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  1. Gold / Metal
  2. Time is as Precious as Gold
  3. Time is Gold
  4. The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel
  5. Venus / Gold Star
  6. A Moment of Time...
  7. Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,...
  8. Golden Dragon
  9. Golden Anniversary / 50th Wedding Anniversary
10. Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon
11. Golden Rule
12. Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity


Gold / Metal

(One of the five elements)
China jīn
Japan kin
Gold / Metal

金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.


Gold / Metal 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.

Time is as Precious as Gold

China xí shí rú jīn
Time is as Precious as Gold

This proverb can be translated as "Cherish Time as if it was Gold," or "Time is as Valuable as Gold."

This basically suggests that time is gold, and you should value the time you have (and use it well).

Time is Gold

China yī kè qiān jīn
Japan ikko ku sen kin
Time is Gold

This Chinese and Japanese proverb can be translated as, "time is gold," "every minute counts," "every moment is precious," "time is money," or "precious time."

The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel

Japan bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi
The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel

This is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior. Here's a couple versions of how this can be translated:

A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).


Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)


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

Venus / Gold Star

China jīn xīng
Japan kinboshi / kinsei
Venus / Gold Star

This literally means gold star. Most of the time, in the context of the sky, this refers to the planet Venus.

Away from the sky, this can refer to a dazzling victory (e.g. win of a rank-and-file wrestler over the grand champion), or be the Japanese surname Kinboshi.

In Buddhist context, this is Śukra, from Sanskrit for the planet Venus.

A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold

Japan shunshouikkoku
A Moment of Time / is as Precious as Gold

This Japanese proverb means, "A moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)".

Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,
Gold Turns a Heart Black

China bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, / Gold Turns a Heart Black

Literally this says: [Just as] white liquor makes people's faces turn red, [So] yellow gold makes people's hearts turn black.

This is a warning about the nature of greed. The suggestion is that one who lusts for gold and riches, will eventually have a black heart (or become a heartless greedy bastard). As a wall scroll, this is a reminder and warning to keep yourself from following the greedy path.

Golden Dragon

China jīn lóng
Japan kin ryuu
Golden Dragon

金龍 is the Chinese title for "Golden Dragon."

The first character means, gold, golden, or metal.

The second character is dragon.


This title is also used in Japanese but usually in reference to a certain kind of noodle soup in Japan.

Golden Anniversary / 50th Wedding Anniversary

China xìng fú jīn hūn
Japan kou fuku kin kon
Golden Anniversary / 50th Wedding Anniversary

This means "Happy Golden Anniversary" and is a great gift for a couple who is celebrating 50 years together.

The first two characters mean happy, blessed, or happiness.

The last two characters mean, "couple's golden anniversary." It literally means "golden wedding" or "golden marriage" but this is only used for the 50-year-mark of a marriage (the same way we use gold to represent 50 years in the west).

This is a nice title to use with an inscription. You could request something like, "Happy 50th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Smith," to be written down the side of this title, in smaller Chinese characters.


Please note: This can be pronounced and understood in Japanese but not as commonly used in Japan. Japanese people who read this will understand it but might tend to feel it's of Chinese origin.

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.

Golden Rule

Japan ougonritsu
Golden Rule

黄金律 is, "The Golden Rule" in Japanese.

It's understood to mean, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity

Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself
China jǐ suǒ bú yù wù shī yú rén
Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity

Some may think of this as a "Christian trait" but actually it transcends many religions.

This Chinese teaching dates back to about 2,500 years ago in China. Confucius had always taught the belief in being benevolent (ren) but this idea was hard to grasp for some of his students, as benevolence could be kind-heartedness, or an essence of humanity itself.

When answering Zhong Gong's question as to what "ren" actually meant, Confucius said:

"When you go out, you should behave as if you were in the presence of a distinguished guest, when people do favors for you, act as if a great sacrifice was made for you. Whatever you wouldn't like done to you, do not do that thing to others. Don't complain at work or at home."

Hearing this, Zhong Gong said humbly, "Although I am not clever, I will do what you say."

From this encounter, the Chinese version of the "Golden Rule" or "Ethic of Reciprocity" came to be.
The characters you see above express, "Do not do to others whatever you do not want done to yourself."


See Also:  Confucius Teachings | Benevolence

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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
Gold
Metal
kinjīn / jin1 / jin chin
Time is as Precious as Gold 惜時如金
惜时如金
xí shí rú jīn
xi2 shi2 ru2 jin1
xi shi ru jin
xishirujin
hsi shih ju chin
hsishihjuchin
Time is Gold 一刻千金ikko ku sen kin
ikkokusenkin
iko ku sen kin
ikokusenkin
yī kè qiān jīn
yi1 ke4 qian1 jin1
yi ke qian jin
yikeqianjin
i k`o ch`ien chin
ikochienchin
i ko chien chin
The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel 武士の一言、金鉄の如しbushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi
Venus
Gold Star
金星kinboshi / kinseijīn xīng / jin1 xing1 / jin xing / jinxing chin hsing / chinhsing
A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold
春宵一刻shunshouikkoku
shunshoikoku
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black 白酒紅人面黃金黑世心
白酒红人面黄金黑世心
bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
bai2 jiu3 hong2 ren2 mian4 huang2 jin1 hei1 shi4 xin1
bai jiu hong ren mian huang jin hei shi xin
pai chiu hung jen mien huang chin hei shih hsin
Golden Dragon 金龍
金龙
kin ryuu / kinryuu / kin ryu / kinryujīn lóng / jin1 long2 / jin long / jinlong chin lung / chinlung
Golden Anniversary
50th Wedding Anniversary
幸福金婚 / 倖福金婚
幸福金婚
kou fuku kin kon
koufukukinkon
ko fuku kin kon
kofukukinkon
xìng fú jīn hūn
xing4 fu2 jin1 hun1
xing fu jin hun
xingfujinhun
hsing fu chin hun
hsingfuchinhun
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
Golden Rule 黄金律ougonritsu / ogonritsu
Confucius: Golden Rule
Ethic of Reciprocity
己所不欲勿施於人
己所不欲勿施于人
jǐ suǒ bú yù wù shī yú rén
ji3 suo3 bu2 yu4, wu4 shi1 yu2 ren2
ji suo bu yu, wu shi yu ren
jisuobuyu,wushiyuren
chi so pu yü, wu shih yü jen
chisopuyü,wushihyüjen
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