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  1. Imagination
  2. Imagine / Imagination
  3. Meditation
  4. Creativity
  5. Illusion
  6. Create / Creation
  7. Creative / Creativity
  8. Unbridled Creativity
  9. Dream / Dreams
10. Idea / Thought
11. Thought / Thinking / Idea
12. Dream / Vision


Imagination

China xiǎng xiàng lì
Japan souzouryoku
Imagination Wall Scroll

想像力 is probably the best way to express "imagination" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It literally means "your strength to imagine." As the last character means strength or ability, while the first two mean imagine or conceptualize. My Japanese dictionary defines this as, "The power of imagination." While my Korean dictionary says, "imaginative power."

Imagine / Imagination

China xiǎng xiàng
Japan souzou
Imagine / Imagination Wall Scroll

想像 is the shortest word for imagine, visualize, or imagination. It can also mean "to guess" (which is why I favor the 3-character version of imagination (just a third character is added to the end, which clarifies it).

Meditation

China míng xiǎng
Japan mei sou
Meditation Wall Scroll

This encompasses the idea of meditation. It's also a term used to describe a deep form of day-dreaming, exploring one's imagination, the act of contemplating, or the idea of contemplation. This is often associated with Buddhism, however, the word "Zen" in Japanese (or "Chan" in Chinese) is probably more commonly used (or better known in the west).


See Also:  Zen

Creativity

China chuàng zào lì
Japan souzouryoku
Creativity Wall Scroll

Creativity is the power of imagination. It is discovering your own special talents. Daring to see things in new ways and find different ways to solve problems. With your creativity, you can bring something new into the world.

The first character means "to create" the second means "to make or build." Together they mean "creative." The third character means "strength." So altogether, these three characters are a word that means "strength of creativity" or sort of "creativity (is your) strength." This can also be translated as "ingenuity."

Illusion

China huàn xiàng
Japan gen zou
Illusion Wall Scroll

幻像 is a universal word for Illusion in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition, or fantasy.

The second character means statue, picture, image, figure, portrait, shape, form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem, or in rare/ancient context: an elephant.


象Note that the first character can be written without the left-side radical in Chinese. This form is shown to the right. Both forms are acceptable in Chinese but the character shown to the right is more likely to be read as "elephant."


See Also:  Reality

Create / Creation

China chuàng zào
Japan sou zou
Create / Creation Wall Scroll

The first character here means to create, genesis, or origin.
The second means to make or build.
Together they mean to create, to bring about, to produce or simply creative or creation.

Creative / Creativity

China chuàng yì
Japan sou i
Creative /  Creativity Wall Scroll

創意 is creative or creativity in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji. It can also refer to and original idea or originality.

Unbridled Creativity

China bù jū yī gé
Unbridled Creativity Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb speaks of exploring different styles and not being stuck in conventional thinking. It can also be translated as "not sticking to one pattern" or "not limited to one type (or style)." The most simple translation is "being creative," or "unbridled creativity." Some may also say this means, "not being stuck in a rut," in the context of a designer or artist.

If you literally translate this, the first two characters mean, "not stick to," or "not confine oneself to."
The second two characters mean, "one mode," "one pattern," "one form," "one style," or "one rule."

Dream / Dreams

China mèng
Japan yume
Dream / Dreams Wall Scroll

夢 is the very simple word for dreams in Chinese and Japanese. It can also mean having a vision or simply an illusion.

Idea / Thought

China yì jiàn
Japan i ken
Idea / Thought Wall Scroll

意見 means idea, thought, opinion, or view in Japanese.

意見 also has a similar meaning in Chinese, just often used in China.

Idea / Thought

China yì niàn
Idea / Thought Wall Scroll

意念 / 意唸 means idea or thought in Chinese.

Thought / Thinking / Idea

China sī xiǎng
Japan shisou
Thought / Thinking / Idea Wall Scroll

思想 means thought, thinking, or idea in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Sometimes it can mean ideology, depending on context.

This can refer to someone's personality - like saying, "he is a thinker."

Dream / Vision

China mèng xiǎng
Japan mu sou
Dream / Vision Wall Scroll

夢想 is the two-character version of "dream," which can mean "to dream of [something]," vision, imagine, or reverie.

Be careful, as in some context, it can mean to dream of something in vain.

Search for Imagination in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Imagination 想像力souzouryoku
sozoryoku
xiǎng xiàng lì
xiang3 xiang4 li4
xiang xiang li
xiangxiangli
hsiang hsiang li
hsianghsiangli
Imagine
Imagination
想像souzou / sozoxiǎng xiàng
xiang3 xiang4
xiang xiang
xiangxiang
hsiang hsiang
hsianghsiang
Meditation 冥想mei sou / meisou / mei so / meisomíng xiǎng
ming2 xiang3
ming xiang
mingxiang
ming hsiang
minghsiang
Creativity 創造力
创造力
souzouryoku
sozoryoku
chuàng zào lì
chuang4 zao4 li4
chuang zao li
chuangzaoli
ch`uang tsao li
chuangtsaoli
chuang tsao li
Illusion 幻像
幻像 / 幻象
gen zou / genzou / gen zo / genzohuàn xiàng
huan4 xiang4
huan xiang
huanxiang
huan hsiang
huanhsiang
Create
Creation
創造
创造
sou zou / souzou / so zo / sozochuàng zào
chuang4 zao4
chuang zao
chuangzao
ch`uang tsao
chuangtsao
chuang tsao
Creative
Creativity
創意
创意
sou i / soui / so i / soichuàng yì
chuang4 yi4
chuang yi
chuangyi
ch`uang i
chuangi
chuang i
Unbridled Creativity 不拘一格bù jū yī gé
bu4 ju1 yi1 ge2
bu ju yi ge
bujuyige
pu chü i ko
puchüiko
Dream
Dreams

yumemèng / meng4 / meng
Idea
Thought
意見i ken / ikenyì jiàn / yi4 jian4 / yi jian / yijian i chien / ichien
Idea
Thought
意念 / 意唸
意念
yì niàn / yi4 nian4 / yi nian / yinian i nien / inien
Thought
Thinking
Idea
思想shisou / shisosī xiǎng / si1 xiang3 / si xiang / sixiang ssu hsiang / ssuhsiang
Dream
Vision
夢想
梦想
mu sou / musou / mu so / musomèng xiǎng
meng4 xiang3
meng xiang
mengxiang
meng hsiang
menghsiang
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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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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