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  1. Happy
  2. Happy Laughter
  3. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
  4. Be Happy
  5. Happy Family
  6. 100 Years of Happy Marriage
  7. Happy Family
  8. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate
  9. Happy New Year
10. Happy Buddha
11. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence
12. Better to be Happy than Rich
13. Double Happiness
14. Pursuit of Happiness
15. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
16. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
17. Happiness / Contentment
18. Happiness
19. Pursuit of Happiness
20. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
21. Joyfulness / Happiness
22. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
23. School of Happiness
24. Eternal Happiness
25. Happiness / Joy
26. Double Happiness Guest Book
27. Prosperity and Happiness
28. Happiness in the Afterlife
29. Love and Happiness
30. Doing good is the greatest source of happiness
31. School of Happiness
32. Peace, Love, Happiness
33. Seven Rules of Happiness
34. Peace, Love, Happiness


China xīn
Japan kin
Happy Wall Scroll

欣 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. 欣 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

China huān xiào
Happy Laughter Wall Scroll

歡笑 translates as "happy laughter."

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

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

Japan raku
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss Wall Scroll

樂 / 楽 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.

樂 / 楽 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

Be Happy

Japan Shiawa se de a ru
Be Happy Wall Scroll

幸せである 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 Family

Japan nago ya ka na ka tei
Happy Family Wall Scroll

和やかな家庭 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.

100 Years of Happy Marriage

China bǎi nián hǎo hé
100 Years of Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

百年好合 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
Happy Family Wall Scroll

和諧之家 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.

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

China lè tiān
Japan raku ten
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate Wall Scroll

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: 樂天 / 楽天 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.

Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year Wall Scroll

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
Happy Buddha Wall Scroll

This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. 歡喜光佛 is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

Japan shiawa se na guu zen
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence Wall Scroll

幸せな偶然 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.

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Wall Scroll

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

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
Double Happiness Wall Scroll

囍 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.

囍 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

Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
Pursuit of Happiness Wall Scroll

The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."

The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.

追尋幸福 is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.

See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

Happiness / Joyful / Joy

Japan ki / yorokobi
Happiness / Joyful / Joy Wall Scroll

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 / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky Wall Scroll

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 / Contentment

Japan ko fuku
Happiness / Contentment Wall Scroll

鼓腹 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
Happiness / Contentment Wall Scroll

滿足 / 満足 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


China xìng fú
Japan koufuku
Happiness Wall Scroll

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

Pursuit of Happiness

Japan koufuku o motome te
Pursuit of Happiness Wall Scroll

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
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Wall Scroll

幸福成功的一生 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

Joyfulness / Happiness

China kuài lè
Japan kai raku
Joyfulness / Happiness Wall Scroll

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

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Wall Scroll

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

School of Happiness

China xìng fú xué xiào
School of Happiness Wall Scroll

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.

Eternal Happiness

China xìng fú yǒng héng
Eternal Happiness Wall Scroll

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.

Happiness / Joy

Happiness / Joy Wall Scroll

禧 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).

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll

囍 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.

Prosperity and Happiness

China fù lè
Japan furaku
Prosperity and Happiness Wall Scroll

富樂 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.

Happiness in the Afterlife

China míng fú
Japan mei fuku
Happiness in the Afterlife Wall Scroll

This unusual Chinese, Japanese, and Korean term means afterlife happiness, happiness in the next world, or the happiness of the dead.

Love and Happiness

China xìng fú yǔ ài
Love and Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福與愛 is "happiness and love" in Chinese.

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

Doing good is the greatest source of happiness

China wéi shàn zuì lè
Doing good is the greatest source of happiness Wall Scroll

為善最樂 can be translated as, "Doing good is the greatest source of happiness," or "doing good deeds brings the greatest joy".

The origin is not known, sometimes used in the context of Buddhism. However, this Chinese proverb or philosophy is a fairly mainstream idea of benevolence.

School of Happiness

Japan koufuku no gakkou
School of Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福の学校 means "School of Happiness" in Japanese.

幸福の學校 is not a common phrase in Japanese, but it will be understood.

Peace, Love, Happiness

Japan heiwa ai koufuku
Peace, Love, Happiness Wall Scroll

平和, 愛, 幸福 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).

Seven Rules of Happiness

Japan kou fuku no nana ka jou
Seven Rules of Happiness Wall Scroll

幸福の七カ條 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。 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.

Peace, Love, Happiness

China hé píng bó ài xìng fú
Peace, Love, Happiness Wall Scroll

和平博愛幸福 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.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy kinxīn / xin1 / xin hsin
Happy Laughter 歡笑
huān xiào
huan1 xiao4
huan xiao
huan hsiao
Cheerful Bliss
樂 / 楽
rakulè / le4 / le
Be Happy 幸せであるShiawa se de a ru
Happy Family 和やかな家庭nago ya ka na ka tei
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
Happy Family 和諧之家
hé xié zhī jiā
he2 xie2 zhi1 jia1
he xie zhi jia
ho hsieh chih chia
Happy With Your Fate
樂天 / 楽天
raku ten / rakutenlè tiān / le4 tian1 / le tian / letian le t`ien / letien / le tien
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
Happy Buddha 歡喜光佛
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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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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