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命 is often translated as "destiny."
Sometimes this character is simply translated as "life" but more in terms of one's lot in life. In certain context, this can mean command or decree (generally from a king or emperor). Of course, such a decree are part of fate and lead you to fulfill your destiny.
In Chinese, this word leans toward the fate or destiny definition.
In Korean, it is usually read simply as "life."
In Japanese, it can mean all definitions shown above, depending on context.
See Also: Good Fortune
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your inochi search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| mìng / ming4
mei / me / めい inochi / いのち
life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc
(1) command; decree; (2) life; (3) destiny; (1) (sometimes written as 生命) (See 生命) life; life force; (2) lifetime; lifespan; (3) most important thing; foundation; core; (4) (archaism) paired tattoos of the "life" kanji on the upper arms of a man and woman (indicating unwavering love); (5) (archaism) fate; destiny; karma; (female given name) Mei; (female given name) Mikoto; (given name) Makoto; (surname, female given name) Inochi; (given name) Akira
jīvita . Life, vital, length of life, fate, decree.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|命||inochi / mei||mìng / ming4 / ming|
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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.
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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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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