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| 1. Good Luck
2. Opportunity / Good Luck
3. Good Luck / Good Fortune
4. House of Good Fortune
5. Abundance and Prosperity
| 6. Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance|
7. Abundance / Prosperous
8. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
9. Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence
10. Lucky / Auspicious
This can be translated as "good luck", "fortunate", "lucky" and/or "good fortune" in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Occasionally, this is also translated as a type of happiness or a short way to write serendipity.
This is the kind of opportunity that comes via good luck or good fortune.
This word is sometimes translated as "stroke of good luck".
While there are other ways to express "opportunity", I think this version is best for a calligraphy wall scroll or portrait.
Note: In Korean Hanja, this would also mean "Meeting someone under strange circumstances".
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
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.
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
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.
This can mean happiness, good fortune, good luck, and in the old days, good harvest or bounty.
Note: From Japanese, this character is sometimes romanized as "sachi", and is often pronounced "kou" or sometimes "rei" when used in compound words with other Kanji.
This is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.
The first two Kanji mean fortunate, lucky, fortune, or good luck.
In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.
The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.
A simple way to express the state of being lucky. Also used in conversation to hope that all is well with someone. This is more often seen as part of a compound word with a lucky association (especially in Korean).
Not as often used in Japanese, but still means "good luck" but can also mean "joy" in Japanese.
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...
A Life of Serenity|
A New Life
A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Better Late Than Never
Faith in God
God Give Me Strength
God is Always With You
Grace from Heaven
I Need You
|Life in Perfect Harmony|
Live for Today
One Life One Chance
Pursuit of Happiness
Shaolin Chang Chuan
Trust No Man
Year of the Dragon
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Opportunity / Good Luck||机遇|
|Good Luck / Good Fortune||福|
|House of Good Fortune||福宅|
|Abundance and Prosperity||繁荣富裕|
|fán róng fù yù|
fan rong fu yu
fan jung fu yü
|fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4|
|Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance||年年有馀|
|n/a||nián nián yǒu yú|
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
|nian2 nian2 you3 yu2|
|Abundance / Prosperous||富裕|
|Happiness / Fortune / Lucky||幸|
|saki / sachi / rei / rē||xìng|
|Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence||幸運な偶然|
|kou un na guu zen|
ko un na gu zen
|Lucky / Auspicious||吉|
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 luck" 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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