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Good Luck / Good Fortune

China
Japan fuku
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This Character is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.

The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).

One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.

This character literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.


See Also...  Lucky

House of Good Fortune

China fú zhái
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Perhaps the Chinese equivalent of "This blessed house" or perhaps "home sweet home". This phrase literally means "Good fortune house" or "Good luck household". It makes any Chinese person who sees it feel that good things happen in the home in which this calligraphy is hung.

Abundance and Prosperity

China fán róng fù yù
Japan hanei yuuhuku
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This is a proverb about "Prosperity and Abundance".

The characters shown here present and reinforce the ideas of being prosperous, a booming economy, well-to-do, well-off, wealth, riches and opulence.

This is the ancient / traditional Chinese way to write this, but most Japanese can fully read and understand it. It's also the correct form of old Korean Hanja (though few Koreans of the current generation will be able to read this).


See Also...  Good Fortune

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

China nián nián yǒu yú
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This is a common proverb to hear around the time of Chinese New Years. Directly translated character by character it means, "Year Year Have Surplus". A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be "Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life".

On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. This is because the last character "yu" which means surplus or abundance has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for "fish".

This is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.

In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked special for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.


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Abundance / Prosperous

China fù yù
Japan fu yuu
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This word means prosperous, having abundance, well-to-do, or well-off.

It's a simple word that suggests that "you have made it" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.


See Also...  Good Fortune


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
吉
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Mandarin jí / ji2
Taiwan chi
Japanese kitsu きつ
 kichi きち
Chinese lucky; giga- (meaning billion or 10^9); surname Ji; abbr. for Jilin Province 吉林省[Ji2 lin2 sheng3]
Japanese (n,adj-no) good fortune (esp. omikuji fortune-telling result); good luck; auspiciousness; Reikichi (given name)
śrī; auspicious, lucky, fortunate; translit. k, ke, ku, g.
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Lucky / Auspicious
幸
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Mandarin xìng / xing4
Taiwan hsing
Japanese sachi さち
 saki さき
 kou / ko こう
Chinese fortunate; lucky; surname Xing
Japanese (1) good luck; fortune; happiness; (2) harvest; yield; good luck; fortune; happiness; Rei (given name)
exactly
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Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
嘏
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Mandarin jiǎ // gǔ / jia3 // gu3
Taiwan chia // ku
Chinese far; grand; good fortune; longevity

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祿
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祿
Mandarin lù / lu4
Taiwan lu
Japanese roku ろく
Chinese good fortune; official salary
Japanese (out-dated kanji) stipend; reward
prosperity
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祓
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Mandarin fú / fu2
Taiwan fu
Japanese harae はらえ
 harai はらい
Chinese to cleanse; to remove evil; ritual for seeking good fortune and avoiding disaster
Japanese purification; exorcism

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福
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Mandarin fú / fu2
Taiwan fu
Japanese fuku ふく
Chinese good fortune; happiness; luck; surname Fu; abbr. for Fujian province 福建省[Fu2 jian4 sheng3]
Japanese good fortune; Fukutsuru (surname)
Blessing, happiness, felicity, good fortune.
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Good Luck / Good Fortune
鬮
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Mandarin jiū / jiu1
Taiwan chiu
Japanese kuji くじ
Chinese lots (to be drawn); lot (in a game of chance)
Japanese (kana only) lottery; lot
A 1ot, tally, ballot, ticket, made of wood, bamboo, or paper; also ?. To cast lots for good or ill fortune.

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七曜
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七曜 Mandarin qī yào / qi1 yao4
Taiwan ch`i yao / chi yao
Japanese shichiyou / shichiyo しちよう
Chinese the seven planets of pre-modern astronomy (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn)
Japanese (1) (astron) the seven luminaries (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn); (2) the seven days of the week
The seven brilliant ones — the sun and moon, together with the five planets which are connected with fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. Their essence shines in the sky, but their spirits are over men as judges of their good and evil, and as rulers over good and evil fortune. The following list shows their names in Chinese and Sanskrit:
Sun 日, 太陽; aditya 阿彌底耶
Moon月, 太陰; soma 蘇摩
Mars火星, 勢惑勞; aṅgāraka 盎哦囉迦
Mercury水星, 辰星; budha 部陀
Jupiter木星, 歳星; bṛhaspati 勿哩訶娑跛底
Venus金星, 太白; śukra 戌羯羅
Saturn土星, 鎭星; śanaiścara 賖乃以室折羅

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一慶
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一慶
一庆
Mandarin yī qìng / yi1 qing4
Taiwan i ch`ing / i ching
Japanese ikkei かずよし
Japanese Kazuyoshi (male given name)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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吉凶
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吉凶 Mandarin jí xiōng / ji2 xiong1
Taiwan chi hsiung
Japanese kikkyou / kikkyo きっきょう
Chinese good and bad luck (in astrology)
Japanese sunshine and shadow; fortune
fortune and misfortune

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吉慶
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吉慶
吉庆
Mandarin jí qìng / ji2 qing4
Taiwan chi ch`ing / chi ching
Japanese kikkyō
Chinese auspicious; propitious; good fortune
Auspicious, lucky, fortunate.

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大福
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大福 Mandarin dà fú / da4 fu2
Taiwan ta fu
Japanese daibuku だいぶく
 daifuku だいふく
 taifuku たいふく
 oobuku おおぶく
Japanese (1) great fortune; good luck; (2) (abbreviation) rice cake stuffed with bean jam; (1) swallowing a great amount of tea or medicine; (2) (abbreviation) tea prepared for the New Year with the first water of the year; Daifuku (place-name/surname)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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天口
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天口 Mandarin tiān kǒu / tian1 kou3
Taiwan t`ien k`ou / tien kou
Japanese tenku あまぐち
Japanese Amaguchi (surname)
The mouth of Brahma, or the gods, a synonym for fire, as that element devours the offerings; to this the 護摩 homa, or fire altar cult is attributed, fire becoming the object of worship for good fortune. Fire is also said to speak for or tell the will of the gods.

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好事
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好事 Mandarin hào shì // hǎo shì / hao4 shi4 // hao3 shi4
Taiwan hao shih // hao
Japanese kouzu / kozu こうず
 kouji / koji こうじ
Chinese to be meddlesome; good action, deed, thing or work (also sarcastic, "a fine thing indeed"); charity; happy occasion; Daoist or Buddhist ceremony for the souls of the dead
Japanese fortune; good deed; curious
good works

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好命
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好命 Mandarin hǎo mìng / hao3 ming4
Taiwan hao ming
Chinese lucky; blessed with good fortune

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好運
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好運
好运
Mandarin hǎo yùn / hao3 yun4
Taiwan hao yün
Japanese kouun / koun こううん
Chinese good luck
Japanese (adj-na,n) good luck; fortune

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宝船
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宝船 Japanese takarabune たからぶね
Japanese (1) treasure ship; (2) picture of a treasure ship bearing the Seven Gods of Good Fortune; Housen (surname)

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定分
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定分 Mandarin dìng fèn / ding4 fen4
Taiwan ting fen
Chinese predestination; one's lot (of good and bad fortune)

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小吉
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小吉 Japanese shoukichi / shokichi しょうきち
Japanese slightly good luck (as a fortune telling result); Shoukichi (personal name)

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尸利
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尸利 Mandarin shī lì / shi1 li4
Taiwan shih li
Japanese shiri
Sri. 師利; 室利; 室離; 室哩; 修利; 昔哩; 悉利 (1) Fortune, prosperity; high rank, success, good fortune, virtues, these four are named as its connotation. (2) The wife of Viṣṇu. (3) An honorifc prefix or affix to names of gods, great men, and books. (4) An exclamation at the head of liturgies. (5) An abbreviation for Mañjuśrī.

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布袋
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布袋 Mandarin bù dài / bu4 dai4
Taiwan pu tai
Japanese hotei / hote ほてい
 futai ふたい
 nunobukuro ぬのぶくろ
Chinese pouch; sack; bag; Budai (the Laughing Buddha); Budai or Putai town in Chiayi county 嘉義縣|嘉义县[Jia1 yi4 xian4], west Taiwan
Japanese pot-bellied god of good fortune; cloth bag; Hotei (place-name/surname)
jute bags

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幸せ
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幸せ Japanese shiawase しあわせ
Japanese (adj-na,n) happiness; good fortune; luck; blessing;

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幸而
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幸而 Mandarin xìng ér / xing4 er2
Taiwan hsing erh
Chinese by good fortune; luckily

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幸運
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幸運
幸运
Mandarin xìng yùn / xing4 yun4
Taiwan hsing yün
Japanese kouun / koun こううん
Chinese fortunate; lucky; fortune; luck
Japanese (adj-na,n) good luck; fortune; Yoshikazu (given name)
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僥倖
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僥倖
侥幸
Mandarin jiǎo xìng / jiao3 xing4
Taiwan chiao hsing
Japanese gyoukou / gyoko ぎょうこう
Chinese luckily; by a fluke
Japanese (noun/participle) fortuitous; luck; windfall; godsend; good fortune
lucky

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善果
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善果 Mandarin shàn guǒ / shan4 guo3
Taiwan shan kuo
Japanese zenka ぜんか
Japanese good results
Good fruit from 善因 q.v.; good fortune in life resulting from previous goodness.

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善祓
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善祓 Japanese yoshiharae よしはらえ
Japanese (archaism) (obscure) purification to invite good fortune

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倖せ
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倖せ Japanese shiawase しあわせ
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (adj-na,n) happiness; good fortune; luck; blessing

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殃福
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殃福 Mandarin yāng fú / yang1 fu2
Taiwan yang fu
Japanese ōfuku
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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末吉
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末吉 Japanese suekichi すえきち
Japanese good luck to come (omikuji fortune-telling result); future good luck; Matsuyoshi (surname)

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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 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.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Aikido
Alone
Amour
Autumn
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Bear
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blood
Blossom
Brother
Brotherly Love
Bushido
Capricorn Zodiac Sign
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Cheryl
Crane
Denise
Dennis
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Eternal Life
Extreme
Face
Family
Family First and Forever
Fish
Flower
Fortitude
Free
Free Spirit
Friend
Friends
Friendship
Geoffrey
Gerardo
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold
Golden Rule
Goldfish
Good Luck
Grace from Heaven
Guan Gong
Happiness
Harmony
Heart
Honesty
Horse
I Love You
I Need You
Indestructable
Integrity
Intensity
Invincible
Iris Flower
Jasmine Flower
Jeff
Jesus
Koi Fish
Kung Fu
Leah
Life in Balance
Light
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus Sutra
Love
Love and Respect
Luck
Male
Moon
Mother
Mountain
Music
Never Forget
New Beginning New Life
Ninja
One Love One Heart
Panda
Passionate Love
Pearl
Perserverance
Perseverance
Power
Pure
Quality
Remember
Rita
River
Saifa
Sarah
Selflessness
Silence
Sister
Sisterly Love
Smile
Spirit of the Tiger
Strength
Strength and Courage
Strive
Strong and Beautiful
Tenacity
The Saint
Tree
Walking
Warrior Spirit
Water
Will
Will Power
William
Williams
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Wolf
Year of the Dragon

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
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See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Good Luck / Good Fortune
fuku
fu
fu2
House of Good Fortune福宅
福宅
n/afú zhái
fu zhai
fu chai
fu2 zhai2
fuzhai
Abundance and Prosperity繁荣富裕
繁榮富裕
hanei yuuhuku
haneiyuuhuku
hanei yuhuku
fán róng fù yù
fan rong fu yu
fan jung fu yü
fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4
fanrongfuyu
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance年年有馀
年年有餘
n/anián nián yǒu yú
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
niannianyouyu
Abundance / Prosperous富裕
富裕
fu yuu
fuyuu
fu yu
fù yù
fu yu
fu yü
fu4 yu4
fuyu

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "good fortune" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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