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  1. Integrity...
  2. Honest / Straightforward
  3. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
  4. Honesty
  5. Integrity
  6. Sincerity and Faithfulness
  7. Loyalty to Duty or Master
  8. Honesty
  9. Goodness / Kind-Hearted
10. Uprightness
11. Honesty
12. Angel
13. Boar / Pig
14. Faithful / Honorable...
15. Sincere / True Sincerity
16. Bamboo
17. Goodness / Good Deed
18. Rooster / Chicken
19. Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

Sincere Honest and Faithful

Japan sei jitsu
Integrity / Sincere Honest and Faithful Wall Scroll

誠實 is the Japanese version of integrity which can also be defined as a combination of "sincere, honest and faithful."

Some may also define this as "loyal" or "loyalty." In some context, it can mean "genuine." Yes, all of this meaning in just one Japanese word!

Honest / Straightforward

China dǎng
Honest / Straightforward Wall Scroll

讜 is honest or straightforward in Chinese and old Korean Hanja.

Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

China zhì yǒu
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend Wall Scroll

This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "honest" or "most sincere." The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in Chinese).

See Also:  Friendship | Soulmates


China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
Honesty Wall Scroll

Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat or steal. Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are. When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.

正直 is one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do.

Note: This entry is cross-listed as "integrity" because it also fits that definition.

Japanese jikiPlease note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.

See Also:  Truth | Trust | Integrity


China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
Integrity Wall Scroll

Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.

Japanese jikiPlease note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.

Note: This entry is cross-listed as "honesty" because it also fits that definition.

Beyond Integrity, this word also means "upright" and "honest" in Chinese. Means "integrity," "honesty" or "frankness" in Japanese.

See Also:  Honor | Truth | Trust

Sincerity and Faithfulness

China dǔ shí
Sincerity and Faithfulness Wall Scroll

This word means sincere, solid, and faithful.

Loyalty to Duty or Master

China zhōng
Japan chuu
Loyalty to Duty or Master Wall Scroll

忠 is the simplest way to write the word loyalty in Chinese and Japanese.

A single character like this leaves the meaning open. But alone, a Chinese or Japanese person would think of loyalty to duty or loyalty to one's master (in ancient times). I suppose that it could be loyalty to your boss or company in this day in age.

This character can also mean fidelity or faithfulness.

This can also be romanized as "chung."


China chéng
Japan makoto
Honesty Wall Scroll

This character means truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

As a single-character wall scroll, this suggests that you believe "honesty is the best policy," as your personal philosophy.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also:  Sincerity | Sincere

Goodness / Kind-Hearted

China shàn liáng
Japan zen ryou
Goodness / Kind-Hearted Wall Scroll

This word means good and honest, kind-hearted, goodness, excellence, and/or virtue.


China lián zhí
Japan kiyonao / kiyotada
Uprightness Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese title means, "upright and honest," "incorruptible," "squeaky clean," "integrity," or "uprightness."


China shí
Honesty Wall Scroll

實 means real, true, honest, or solid.

It is one of several ways to express the idea of truth.

Note: In some context, this can carry extended meanings of reality, actuality, really, sincerity, or substance.

See Also:  Truth | Trust | Justice


(Name Version 1)
China ān qí ér
Angel Wall Scroll

安琪兒 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Angel.
It is supposed to sound like Angel but to be honest, this one misses the mark.

I would go with the meaning of Angel if I were you.

Boar / Pig

Year of the Pig / Zodiac Sign
China zhū
Japan inoshishi
Boar / Pig Wall Scroll

豬 is the character for boar, pig, or swine in Chinese and old Korean.

If you were born in the year of the boar / year of the pig, you...

Are optimistic.
Have good luck with wealth and money.
Are honest, generous, and warm-hearted.

猪The character shown to the right is the Japanese Kanji for "wild boar."
It's an alternate/simplified form of pig/boar in Chinese (can be read by both Chinese and Japanese people). Click on that character instead of the button above if you want this version.

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty Wall Scroll

信義 is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi."

Sincere / True Sincerity

China zhēn chéng
Sincere / True Sincerity Wall Scroll

真誠 is the true essence of sincerity. It takes strength of personality to be truly sincere without over-doing it. Speaking of strength, this is probably the strongest way to convey the idea of sincerity in the Chinese language without over-doing it.

The first character literally means true, real, and genuine. While the second character means sincere and honest.

See Also:  Love | Honor


China zhú
Japan take
Bamboo Wall Scroll

竹 is the character that means bamboo in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In Asian cultures, bamboo is often seen as a symbol of a noble gentleman (being tall, straight, and honest).

There are also some multi-character bamboo words that regard individual bamboo plants, species of bamboo, bamboo as lumber, and edible bamboo shoots. However, this single-character seems most appropriate for a wall scroll, and covers the whole category of Asian bamboo.

Goodness / Good Deed

China shàn
Japan zen
Goodness / Good Deed Wall Scroll

This word means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good."

善 is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.

Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically, this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that make someone good.

In another context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.

Rooster / Chicken

Year of the Rooster / Zodiac Sign
Japan niwatori
Rooster / Chicken Wall Scroll

鷄 or 雞 is the character for rooster or chicken in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the rooster (chicken), you . . .

Have a unique sense of color.
Are high principled and responsible.
Have persuasive power.
Are honest.
Have a great ability to communicate.

Common Chinese chicken Alternate Chinese chicken #1 Alternate Chinese chicken #2

Please note: There are a few different ways to write rooster / chicken as shown to the right. If you are particular about the form, please let us know when you place your order.

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

China kè jǐ fèng gōng
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good Wall Scroll

This can also mean: "Place Strict Standards on Oneself in Public Service."
This Chinese proverb is often used to express how one should act as a government official. Most of us wish our public officials would hold themselves to higher standards. I wish I could send this scroll, along with the meaning to every member of Congress, and the President (or if I was from the UK, all the members of Parliament, and the PM)

The story behind this ancient Chinese idiom:
A man named Cai Zun was born in China a little over 2000 years ago. In 24 AD, he joined an uprising led by Liu Xiu who later became the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Later, the new emperor put Cai Zun in charge of the military court. Cai Zun exercised his power in strict accordance with military law, regardless of the offender's rank or background. He even ordered the execution of one of the emperor's close servants after the servant committed a serious crime.

Cai Zun led a simple life but put great demands on himself to do all things in an honorable way. The emperor rewarded him for his honest character and honorable nature by promoting him to the rank of General and granting him the title of Marquis.

Whenever Cai Zun would receive an award, he would give credit to his men and share the reward with them.
Cai Zun was always praised by historians who found many examples of his selfless acts that served the public interest.
Sometime, long ago in history, people began to refer to Cai Zun as "ke ji feng gong."

See Also:  Unselfish | Selflessness | Altruism

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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
Sincere Honest and Faithful
sei jitsu / seijitsu

dǎng / dang3 / dang tang
Most Sincere Friend
Honest Friend
Real Friend
Best Friend
zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou chih yu / chihyu
Honesty 正直shoujiki / shojikizhèng zhí
zheng4 zhi2
zheng zhi
cheng chih
Integrity 正直shoujiki / shojikizhèng zhí
zheng4 zhi2
zheng zhi
cheng chih
Sincerity and Faithfulness 篤實
dǔ shí / du3 shi2 / du shi / dushi tu shih / tushih
Loyalty to Duty or Master chuu / chuzhōng / zhong1 / zhong chung
makotochéng / cheng2 / cheng ch`eng / cheng
善良zen ryou / zenryou / zen ryo / zenryoshàn liáng
shan4 liang2
shan liang
Uprightness 廉直kiyonao / kiyotadalián zhí / lian2 zhi2 / lian zhi / lianzhi lien chih / lienchih
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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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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