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Heaven in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Heaven / Sky
  2. Grace from Heaven / Grace from God
  3. Voice of Heaven / Voices from Heaven
  4. Oneness of Heaven and Humanity
  5. Blessed by Heaven
  6. Destiny Determined by Heaven
  7. Heaven and Earth
  8. Kingdom of Heaven
  9. One Family Under Heaven
10. Angel / Messenger of Heaven
11. Heaven Rewards Hard Work
12. Heaven Blesses the Diligent
13. God in the glorious center of Heaven
14. Grace from Heaven...
15. Archangel / Arch Angel
16. Blue Sky


Heaven / Sky

China tiān
Japan ten
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This is the character which means "heaven" or "sky" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Context of how this character is used determines if you are talking about heaven or the sky above (often they are the same concept anyway).

When combined with other characters, words like "today" and "tomorrow" are created. While sometimes the character for "sun" is used to mean "day", often "sky" represents "day" in Asian languages.
Example: "this sky" = "today", "next sky" = "tomorrow" in modern Chinese and Japanese (they also use "sun" in the same way - but the use of the "sun" character in words like today and tomorrow feels more ancient).

In Chinese culture, regardless of which religion, it's almost always assumed that God (and any other deities) live up above in the sky. This is probably how the idea of heaven being associated with this character began.
The equation goes something like this: God's domain is the sky, thus, the sky is heaven.


Note: As a single character, this is a little ambiguous, so you might want to choose our Kingdom of Heaven selection instead.


See Also...  God | Today | Sun

Grace from Heaven / Grace from God

China tiān ēn
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This is the deepest way to say "Heaven's Grace" or "God's Grace" in Chinese.

The first character means Heaven or sky (referring in this case to the domain of God).
The second character means grace, blessings, benevolence, favor / favour, acts of kindness, merits, or beneficial influence.

This title can also be defined as:
Blessings of Heaven, Favor of the Emperor, Divination's luckiest day, or blessings of nature. Note: When you see "Emperor" above, keep in mind that the Emperor, like the Pope is theoretically chosen by God, or seen as an emissary or conduit of God in ancient Asian culture. It would only be read that way in certain context such as, "The Emperor, in his mercy, bestowed upon him Heaven's Grace and the prisoner was set free".


Note: Technically, this is a Japanese word too (pronounced "ten-on"), but it's rarely-used in Japan anymore. Therefore this title is best if your audience is Chinese.

Voice of Heaven / Voices from Heaven

China tiān táng zhī yīn
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This title can be translated as either "voice of heaven" or "voices from heaven".

The first two characters mean heaven.
The third character is a possessive article (kind of like making heaven into heaven's).
The last character means voice, but can also mean sound.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.

Oneness of Heaven and Humanity

China tiān rén hé yī
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This title represents the oneness of heaven and humanity. It conveys the idea that man is an integral part of nature.

You can also read this as "heaven and man in unity", or "nature and man in unity". The "man" is really "people" or "humans" and is not gender-specific in Chinese.

Blessed by Heaven

Japan ten kei
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This means "Heaven's Blessing", "Blessings from Heaven", or "Blessed by Heaven" in Japanese Kanji.

Depending on the context in which this is used, it can also mean, "gift of nature", or even, "natural resources" (as in Heaven or God bestowed things like oil, iron, gold, and other natural resources upon mankind).

Destiny Determined by Heaven

China tiān yì
Japan teni
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This is a way to express destiny in a slightly religious way. Literally this means "Heaven's Wish" or "Heaven's Desire" with the idea of fate and destiny being derived as well. It suggests that your destiny comes from God / Heaven and that your path has already been chosen by a higher power.

My Japanese dictionary defines this word as "divine will" or "providence" but it also holds the meaning of "the will of the emperor". Therefore I don't suggest this phrase if your audience is Japanese - it feels a little strange in Japanese anyway.

Heaven and Earth

China tiān dì
Japan tenchi
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This is "Heaven and Earth" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. This title is used for many different contexts. It can be a general term, but also used by Buddhists and in other religions.

This can also be used to refer to the universe, all of nature, the top and bottom, realm of life, or sphere of existence.

Kingdom of Heaven

Traditional Chinese and Ancient Japanese
China tiān guó
Japan tengoku
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This is the very Christian way to refer to the "Kingdom of Heaven" in Chinese, old Korean and Japanese. This is also the translation for "paradise".

The first character means "Heaven". The second character means "kingdom", but in modern times has been extended to mean "country" (but no one will translate this particular character combination as "Heaven Country"). This is the ancient version of this word, as in modern times (after WWII) the second character was simplified in mainland China and Japan.

Kingdom of Heaven

Japanese and Simplified Chinese
China tiān guó
Japan tengoku
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This is the same meaning and pronunciation as our other entry for "Kingdom of Heaven" but the second character was simplified in Japan and mainland China to this version. Choose the appearance that you like best (they will be somewhat universally understood - as most people are aware of this simplification in places where they still use all traditional characters - such as Taiwan and Hong Kong). You can consider the other version to be the "ancient version".

One Family Under Heaven

China tiān xià yī jiā
Japan tenka ikka
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This proverb can also be translated as "The whole world is one family". It is used to mean that all humans are related under heaven.

The first two characters can be translated as "the world", "whole country", "descended from heaven", "earth under heaven", "the public" or "the ruling power".

The second two characters can mean "one family", "a household", "one's folks", "a house" or "a home". Usually this is read as "a family".

Note: This proverb can be understood in Japanese, though not commonly used.

Angel / Messenger of Heaven

China tiān shǐ
Japan ten shi
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This is the meaning of Angel in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means heaven. The second means messenger. Together it makes sense that we are talking about angels as Heaven's Messengers.

If you are an "Angel Junkie", this may be the wall scroll for you.
I also think it's a great choice if your name happens to be Angel.


See Also...  Angel

Heaven Rewards Hard Work

China huáng tiān bù fù kǔ xīn rén
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This inspirational Chinese proverb can be translated a few ways:

Heaven will not disappoint the person who tries.

If you try hard, you're bound to succeed eventually.

Heaven rewards diligent work.

Sincere/heartful effort reaps the grace of Heaven.

Heaven Blesses the Diligent

China tiān dào chóu qín
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This can be interpreted a few different ways:
God blesses those who work hard.
It is the way of Heaven to smile on the diligent.
God will reward those that are worthy.
Heaven blesses those who are diligent.

Whichever translation you like, a scroll like this on your wall may serve as a reminder to work hard because your diligence will pay off both in this life and the next.


Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.

God in the glorious center of Heaven

China tiān zhī yù zhōng zhǔ shén
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This is a phrase that was submitted by a customer. I do not have information on the origin of this phrase.

Grace from Heaven
Grace from God

Japanese only
Japan kami no on kei
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The first two characters act to create a word that means "divine", "God's", or "The Spirit's".

The last two Kanji mean grace, favor, favour, blessing, or benefit.

Archangel / Arch Angel

China dà tiān shǐ
Japan dai ten shi
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This is the title Archangel in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means big or great (in this case, it means "arch").
The second means heaven (or sky).
The last means messenger.

The second and third characters together make the title for angel, which is literally "Heaven's Messenger".

This title would be understood as "The Chief of all Angels", or "The Great Angel". Some might even say it's the boss of Angels.


See Also...  Angel

Blue Sky

The Blue Dome of Heaven
China cāng qióng
Japan sou kyuu
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This is a poetic way to express "sky" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

It's like saying, "The blue dome of heaven", or a way to say "blue sky" within a poem.


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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.




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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 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Heaven / Sky
tentiān
tian
t`ien
tian1
tien
tien
Grace from Heaven / Grace from God天恩
天恩
n/atiān ēn
tian en
t`ien en
tian1 en1
tianen
tienen
tien en
Voice of Heaven / Voices from Heaven天堂之音
天堂之音
n/atiān táng zhī yīn
tian tang zhi yin
t`ien t`ang chih yin
tian1 tang2 zhi1 yin1
tiantangzhiyin
tientangchihyin
tien tang chih yin
Oneness of Heaven and Humanity天人合一
天人合一
n/atiān rén hé yī
tian ren he yi
t`ien jen ho i
tian1 ren2 he2 yi1
tianrenheyi
tienjenhoi
tien jen ho i
Blessed by Heaven天恵
天恵
ten kei
tenkei
n/a
Destiny Determined by Heaven天意
天意
tenitiān yì
tian yi
t`ien i
tian1 yi4
tianyi
tieni
tien i
Heaven and Earth天地
天地
tenchitiān dì
tian di
t`ien ti
tian1 di4
tiandi
tienti
tien ti
Kingdom of Heaven天国
天國
tengokutiān guó
tian guo
t`ien kuo
tian1 guo2
tianguo
tienkuo
tien kuo
Kingdom of Heaven天国
天國
tengokutiān guó
tian guo
t`ien kuo
tian1 guo2
tianguo
tienkuo
tien kuo
One Family Under Heaven天下一家
天下一家
tenka ikka
tenkaikka
tenka ika
tiān xià yī jiā
tian xia yi jia
t`ien hsia i chia
tian1 xia4 yi1 jia1
tianxiayijia
tienhsiaichia
tien hsia i chia
Angel / Messenger of Heaven天使
天使
ten shi
tenshi
tiān shǐ
tian shi
t`ien shih
tian1 shi3
tianshi
tienshih
tien shih
Heaven Rewards Hard Work皇天不负苦心人
皇天不負苦心人
n/ahuáng tiān bù fù kǔ xīn rén
huang tian bu fu ku xin ren
huang t`ien pu fu k`u hsin jen
huang2 tian1 bu4 fu4 ku3 xin1 ren2
huangtianbufukuxinren
huangtienpufukuhsinjen
huang tien pu fu ku hsin jen
Heaven Blesses the Diligent天道酬勤
天道酬勤
n/atiān dào chóu qín
tian dao chou qin
t`ien tao ch`ou ch`in
tian1 dao4 chou2 qin2
tiandaochouqin
tientaochouchin
tien tao chou chin
God in the glorious center of Heaven天之御中主神
天之御中主神
n/atiān zhī yù zhōng zhǔ shén
tian zhi yu zhong zhu shen
t`ien chih yü chung chu shen
tian1 zhi1 yu4 zhong1 zhu3 shen2
tianzhiyuzhongzhushen
tienchihyüchungchushen
tien chih yü chung chu shen
Grace from Heaven
Grace from God
神の恩恵
kami no on kei
kaminoonkei
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Archangel / Arch Angel大天使
大天使
dai ten shi
daitenshi
dà tiān shǐ
da tian shi
ta t`ien shih
da4 tian1 shi3
datianshi
tatienshih
ta tien shih
Blue Sky苍穹
蒼穹
sou kyuu
soukyuu
so kyu
cāng qióng
cang qiong
ts`ang ch`iung
cang1 qiong2
cangqiong
tsangchiung
tsang chiung

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 "heaven" 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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