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Honesty in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Honesty
  2. Honesty / Fidelity
  3. Sincerity and Devotion
  4. Fidelity Honor Courage
  5. Pillars of Marriage
  6. Integrity
  7. Personal Integrity
  8. In Wine there is Truth
  9. True / Real / Genuine
10. Truth


Honesty

China chéng
Japan makoto
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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

Honesty

China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
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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.

This 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

Honesty

China shí
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This character 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

Honesty / Fidelity

China xìn
Japan shin
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This is another character that expresses the idea of honesty. It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.

Note: In some context, this character can mean letter; news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.


See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also...  Loyalty Trustworthiness Trustworthy

Sincerity and Devotion

China zhì chéng
Japan shisei
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This is the idea that you enter into something with the utmost sincerity and fidelity. Ideas such as devotion, honesty, and "one's true heart" are also contained in this word.

This is a universal word as the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are all identical.

Fidelity Honor Courage

China xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
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This is a word list that was requested by a customer. Word lists are not that common in Chinese, but we've put this one on the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the "honor" that leans toward the definition of "dignity" since that seemed like the best match for the other two words.

Please note: These are three two-character words. You should choose the single-column format when you get to the options when you order this selection. The two-column option would split one word or it would be arranged with four characters on one side and two on the other.

Pillars of Marriage

Respect / Loyalty / Honesty
China zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
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These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just post a custom phrase request on our forum).

This is actually a "word list", consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English, but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.

If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).

Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.

Integrity

China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
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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

Personal Integrity

China zhì cāo
Japan shi sou
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This is personal integrity - basically, holding yourself to a higher standard of honesty and reliability. These two characters also contain the ideas of constancy, principles, and faithfulness.

Note: In Japanese, this just means "principle".

In Wine there is Truth

China jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
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This is a nice Asian proverb if you know a vintner or wine seller - or wine lover - although the actual meaning might not be exactly what you think or hope.

The literal meaning is that someone drinking wine is more likely to let the truth slip out. It can also be translated as, "People speak their true feelings after drinking alcohol".

It's long-believed in many parts of Asia that one can not consciously hold up a facade of lies when getting drunk, and therefore the truth will come out with a few drinks.

I've had the experience where a Korean man would not trust me until I got drunk with him (I was trying to gain access to the black market in North Korea which is tough to do as an untrusted outsider) - so I think this idea is still well-practiced in many Asian countries.

后 VS 後

Please note that there are two common ways to write the second character of this phrase. The way it's written will be left up to the mood of the calligrapher, unless you let us know that you have a certain preference.


See Also...  Truth

True / Real / Genuine

China zhēn
Japan shin / makoto
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This is a simple way to express the idea that something is real, true, truth or genuine.

Occasionally, this character is used to refer to a Buddhist sect that originated in the 13th century.

This character is commonly used as a compound with other characters to create ideas like "true love".


There are two ways to write this character, shown here is the most common way in China, however, a slight stroke variation is used in Korean Hanja. If you want that version, just let us know when you place your order.

Truth

(Chinese)
China zhēn xiàng
Japan shin sou
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Beyond "truth" in Chinese, this can also be used to say "the actual facts" or "genuine" depending on context.


This also means "truth" in Japanese, just not as commonly used.


Check dictionary for honesty
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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Allan
Always
Autumn
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Bodhi Tree
Bound
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Buddhism
Bushido
Caitlyn
Cancer
Catherine
Cause and Effect
Chelsea
Cherry Blossom
Control
Courage
Crane
Devil
Double Happiness
Down
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dragon Tiger Spirit
Dream
Earth
Elizabeth
Eternity
Evil
Family
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Flying
Flying Tiger
Forest
Forever
Fortune
Ghost
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Good Fortune
Grace from Heaven
Guan Gong
Guan Yin
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Heart of Judo
Horse
I Need You
Inner Peace
Inner Strength
Integrity
Jeff
Kindness
Koi Fish
Life in One Breath
Live for Today
Live in Prosperity
Live Life
Long Life
Longevity
Lord
Lotus
Lotus Flower
Louie
Love
Love for Humanity
Loyalty
Luck
Money Wealth
Moon
One Life One Chance
Peace
People
Personal Fate Or Destiny
Power of the Dragon
Powerful
Pride
Priscilla
Qing
Rain and Wind
Respect
Rose
Scout
Self-control
Serenity
Shorinryu
Sincerity
Sniper
Soft
Spirit
Spring
Strong and Beautiful
Success
The Saint
Tree
Trust
Victory
Warrior
Water
Way of the Sword
White
Wing Tsun
Winter
Woman
Year of the Dragon

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Honesty
makotochéng
cheng
ch`eng
cheng2
cheng
cheng
Honesty正直
正直
shoujiki
shojiki
zhèng zhí
zheng zhi
cheng chih
zheng4 zhi2
zhengzhi
Honesty
n/ashí
shi
shih
shi2
Honesty / Fidelity
shinxìn
xin
hsin
xin4
Sincerity and Devotion至诚
至誠
shiseizhì chéng
zhi cheng
chih ch`eng
zhi4 cheng2
zhicheng
chihcheng
chih cheng
Fidelity Honor Courage信义尊严勇气
信義尊嚴勇氣
n/axìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin yi zun yan yong qi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
xinyizunyanyongqi
hsinitsunyenyungchi
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
Pillars of Marriage尊重忠诚诚实
尊重忠誠誠實
n/azūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih
Integrity正直
正直
shoujiki
shojiki
zhèng zhí
zheng zhi
cheng chih
zheng4 zhi2
zhengzhi
Personal Integrity志操
志操 / 誌操
shi sou
shisou
shi so
zhì cāo
zhi cao
chih ts`ao
zhi4 cao1
zhicao
chihtsao
chih tsao
In Wine there is Truth酒后吐真言
酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
n/ajiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu hou tu zhen yan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
jiuhoutuzhenyan
chiuhoutuchenyen
chiu hou tu chen yen
True / Real / Genuine
真 or 眞
shin / makotozhēn
zhen
chen
zhen1
Truth真相
真相
shin sou
shinsou
shin so
zhēn xiàng
zhen xiang
chen hsiang
zhen1 xiang4
zhenxiang

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 "honesty" 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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