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  1. Faith
  2. Believe / Faith / Trust
  3. Religious Devotion / Faith in God
  4. Religious Faith
  5. Trust in God / Faith in God
  6. Faithful / Honorable...
  7. Trust / To Have Faith
  8. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark
  9. Believe
10. Firm Belief...
11. Sincerity and Devotion
12. Believe in Yourself


China xìn niàn
Japan shinnen
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These characters express the idea of "having a belief", or "trusting in the unseen".

This word could also be translated as beliefs or convictions.

Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

See Also...  Devotion | Dedication | Trust

Believe / Faith / Trust

China xìn
Japan shin
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Believe / <mark>Faith</mark> / Trust

This character can mean to believe, truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and confidence in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

This single character is often part of other words with similar meanings.

It is one of the five basic tenets of Confucius.

In Chinese, it sometimes has the secondary meaning of a letter (as in the mail) depending on context, but it will not be read that way when seen on a wall scroll.

In Buddhist context, this is śraddhā (faith through hearing or being taught).

See Also...  Trust | Confucius

Religious Devotion / Faith in God

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

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.

See Also...  Trust

Religious Faith

China xìn yǎng
Japan shinkou
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Religious <mark>Faith</mark>

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).

See Also...  Devotion | Trust | Trust In God

Trust in God / Faith in God

Japan kami wo shin ze yo
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Trust in God / <mark>Faith</mark> in God

This is a way to express, "Trust in God" in Japanese.

The first character is "God".

The second character is a particle that links the ideas here.

The last three characters are a word that means, "to believe", "to believe in", "to place trust in", "to confide in", "to have faith in".

Basically, this is the Japanese phrase for, "Have faith in God", "Believe in God", or "Trust in God".

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
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<mark>Faith</mark>ful / Honorable<br>Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

This is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".

Trust / To Have Faith

China xìn lài
Japan shinrai
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Trust / To Have <mark>Faith</mark>

Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it.

This word can also be translated as confidence, reliance, or dependence; thus it can also mean "to rely on" or "to depend on".

頼There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.

See Also...  Confidence | Truth | Honor

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

China xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
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<mark>Faith</mark> is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915

This quote is not sourced, and therefore several variations exist in English. Some suggest the original was in the Bengali language.

This of course is the Chinese translation which has the meaning of, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark".


China xiāng xìn
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This is the Chinese way to say believe.

This specifically means to be convinced that something is true or to accept something as true or real.

This can also be translated as "convinced of", "have trust in", "have faith in"

Firm Belief
Strong Faith

China jiān xìn
Japan ken shin
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Firm Belief<br>Strong <mark>Faith</mark>

This word means: to believe firmly; firm faith; without any doubt.

Japanese Christians sometimes use this term to mean the rite of confirmation.

This can also be the Japanese given name, Kenshin.

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.

Believe in Yourself

China xiāng xìn zì jǐ
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Believe in Yourself

This means, "believe in yourself" in Chinese.

Believe in Yourself

Japan jibun o shinjiru
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Believe in Yourself

This means, "believe in yourself", "have faith in yourself", or "believe in myself" (can be myself or yourself depending in if you're saying it to yourself or someone else).

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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.

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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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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
shinnenxìn niàn
xin nian
hsin nien
xin4 nian4
Believe / Faith / Trust
Religious Devotion / Faith in God信仰
shin kou
shin ko
xìn yǎng
xin yang
hsin yang
xin4 yang3
Religious Faith信仰
xìn yǎng
xin yang
hsin yang
xin4 yang3
Trust in God / Faith in God神を信ぜよ
kami wo shin ze yo
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty信义
shingixìn yì
xin yi
hsin i
xin4 yi4
Trust / To Have Faith信赖
shinraixìn lài
xin lai
hsin lai
xin4 lai4
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟
n/axìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
xin nian shi zai li ming qian de hei an zhong neng gan dao guang ming de niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming ch`ien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3
hsin nien shih tsai li ming chien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
n/axiāng xìn
xiang xin
hsiang hsin
xiang1 xin4
Firm Belief
Strong Faith
ken shin
jiān xìn
jian xin
chien hsin
jian1 xin4
Sincerity and Devotion至诚
shiseizhì chéng
zhi cheng
chih ch`eng
zhi4 cheng2
chih cheng
Believe in Yourself相信自己
n/axiāng xìn zì jǐ
xiang xin zi ji
hsiang hsin tzu chi
xiang1 xin4 zi4 ji3
Believe in Yourself自分を信じる
jibun o shinjiru

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