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  1. Family / Home
  2. Safety and Well-Being of the Family
  3. Happy Family
  4. Forever Family
  5. Family / Household
  6. Happy Family
  7. Any success can not compensate...
  8. Family Over Everything
  9. One Family Under Heaven
10. Bless this House
11. Home of the Dragon
12. Home of the Black Dragon
13. Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon
14. Hung Gar
15. Sasuga / Takaya
16. Courtesy / Politeness
17. Hung Ga Kuen
18. Divine Grace
19. Confucius
20. Choose Life
21. Hua Mulan
22. Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

Family / Home

China jiā
Japan ei / uchi / ke
Family / Home

家 / 傢 is the single-character that means family in Chinese and Japanese.

It can also mean home or household depending on context.

Hanging this on your wall suggests that you put "family first."

Pronunciation varies in Japanese depending on context. When pronounced "uchi" in Japanese, it means home but when pronounced "ke," it means family.


傢Note that there is an alternate form of this character. It has an additional radical on the left side but no difference in meaning or pronunciation. The version shown above is the most universal, and is also ancient/traditional. The image shown to the right is only for reference.

Safety and Well-Being of the Family

Kanai Anzen
Japan ka nai an zen
Safety and Well-Being of the Family

家內安全 is kind of the Japanese way of saying, "Family First." It's really a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family, and/or, peace and prosperity in the household.

Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji on it. The purpose being to keep your family safe from harm.

According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep members of the family free from harm.

We were actually looking for a way to say "family first" in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't literally say "family first," it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.


See Also:  Peace and Prosperity

Happy Family

Japan nago ya ka na ka tei
Happy Family

This means "happy family" or "harmonious family" in Japanese.

The first three Kanji create a word that means mild, calm, gentle, quiet, or harmonious. After that is a connecting article. The last two Kanji mean family, home, or household.


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

Forever Family

China yǒng yuǎn de jiā
Forever Family

永遠的家 is a special phrase that we composed for a "family by adoption" or "adoptive family."

It's the dream of every orphan and foster child to be formally adopted and find their "forever family."

The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence. The third character connects this idea with the last character which means "family" and/or "home."


See Also:  Family

Family / Household

China jiā tíng
Japan ka tei
Family / Household

家庭 / 傢庭 is a common way to express family, household, or home in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

However, for a wall scroll, we recommend the single-character form (which is just the first character of this two-character word). If you want that, just click here: Family Single-Character

The first character means "family" or "home." The second means "courtyard" or "garden." When combined, the meaning is a bit different, as it becomes "household" or "family." The home and/or property traditionally has a strong relationship with family in Asia. Some Chinese, Korean, and Japanese families have lived in the same house for 7 or more generations!

Happy Family

China hé xié zhī jiā
Happy Family

和諧之家 means, "harmonious family" or "happy family" in Chinese.

The first two characters relay the idea of happiness and harmony.
The third character is a connecting or possessive article (connects harmony/happiness to family).
The last character means family but can also mean home or household.

Any success can not compensate
for failure in the home

China suǒ yǒu de chéng gōng dōu
wú fǎ bǔ cháng jiā tíng de shī bài
Any success can not compensate / for failure in the home

This Chinese proverb could also be translated in English as "No success can compensate for failure in the home."

Also, the word for "home" can be exchanged with "family."

Family Over Everything

China jiā tíng zhì shàng
Family Over Everything

This Chinese phrase means, "family above all else."

The first two characters mean family, household, or home (they will be read as "family" in this case).

The last two characters mean supreme, paramount, or above all else.

One Family Under Heaven

China tiān xià yī jiā
Japan tenka ikka
One Family Under Heaven

This proverb can also be translated as "The whole world is one family."

It is used to mean that all humans are related under heaven.

The first two characters can be translated as "the world," "whole country," "descended from heaven," "earth under heaven," "the public" or "the ruling power."

The second two characters can mean "one family," "a household," "one's folks," "a house" or "a home." Usually this is read as "a family."

Note: This proverb can be understood in Japanese, though not commonly used.

Bless this House

Japan kono-ka ni shukufuku o
Bless this House

This means, "Bless this house" or "Bless this home," in Japanese.

Some may also translate this as, "Bless this family," since the Kanji for home can also mean family.


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

Home of the Dragon

China lóng zhī jiā
Home of the Dragon

Added by special request of a customer. This phase is natural in Chinese but it is not a common or ancient title.

The first character is dragon.
The second is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The third character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

Home of the Black Dragon

China hēi lóng zhī jiā
Home of the Black Dragon

Added by special request of a customer. This phase is natural in Chinese but it is not a common or ancient title.

The first character is black.
The second is dragon.
The third is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The fourth character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

China jīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

This "home golden auspicious dragon" title was added by special request of a customer.

The first character means gold or golden.
The second and third characters hold the meaning of auspiciousness and good luck.
The fourth character is dragon.
The fifth is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The last character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

Note: The word order is different than the English title, because of grammar differences between English and Chinese. This phrase sounds very natural in Chinese in this character order. If written in the English word order, it would sound very strange and lose its impact in Chinese.


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, but this has not been reviewed by a Korean translator.

Hung Gar

China hóng jiā
HK hung gaa
Hung Gar

洪家 is the martial arts title Hung Ga or Hung Gar.

The first character means flood, big, immense, or great but it can also be the surname, Hong or Hung.

The last character means family or home.

This can also be read as "The Hung Family" or "The Hung Household." This title is mostly associated as a style of Kung Fu.

Sasuga / Takaya

Japan takaya / takatsuka / sasuga / kiya / kika
Sasuga / Takaya

This can romanizes as the Japanese surnames Takaya, Takatsuka, Sasuga, Kiya, or Kika.

As a word, it is a respectful way to refer to someone's home (or family).

Courtesy / Politeness

China lǐ mào
Courtesy / Politeness

Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to go smoothly.


If you put the words "fēi cháng bù" in front of this, it is like adding "very much not." It's a great insult in China, as nobody wants to be called "extremely discourteous" or "very much impolite."


See Also:  Kindness | Respect

Hung Ga Kuen

China hóng jiā quán
HK hung gaa kyun
Hung Ga Kuen

洪家拳 is the martial arts title Hung Ga Kuen.

The first character means flood, big, immense, or great but it can also be the surname, Hong or Hung.

The second character means family or home.

The last character is a fist.

Divine Grace

China tiān yòu
Japan ten yuu
Divine Grace

天佑 is a Chinese and Japanese word that means divine aid, divine grace, Heaven blessed, or providential help.

Some Chinese people will use this to infer that this means a home or family blessed by heaven or God. 天佑 is the shortest way to express that idea anyway.

Confucius

China kǒng zǐ
Japan koushi
Confucius

孔子 is how to write the name of the great sage, known in the west as Confucius. His real name is Kongzi (The name Confucius is a westernized version of his name - his family name is Kong, and "zi" was added as a title of distinction). He lived some 2500 years ago in Qufu, a town in modern-day Shandong Province of Northern China (about 6 hours south of Beijing by bus). He was a consort to Emperors, and after his death, the impact of his philosophies still served to advise emperors, officials, and common people for generations. Also during these thousands of years, the Kong family remained powerful in China, and the Kong estate was much like the Vatican in Rome. The Kong estate existed as if on sovereign ground with its own small garrison of guards and privileges of a kingdom within an empire.

This was true up until the time the Kong family had to flee to Taiwan in 1949 when the Red Army took victory over the Nationalists during the Revolution. The home of Confucius was later razed and all statues defaced or stolen during the Cultural Revolution. Finally, after years of smearing his name and image, it is once again okay to celebrate the teachings of Confucius in mainland China.

Choose Life

China xuǎn zé shēng huó
Choose Life

選擇生活 can mean to choose life instead of death (or suicide) or to choose to live life to the fullest.

I think of it as the key phrase used by Renton (Ewan McGregor) in the movie Trainspotting. While Chinese people will not think of Trainspotting when they see this phrase, for me, it will always be what comes near the end of this colorful rant:

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.

Hua Mulan

China huā mù lán
Hua Mulan

花木蘭 is the name of the famous Chinese woman warrior Hua Mulan.

She was made famous in the west by Disney's animated movie, "Mulan."

Most of the historical information about her comes from an ancient poem. It starts with a concerned Mulan, as she is told a man from each family is to serve conscription in the army. Her father is too old, and her brother is too young. Mulan decides to take the place of her father. After twelve years of war, the army returns and the best warriors are awarded great posts in the government and riches. Mulan turns down all offers, and asks only for a good horse for the long trip home. When Mulan greets visiting comrades wearing her old clothes, they are shocked to find the warrior they rode into battle with for years was actually a woman.

Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

China yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty. It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English, or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in it's original Chinese will be lost in translation.

Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds peoples homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.

Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and "take it all in" as you travel through life.
The poet's name is "Du Mu" in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, "Mountain Travels" is: 山行
You can have the title, poet's name, and even Tang Dynasty written as an inscription on your custom wall scroll if you like.

More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city of central China and former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25, and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic, and often depicted every day life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils and troubles of love and beer drinking.

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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
Family
Home
家 / 傢
ei / uchi / kejiā / jia1 / jiachia
Safety and Well-Being of the Family家內安全
家内安全
ka nai an zen
kanaianzen
Happy Family和やかな家庭nago ya ka na ka tei
nagoyakanakatei
Forever Family永遠的家
永远的家
yǒng yuǎn de jiā
yong3 yuan3 de jia1
yong yuan de jia
yongyuandejia
yung yüan te chia
yungyüantechia
Family
Household
家庭 / 傢庭
家庭
ka tei / kateijiā tíng / jia1 ting2 / jia ting / jiatingchia t`ing / chiating / chia ting
Happy Family和諧之家
和谐之家
hé xié zhī jiā
he2 xie2 zhi1 jia1
he xie zhi jia
hexiezhijia
ho hsieh chih chia
hohsiehchihchia
Any success can not compensate
for failure in the home
所有的成功都無法補償家庭的失敗
所有的成功都无法补偿家庭的失败
suǒ yǒu de chéng gōng dōu wú fǎ bǔ cháng jiā tíng de shī bài
suo3 you3 de cheng2 gong1 dou1 wu2 fa3 bu3 chang2 jia1 ting2 de shi1 bai4
suo you de cheng gong dou wu fa bu chang jia ting de shi bai
so yu te ch`eng kung tou wu fa pu ch`ang chia t`ing te shih pai
so yu te cheng kung tou wu fa pu chang chia ting te shih pai
Family Over Everything家庭至上jiā tíng zhì shàng
jia1 ting2 zhi4 shang4
jia ting zhi shang
jiatingzhishang
chia t`ing chih shang
chiatingchihshang
chia ting chih shang
One Family Under Heaven天下一家tenka ikka / tenkaikka / tenka ika / tenkaikatiān xià yī jiā
tian1 xia4 yi1 jia1
tian xia yi jia
tianxiayijia
t`ien hsia i chia
tienhsiaichia
tien hsia i chia
Bless this Houseこの家に祝福をkono-ka ni shukufuku o
kono-kanishukufukuo
Home of the Dragon龍之家
龙之家
lóng zhī jiā
long2 zhi1 jia1
long zhi jia
longzhijia
lung chih chia
lungchihchia
Home of the Black Dragon黑龍之家
黑龙之家
hēi lóng zhī jiā
hei1 long2 zhi1 jia1
hei long zhi jia
heilongzhijia
hei lung chih chia
heilungchihchia
Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon金瑞祥龍之家
金瑞祥龙之家
jīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
jin1 rui4 xiang2 long2 zhi1 jia1
jin rui xiang long zhi jia
jinruixianglongzhijia
chin jui hsiang lung chih chia
Hung Gar洪家hóng jiā / hong2 jia1 / hong jia / hongjiahung chia / hungchia
Sasuga
Takaya
貴家takaya / takatsuka / sasuga / kiya / kika
Courtesy
Politeness
禮貌
礼貌
lǐ mào / li3 mao4 / li mao / limao
Hung Ga Kuen洪家拳hóng jiā quán
hong2 jia1 quan2
hong jia quan
hongjiaquan
hung chia ch`üan
hungchiachüan
hung chia chüan
Divine Grace天佑ten yuu / tenyuu / ten yu / tenyutiān yòu / tian1 you4 / tian you / tianyout`ien yu / tienyu / tien yu
Confucius孔子koushi / koshikǒng zǐ / kong3 zi3 / kong zi / kongzik`ung tzu / kungtzu / kung tzu
Choose Life選擇生活
选择生活
xuǎn zé shēng huó
xuan3 ze2 sheng1 huo2
xuan ze sheng huo
xuanzeshenghuo
hsüan tse sheng huo
hsüantseshenghuo
Hua Mulan花木蘭
花木兰
huā mù lán
hua1 mu4 lan2
hua mu lan
huamulan
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
远上寒山石径斜白云生处有人家停车坐爱枫林晚霜叶红于二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
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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