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Good Luck in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  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 Vast Sky Full of Stars
Alexandra
Amelia
Archangel
Autumn
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Bradley
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Bushido
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Destiny
Dojo
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dragon Tiger Spirit
Effort
Enjoy Life
Family
Fighter
Fire
Firefly
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Forest
George
Ghost
God is Always With You
God is Love
God is My Judge
Gold Fish
Golden
Good
Good Luck
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Hailey
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Have Faith in God
Hero
I Need You
Idea
Inner Peace
Inner Peace and Serenity
Inner Strength
Iris Flower
Jackie Chan
Jasmine Flower
John
Judo
Justine
Karen
Katie
Koi Fish
Life Energy Spiritual
Lightning
Live for the Day
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Love Die
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love of My Life
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
Mama
Marriage
Moon
Mountain
Mushin No Shin
One True Love
Passionate Love
Pearl
People
Power
Pure
Rahul
Reason
Seasons
Serenity
Serenity Prayer
Sisterly Love
Solitude
Spirit of the Tiger
Stone
Strength
Strong
Summer
Taekwondo
Tao Te Ching
Thank You
The Saint
Thomas
Tiger
Time
Tony
Tree
Trust in God
Warrior
Wealth
Winter
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Year of the Dragon

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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