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Fire Calligraphy in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Fire
  2. Red Panda / Firefox
  3. Firefly / Glow Worm
  4. Will of Fire
  5. Fire Tiger
  6. Fire and Water Have No Mercy
  7. Fire Snake
  8. Fire Dragon
  9. Fire Horse
10. Sacred Fire
11. Green Fire
12. Five Elements
13. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
14. Put out a burning wood cart...
15. Ash
16. Furinkazan
17. Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta
18. The Planet Mars
19. Four Elements
20. Loki
21. Sparks / Sparkle


Fire

(One of the five elements)
China huǒ
Japan hi
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This is the symbol for fire, flame, or blaze in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.


Fire is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.


See Also:  Five Elements

Red Panda / Firefox

China hóng xióng māo
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This is the Chinese title for the red panda, or firefox.

Some also call this the lesser Panda.

Firefly / Glow Worm

China yíng
Japan hotaru
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This is the Chinese, older Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja way to write firefly, lightning bug, or glow worm (Luciola cruciata).


蛍Note: After post WWII language reforms in Japan, they started using a more simple version of this Kanji. This version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Will of Fire

Japan hi no ishi
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火の意志 or the "Will of Fire" is an element from the Naruto series.

The word order in Japanese makes this more like, "Fire's Will."

火 is fire.

の is a possessive article.

意志 means will, volition, intention, or intent.

Fire Tiger

China huǒ hǔ
Japan hi tora
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火虎 is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire tiger".

If you were born between 9 Feb 1986 and 28 Jan 1987, or between 13 Feb 1926 and 1 Feb 1927, you are a fire tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac.

There are 12 animals and 5 elements in the cycle. Therefore, the fire tiger comes around once every 60 years. The next will be in 2046.

The branch of the zodiac for tiger is written 寅 when dating ancient documents and artwork, but 虎 is the way to write the character for an actual tiger.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

China shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
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This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy." This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate."

Fire Snake

China huǒ shé
Japan hi hebi
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This is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire snake" or "blazing serpent."

Fire Dragon

China huǒ lóng
Japan hi ryuu
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This is how to write "Fire Dragon" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This title is used more often in Chinese; a little lesser-known in Japanese.

Fire Horse

China huǒ mǎ
Japan oma hi
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This is the title, "Fire Horse."

This is not a common title for calligraphy. You might be looking for 丙午, 43rd year of the sexagenary cycle (year of the Fire Horse, renowned for disasters and the birth of women destined to kill their husbands).

Sacred Fire

China shèng huǒ
Japan seika
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This is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean term that applies to the sacred fire of the ancient Greek Olympic torch or games.

This could also apply to other sacred or holy fires, as it can be a somewhat generic term.

Green Fire

China lú huǒ chún qīng
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This literally means, "[The] furnace fire [has become] pure green.

This is an allusion to Daoist alchemy. figuratively, this speaks of an art or technique brought to the point of perfection.

Five Elements

China wǔ xíng
Japan gogyou
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This is the title of the five elements which are: wood, fire, water, earth, and metal.

The first character means "5" and the second character is simply "elements."

According to ancient Chinese science, all matter in the world is made up of these elements. One idea presented with the five elements is that when energy is added, matter is believed to expand. When energy is removed, matter contracts. Oddly, this concept is not far from Einstein's theories, and modern science. Just a few thousand years before Einstein.


More info: Wikipedia - Five Elements (Wu Xing).


See Also:  Wood | Water | Earth | Metal | Five Elements

Five Elements

China jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
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This is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

Five Elements

Japan chi sui ka fuu kuu
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This is the specifically-Japanese version of the five elements. This is a little different than the ancient or original Chinese version.

The elements are written in this order:
1. Earth / Terra / Ground
2. Water
3. Fire
4. Wind / Air
5. Sky / Emptiness / Void / Ether

Note: This set of Kanji can also be romanized as "ji sui ka fuu kuu," "jisuikafuukuu," or "jisuikafuku."


These can also be written in the order 地火風水空 (chi ka sui fuu kuu). Let me know when you place your order if you want the Kanji to be in this character order.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

China fèng huáng niè pán
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This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes." Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana."

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water

An utterly inadequate measure
China bēi shuǐ chē xīn
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This is a warning against a futile effort. This proverb literally refers to one who is "trying to put out a burning cart of wood with a cup of water," or "throw a cup of water on a cartload of wood." The lesson to be learned is about using the right measure or tool for the job, and not to waste your effort if you are inadequately equipped for the task at hand - in other words the postscript should be "go get a bucket or a fire hose."

Ash

China huī
Japan hai
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This 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.

Furinkazan

military strategy
China fēng lín huǒ shān
Japan fuu rin ka zan
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This is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521–1573 A.D.).

This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).

You can think of this as a sort of abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.

This is literally a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...

"Swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain"

"As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain"

"Move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as a forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain"

"Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take tactical position on the mountain"


See Also:  Art of War

Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta

China sì dà
Japan shi dai
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In Buddhism, this is mahābhūta, the four elements of which all things are made: earth, water, fire, and wind.

This can also represent the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters.

In some context, this can be a university or college offering four-year programs.

To others, this can represent the Tao, Heaven, Earth and King.

Going back to the Buddhist context, these four elements "earth, water, fire, and wind" represent 堅, 濕, 煖, 動, which is: solid, liquid, heat, and motion.

The Planet Mars

China huǒ xīng
Japan kasei / kase
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This is the Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja and Chinese title for the planet Mars.

The characters literally mean, "fire star" or "spark."

Four Elements

Buddhist Term
China dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
Japan chisuikafuu
Mockup of Calligraphy Artwork

This is a Buddhist term that means "earth, water, fire, wind." This is often just referred to as "the four elements." There is a more common title (the five elements) which adds wood to the mix. These four elements are used in some sects of Japanese Buddhism (not so much in Chinese).

Loki

China luò jī
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This is the Chinese title for Loki, god of fire and mischievous destroyer in Norse mythology.

Sparks / Sparkle

China huǒ huā
Japan hibana
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This is a Chinese and Japanese word that means spark or sparkle.

Literally, these characters mean "fire flower."

This can also be the Japanese female given name Hibana.


Check dictionary for fire


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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
Fire hihuǒ / huo3 / huo
Red Panda
Firefox
紅熊貓
红熊猫
hóng xióng māo
hong2 xiong2 mao1
hong xiong mao
hongxiongmao
hung hsiung mao
hunghsiungmao
Firefly
Glow Worm

hotaruyíng / ying2 / ying
Will of Fire 火の意志hi no ishi / hinoishi
Fire Tiger 火虎hi tora / hitorahuǒ hǔ / huo3 hu3 / huo hu / huohu
Fire and Water Have No Mercy 水火無情
水火无情
shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu qing
shuihuowuqing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Fire Snake 火蛇hi hebi / hihebihuǒ shé / huo3 she2 / huo she / huoshe
Fire Dragon 火龍
火龙
hi ryuu / hiryuu / hi ryu / hiryuhuǒ lóng / huo3 long2 / huo long / huolong huo lung / huolung
Fire Horse 火馬
火马
oma hi / omahihuǒ mǎ / huo3 ma3 / huo ma / huoma
Sacred Fire 聖火
圣火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng4 huo3
sheng huo
shenghuo
Green Fire 爐火純青
炉火纯青
lú huǒ chún qīng
lu2 huo3 chun2 qing1
lu huo chun qing
luhuochunqing
lu huo ch`un ch`ing
luhuochunching
lu huo chun ching
Five Elements 五行gogyou / gogyowǔ xíng / wu3 xing2 / wu xing / wuxing wu hsing / wuhsing
Five Elements 金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
jinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chinmushuihuotu
chin mu shui huo tu
Five Elements 地水火風空
地水火风空
chi sui ka fuu kuu
chisuikafuukuu
chi sui ka fu ku
chisuikafuku
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes 鳳凰涅磐
凤凰涅磐
fèng huáng niè pán
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nie pan
fenghuangniepan
feng huang nieh p`an
fenghuangniehpan
feng huang nieh pan
Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water
杯水車薪
杯水车薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
beishuichexin
pei shui ch`e hsin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
Ash haihuī / hui1 / hui
Furinkazan 風林火山
风林火山
fuu rin ka zan
fuurinkazan
fu rin ka zan
furinkazan
fēng lín huǒ shān
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
feng lin huo shan
fenglinhuoshan
Shidai
Sida
Mahabhuta
四大shi dai / shidaisì dà / si4 da4 / si da / sida ssu ta / ssuta
The Planet Mars 火星kasei / kasehuǒ xīng / huo3 xing1 / huo xing / huoxing huo hsing / huohsing
Four Elements 地水火風
地水火风
chisuikafuu
chisuikafu
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
di4 shui3 huo3 feng1
di shui huo feng
dishuihuofeng
ti shui huo feng
tishuihuofeng
Loki 洛基luò jī / luo4 ji1 / luo ji / luoji lo chi / lochi
Sparks
Sparkle
火花hibanahuǒ huā / huo3 hua1 / huo hua / huohua
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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Acceptance
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Darkness
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Double Happiness
Elder Brother
Electricity
Endure
Enso
Gaku
Ghost
Harmony
House
Hurricane
I Love You
Impartial
Inner Strength
Judo
Jujutsu
Karate
Knowledge
Libra
Lion
Love
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Mace
Mother
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Mountain
Mushin
Patience
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Peaceful Warrior
Persistence
Pure
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Shotokan
Strength
Teacher
Trust No Man
Upright
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Year of the Horse

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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.

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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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