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| 1. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
4. Happiness / Joy
5. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
6. Happy Buddha
| 7. Enjoy Life|
9. Dream Come True / Enjoy Success
10. Eat Drink and Be Merry
11. Live for What You Love
喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."
喜 can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).
If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.
There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).
歡 means joyous, happy, delight, and pleased.
歡 represents an external happiness that may have you clapping and cheering.
Please note: The other happiness/joyful which looks like "喜" is more popular.
歡 is the ancient/old version in China and Japan. After WWII in Japan, they started using 歓. Just let us know if you want this modern version instead of the ancient one.
See Also: Happiness
欣 is the type of happiness that you feel on the inside. It is the feeling of being released and delighted as well as being in a state of contentment. 欣 is a more internal happiness that perhaps only shows by the smile on your face. It can also be translated as "to take pleasure in" or "to rejoice."
Note: 欣 is often used in compound words - especially in Korean Hanja.
As Japanese Kanji, this is so rare, that most Japanese people are not aware of its existence.
See Also: Happiness
禧 is the type of happiness known in the west as "joy." The radical on the right side of this character is often seen alone (with the same meaning - and we do recommend that version because it's more universal).
樂 / 楽 is a single-character form of happiness or bliss that holds the ideas of laughing and having a good time. It can also be translated as happy, glad, enjoyable, fun, and sometimes, music.
This a really good character if your audience is Chinese.
樂 / 楽 is not a word seen alone very often in Korean.
In Japanese, this character is written like the image shown to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will look like this instead of the character shown above.
Note: In Japanese, this has a meaning of comfort, ease, and enjoyment.
This is one way to write "enjoy life" in Japanese.
The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death) human lifetime, living.
を (o) connecting particle.
楽しみ (tanoshimi) enjoyment; pleasure; anticipation; looking forward to.
に (ni) connecting particle.
し (shi) to do; to cause; to become; to make (into).
て (te) connecting particle.
いる (iru) indicates continuing action or resulting state.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
This is just about the closest proverb to match the western idea of "Eat, drink, and be merry."
This Chinese proverb more literally means, "Eat, drink, play, be merry, enjoy everything as long as you can."
It's basically a suggestion that you try to enjoy everything in life, as long as you live, or as long as you are able.
人生謳歌 means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).
See Also: Prosperity
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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|
|喜||ki / yorokobi||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
欢 / 歓
|kan||huān / huan1 / huan|
|Happy||欣||kin||xīn / xin1 / xin||hsin|
|禧||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|樂 / 楽|
|raku||lè / le4 / le|
|kan gi kou butsu|
kan gi ko butsu
|huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
|huan hsi kuang fo
|Enjoy Life||享受生活||xiǎng shòu shēng huó
xiang3 shou4 sheng1 huo2
xiang shou sheng huo
|hsiang shou sheng huo
|Enjoy Life||人生を楽しみにしている||jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru|
|qiáo yī / qiao2 yi1 / qiao yi / qiaoyi||ch`iao i / chiaoi / chiao i|
|Dream Come True
|dé zhì / de2 zhi4 / de zhi / dezhi||te chih / techih|
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||吃喝玩樂|
|chī hē wán lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4
chi he wan le
|ch`ih ho wan le
chih ho wan le
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||喫喝玩樂及時行樂|
|chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
|ch`ih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
chih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
|Live for What You Love||人生謳歌||jin sei ou ka|
jin sei o ka
|Pleasure||愉||yu||yú / yu2 / yu||yü|
|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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