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The Name Island in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Bali
  2. Gung Ho
  3. The Hawaiian Islands
  4. Island
  5. Macao / Macau
  6. Norfolk Island
  7. Pitcairn Island
  8. Taiwan


Bali

Island province of Indonesia
China bā lí
Bali Wall Scroll

巴厘 / 峇里 is the Chinese title for Bali, Indonesia.

In Taiwan, they use 峇里 (a variant of these characters with same pronunciation).

Gung Ho

Working Together
China gōng hé
Japan guai
Gung Ho Wall Scroll

工合 is one of those Asian words that is used more in English than it is in the original Chinese.

Gung Ho was originally used to speak of Carlson's Raiders, a group of "Gung Ho" U.S. Marines who went on an island-hopping campaign of death during WWII.

A movie called Gung Ho came out in the mid-1940s and was later re-released in the 1950s depicting the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, and brought this word to the mainstream.

It is still sometimes used today within the U.S. Marine Corps brotherhood to refer to a unit or group that works well together, or is otherwise efficient and motivated (has good moral).

In 1986, there was a movie called Gung Ho, about a Japanese company taking over an American automotive factory. They completely ignored the fact that this was a Chinese title.

It should be noted that this title actually means a condition, state, manner, or health of something in Japanese.

Language and pronunciation notes:
Like many Asian words absorbed into common use in English, this one is drastically mispronounced. The official Romanization is "gong he" but that doesn't tell you enough. The vowel sound on the first character is like the English word "own," now just add the g-sounds to the beginning and end. The second character is misleading, as you might think it is like the English word "he." In reality, the vowel sound is more like the "u" in "up."

It should also be noted, that the current generation in China no longer uses, or recognizes this as a common word or slogan.


Note: This can be pronounced and is a word in Japanese, though seldom used. Japanese will use a variation of "具合" instead. But still, not common.

The Hawaiian Islands

China xià wēi yí dǎo
The Hawaiian Islands Wall Scroll

夏威夷島 is how to write "The Hawaiian Islands" or "The Island of Hawaii" in Mandarin Chinese.

The island character in this title can be singular or plural.

Island

China dǎo
Japan tou
Island Wall Scroll

島 means island in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.


There are a few variants of this 島 character.
嶌 is sometimes used in Japan for place names. 嶋 is another variant that used to refer to the zone or area of operation of an organized crime gang or prostitution ring.
Be careful which character you use. But don't worry, we'll only write a proper island Kanji for you.

Macao / Macau

China ào mén
Macao / Macau Wall Scroll

澳門 is the Chinese name for the island of Macao.

Note: Macao / Macau is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China but formerly a territory of Portugal. Portuguese remains an official language.


See Also:  China | Hong Kong | Taiwan | Asia | Portugal

Macao / Macau

Japan makao
Macao / Macau Wall Scroll

マカオ is the Japanese name for the Chinese island of Macao (also sometimes written as Macau).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  China | Hong Kong | Taiwan | Asia

Norfolk Island

China nuò fú kè dǎo
Norfolk Island Wall Scroll

諾福克島 is the Chinese name for Norfolk Island.
Note: Sometimes written with one more character that means "ocean" making it Norfolk Ocean Island in Chinese.


See Also:  Oceania

Pitcairn Island

China pí tè kè ēn dǎo
Pitcairn Island Wall Scroll

皮特克恩島 is the Chinese name for the country of the Pitcairn Island (overseas territory of the United Kingdom).


See Also:  Asia | United Kingdom

Taiwan

China tái wān
Japan tai wan
Taiwan Wall Scroll

This is the Chinese name for the Republic of China which is more commonly known as Taiwan. The island of Taiwan is actually considered a renegade province of mainland China. It became the last holdout of the former government of China after Chairman Mao took power during the revolution that followed WWII.


Note: There are a few ways to write Taiwan: 台湾 / 薹灣 / 台灣.

If you need a certain version, just let me know in the "Special Instructions" tab when you order.


See Also:  Asia


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bali 巴厘 / 峇里
巴厘
bā lí / ba1 li2 / ba li / bali pa li / pali
Gung Ho 工合guaigōng hé / gong1 he2 / gong he / gonghe kung ho / kungho
The Hawaiian Islands 夏威夷島
夏威夷岛
xià wēi yí dǎo
xia4 wei1 yi2 dao3
xia wei yi dao
xiaweiyidao
hsia wei i tao
hsiaweiitao
Island
tou / todǎo / dao3 / dao tao
Macao
Macau
澳門
澳门
ào mén / ao4 men2 / ao men / aomen
Macao
Macau
マカオmakao
Norfolk Island 諾福克島
诺福克岛
nuò fú kè dǎo
nuo4 fu2 ke4 dao3
nuo fu ke dao
nuofukedao
no fu k`o tao
nofukotao
no fu ko tao
Pitcairn Island 皮特克恩島
皮特克恩岛
pí tè kè ēn dǎo
pi2 te4 ke4 en1 dao3
pi te ke en dao
pitekeendao
p`i t`e k`o en tao
pitekoentao
pi te ko en tao
Taiwan 台湾 / 薹灣 / 台灣
台湾
tai wan / taiwantái wān / tai2 wan1 / tai wan / taiwan t`ai wan / taiwan / tai wan
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.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

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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