin akka / akuinakka / akuin aka / akuinaka
Divine Spirit 御影goeiyù yǐng / yu4 ying3 / yu ying / yuying yü ying / yüying
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
Happiness in the Afterlife 冥福mei fuku / meifukumíng fú / ming2 fu2 / ming fu / mingfu
gaku / satorujué / jiào
jue2 / jiao4
jue / jiao
chüeh chiao
Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic 精進
shoujin / shojinjīng jìn / jing1 jin4 / jing jin / jingjin ching chin / chingchin
Good and Evil 善悪不二zenakufuni
Grim Reaper / God of Death 死神shinigamisǐ shén / si3 shen2 / si shen / sishen ssu shen / ssushen
Joshua 24:15 至於我和我家我們必定事奉耶和華
zhì yú wǒ hé wǒ jiā wǒ men bì dìng shì fèng yē hé huá
zhi4 yu2 wo3 he2 wo3 jia1 wo3 men bi4 ding4 shi4 feng4 ye1 he2 hua2
zhi yu wo he wo jia wo men bi ding shi feng ye he hua
chih yü wo ho wo chia wo men pi ting shih feng yeh ho hua
Midnight 真夜中mayonaka
No Mind / Mushin 無心
mu shin / mushinwú xīn / wu2 xin1 / wu xin / wuxin wu hsin / wuhsin
Ghost Demon oniguǐ / gui3 / gui kuei
Rebel / Insurgent
zokuzéi / zei2 / zei tsei
Tranquil Midnight 夜深人靜
yè shēn rén jìng
ye4 shen1 ren2 jing4
ye shen ren jing
yeh shen jen ching
Distinguish Good and Evil 彰善癉惡
zhāng shàn dàn è
zhang1 shan4 dan4 e4
zhang shan dan e
chang shan tan o
Eternal Wheel of Life 法輪
hourin / horin
horin / horin
fǎ lún / fa3 lun2 / fa lun / falun
Zhong Kui 鐘馗
zhōng kuí
zhong1 kui2
zhong kui
chung k`uei
chung kuei
dou / dodòng / dong4 / dong tung
Filial Piety kou / koxiào / xiao4 / xiao hsiao

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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