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| 1. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication
2. Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused
3. Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic
4. Devotion / Enthusiasm
5. Loyalty / Devotion
6. Religious Devotion / Faith in God
7. Sincerity and Devotion
8. Passionate Love...
9. Love and Devotion
10. Devotion to your Profession / Career
|11. Love and Affection
12. True Heart
14. Passion for a Cause
15. Religious Faith
19. Industrious / Hard Working
20. Enthusiasm / Passion for a Cause
|21. Tenacious / Tenacity|
22. Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful
23. Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted
25. Loyalty to Duty or Master
This word is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person. You can also translate this word as any of the following:
Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Commit ones energy to...
Giving your whole body to...
This can be a dedication to or for someone, but more often is used in reference to a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.
While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.
If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.
The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose", "focused on one single thing", "concentrated" and sometimes, "special".
The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.
Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart". It's often translated as, "dedication", as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts". It's also used to mean, "with single mind", "whole-heartedly", "paying attention", "undivided attention", "concentration (-ed)", "engrossed", "devotionally (listening/watching)", and/or "attentive".
My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion".
If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.
In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.
See Also... Faith
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".
This word is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
It can mean earnestness, enthusiasm, ardor, zeal, devotion, spirit, or fervor.
This is another form of loyalty or devotion.
In Chinese, this is more specifically about being loyal and devoted to your friends.
In Japanese, this is more often used to mean loyalty to your country or nation.
Except for the slight difference noted above between Japanese and Chinese, this word is understood universally in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also be used to describe devotion or fidelity.
It should be noted that this Kanji combination is being used less and less in modern Japan (this is a better choice if your audience is Chinese, though any Japanese person will clearly understand it).
This means firm belief, faith, persuasion, conviction, and sometimes religion or creed in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
This word clearly fits religious connotation of the English word "devotion".
Japanese people will often translate this as "faith in God" or "trust in God".
It should be noted that this word is a little strange alone on a wall scroll.
While this can be pronounced in Japanese, it's not a great selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Japanese.
This is the idea that you enter into something with the utmost sincerity and fidelity. Ideas such as devotion, honesty, and "one's true heart" are also contained in this word.
This is a universal word as the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are all identical.
This means love passionately, ardent love, devotion, adoration. The literal meaning is "hot love", as the first character means heat, fervent, hot and warm. Sometimes it can mean fever, restless, or zeal. The second character is, of course, love. If you adore and are devoted to someone with all your love, this is the title for you.
This title refers to the kind of love and devotion you might have to your children, or any loved one. This especially applied to your children, but could also be any member of your family - spouse, etc.
This can also be translated as affection, kindness, love, to love affectionately.
This is also used in Buddhist context with the same meaning.
In Japanese, this can also be a female given name romanized as Yasue.
This word is often used to describe the devotion someone has to their profession - However, it can just mean career, depending on context. We don't highly-recommend this selection for a wall scroll.
In more simple terms, this word also means undertake / to deal with / to handle / to do. It does not have to refer to a career issue, as it could be used to encourage someone that is beginning their university studies etc.
This kind of makes sense in Japanese, however, there is a slight deviation in the way they write the first Kanji in Japanese.
Please note that Japanese use an alternate version of the first character. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese version of this two-character Devotion-to-your-Profession calligraphy.
This is a universal word in Japanese, Korean and Chinese which means love and affection. Some may translate this as "love between a man and a woman". Depending on context, it can mean utter devotion or favorite.
While these two characters literally read as "true heart" or "genuine heart", the understood meaning is sincerity, devotion, sincere, or heartfelt. Some will extend the meaning to be like, "true love". Basically, it's the idea of doing something or treating someone with genuine feelings.
This is valid and has the same meaning in both Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji.
Note: While not too common, this can be the female given name "Mami" in Japanese.
Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up...you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.
The translation of this proverb literally means, "something so persistent or steadfast, that it is not uprootable / movable / surpassable".
Depending on context, this word can mean "cordial", "enthusiastic", "passionate" or "passionately".
This version is sometimes used in Japanese, but the character order is more common in Chinese and Korean Hanja. The meaning in Japanese for this Kanji order is "ardour" or "zeal", but rarely used in modern Japan. I suggest you choose a different version of "passion" if your audience is Japanese.
This is the more religious form of "faith". It has this same meaning in Chinese, Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji. This is often used to refer to a person of faith or a religious person. Can be directly translated as "firm belief", "creed", "conviction" or simply as "religious" depending on context.
Some will also use this to mean "trust in God" in Japanese (though the term for God is not actually in this title).
You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard or you are being tested. With determination we make our dreams come true.
The first characters means "to determine" or "determined". The second character means "heart", "mind" or "soul", so you can imagine that this form of "determination" partially means to put your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).
This is the kind of dedication you might have to your job, or a person.
Trivia: It is the same word used as an adjective in front of the word for "network" to say "dedicated network" in Chinese.
Please note: While this is a word in Korean, the meaning is private or "exclusive use". So this is best if your audience is Chinese.
This is the Japanese word that means enthusiasm, or "passion for a cause".
In some context, this could have a meaning of being extremely fond of something, or having fondness for a cause or person.
Can also be translated as passion, zeal, ardour, or fervor.
Note: This character order is not natural in Chinese. However, a typical Chinese person can guess that this is a Japanese or Korean word and also understand the intended the meaning. This selection is best if your audience is Japanese or old-school Korean.
These two characters together mean "Tenacious", "Hard to Defeat", or "Dogged".
Alone, the first character means mischievous, obstinate or stubborn. But it loses some of the mischievous meaning when the second character is added.
The second character means strength, force, powerful or better.
This is the clearest and most natural way to translate "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" into Mandarin Chinese. This is specifically meant for U.S. Marines who often use the shortened term "Semper Fi".
The first two characters are a word that means always, forever, and/or eternally.
The last two characters are a word that means fidelity, loyal, and/or devoted.
I spent 10 years in the Marines, so it was a no-brainer to add this to our calligraphy database.
This is "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese. This is specifically meant for U.S. Marines who often use the shortened term "Semper Fi".
The first two Kanji mean "always" or "constantly". The last three Kanji mean "faithful", "loyal", "devoted", and/or "diligent". It's most often read as "faithful".
This is an alternate way to write "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese.
This is a Japanese way to write "Loyalty" - it also contains the ideas of being faithful, devoted, true, and obedient.
The second character is a modified form only used in the Japanese lexicon, however, Chinese speakers can easily guess the meaning.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
The first two characters mean resolute with firm determination.
The second two characters mean reliable.
Together, this creates a 4-character expression that clearly means dependable.
This is the simplest way to write the word loyalty in Chinese and Japanese.
A single character like this leaves the meaning open. But alone, a Chinese or Japanese person would think of loyalty to duty or loyalty to one's master (in ancient times). I suppose that it could be loyalty to your boss or company in this day in age.
This character can also mean fidelity or faithfulness.
This can also be romanised as "chung".
The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
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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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|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication||献身|
|Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused||专心|
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
|Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic||精进|
|Devotion / Enthusiasm||热诚|
|Loyalty / Devotion||忠义|
|Religious Devotion / Faith in God||信仰|
|Sincerity and Devotion||至诚|
Ardent Love and Devotion
|Love and Devotion||慈爱|
|Devotion to your Profession / Career||从事|
從事 / 従事
|Love and Affection||爱情|
|n/a||jiān rèn bù bá|
jian ren bu ba
chien jen pu pa
|jian1 ren4 bu4 ba2|
|Passion for a Cause||热情|
|Industrious / Hard Working||爱岗敬业|
|n/a||ài gǎng jìng yè|
ai gang jing ye
ai kang ching yeh
|ai4 gang3 jing4 ye4|
|Enthusiasm / Passion for a Cause||情热|
|Tenacious / Tenacity||顽强|
|Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful||永远忠诚|
|n/a||yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng|
yong yuan zhong cheng
yung yüan chung ch`eng
|yong3 yuan3 zhong1 cheng2|
yung yüan chung cheng
|Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful||常に忠誠を|
|tsune ni chuu sei wo|
tsune ni chu sei wo
|Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful||常に忠実な|
|tsune ni chuu jitsu na|
tsune ni chu jitsu na
|Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted||忠実|
|n/a||jiān yì kě kào|
jian yi ke kao
chien i k`o k`ao
|jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4|
chien i ko kao
|Loyalty to Duty or Master||忠|
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