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  1. Romantic Passion
  2. Sisterhood
  3. Feeling of Bliss
  4. Compassion / Kindness
  5. Omoi / Desire
  6. One Love
  7. Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile
  8. With all the strength of your heart
  9. Forgive and Forget
10. Missing / Yearning
11. Ash
12. Bond
13. Passions / Feelings / Emotions
14. Morality of Mind
15. Iron Heart
16. Empathy / Humanity
17. Kindness / Caring
18. Lust / Desire / Passion
19. Love and Honor
20. Sunshine
21. Love and Honor
22. Mono no Aware
23. Mind, Body and Spirit
24. Johrei / Jyorei
25. Tranquil Midnight

Romantic Passion

China jī qíng
Japan gekijou
Romantic Passion Wall Scroll

Also means "strong emotion" or "fervor."

The meaning in Japanese is a little more radical, as beyond "passion" it can be understood as "violent emotion" or "fury."


China jiě mèi qíng
Sisterhood Wall Scroll

姐妹情 is one way to say "sisterhood."

Literally, this means "sisters feeling/emotion/passion/situation."

Feeling of Bliss

Japan shi fuku kan
Feeling of Bliss Wall Scroll

至福感 is "feelings of bliss" in Japanese.

A break down of the Kanji in this title:
至福 (shifuku) beatitude; supreme bliss.
感 (kan) feeling; sensation; emotion; admiration; impression.

Compassion / Kindness

Japan omoi yari
Compassion / Kindness Wall Scroll

思いやり is compassion, kindness, or sympathy in Japanese.

The first part of this word suggests feelings, emotion, sentiment, love, affection, wish, and hope are connected with this idea of compassion and sympathy.

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

Omoi / Desire

Japan omoi
Omoi / Desire Wall Scroll

想い is a Japanese word that is often translated as desire.

Other definitions include: thought; imagination; mind; heart; wish; hope; expectation; love; affection; feelings; emotion; sentiment; experience. The context in which this word is used determines how it is understood.

One Love

China yí fèn ài
One Love Wall Scroll

一份愛 means "one love." 一份愛 is not referring to a person but the emotion of love. It's like saying "A piece of love" or "One unit of love." There's not a perfect way to express a singular love, which is probably what you were searching for.

Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile

An idiom for heart-to-heart communication
China niān huá wéi xiào
Japan nenge misho
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist title relays the idea of "heart-to-heart communication," or "thought transference."

The literal translation is, "holding a flower and subtly smiling," or "the holding of a flower with a subtle smile." It is the visual act and emotion that communicates more volumes than words can say.

With all the strength of your heart

Japan omoi kiri
With all the strength of your heart Wall Scroll

This can be translated as, "with all one's strength," "with all one's heart," "to the limits of your heart," or "to the end of your heart/emotions."

The character breakdown:
思い (omoi) thought; mind; heart; feelings; emotion; sentiment; love; affection; desire; wish; hope; expectation; imagination; experience
切り (kiri) bounds; limits.

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

Forgive and Forget

China lüè è jì yuán qíng
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "to overlook past faults," or "forgive and forget."

It's more literally, "Abridge or make small the scars from your past emotions." Basically, you should let it go.

The character breakdown:
略 (lüè) abbreviation; omission; abridge.
跡 (jī) ruins; scar; traces.
原 (yuán) former.
情 (qíng) feeling; emotion.

Missing / Yearning

I miss you
Japan koishi garu
Missing / Yearning Wall Scroll

戀しがる is the most common Japanese verb for missing someone or yearning for someone (it could also be missing a place).

戀しがる is the shortest way to say, "I miss you" or "I yearn for you" in Japanese.

Breaking down the characters:
恋し (koishi) yearned for; longed for; missed (acts as an adjective in Japanese).
がる (garu) to feel, behavior (this represents emotion, and turns the whole word into a verb in Japanese).

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


China huī
Japan hai
Ash Wall Scroll

灰 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for ash or ashes.

This can also refer to dust, lime, or gray. When speaking of emotions in Chinese, it can refer to being discouraged or dejected.

In Japanese, this can be the surname, Hai.


China bàn
Japan kizuna
Bond Wall Scroll

This Kanji represents a bond, as in the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, family ties, or a family bond.

絆 is the kind of character that says, no matter what happens (difficult times), we have this bond that cannot be broken.

If you go to the Japanese dictionary, the definition is: bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; tether; fetters.

Read this before ordering...
This Kanji is best if your audience is Japanese. While this is also a Chinese character, it has a completely different meaning in Chinese (it means to hinder or stumble in Chinese). It's a very rare character in Korean Hanja but does mean bond in Korean (used in Korean words for certain kinds of glue and sticking plaster).

Passions / Feelings / Emotions

China qíng
Japan jou / nasake
Passions / Feelings / Emotions Wall Scroll

情 means feelings, emotions, passions, and sometimes refers to the situation you are in (with your emotions). At least, this is the definition in Chinese and Japanese. This word is a bit stronger in Korean Hanja, where it means affection, love, compassion, sympathy, tender feelings, and emotions. Just as in Chinese and Japanese, this can also refer to your circumstances or your facts of life in Korean.

情 is also the original Korean Hanja for the surname Jeong (정).

In Japanese, this can be the surname Sei.

Morality of Mind

China xīn dé
Morality of Mind Wall Scroll

The idea of "morality of mind" goes along with "wu de" (martial morality or virtues of the warrior).

Here, the first character is a representation of your heart or mind.
The second character refers to morality or virtue.

This can also be translated as "morality of heart," "virtue of heart," or "virtue of the mind."

Note that since ancient times in Asia, the idea of your mind (the place where your soul resides, and your thought originate from) has been associated with the heart. Just as in western culture where we say "it comes from the heart," or "heartfelt emotions," there is a belief that your heart and mind are one and the same (medical science now begs to differ).

See Also:  Morality of Deed | Martial Morality

Iron Heart

China tiě xīn
Japan tetsu kokoro / tesshin
Iron Heart Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "iron heart," "steel core," "iron mind" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

鐵心 is not a common term, but I added it here since so many were looking for "iron heart." 鐵心 is almost like saying you are without emotions or feeling - a very stoic person. 鐵心 is not a Buddhist trait.

Empathy / Humanity

China rén qíng
Japan ninjou
Empathy / Humanity Wall Scroll

This title can apply to a lot of meanings including: humanity; empathy; kindness; sympathy; human nature; human emotions; human interaction.

Kindness / Caring

China qīn qiè
Japan shin setsu
Kindness / Caring Wall Scroll

Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others. Be thoughtful about people's needs. Show love and compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help. When you are tempted to be cruel, to criticize or tease, decide to be kind instead.

This Chinese / Japanese / Korean word can also mean affectionate, cordial, warmly, or close (emotionally).

See Also:  Love | Caring | Benevolence

Lust / Desire / Passion

China qíng yù
Japan jouyoku
Lust / Desire / Passion Wall Scroll

This word can be defined as lust, sexual desire, sensual desire, carnal desire, carnal passions, sexual desire, and passion.

The first character means feeling, emotions, passionate, sympathy, affection, love, compassion, tender feelings, and sometimes circumstances or facts.

The second character means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, and craving.

This word is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

Love and Honor

China qíng yì
Love and Honor Wall Scroll

情義 means to love and honor in Chinese. 情義 is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation," as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship."

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor." It's probably best if your target is Chinese.

This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).

See Also:  Love and Honor


China yáng guāng
Japan you kou
Sunshine Wall Scroll

陽光 is the Chinese word for sunshine.

陽光 is a more emotional word compared to another Asian word that means "sunlight." If you were going to sing a song, or write a poem, this is the word you would use.

Note: This is a rarely-used word in Korean or Japanese.

Love and Honor

China shēn qíng hòu yì
Love and Honor Wall Scroll

深情厚義 means to love and honor. 深情厚義 is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).

This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.

See Also:  Love and Honor

Mono no Aware

Japan mono no awa-re
Mono no Aware Wall Scroll

This literally translates as, "the pathos of things," "an empathy toward things," or "a sensitivity to ephemera."

物の哀れ is kind of a Japanese proverb for the awareness of impermanence, or transience of things.

Both things and the emotions about those things do not last forever.

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

Mind, Body and Spirit

China shēn xīn líng
Japan mi shin rei
Mind, Body and Spirit Wall Scroll

身心靈 / 身心霊 is probably the best way to express the idea of "Body, Mind and Spirit" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. We are actually using the word for "heart" here because for thousands of years, the heart was thought to be the place where your thoughts, feelings and emotions came from. We do something similar in the west when we say "warm-hearted" or "I love you with all of my heart." In this context, heart = mind in Asian language and culture.

The very literal translation of these three characters is "body, heart & spirit" which could also be interpreted as "body mind & soul."

We have arranged these characters in this order because it simply "feels" like the proper order in the Chinese language. Word lists like this are not so common for calligraphy artwork, so we have to be careful to put them in the most natural order. It should be noted that this is not a common title in Asia, nor is it considered an actual phrase (as it lacks a clear subject, verb, and object).

霊In Japanese Kanji, they use an alternate form of the character for soul or spirit. If you want this using the Japanese alternate, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above.

Japanese disclaimer: This is not a natural phrase/list in Japanese. While not totally-natural in Chinese, this word list is best if your audience is Chinese.

Johrei / Jyorei

Japan jourei
Johrei / Jyorei Wall Scroll

Jyorei or Johrei is a healing art that uses divine light to dissolve the spiritual impurities that are the source of all physical, emotional, and personal problems.

浄霊 / 浄靈 is a Japanese title that can refer to the purification of spirit described above, but this is also the word for exorcism in Japanese.

Romanization variations include Jyorei, Johrei, Jourei and Jore. Regardless of romanization, the actual pronunciation is like "Joe Ray."

Tranquil Midnight

China yōu jìng de wǔ yè
Tranquil Midnight Wall Scroll

幽靜的午夜 is a way to express the emotions that you might feel at midnight. Beyond peaceful, quiet or tranquil, there is an idea of being remote or lonesome, buried in the meaning of the first two characters.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Romantic Passion 激情gekijou / gekijojī qíng / ji1 qing2 / ji qing / jiqing chi ch`ing / chiching / chi ching
Sisterhood 姐妹情jiě mèi qíng
jie3 mei4 qing2
jie mei qing
chieh mei ch`ing
chieh mei ching
Feeling of Bliss 至福感shi fuku kan
思いやりomoi yari / omoiyari
One Love 一份愛
yí fèn ài
yi2 fen4 ai4
yi fen ai
i fen ai
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile 拈華微笑
nenge misho
niān huá wéi xiào
nian1 hua2 wei2 xiao4
nian hua wei xiao
nien hua wei hsiao
With all the strength of your heart 思い切りomoi kiri / omoikiri
Forgive and Forget 略跡原情
lüè è jì yuán qíng
lve4 e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lve e ji yuan qing
o chi yüan ch`ing
o chi yüan ching
koishi garu
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

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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