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Forgiveness in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Forgiveness
  2. Begging Forgiveness
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Forgive
  5. Please Forgive Me
  6. Forgive
  7. Forgive and Forget
  8. Forgive Yourself
  9. Please Forgive Me
10. Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself
11. Forgive Me of My Sins
12. God Forgive Me


Forgiveness

China shù
Forgiveness Wall Scroll

恕 means to forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).

恕 incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness."

Begging Forgiveness

China ráo shù
Begging Forgiveness Wall Scroll

This Chinese word is a kind of forgiveness that you would beg for like a servant begging a master. This can also be the forgiveness that a person would beg from the king or God.

饒恕 suggests that this is forgiveness for something really bad (a terrible crime or sin).

Forgiveness (from the top down)

China róng shè
Japan you sha
Forgiveness (from the top down) Wall Scroll

容赦 is the kind of forgiveness that a king might give to his subjects for crimes or wrong-doings.

容赦 is a rather high-level forgiveness. Meaning that it goes from a higher level to lower (not the reverse).

Alone, the first character can mean "to bear," "to allow" and/or "to tolerate," and the second can mean "to forgive," "to pardon" and/or "to excuse."

When you put both characters together, you get forgiveness, pardon, mercy, leniency, or going easy (on someone).


See Also:  Benevolence

Forgive

Deep heartfelt forgiveness
China kuān shù
Japan kan jo
Forgive Wall Scroll

This two-character word of Chinese origin means forgive or forgiveness. This is a deep kind of forgiveness from the bottom of your heart.

In a religious context, this is the kind of forgiveness that you beg God for and that God grants you.

In Korean Hanja, this can also be defined as forbearance or leniency.

In Japanese Kanji, beyond forgiveness, this can also mean magnanimity or generosity.

While we don't actively recommend Asian tattoos, this would be the forgiveness title which is best for a tattoo in most cases.


寛 Note: The first character can also be written in the form shown to the right (especially in Japanese). If you have a preference, please let us know in the "special instructions" when you place your order.

Forgive

China yuán liàng
Forgive Wall Scroll

This two-character word means "forgive" in Chinese. It can also be defined as "to pardon" or "to excuse." This is kind of a general forgiveness.

Please Forgive Me

China qíng yuán liàng
Please Forgive Me Wall Scroll

If you are looking for forgiveness, this is what you would say to ask/beg for it.


Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

Forgive

China liàng
Forgive Wall Scroll

This single character means "forgive" in Chinese. In Korean, this kind of means forgive but also has slightly different definitions of consider, excuse, faithful, believe.

Forgive and Forget

Confucian Proverb
China bú niàn jiù è
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius. It can be translated as, "Do not recall old grievances," or more simply as, "Forgive and forget."

The character breakdown:
不 (bù) not; no; don't.
念 (niàn) read aloud.
舊 (jiù) old; former.
惡 (è) wicked deeds; grievances; sins.

Forgive and Forget

Water Under the Bridge
Japan mizu ni naga su
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

水に流す is a Japanese proverb which suggests that "water continues to flow." It's similar to our English phrase, "Water under the bridge." The perceived meaning is, "Forgive and forget."

I have also seen this translated as, "Don't cry over spilled milk."


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

Forgive and Forget

China lüè è jì yuán qíng
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "to overlook past faults," or "forgive and forget."

It's more literally, "Abridge or make small the scars from your past emotions." Basically, you should let it go.

The character breakdown:
略 (lüè) abbreviation; omission; abridge.
跡 (jī) ruins; scar; traces.
原 (yuán) former.
情 (qíng) feeling; emotion.

Forgive Yourself

China yuán liàng zì jǐ
Forgive Yourself Wall Scroll

原諒自己 is how to write "forgive yourself" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean, "to excuse," "to forgive," or "to pardon."

The last two characters mean, "self" (reflexive pronoun), "yourself," or "oneself."

Please Forgive Me

Japan oyurushi wo
Please Forgive Me Wall Scroll

お許しを is how to write, "Please Forgive Me," in Japanese. Often, Japanese Christians will add "God" (Kamisama) in front of this.


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

Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself

Japan ware o yuru su
Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself Wall Scroll

我を許す is how to write "forgive yourself" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean, "regarding myself."

The last two characters mean, "to forgive," "to excuse (from)," "to pardon," "to release," "to let off," "to permit," "to allow," and/or "to approve."


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

Forgive Me of My Sins

China yuán liàng wǒ de zuì niè
Forgive Me of My Sins Wall Scroll

This is a religious phrase, which means exactly what the title suggests.


See Also:  Christian

God Forgive Me

Japan kami sama o yuru shi wo
God Forgive Me Wall Scroll

This is how to write, "God Forgive Me," in Japanese. There is an essence humble begging or "please" implied in this phrase.


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

Search for Forgiveness in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Forgiveness shù / shu4 / shu
Begging Forgiveness 饒恕
饶恕
ráo shù / rao2 shu4 / rao shu / raoshu jao shu / jaoshu
Forgiveness (from the top down) 容赦you sha / yousha / yo sha / yosharóng shè / rong2 she4 / rong she / rongshe jung she / jungshe
Forgive 寬恕 / 寛恕
宽恕
kan jo / kanjokuān shù / kuan1 shu4 / kuan shu / kuanshu k`uan shu / kuanshu / kuan shu
Forgive 原諒
原谅
yuán liàng
yuan2 liang4
yuan liang
yuanliang
yüan liang
yüanliang
Please Forgive Me 請原諒
请原谅
qíng yuán liàng
qing2 yuan2 liang4
qing yuan liang
qingyuanliang
ch`ing yüan liang
chingyüanliang
ching yüan liang
Forgive
liàng / liang4 / liang
Forgive and Forget 不念舊惡
不念旧恶
bú niàn jiù è
bu2 nian4 jiu4 e4
bu nian jiu e
bunianjiue
pu nien chiu o
punienchiuo
Forgive and Forget 水に流すmizu ni naga su
mizuninagasu
Forgive and Forget 略跡原情
略迹原情
lüè è jì yuán qíng
lve4 e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lve e ji yuan qing
lveejiyuanqing
o chi yüan ch`ing
ochiyüanching
o chi yüan ching
Forgive Yourself 原諒自己
原谅自己
yuán liàng zì jǐ
yuan2 liang4 zi4 ji3
yuan liang zi ji
yuanliangziji
yüan liang tzu chi
yüanliangtzuchi
Please Forgive Me お許しをoyurushi wo
oyurushiwo
Forgive Yourself
Release Yourself
我を許すware o yuru su
wareoyurusu
Forgive Me of My Sins 原諒我的罪孽
原谅我的罪孽
yuán liàng wǒ de zuì niè
yuan2 liang4 wo3 de zui4 nie4
yuan liang wo de zui nie
yuanliangwodezuinie
yüan liang wo te tsui nieh
yüanliangwotetsuinieh
God Forgive Me 神様お許しをkami sama o yuru shi wo
kamisamaoyurushiwo
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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.
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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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