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Devotion in Chinese / Japanese...

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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 / Religious Faith
  7. Sincerity and Devotion
  8. Passionate Love...
  9. Love and Devotion
10. Devotion to your Profession / Career
11. Love and Affection
12. True Heart
13. Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful
14. Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted
15. Dependable
16. Loyalty to Duty or Master

Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

(complete bodily devotion)
China xiàn shēn
Japan ken shin
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Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

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...
Devote 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.

See Also...  Confidence | Dedication

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

China zhuān xīn
Japan sen shin
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Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

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.

専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

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".

Devotion / Enthusiasm

China rè chéng
Japan nessei
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This word is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

It can mean earnestness, enthusiasm, ardor, zeal, devotion, spirit, or fervor.

Loyalty / Devotion

Chinese, Korean, and Japanese
China zhōng yì
Japan chuu gi
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Loyalty / Devotion

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).

Religious Devotion / Faith in God / Religious Faith

China xìn yǎng
Japan shin kou
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Religious Devotion / Faith in God / Religious Faith

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".

This is often used to refer to a person of faith or a religious person.

This 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).

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.

See Also...  Faith | Trust | Trust | Trust In God

Sincerity and Devotion

China zhì chéng
Japan shisei
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Sincerity and Devotion

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.

Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion

China rè ài
Japan netsu ai
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Passionate Love<br>Ardent Love and Devotion

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.

Love and Devotion

China cí ài
Japan jiai
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Love and Devotion

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.

Devotion to your Profession / Career

China cóng shì
Japan jyuu ji
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Devotion to your Profession / Career

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.

Japanese for Devotion to ProfessionPlease 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.

Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
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Love and Affection

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.

True Heart

China zhēn xīn
Japan mago koro
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True Heart

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.

Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

U.S. Marines Slogan
China yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng
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Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

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.

Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

Japan tsune ni chuu sei wo
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Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

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".

Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

Japan tsune ni chuu jitsu na
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Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

This is an alternate way to write "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese.

Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted

Japan chuujitsu
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Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted

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


China jiān yì kě kào
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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.

Loyalty to Duty or Master

China zhōng
Japan chuu
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Loyalty to Duty or Master

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 romanized as "chung".

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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
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication 獻身
ken shin / kenshinxiàn shēn
xian4 shen1
xian shen
hsien shen
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused 專心 / 専心 / 耑心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
chuan hsin
Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic 精進
shoujin / shojinjīng jìn / jing1 jin4 / jing jin / jingjin ching chin / chingchin
Devotion / Enthusiasm 熱誠
nessei / neseirè chéng / re4 cheng2 / re cheng / recheng je ch`eng / jecheng / je cheng
Loyalty / Devotion 忠義
chuu gi / chuugi / chu gi / chugizhōng yì / zhong1 yi4 / zhong yi / zhongyi chung i / chungi
Religious Devotion / Faith in God / Religious Faith 信仰shin kou / shinkou / shin ko / shinkoxìn yǎng / xin4 yang3 / xin yang / xinyang hsin yang / hsinyang
Sincerity and Devotion 至誠
shiseizhì chéng
zhi4 cheng2
zhi cheng
chih ch`eng
chih cheng
Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion
netsu ai / netsuairè ài / re4 ai4 / re ai / reai je ai / jeai
Love and Devotion 慈愛
jiaicí ài / ci2 ai4 / ci ai / ciai tz`u ai / tzuai / tzu ai
Devotion to your Profession / Career 從事 / 従事
jyuu ji / jyuuji / jyu ji / jyujicóng shì / cong2 shi4 / cong shi / congshi ts`ung shih / tsungshih / tsung shih
Love and Affection 愛情
aijou / aijoài qíng / ai4 qing2 / ai qing / aiqing ai ch`ing / aiching / ai ching
True Heart 真心mago koro / magokorozhēn xīn / zhen1 xin1 / zhen xin / zhenxin chen hsin / chenhsin
Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful 永遠忠誠
yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng
yong3 yuan3 zhong1 cheng2
yong yuan zhong cheng
yung yüan chung ch`eng
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 忠實
chuujitsu / chujitsu
Dependable 堅毅可靠
jiān yì kě kào
jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4
jian yi ke kao
chien i k`o k`ao
chien i ko kao
Loyalty to Duty or Master chuu / chuzhōng / zhong1 / zhong chung

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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