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Joy in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
  2. Happiness / Joy
  3. Joyful
  4. Joy
  5. Enjoy Life
  6. Dream Come True / Enjoy Success
  7. Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
  8. Eat Drink And Be Merry
  9. Live for What You Love
10. Happy
11. Pleasure
12. Happy Buddha


Happiness / Joyful / Joy

China
Japan ki / yorokobi
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy".

This character can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in". Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in 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).


See Also...  Contentment | Happiness

Happiness / Joy

China
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This 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).

Joyful

China huān
Japan kan
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This is yet another way to express the idea of happiness. This character means joyous, happy, delight, and pleased. This is an external happiness that may have you clapping and cheering.


Please note: The other happiness/joyful which looks like 喜 is more popular.

歓The above left Kanji is the ancient/old version in Japan. After WWII, they started using the version shown at the right. Just let us know if you want this modern version instead of the ancient one.


See Also...  Happiness

Joy

China qiáo yī
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This is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Joy.

If your name is Joy, I recommend that you pick a character that means "joy" rather than this version which only sounds like "Joy".

Joy

Japanese Katakana
Japan joi
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This is the name Joy written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

If your name is Joy, I recommend that you pick a character that means "joy" rather than this version which only sounds like "Joy".


This name is written in Katakana, a specifically-Japanese character set.
This selection MUST be written by our Japanese master calligrapher
(sorry, no standard calligraphy service/pricing for this selection).

Enjoy Life

China xiǎng shòu shēng huó
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This is a Chinese proverb that means "Enjoy Life".

The first two characters mean "to enjoy" and the last two mean "life" or "living".

Enjoy Life

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Japan jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
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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.

Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

China dé zhì
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This Chinese word means to accomplish one's ambition, a dream come true, or to enjoy your success.

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

China
Japan raku
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This 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.

This is not a word seen alone very often in Korean.

楽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.

Eat Drink And Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
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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.

Live for What You Love

Japanese
Japan jin sei ou ka
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This 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

Happy

China xīn
Japan kin
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This 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. This 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: This character 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

Pleasure

China
Japan yu
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This character can be defined as pleasure, well-pleased, contented, and happy.

Note: This character is no longer in common use in Japanese.


See Also...  Passion

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
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This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit, but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happiness / Joyful / Joy
ki / yorokobi
xi
hsi
xi3
Happiness / Joy
n/a
xi
hsi
xi3
Joyful欢 / 歓
kanhuān
huan
huan1
Joy乔伊
喬伊
n/aqiáo yī
qiao yi
ch`iao i
qiao2 yi1
qiaoyi
chiaoi
chiao i
Joyジョイ
join/a
Enjoy Life享受生活
享受生活
n/axiǎng shòu shēng huó
xiang shou sheng huo
hsiang shou sheng huo
xiang3 shou4 sheng1 huo2
xiangshoushenghuo
Enjoy Life人生を楽しみにしている
人生を楽しみにしている
jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i run/a
Dream Come True / Enjoy Success得志
得誌
n/adé zhì
de zhi
te chih
de2 zhi4
dezhi
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss
樂 / 楽
raku
le
le4
Eat Drink And Be Merry吃喝玩乐及时行乐
喫喝玩樂及時行樂
n/achī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
ch`ih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chihewanlejishixingle
chih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
Live for What You Love人生謳歌
人生謳歌
jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
n/a
Happy
kinxīn
xin
hsin
xin1
Pleasure
yu
yu
yu2
Happy Buddha欢喜光佛
歡喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kangikoubutsu
kan gi ko butsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan xi guang fo
huan hsi kuang fo
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huanxiguangfo

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "joy" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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