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


Passions / Feelings / Emotions

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

This 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.

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

In Japanese, this can be the surname Sei.

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."

Sisterhood

China jiě mèi qíng
Sisterhood Wall Scroll

姐妹情 is one way to say "sisterhood."

Literally, this means "sisters feeling, emotion, passion, or 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

This means "one love." This 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.

Ash

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.

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.

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

Lust / Desire / Passion

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

情欲 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.

情欲 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

Love and Honor

China qíng yì
Love and Honor Wall Scroll

This means to love and honor in Chinese. This 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

Love and Honor

China shēn qíng hòu yì
Love and Honor Wall Scroll

This means to love and honor. This 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."

This 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

This 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.

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.

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Passions
Feelings
Emotions
jou / nasake
jo / nasake
jo/nasake
qíng / qing2 / qing ch`ing / ching
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
jiemeiqing
chieh mei ch`ing
chiehmeiching
chieh mei ching
Feeling of Bliss 至福感shi fuku kan
shifukukan
Compassion
Kindness
思いやりomoi yari / omoiyari
Omoi
Desire
想いomoi
One Love 一份愛
一份爱
yí fèn ài
yi2 fen4 ai4
yi fen ai
yifenai
i fen ai
ifenai
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile 拈華微笑
拈华微笑
nenge misho
nengemisho
niān huá wéi xiào
nian1 hua2 wei2 xiao4
nian hua wei xiao
nianhuaweixiao
nien hua wei hsiao
nienhuaweihsiao
With all the strength of your heart 思い切りomoi kiri / omoikiri
Forgive and Forget 略跡原情
略迹原情
lüè è jì yuán qíng
lve4 e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lve e ji yuan qing
lveejiyuanqing
o chi yüan ch`ing
ochiyüanching
o chi yüan ching
Missing
Yearning
戀しがる
恋しがる
koishi garu
koishigaru
Ash haihuī / hui1 / hui
Morality of Mind 心德xīn dé / xin1 de2 / xin de / xinde hsin te / hsinte
Iron Heart 鐵心
铁心
tetsu kokoro / tesshin
tetsukokoro / tesshin
tetsu kokoro / teshin
tetsukokoro/teshin
tiě xīn / tie3 xin1 / tie xin / tiexin t`ieh hsin / tiehhsin / tieh hsin
Empathy
Humanity
人情ninjou / ninjorén qíng / ren2 qing2 / ren qing / renqing jen ch`ing / jenching / jen ching
Lust
Desire
Passion
情欲jouyoku / joyokuqíng yù / qing2 yu4 / qing yu / qingyu ch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü
Love and Honor 情義
情义
qíng yì / qing2 yi4 / qing yi / qingyi ch`ing i / chingi / ching i
Love and Honor 深情厚義
深情厚义
shēn qíng hòu yì
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shen qing hou yi
shenqinghouyi
shen ch`ing hou i
shenchinghoui
shen ching hou i
Mono no Aware 物の哀れmono no awa-re
mononoawa-re
Mind, Body and Spirit 身心靈 / 身心霊
身心灵
mi shin rei
mishinrei
shēn xīn líng
shen1 xin1 ling2
shen xin ling
shenxinling
shen hsin ling
shenhsinling
Tranquil Midnight 幽靜的午夜
幽静的午夜
yōu jìng de wǔ yè
you1 jing4 de wu3 ye4
you jing de wu ye
youjingdewuye
yu ching te wu yeh
yuchingtewuyeh
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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