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Good Luck in Chinese / Japanese...

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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


Good Luck

China xìng yùn
Japan kou un
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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.

Opportunity / Good Luck

China jī yù
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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".

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.


See Also...  Prosperity | Good Fortune

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

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
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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.

Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence

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Japan kou un na guu zen
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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.

Lucky / Auspicious

China
Japan kichi
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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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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...

A Life of Serenity
A New Life
A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Abundance
Aikido
Alone
Always
Amitabha
Autumn
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Believe
Best Love
Beth
Black
Black Belt
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Blue
Bobby
Brown
Buddha
Buddhism
Buddhist
Bushido
Business
Butterflies
Cassidy
Cause and Effect
Charlie
Chelsea
Cherry Blossom
Child
Children
Confucius
Courage
Crouching Tiger
Dance
Darkness
Dawn
Destiny
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Drink
Dustin
Elizabeth
Emperor
Faith
Family
Fighting Spirit
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Flying
Forest
Forever and Eternity
Fortune
Four Noble Truths
Free Spirit
Free Will
Friends
Friends Forever
Friendship
Ghost
Goat
God is Always With You
God is Love
God of Abraham
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Golden
Good
Good Deed
Good Fortune
Good Luck
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Happy
Happy Birthday
Harmony
Home
Hope
Horse
I Need You
Jasmine Flower
Jason
Joyful Happiness
Jujitsu
Koi Fish
Life Goes On
Life is Beautiful
Light
Live for the Day
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Life
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Flower
Love
Love and Devotion
Love and Respect
Love Forever and Ever
Love Hate
Love of My Life
Love You Forever
Luck
Moon
Mountain
My True Love
Nadia
Namo Amitabha Buddha
New Year
Nicole
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Pain
Pamela
Peace and Harmony
Peace Love
Peaceful
People
Perfect
Plum
Power
Pure
Pursuit of Happiness
Respect
Rise from the Ashes
River
Serenity Prayer
Shadow
Sincerity and Devotion
Sister Love
Snake
Snow
Soldier
Soldier of God
Song
Strong and Beautiful
Strong Powerful
Sword
Taurus
The Saint
Tiger
Tiger Spirit
Tigers
Today
Tranquility
Tree
Tristan
Trust
Trust in God
Trust No Man
Trust No One
Unselfish
Upright
Warrior
Warrior Essence
Wedding
White
Will
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Work
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



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幸运
幸運
kou un
kouun
ko un
xìng yùn
xing yun
hsing yün
xing4 yun4
xingyun
Opportunity / Good Luck机遇
機遇
n/ajī yù
ji yu
chi yü
ji1 yu4
jiyu
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
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng
xing
hsing
xing4
Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence幸運な偶然
幸運な偶然
kou un na guu zen
kouunnaguuzen
ko un na gu zen
n/a
Lucky / Auspicious
kichi
ji
chi
ji2

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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