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| 1. Happy
2. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
3. Happy Laughter
4. Double Happiness
5. Better to be Happy than Rich
6. Pursuit of Happiness
7. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
8. Joyfulness / Happiness
9. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
10. Happiness / Contentment
|11. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
13. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate
14. 100 Years of Happy Marriage
15. Happy Family
16. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence
17. Be Happy
18. Happy New Year
19. Happy Buddha
20. Eternal Happiness
|21. Seven Rules of Happiness|
22. Prosperity and Happiness
23. Peace, Love, Happiness
24. Love and Happiness
25. Happiness in the Afterlife
26. Double Happiness Guest Book
27. Happiness / Joy
28. School of Happiness
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.
See Also: Happiness
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
歡笑 translates as "happy laughter."
The first character means happy or happiness.
The second character means to laugh, laughter or smile.
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.
See Also: Happiness
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.
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
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.
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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).
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.
幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
樂天 is about being optimistic and also making the best of whatever life throws at you.
This word is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as, "acceptance of fate and happy about it." There is one English word equivalent which is sanguinity or sanguinary.
You can also say that this means, "Be happy with whatever Heaven provides," or "Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you." 樂天 suggests being an optimist in life.
Note: This is sometimes a given name in China.
This is a wish or greeting, often heard at Chinese weddings, for a couple to have 100 good years together.
Some will translate this more naturally into English as: "May you live a long and happy life together."
The character breakdown:
百 = 100
年 = Years
好 = Good (Happy)
合 = Together
This means, "harmonious family" or "happy family" in Chinese.
The first two characters relay the idea of happiness and harmony.
The third character is a connecting or possessive article (connects harmony/happiness to family).
The last character means family but can also mean home or household.
This means "happy family" or "harmonious family" in Japanese. The first three Kanji create a word that means mild, calm, gentle, quiet, or harmonious. After that is a connecting article. The last two Kanji mean family, home, or household.
This is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.
The first two characters mean happiness, good fortune, luck, or blessing.
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.
This is a way to express the idea, "be happy" in Japanese.
Japanese grammar is far different than English, so the word order is kind of the opposite of English. If you translated directly, you'd have something like, "Happiness hence forth," or "Happiness hereafter." Basically, the idea is to be happy from this moment on.
If you want to wish someone a happy new year this is the way. You can hang this up during Western New Years (Dec 31st - Jan 1st) and keep it up until after Chinese New Years which happens in either January or February of each year (it changes from year to year because China uses a lunar calendar).
This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.
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 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.
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.
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 "happiness and love" in Chinese.
There is a suggestion of "good fortune" in the version of happiness used here.
This unusual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean term means afterlife happiness, happiness in the next world, or the happiness of the dead.
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 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 means "School of Happiness" in Japanese.
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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|
|Happy||欣||kin||xīn / xin1 / xin||hsin|
|Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss||樂 / 楽|
|raku||lè / le4 / le|
|xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|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
|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
|Joyfulness / Happiness||快樂|
|kai raku / kairaku||kuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuaile||k`uai le / kuaile / kuai le|
|Happiness / Joyful / Joy||喜||ki / yorokobi||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|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||幸福||koufuku / kofuku||xìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfu||hsing fu / hsingfu|
|Optimism / Happy With Your Fate||樂天 / 楽天|
|raku ten / rakuten||lè tiān / le4 tian1 / le tian / letian||le t`ien / letien / le tien|
|100 Years of Happy Marriage||百年好合||bǎi nián hǎo hé
bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
bai nian hao he
|pai nien hao ho
|hé xié zhī jiā
he2 xie2 zhi1 jia1
he xie zhi jia
|ho hsieh chih chia
|Happy Family||和やかな家庭||nago ya ka na ka tei|
|Serendipity / Happy Coincidence||幸せな偶然||shiawa se na guu zen|
shiawa se na gu zen
|Be Happy||幸せである||Shiawa se de a ru|
|Happy New Year||新年快樂|
|xīn nián kuài lè
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xin nian kuai le
|hsin nien k`uai le
hsin nien kuai le
|kan gi kou butsu|
kan gi ko butsu
|huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
|huan hsi kuang fo
|xìng fú yǒng héng
xing4 fu2 yong3 heng2
xing fu yong heng
|hsing fu yung heng
|Seven Rules of Happiness||幸福の七カ條|
|kou fuku no nana ka jou|
ko fuku no nana ka jo
|Prosperity and Happiness||富樂|
|furaku||fù lè / fu4 le4 / fu le / fule|
|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
|Love and Happiness||幸福與愛|
|xìng fú yǔ ài
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xing fu yu ai
|hsing fu yü ai
|Happiness in the Afterlife||冥福||mei fuku / meifuku||míng fú / ming2 fu2 / ming fu / mingfu|
|Double Happiness Guest Book||囍|
|xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|Happiness / Joy||禧||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|School of Happiness||幸福の學校|
|koufuku no gakkou|
kofuku no gako
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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