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2. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
3. Joyfulness / Happiness
4. Happiness / Contentment
5. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
6. Happiness / Joy
7. Double Happiness
8. Pursuit of Happiness
9. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
10. Love and Happiness
11. Prosperity and Happiness
12. Eternal Happiness
|13. Peace, Love, Happiness|
14. Double Happiness Guest Book
15. School of Happiness
16. Seven Rules of Happiness
17. Better to be Happy than Rich
18. Live Laugh Love
19. Live for What You Love
22. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
24. Happy Buddha
幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."
This character can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).
If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.
There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).
Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad.
This word can also mean pleasure, enjoyment, delight, cheerful, or merry. In some ways, this is the essence that makes someone to be perceived as a charming person.
This means happiness and contentment in Japanese Kanji.
The first Kanji represents your internal beat or drum.
The second Kanji represents your mind and body.
Together, it suggests that your internal rhythm or beat is regular, soothing, and at proper tempo.
This is the kind of happiness that involves being satisfied and content.
This can also suggest the actions of "to satisfy," "to meet the needs of."
Other single-word definitions include: satisfaction; contentment; sufficient; enough; adequate; full; complete.
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 the type of happiness known in the west as "joy." The radical on the right side of this character is often seen alone (with the same meaning - and we do recommend that version because it's more universal).
This is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.
As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.
Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.
This is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").
If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.
The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."
The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.
This is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.
See Also: Follow Your Dreams
幸福を求めて is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese..
Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め (motome） to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle
See Also: Follow Your Dreams
This means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success." It's a great and very positive and inspirational wall scroll selection.
See Also: Prosperity
This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success."
See Also: Prosperity
This is "happiness and love" in Chinese.
There is a suggestion of "good fortune" in the version of happiness used here.
This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a title meaning prosperity and happiness.
If you have a desire to live in prosperity and happiness, this is for you.
Note: This title is often used in a Buddhist context.
幸福永恆 is a short way to say eternal happiness in Chinese.
Breaking down the parts:
幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.
永恆 means eternal, everlasting, and/or forever.
Another way to write this is 永恆的幸福. It reverses the word order and adds a possessive article. I prefer the shorter version, which is also a bit more natural in Chinese.
This is a word-list that means, "peace, love, happiness," in Chinese.
Word lists like this are not commonly-seen in China. Phrases with subject, verb, and object, or just single words are more natural for calligraphy artwork.
This means "peace, love, happiness" in Japanese.
This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).
This is where to start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll."
The paper panel can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm. If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (which with silk panels will yield a wall scroll about 155cm).
Most customers pick red paper with gold flakes, and white or ivory silk. But, you can do any color combination that you want.
This means "School of Happiness" in Japanese.
This is the title for the 7 rules of happiness in Japanese. The rules themselves take up a lot of space:
...so this title is probably all you need.
Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...
...Satisfaction, happiness, and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.
In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.
In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the amount to money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, and seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your personal worth by the size of your bank account.
In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:
The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).
The second character means love.
The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."
Please note: This is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.
We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.
We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.
In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.
Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.
This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."
This means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).
See Also: Prosperity
歡 means joyous, happy, delight, and pleased.
This character represents an external happiness that may have you clapping and cheering.
Please note: The other happiness/joyful which looks like "喜" is more popular.
歡 is the ancient/old version in China and Japan. After WWII in Japan, they started using 歓. Just let us know if you want this modern version instead of the ancient one.
This is the type of happiness that you feel on the inside. It is the feeling of being released and delighted as well as being in a state of contentment. This is a more internal happiness that perhaps only shows by the smile on your face. It can also be translated as "to take pleasure in" or "to rejoice."
Note: This character is often used in compound words - especially in Korean Hanja.
As Japanese Kanji, this is so rare, that most Japanese people are not aware of its existence.
This is a single-character form of happiness or bliss that holds the ideas of laughing and having a good time. It can also be translated as happy, glad, enjoyable, fun, and sometimes, music.
This a really good character if your audience is Chinese.
This is not a word seen alone very often in Korean.
In Japanese, this character is written like the image shown to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will look like this instead of the character shown above.
Note: In Japanese, this has a meaning of comfort, ease, and enjoyment.
See Also: Joyfulness
This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.
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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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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||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Happiness||幸福||koufuku / kofuku||xìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfu||hsing fu / hsingfu|
|Happiness / Joyful / Joy||喜||ki / yorokobi||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|Joyfulness / Happiness||快樂|
|kai raku / kairaku||kuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuaile||k`uai le / kuaile / kuai le|
|Happiness / Contentment||鼓腹||ko fuku / kofuku|
|Happiness / Contentment||滿足 / 満足|
|man zoku / manzoku||mǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzu||man tsu / mantsu|
|Happiness / Fortune / Lucky||幸||saki / sachi / rei / rē||xìng / xing4 / xing||hsing|
|Happiness / Joy||禧||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|Pursuit of Happiness||追尋幸福|
|zhuī xún xìng fú
zhui1 xun2 xing4 fu2
zhui xun xing fu
|chui hsün hsing fu
|Pursuit of Happiness||幸福を求めて||koufuku o motome te|
kofuku o motome te
|A Life of Happiness and Prosperity||幸福成功的一生||xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
xing4 fu2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1
xing fu cheng gong de yi sheng
|hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
|A Life of Happiness and Prosperity||幸福と繁栄の人生||kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei|
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
|Love and Happiness||幸福與愛|
|xìng fú yǔ ài
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xing fu yu ai
|hsing fu yü ai
|Prosperity and Happiness||富樂|
|furaku||fù lè / fu4 le4 / fu le / fule|
|xìng fú yǒng héng
xing4 fu2 yong3 heng2
xing fu yong heng
|hsing fu yung heng
|Peace, Love, Happiness||和平博愛幸福|
|hé píng bó ài xìng fú
he2 ping2 bo2 ai4 xing4 fu2
he ping bo ai xing fu
|ho p`ing po ai hsing fu
ho ping po ai hsing fu
|Peace, Love, Happiness||平和, 愛, 幸福||heiwa ai koufuku|
heiwa ai kofuku
|Double Happiness Guest Book||囍|
|xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|School of Happiness||幸福の學校|
|koufuku no gakkou|
kofuku no gako
|Seven Rules of Happiness||幸福の七カ條|
|kou fuku no nana ka jou|
ko fuku no nana ka jo
|Better to be Happy than Rich||安貧樂道|
|ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
|an p`in le tao
an pin le tao
|Live Laugh Love||笑愛生活|
|xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
|hsiao ai sheng huo
|Live Laugh Love||愛と笑いの生活||ai to warai no seikatsu|
|Live for What You Love||人生謳歌||jin sei ou ka|
jin sei o ka
欢 / 歓
|kan||huān / huan1 / huan|
|Happy||欣||kin||xīn / xin1 / xin||hsin|
|Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss||樂 / 楽|
|raku||lè / le4 / le|
|Pleasure||愉||yu||yú / yu2 / yu||yü|
|kan gi kou butsu|
kan gi ko butsu
|huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
|huan hsi kuang fo
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line. In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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