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  1. Overcome the Devil
  2. Repel Evil / Expel the Devil
  3. Demon
  4. Ghost / Apparition / Phantom
  5. Akuma
  6. Filial Piety
  7. Ghost Demon
  8. Rebel / Insurgent
  9. Awareness
10. Dynamic
11. Divine Spirit
12. Grim Reaper / God of Death
13. Black
14. Happiness in the Afterlife
15. Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic
16. No Mind / Mushin
17. Eternal Wheel of Life
18. Kourei
19. Zhong Kui
20. Offering / Puja
21. Midnight
22. Daredevil Warrior...
23. Tranquil Midnight
24. Evil Cause, Evil Result
25. Fear No Evil
26. Good and Evil
27. Distinguish Good and Evil
28. Live Free or Die
29. Fear No Evil
30. Joshua 24:15
31. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Overcome the Devil

China xiáng mó
Japan gou ma
Overcome the Devil Wall Scroll

降魔 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
Repel Evil / Expel the Devil Wall Scroll

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


China è mó
Japan aku ma
Demon Wall Scroll

惡魔 is a common way to say demon, fiend, evil spirit, devil, or Satan in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

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

Ghost / Apparition / Phantom

China yāo guài
Japan you kai
Ghost / Apparition / Phantom Wall Scroll

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


Japan akuma
Akuma Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means Devil, Demon, or Satan. 悪魔 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.

Filial Piety

China xiào
Japan kou
Filial Piety Wall Scroll

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

孝 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

Ghost Demon

China guǐ
Japan oni
Ghost Demon Wall Scroll

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
Rebel / Insurgent Wall Scroll

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.


China jué / jiào
Japan gaku / satoru
Awareness Wall Scroll

This can mean to feel; to figure out; thinking; awake; aware; bodhi; knowing; understanding; enlightenment; illumination; apprehend; perceive; realize.

覺 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


Moving / Motion / Ever-Changing
China dòng
Japan dou
Dynamic Wall Scroll

動 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.

Divine Spirit

China yù yǐng
Japan goei
Divine Spirit Wall Scroll

御影 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.

御影 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).

Grim Reaper / God of Death

China sǐ shén
Japan shinigami
Grim Reaper / God of Death Wall Scroll

死神 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."

死神 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.


China hēi
Japan kuro
Black Wall Scroll

黑 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
Happiness in the Afterlife Wall Scroll

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

Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic

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

精進 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."

No Mind / Mushin

China wú xīn
Japan mu shin
No Mind / Mushin Wall Scroll

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

無心 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

Eternal Wheel of Life

China fǎ lún
Japan hourin / horin
Eternal Wheel of Life Wall Scroll

法輪 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.


Japan kourei
Kourei Wall Scroll

降霊 is a Japanese word that means communication with the dead.

降霊 is also the title of the Kurosawa Kiyoshi movie that came out in 1999. In Japan, it was called Kourei, but the English subtitled version was titled Seance.

Note: Sometimes romanized as kore.

Zhong Kui

China zhōng kuí
Zhong Kui Wall Scroll

鐘馗 is the name Zhong Kui.

He is a mythological figure who is known 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.

Offering / Puja

China gòng yǎng
Japan ku you
Offering / Puja Wall Scroll

供養 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.


Japan mayonaka
Midnight Wall Scroll

真夜中 is the Japanese title for midnight or "the dead of night."

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

Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior

Japan oni mu sha
Daredevil Warrior / Soul of a Warrior Wall Scroll

鬼武者 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.

Tranquil Midnight

China yè shēn rén jìng
Tranquil Midnight Wall Scroll

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).

Evil Cause, Evil Result

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

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: 悪因悪果 is also considered to be a Buddhist phrase encompassing the idea of karmic retribution.

Fear No Evil

China bú pà xié è
Fear No Evil Wall Scroll

This literally means, "no fear evil." Chinese grammar and word order is a little different than English. 不怕邪惡 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."

Good and Evil

Japan zenakufuni
Good and Evil Wall Scroll

善悪不二 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."

Distinguish Good and Evil

China zhāng shàn dàn è
Distinguish Good and Evil Wall Scroll

彰善癉惡 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."

Live Free or Die

Give me liberty or give me death
China bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ
Live Free or Die Wall Scroll

不自由毋寧死 means, "Give me liberty or give me death," in Chinese.

不自由毋寧死 is also the best way to say, "Live free or die."

The characters break down this way:
不 = Not; none; without.
自由 = Freedom; liberty; freewill; self-determination.
毋寧 = Rather; would rather; rather be.
死 = Dead; death.

This will go nicely next to your, "Don't tread on me," flag. This phrase is known well enough in China that it's listed in a few dictionaries. Though I doubt you will find too many Chinese citizens willing to yell this on the steps of the capital in Beijing.

See Also:  Death Before Dishonor

Fear No Evil

Japan aku o osore nai
Fear No Evil Wall Scroll

悪を恐れない 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."

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Joshua 24:15

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

至於我和我家我們必定事奉耶和華 is Joshua 24:15 in Chinese.

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.

These characters 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."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Japan ai wa kan youdeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu kouman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Wall Scroll

愛は寛容であり愛は親切ですまた人をねたみません愛は自慢せず高慢になりません礼儀に反することをせず自分の利益を求めず怒らず人のした悪を思わず不正を喜ばずに真理を喜びますすべてをがまんしすべてを信じすべてを期待しすべてを耐え忍びます愛は決して絶えることがありません is 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 (just the first sentence of verse 8).

In the familiar NIV, this would read:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails...

The Japanese text is from the 新改訳聖書 (Shinkaiyaku) or New Japanese Bible. Popular among most Protestant denominations in modern Japan.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

The following table may be helpful for those studying 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
qū mó / qu1 mo2 / qu mo / qumo ch`ü mo / chümo / chü mo
Demon 惡魔
aku ma / akumaè mó / e4 mo2 / e mo / emo o mo / omo
妖怪you kai / youkai / yo kai / yokaiyāo guài / yao1 guai4 / yao guai / yaoguai yao kuai / yaokuai
Akuma 悪魔akuma
Filial Piety kou / koxiào / xiao4 / xiao hsiao
Ghost Demon oniguǐ / gui3 / gui kuei

zokuzéi / zei2 / zei tsei
gaku / satorujué / jiào
jue2 / jiao4
jue / jiao
chüeh chiao
dou / dodòng / dong4 / dong tung
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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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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