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| 1. To Infinity and Beyond
2. Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded
3. Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless
4. Eternity / Always and Forever
5. Eternal / Eternity
| 6. Love Forever / Love Eternally|
7. Forever Love
8. Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality
9. Enso - Japanese Zen Circle
This means, "to infinity and beyond," in Japanese.
This is how the slogan/phrase from Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear was translated from the movie into Japanese.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
無限 is the Chinese and Japanese word meaning infinity, unlimited or unbounded.
無限 literally translates as "without limits" or "without [being] bound."
The first character means "never" or "not" or like a prefix "un-."
The second means "limited," "restricted," or "bound."
Please note that the Japanese definition leans more toward "infinity" and the Chinese is more about being "boundless" or "without limits."
In Korean, this means infinity, infinitude, or boundlessness. But in Korean, this term has many interpretations or contexts, so your intended meaning might come out a little vague or ambiguous.
無窮 is the Chinese and Korean word meaning infinity, eternity, infinitude, infinite or endless.
無窮 literally translates as "without [ever becoming] exhausted/poor," and in that context, can mean "inexhaustible" or "boundless" but this is usually read as "without end." Some extended definitions include eternity, infinitude, or immortality.
In certain context, it can mean "immortality."
The first character means "never" or "not." The second means "exhausted," "finished," or "ending."
Note: This is a Japanese word but rarely used in modern Japan.
永恆 is the Chinese word for eternity.
The first character means always, forever and perpetual. The second character holds the meaning of permanent. Together, they create a word that means eternal, eternally or infinite time.
See Also: Immortality
The first character here means "love."
The last two mean forever, eternity, eternal, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.
This is the shortest and most universal way to express this idea in Chinese and Japanese.
Japanese note: This sound more like a title than a phrase in Japanese (if that makes any sense). This is a great title for a romantic book, title of a movie, name of a perfume, or even a name for a store.
The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.
The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "The forever kind of love."
The last character is "love."
See Also: Eternal Love Always
This single character means empty, void, hollow, vacant, vacuum, blank, nonexistent, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, being unreal.
In Buddhist context, this relates to the doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. The doctrine further explains that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution.
From Sanskrit and/or Pali, this is the translation to Chinese and Japanese of the title śūnya or śūnyatā.
In Japanese, when pronounced as "ron" (sounds like "roan") this can be a given name. It should be noted that this Kanji has about 5 different possible pronunciations in Japanese: kuu, kara, sora, ron, and uro. This is also an element in the Japanese version of the five elements.
〇 / 円相 is Enso, which is really NOT a regular Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. In this case, it can be considered a religious symbol, as it is strongly-associated with Japanese Zen Buddhism.
〇 / 円相 is a typical appearance of Enso with an inscription by master calligrapher Bishou Imai.
Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment." Others call it the "Infinity Circle." If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji that make up the word "Enso," you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness." I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.
Please note when you start making your customizations for an Enso wall scroll, you will see some possible ways it might be written, listed under the different calligraphy styles that we normally offer. However, Enso does not really conform to normal Asian calligraphy styles. Therefore, do not expect that you can make a style selection and expect the actual result to be identical. The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc. You cannot control or constrain that, as you cannot constrain art, without removing some of the artistic quality. Note: Our calligraphy selection process does not take this into account, as it was designed for Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji selection.
Please ignore the part where you are invited to pick a calligraphy style in the following pages.
Both our Japanese and Chinese master calligraphers are Buddhist (not as devout as monks but Buddhist none the less). Therefore, you can be assured that your Enso symbol will be written with the utmost effort and feeling.
By the way, when "Enso" is written in Kanji, it looks like this:
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|To Infinity and Beyond||超越無限|
|chāo yuè wú xiàn
chao1 yue4 wu2 xian4
chao yue wu xian
|ch`ao yüeh wu hsien
chao yüeh wu hsien
|To Infinity and Beyond||無限の彼方へ||mugen no kanata e|
|mu gen / mugen||wú xiàn / wu2 xian4 / wu xian / wuxian||wu hsien / wuhsien|
|mu kyuu / mukyuu / mu kyu / mukyu||wú qióng / wu2 qiong2 / wu qiong / wuqiong||wu ch`iung / wuchiung / wu chiung|
Always and Forever
|ai ei en / aieien||ài yǒng yuǎn
ai4 yong3 yuan3
ai yong yuan
|ai yung yüan
|yǒng yuǎn de ài
yong3 yuan3 de ai4
yong yuan de ai
|yung yüan te ai
|空||kuu / kara / sora / ron|
ku / kara / sora / ron
|kōng / kong1 / kong||k`ung / kung|
|Enso - Japanese Zen Circle||〇 / 円相||en sou / ensou / en so / enso|
|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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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.
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.
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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