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  1. Extreme / Intense
  2. Intense / Serious
  3. Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound
  4. Fierce
  5. Ardent / Fierce
  6. Extreme Faithfulness
  7. Chess
  8. Divine Protection
  9. Intensity
10. Gutsy / Daring / Bold
11. Fearless / Daring

Extreme / Intense

China jí dù
Japan kyokudo
Extreme / Intense Wall Scroll

This word means extreme, intense, and sometimes "maximum" or "zenith" depending on context.

The first character means extremely or utmost.

The second character means degree or capacity.

Intense / Serious

Japan shin ken
Intense / Serious Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means intense, serious or earnest. It describes a person who is deep, serious, and a true thinker or dreamer.

Literally, this means "true sword," as compared to a sharpened wooden practice sword blank. It's real, true, and serious.

Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound

China shēn kè
Japan shinkoku / misa
Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound Wall Scroll

This Chinese word is the form of intense that describes a person who is deep, serious, and a true thinker.

If you find yourself contemplating the world and coming up with profound ideas, this might we the word for you. In some context (especially Korean), it can mean seriousness, gravity, or acuteness.

In Japanese, this can mean "serious problem," or can be a rare given name, Misa. You should not use this if your audience is Japanese.


China jī liè
Japan geki retsu
Fierce Wall Scroll

激烈 means fierce in Chinese, and has a similar meaning in Japanese Kanji. This can also be translated as intense, violent, vehement, furious, or fervent. 激烈 is more the violent version of fierce in Korean.

Ardent / Fierce

China liè
Japan retsu
Ardent / Fierce Wall Scroll

This Chinese word means ardent; intense; fierce; stern; upright; to give one's life for a noble cause.

In another context, this character can refer to one's exploits or achievements.

In Buddhist context, this is burning, fierce, virtuous and/or heroic.

While technically, it had the same meaning in Japanese, it's usually a female given name, Retsu in Japanese these days.

Extreme Faithfulness

Japan tei retsu
Extreme Faithfulness Wall Scroll

貞烈 is the Japanese Kanji for, "Extreme Faithfulness."

The first Kanji means "firm adherence to one's principles," chastity (of a woman), chaste, etc.

The second Kanji means ardent, intense, fierce, stern, upright, to give one's life for a noble cause, exploits, achievements, virtuous, and in some contexts, heroic.

Now you get the idea why this refers to someone who is extremely faithful (to a cause, themselves, their religious beliefs, or their philosophy.


Japan go
Chess Wall Scroll

棋 is the most simple or generic way to write "chess" in Asia. This character is parts of other more specific words for board games of strategy such as the western version of chess, Chinese chess, Weiqi, or Go.

In Japanese, this single character is pronounced "Go" and often refers to game known in the west as "Go" (not just the 5-in-a-row version but also the complicated encirclement game of strategy known in China as Weiqi).

In Chinese, this can be more ambiguous as to which game of chess you speak.

If you like any version of chess, or games of intense strategy, this can be the character to hang on your wall in your game room.

Divine Protection

China jiā hù
Japan ka go
Divine Protection Wall Scroll

加護 is Japanese for "divine protection" or "the saving grace of God."

Please consider this blessing to be Japanese only. This can have the same meaning in the context of Buddhism in Chinese but it's also a nickname for "intensive care" at Chinese hospitals.

Note: My Japanese translator says this is not very commonly used in Japanese. I added this because a customer asked for it. There is not really a better Japanese phrase to express this idea - so this is it if you want it.


China qiáng liè
Japan kyouretsu
Intensity Wall Scroll

This word means intensity in regards to strength.

Note: In some context, this can mean violently strong or severe.

Gutsy / Daring / Bold

China pò lì
Japan hakuryoku
Gutsy / Daring / Bold Wall Scroll

This Chinese word is a form of personal strength.

It is a word that describes a person who is willing to take a risk. In English, we might say, "Someone with guts."

An example might be a person that is not rich but invests a lot of money into something (knowing they could double their money, or lose it all). Win or lose, this is a person that knows or pushes their potential.

Tearing this word apart, the first character means "to compel," urgent, urge, force, imminent, or "spur on." The second means power, strong, bear, or exert.

Note: 迫力 is also a word in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja but with a meaning more like force, intensity, appeal, strength, impact, force, or simply power.

Fearless / Daring

Japan dai tan fu teki
Fearless / Daring Wall Scroll

大膽不敵 is a Japanese word that can mean a few things depending on how you read it. Popular translations include fearless; audacity (the attitude of a) daredevil, daring.

The first two Kanji create a word that means: bold; fearless; daring; audacious.

The last two Kanji create a word that means: no match for; cannot beat; daring; fearless; intrepid; bold; tough.

As with many Japanese words, the two similar-meaning words work together to multiple the meaning and intensity of the whole 4-Kanji word.

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
kyokudojí dù / ji2 du4 / ji du / jidu chi tu / chitu
真剣shin ken / shinken
深刻shinkoku / misashēn kè / shen1 ke4 / shen ke / shenke shen k`o / shenko / shen ko
Fierce 激烈geki retsu / gekiretsujī liè / ji1 lie4 / ji lie / jilie chi lieh / chilieh
retsuliè / lie4 / lie lieh
Extreme Faithfulness 貞烈tei retsu / teiretsu
Chess goqí / qi2 / qi ch`i / chi
Divine Protection 加護
ka go / kagojiā hù / jia1 hu4 / jia hu / jiahu chia hu / chiahu
Intensity 強烈
kyouretsu / kyoretsuqiáng liè
qiang2 lie4
qiang lie
ch`iang lieh
chiang lieh
迫力hakuryokupò lì / po4 li4 / po li / poli p`o li / poli / po li
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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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

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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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

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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