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| 1. Family and Friends
2. Never Give Up
3. Mother and Daughter
| 4. Acceptance|
6. Choose Life
The first character means "eternal" or "forever," the second means "not" (together they mean "never"). The last two characters mean "give up" or "abandon." Altogether, you can translate this proverb as "never give up" or "never abandon."
Depending on how you want to read this, it is also a statement that you will never abandon your hopes, dreams, family or friends.
This simply means "mother and daughter" in Japanese Kanji.
母娘 is an unusual selection for a calligraphy wall scroll, and can be read many different ways. Your native Japanese friends might wonder what you are trying to say.
Note: This will not make sense in Chinese.
See Also: Mother and Son
受諾 is a simple Japanese word for acceptance. Because it's a general term, it can mean acceptance in a lot of different contexts (acceptance of your friends, family, differences, faults, etc.).
Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.
1. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
2. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.
3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.
This 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.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Family and Friends||親朋好友|
|qīn péng hǎo yǒu
qin1 peng2 hao3 you3
qin peng hao you
|ch`in p`eng hao yu
chin peng hao yu
|Family and Friends||家族や友人||kazoku ya yuujin|
kazoku ya yujin
|Never Give Up||永不放棄|
|yǒng bù fàng qì
yong3 bu4 fang4 qi4
yong bu fang qi
|yung pu fang ch`i
yung pu fang chi
|Mother and Daughter||母娘||haha musume|
|chuu sei / chuusei / chu sei / chusei||zhōng chéng
|xuǎn zé shēng huó
xuan3 ze2 sheng1 huo2
xuan ze sheng huo
|hsüan tse sheng huo
|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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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.
When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some people may refer to this entry as Family and Friends Kanji, Family and Friends Characters, Family and Friends in Mandarin Chinese, Family and Friends Characters, Family and Friends in Chinese Writing, Family and Friends in Japanese Writing, Family and Friends in Asian Writing, Family and Friends Ideograms, Chinese Family and Friends symbols, Family and Friends Hieroglyphics, Family and Friends Glyphs, Family and Friends in Chinese Letters, Family and Friends Hanzi, Family and Friends in Japanese Kanji, Family and Friends Pictograms, Family and Friends in the Chinese Written-Language, or Family and Friends in the Japanese Written-Language.