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Husband and Wife in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Husband and Wife
  2. Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart
  3. Lover / Beloved
  4. Love and Honor
  5. Broken Mirror Rejoined
  6. Loving Heart / One’s Love
  7. The Karma/Fate/Destiny...
  8. Roar of the Lioness
  9. Wedding
10. Inner Strength is Better than...

Husband and Wife

China fū fù
Japan fuu fu
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Husband and Wife

These are the Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji for, "Husband and Wife". This word can also be translated as married couple, spouses; couple; pair.

This is not a common selection for a calligraphy wall scroll in Asia, but if it has special meaning for you, go for it.

Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart

China ài ren
Japan ai jin
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Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart

This means lover, sweetheart, spouse, husband, wife, or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means "love" and the second means "person".

This title can be used a lot of different ways, depending on context. Husbands and wives may use this term for each other. But, if you change the context, this title could be used to mean "mistress". It's pretty similar to the way we can use "lover" in many different ways in English.

In modern Japan, this lover title has slipped into the definition of mistress, and is not good for a wall scroll.

Lover / Beloved

China liàn rén
Japan koi bito
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Lover / Beloved

This means lover, sweetheart or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This term is gender-neutral, so anyone can use it.

恋In modern Japan and China, the first character has been simplified. We suggest the traditional version, as shown above if your audience is Chinese or Korean. However, this generation of Japanese are more likely to recognize the simplified version. If you want this simple (modern Japanese) version, please click on the image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

Love and Honor

...2 character version
China qíng yì
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Love and Honor

This means to love and honor in Chinese. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation", as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship".

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor". It's probably best if your target is Chinese.

This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).

See Also...  Love And Honor

Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
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Broken Mirror Rejoined

A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:

You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon, but as for you, I see not a trace.

The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb in Chinese is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce), but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.

Loving Heart / One’s Love

Japan koi gokoro
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Loving Heart / One’s Love

This literally means "loving heart". It can also be translated as "one's love" or "awakening of love".

This is used exclusively for love between boyfriends and girlfriends or husband and wife.

Breaking down the meaning by each Kanji, the first means love, affection, or tender passion. The second Kanji means heart, mind, or soul (most will read it as heart).

See Also...  Compassion | Love

The Karma/Fate/Destiny
that Brings Lovers Together

China yīn yuán
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The Karma/Fate/Destiny<br>that Brings Lovers Together

These two characters mean, "Destiny that brings lovers together". It can also be translated technically as, "Predestined matrimonial affinity" (wow, talk about taking the romance out of this word - that was from the Oxford C-E dictionary).

Basically, this is talking about the fate (or karma) that brings a husband and wife together. I would translate this as "Together by fate" or "Joined by destiny", but in the context of marriage. You could use this for non-married lovers, but the first character has a suggestion that this refers to those that are married.

Roar of the Lioness

China hé dōng shī hǒu
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Roar of the Lioness

This is actually a proverb and joke about the plight and fear of a hen-pecked husband.

In more ancient times it was used to describe a wife who would berate her husband or go into jealous rages. However, this phrase currently brings about ideas of a husband that cowers in fear and cringes when his wife screams (or roars) at him.

Please only purchase this as a good-natured joke. If your wife or husband does not have a good sense of humor, it's probably not a good idea to hang this on your wall just to irritate your mate.


China hūn
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This character is related to the ideas of getting married, being in a marriage, or taking a wife (could also mean take a husband, as "take a wife" is a western term, and this is just a general Chinese term regarding a wedding).

See Also...  Double Happiness

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

China biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
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Inner Strength is Better than<br>Outward Appearance

This literally translates as:
[Better to be] strong inside than [to be] strong outside.

The ancient original meaning was:
[An] able [husband] outside [working to support a family is] not as good as [an] able [wife] inside [working and saving to take care of the family].

The current meaning is:
Inner strength is more important than outward appearance.

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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
Husband and Wife 夫婦fuu fu / fuufu / fu fu / fufufū fù / fu1 fu4 / fu fu / fufu
Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart 愛人
ai jin / aijinài ren / ai4 ren / ai ren / airen ai jen / aijen
Lover / Beloved 戀人
koi bito / koibitoliàn rén / lian4 ren2 / lian ren / lianren lien jen / lienjen
Love and Honor 情義
qíng yì / qing2 yi4 / qing yi / qingyi ch`ing i / chingi / ching i
Broken Mirror Rejoined 破鏡重圓
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
po ching chung yüan
Loving Heart / One’s Love 戀心
koi gokoro / koigokoro
The Karma/Fate/Destiny / that Brings Lovers Together 姻緣
yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuan yin yüan / yinyüan
Roar of the Lioness 河東獅吼
hé dōng shī hǒu
he2 dong1 shi1 hou3
he dong shi hou
ho tung shih hou
Wedding hūn / hun1 / hun
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
biao3 zhuang4 bu4 ru2 li3 zhuang4
biao zhuang bu ru li zhuang
piao chuang pu ju li chuang

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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