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Joy in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

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


Happiness / Joyful / Joy

China
Japan ki / yorokobi
Happiness / Joyful / Joy Wall Scroll

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).


See Also:  Contentment | Happiness

Joyful

China huān
Japan kan
Joyful Wall Scroll

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

Happy

China xīn
Japan kin
Happy Wall Scroll

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

Happiness / Joy

China
Happiness / Joy Wall Scroll

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).

Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss

China
Japan raku
Happy / Laughter / Cheerful Bliss Wall Scroll

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.

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.

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
Happy Buddha Wall Scroll

This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

Enjoy Life

China xiǎng shòu shēng huó
Enjoy Life Wall Scroll

享受生活 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

Japan jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
Enjoy Life Wall Scroll

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.

Joy

China qiáo yī
Joy Wall Scroll

喬伊 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

Japan joi
Joy Wall Scroll

ジョイ 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."


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

Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

China dé zhì
Dream Come True / Enjoy Success Wall Scroll

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

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Wall Scroll

吃喝玩樂 is the short version of, "Eat, drink, and be merry."

This Chinese proverb suggests to abandon oneself to a life of pleasure.

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Wall Scroll

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

Japan jin sei ou ka
Live for What You Love Wall Scroll

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

Pleasure

China
Japan yu
Pleasure Wall Scroll

愉 can be defined as pleasure, well-pleased, contented, and happy.

Note: 愉 is no longer in common use in Japanese.


See Also:  Passion




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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happiness
Joyful
Joy
ki / yorokobixǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Joyful
欢 / 歓
kanhuān / huan1 / huan
Happy kinxīn / xin1 / xin hsin
Happiness
Joy
xǐ / xi3 / xi hsi
Happy
Laughter
Cheerful Bliss
樂 / 楽
rakulè / le4 / le
Happy Buddha 歡喜光佛
欢喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kangikoubutsu
kan gi ko butsu
kangikobutsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
huanxiguangfo
huan hsi kuang fo
huanhsikuangfo
Enjoy Life 享受生活xiǎng shòu shēng huó
xiang3 shou4 sheng1 huo2
xiang shou sheng huo
xiangshoushenghuo
hsiang shou sheng huo
hsiangshoushenghuo
Enjoy Life 人生を楽しみにしているjin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
Joy 喬伊
乔伊
qiáo yī / qiao2 yi1 / qiao yi / qiaoyi ch`iao i / chiaoi / chiao i
Joy ジョイjoi
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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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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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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