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  1. Family / Household

  2. Family / Home

  3. Family Over Everything

  4. One Family Under Heaven

  5. Family Bond / Family Ties

  6. Family / Members of a Family

  7. Family Love

  8. Family and Friends

  9. Family Love / Domestic Bliss

10. Safety and Well-Being of the Family

11. Happy Family

12. Forever Family

13. Happy Family

14. Any success can not compensate...

15. Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

16. Mother and Daughter

17. Brotherly and Sisterly Love

18. Never Give Up

19. No one knows a son better than the father

20. No man knows what he owes to his parents...

21. Flowers

22. Singleton


Family / Household

China jiā tíng
Japan ka tei
Family / Household Vertical Wall Scroll

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!

Family / Home

China jiā
Japan ei / uchi / ke
Family / Home Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Family Over Everything

China jiā tíng zhì shàng
Family Over Everything Vertical Wall Scroll

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Family Bond / Family Ties

Japan ruien
Family Bond / Family Ties Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means affinity or family relationship.

類縁 is about the bond shared by blood within a family or those from the same ancestor.

Family Bond / Family Ties

China qīn yuán
Family Bond / Family Ties Vertical Wall Scroll

親緣 is a Chinese word that means affinity, family relationship, or consanguinity.

This speaks of the family bonds we have with others that share the same blood or ancestors.

Family / Members of a Family

China jiā zú
Japan ka zoku
Family / Members of a Family Vertical Wall Scroll

家族 is family in Japanese Kanji. It represents all the members of a family.

This can also mean household or clan depending on context.

Family Love

China qīn qíng
Family Love Vertical Wall Scroll

親情 means affection, especially for family members. This can also be translated as "family love" or "love, especially within a married couple or between parents and children."

Family Love

Japan kazokuai
Family Love Vertical Wall Scroll

家族愛 is a Japanese title that means love of (one's) family, family love, or familial love.

Family and Friends

Japan kazoku ya yuujin
Family and Friends Vertical Wall Scroll

家族や友人 means, "family and friends," in Japanese.

Family and Friends

China qīn péng hǎo yǒu
Family and Friends Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese title simply means "family and friends," or "kith and kin."

If you read each character more literally, it's like, "relatives, friends, [and] good/close friends."

Family Love / Domestic Bliss

China tiān lún zhī lè
Family Love / Domestic Bliss Vertical Wall Scroll

天倫之樂 means family love and joy, or domestic bliss.

The first two characters mean, "the bonds of the family."
The third character connects this to the fourth character which means happiness, joy, and cheerful.

Safety and Well-Being of the Family

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

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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

Happy Family

China hé xié zhī jiā
Happy Family Vertical Wall Scroll

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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."

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

China bàng tóu chū xiào zǐ zhù tóu chū wǔ nì
Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as:
A stick (or switch) produces filial sons; chopsticks produce disobedient [ones].

Figuratively, this means:
Strict discipline produces dutiful children whereas indulgence produces disobedient ones.

This is very similar to this English proverb:
"Spare the rod and spoil the child."

Mother and Daughter

Japan haha musume
Mother and Daughter Vertical Wall Scroll

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

Brotherly and Sisterly Love

China shǒu zú qíng
Brotherly and Sisterly Love Vertical Wall Scroll

手足情 is the love between siblings. When you love, protect, care for, and have a deep bond that only brothers or sisters can.

The actual translation is "Hand and Foot" but it is said the relationship between brothers or sisters is like that of hands and feet. They belong together, and complete the body. Even though this says "hand and foot," it will always be read with the brotherly and sisterly love meaning in Chinese.

Note: During the past 20 years, the "One child policy" in China is slowly making this term obsolete.

Never Give Up

China yǒng bù fàng qì
Never Give Up Vertical Wall Scroll

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.


See Also:  Undaunted | No Fear | Hope

No one knows a son better than the father

China zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
No one knows a son better than the father Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "No one knows a son better than his father."

This idiom is based on the idea that after spending many years together, family members know everything about each other. Better than anyone else, a father knows the qualities and shortcomings of his son.

If you are looking for something about "father and son," this is probably the best selection.

知子莫若父 is the original proverb (very old) but others have been composed about various combinations of mothers, sons, daughters, and fathers.

No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own

Japan ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents / till he comes to have children of his own Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

This is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.


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

Flowers

(family name)
China fú láo ěr sī
Flowers Vertical Wall Scroll

弗勞爾斯 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the family name Flowers.


This sounds like "Flowers" in Mandarin Chinese but does not mean flowers in any way, shape or form. I strongly suggest the single character which means "flower" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.


See Also:  Flower

Singleton

Family Name
China xīn gé dùn
Singleton Vertical Wall Scroll

辛格頓 is the Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the surname Singleton.

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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
Household
家庭 / 傢庭
家庭
ka tei / kateijiā tíng / jia1 ting2 / jia ting / jiatingchia t`ing / chiating / chia ting
Family
Home
家 / 傢
ei / uchi / kejiā / jia1 / jiachia
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
Family Bond
Family Ties
類縁ruien
Family Bond
Family Ties
親緣
亲缘
qīn yuán / qin1 yuan2 / qin yuan / qinyuanch`in yüan / chinyüan / chin yüan
Family
Members of a Family
家族ka zoku / kazokujiā zú / jia1 zu2 / jia zu / jiazuchia tsu / chiatsu
Family Love親情
亲情
qīn qíng / qin1 qing2 / qin qing / qinqingch`in ch`ing / chinching / chin ching
Family Love家族愛kazokuai / kazokuai
Family and Friends家族や友人kazoku ya yuujin
kazokuyayuujin
kazoku ya yujin
kazokuyayujin
Family and Friends親朋好友
亲朋好友
qīn péng hǎo yǒu
qin1 peng2 hao3 you3
qin peng hao you
qinpenghaoyou
ch`in p`eng hao yu
chinpenghaoyu
chin peng hao yu
Family Love
Domestic Bliss
天倫之樂
天伦之乐
tiān lún zhī lè
tian1 lun2 zhi1 le4
tian lun zhi le
tianlunzhile
t`ien lun chih le
tienlunchihle
tien lun chih le
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
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
Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child棒頭出孝子箸頭出忤逆bàng tóu chū xiào zǐ zhù tóu chū wǔ nì
bang4 tou2 chu1 xiao4 zi3 zhu4 tou2 chu1 wu3 ni4
bang tou chu xiao zi zhu tou chu wu ni
pang t`ou ch`u hsiao tzu chu t`ou ch`u wu ni
pang tou chu hsiao tzu chu tou chu wu ni
Mother and Daughter母娘haha musume
hahamusume
Brotherly and Sisterly Love手足情shǒu zú qíng
shou3 zu2 qing2
shou zu qing
shouzuqing
shou tsu ch`ing
shoutsuching
shou tsu ching
Never Give Up永不放棄
永不放弃
yǒng bù fàng qì
yong3 bu4 fang4 qi4
yong bu fang qi
yongbufangqi
yung pu fang ch`i
yungpufangchi
yung pu fang chi
No one knows a son better than the father知子莫若父zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
zhi1 zi3 mo4 ruo4 fu4
zhi zi mo ruo fu
zhizimoruofu
chih tzu mo jo fu
chihtzumojofu
No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own
子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
kowomotteshiruoyanoon
Flowers弗勞爾斯
弗劳尔斯
fú láo ěr sī
fu2 lao2 er3 si1
fu lao er si
fulaoersi
fu lao erh ssu
fulaoerhssu
Singleton辛格頓
辛格顿
xīn gé dùn
xin1 ge2 dun4
xin ge dun
xingedun
hsin ko tun
hsinkotun
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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