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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
12. Happiness
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. School of Happiness
22. Seven Rules of Happiness
23. Prosperity and Happiness
24. Peace, Love, Happiness
25. Love and Happiness
26. Happiness in the Afterlife
27. Double Happiness Guest Book
28. Happiness / Joy


Happy

China xīn
Japan kin
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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

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

China
Japan raku
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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.

楽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

Happy Laughter

China huān xiào
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歡笑 translates as "happy laughter."

The first character means happy or happiness.
The second character means to laugh, laughter or smile.

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
China
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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").

Double Happiness Portrait Red 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

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
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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.


See Also:  A Sly Rabbit Will Have Three Openings To Its Den

Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
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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

Pursuit of Happiness

Japan koufuku o motome te
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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


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
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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

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
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This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Prosperity

Joyfulness / Happiness

China kuài lè
Japan kai raku
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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.


See Also:  Happiness

Happiness / Joyful / Joy

China
Japan ki / yorokobi
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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).


See Also:  Contentment | Happiness | Joy

Happiness / Contentment

Japan ko fuku
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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.


See Also:  Satisfaction | Pleasure | Well-Being

Happiness / Contentment

China mǎn zú
Japan man zoku
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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.


満In Japanese, the Kanji for this word is an alternate Chinese form. You can see and select this version at the right (recommended only if your audience is specifically Japanese).


See Also:  Satisfaction | Contentment | Pleasure | Well-Being

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.

Happiness

China xìng fú
Japan koufuku
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幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

China lè tiān
Japan raku ten
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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.


楽 Please note that Japanese tend to write the first character in a slightly-different form (as seen to the right). Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

100 Years of Happy Marriage

China bǎi nián hǎo hé
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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

Happy Family

China hé xié zhī jiā
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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.

Happy Family

Japan nago ya ka na ka tei
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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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

Japan shiawa se na guu zen
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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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Be Happy

Japan Shiawa se de a ru
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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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
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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).

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
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This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

Eternal Happiness

China xìng fú yǒng héng
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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.

School of Happiness

Japan koufuku no gakkou
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幸福の学校 means "School of Happiness" in Japanese.

This is not a common phrase in Japanese, but it will be understood.

School of Happiness

China xìng fú xué xiào
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幸福學校 means "School of Happiness" or "Happiness School" in Chinese.

幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.

學校 means school or college.

Seven Rules of Happiness

Japan kou fuku no nana ka jou
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This is the title for the 7 rules of happiness in Japanese. The rules themselves take up a lot of space:

1. 成功や栄誉や勝ち負けを目的に、ことを行ってはいけない。
2. しないではいられないことをし続けなさい。
3. 他人との比較ではない、あくまで自分の楽しさを追及すべし。
4. 好きの力を信じる。
5. 才能と収入は別、努力は人を裏切ると心得よ。
6. 怠け者になりなさい。
7. 目に見えない世界を信じる。

...so this title is probably all you need.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Prosperity and Happiness

China fù lè
Japan furaku
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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.

Peace, Love, Happiness

China hé píng bó ài xìng fú
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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.

Peace, Love, Happiness

Japan heiwa ai koufuku
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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).

Love and Happiness

China xìng fú yǔ ài
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This is "happiness and love" in Chinese.

There is a suggestion of "good fortune" in the version of happiness used here.

Happiness in the Afterlife

China míng fú
Japan mei fuku
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This unusual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean term means afterlife happiness, happiness in the next world, or the happiness of the dead.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
China
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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.

Happiness / Joy

China
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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).


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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.




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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy kinxīn / xin1 / xin hsin
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss 樂 / 楽
rakulè / le4 / le
Happy Laughter 歡笑
欢笑
huān xiào
huan1 xiao4
huan xiao
huanxiao
huan hsiao
huanhsiao
Double Happiness
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Better to be Happy than Rich 安貧樂道
安贫乐道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
anpinledao
an p`in le tao
anpinletao
an pin le tao
Pursuit of Happiness 追尋幸福
追寻幸福
zhuī xún xìng fú
zhui1 xun2 xing4 fu2
zhui xun xing fu
zhuixunxingfu
chui hsün hsing fu
chuihsünhsingfu
Pursuit of Happiness 幸福を求めてkoufuku o motome te
koufukuomotomete
kofuku o motome te
kofukuomotomete
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
xingfuchenggongdeyisheng
hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
hsingfuchengkungteisheng
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
koufukutohaneinojinsei
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
kofukutohaneinojinsei
Joyfulness / Happiness 快樂
快乐
kai raku / kairakukuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuaile k`uai le / kuaile / kuai le
Happiness / Joyful / Joy ki / yorokobixǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Happiness / Contentment 鼓腹ko fuku / kofuku
Happiness / Contentment 滿足 / 満足
满足
man zoku / manzokumǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzu man tsu / mantsu
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng / xing4 / xing hsing
Happiness 幸福koufuku / kofukuxìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfu hsing fu / hsingfu
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate 樂天 / 楽天
乐天
raku ten / rakutenlè 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
bainianhaohe
pai nien hao ho
painienhaoho
Happy Family 和諧之家
和谐之家
hé xié zhī jiā
he2 xie2 zhi1 jia1
he xie zhi jia
hexiezhijia
ho hsieh chih chia
hohsiehchihchia
Happy Family 和やかな家庭nago ya ka na ka tei
nagoyakanakatei
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence 幸せな偶然shiawa se na guu zen
shiawasenaguuzen
shiawa se na gu zen
shiawasenaguzen
Be Happy 幸せであるShiawa se de a ru
Shiawasedearu
Happy New Year 新年快樂
新年快乐
xīn nián kuài lè
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xin nian kuai le
xinniankuaile
hsin nien k`uai le
hsinnienkuaile
hsin nien kuai le
Happy Buddha 歡喜光佛
欢喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kangikoubutsu
kan gi ko butsu
kangikobutsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
huanxiguangfo
huan hsi kuang fo
huanhsikuangfo
Eternal Happiness 幸福永恆
幸福永恒
xìng fú yǒng héng
xing4 fu2 yong3 heng2
xing fu yong heng
xingfuyongheng
hsing fu yung heng
hsingfuyungheng
School of Happiness 幸福の學校
幸福の学校
koufuku no gakkou
koufukunogakkou
kofuku no gako
kofukunogako
School of Happiness 幸福學校
幸福学校
xìng fú xué xiào
xing4 fu2 xue2 xiao4
xing fu xue xiao
xingfuxuexiao
hsing fu hsüeh hsiao
hsingfuhsüehhsiao
Seven Rules of Happiness 幸福の七カ條
幸福の七カ条
kou fuku no nana ka jou
koufukunonanakajou
ko fuku no nana ka jo
kofukunonanakajo
Prosperity and Happiness 富樂
富乐
furakufù lè / fu4 le4 / fu le / fule
Peace, Love, Happiness 和平博愛幸福
和平博爱幸福
hé píng bó ài xìng fú
he2 ping2 bo2 ai4 xing4 fu2
he ping bo ai xing fu
hepingboaixingfu
ho p`ing po ai hsing fu
hopingpoaihsingfu
ho ping po ai hsing fu
Peace, Love, Happiness 平和, 愛, 幸福heiwa ai koufuku
heiwaaikoufuku
heiwa ai kofuku
heiwaaikofuku
Love and Happiness 幸福與愛
幸福与爱
xìng fú yǔ ài
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xing fu yu ai
xingfuyuai
hsing fu yü ai
hsingfuyüai
Happiness in the Afterlife 冥福mei fuku / meifukumíng fú / ming2 fu2 / ming fu / mingfu
Double Happiness Guest Book
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Happiness / Joy xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi

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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