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Strong in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

  2. Strong / Healthy

  3. Strong and Beautiful

  4. The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.

  5. Woman of Strong Character...

  6. Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

  7. Strong Mind Strong Body

  8. Strong Body, Strong Mind

  9. Strong / Healthy

10. Strong Woman

11. Strong Willed

12. The Strong One

13. Strong / Powerful

14. Strong / Powerful / Force

15. Strong / Robust

16. Mighty / Powerful / Strong

17. Strong-Minded Woman

18. Strength: Strong and Solid

19. Stay Strong / Iron Will

20. Strong bones come from hard knocks

21. Stay Strong / Indestructible / Unbreakable

22. Tempering Makes Strong Steel

23. Firm Belief...


Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

Japan ki no tsuyo i
Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart  Vertical Wall Scroll

Here's the character breakdown of this Japanese title:
気 (ki) spirit; mind; heart; nature; motivation; intention; feelings; essence.
の (no) possessive particle.
強い (tsuyoi) strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Strong / Healthy

Japan sukoyaka
Strong / Healthy Vertical Wall Scroll

健やか is a verbose way to say strong and healthy in Japanese. 健やか is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.

Beyond "healthy," it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.

Japanese also use the first Kanji to mean the same thing. This version just adds two hiragana which serve to emphasize or amplify the word and clarify the meaning.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Strong and Beautiful

China jiàn měi
Japan takemi
Strong and Beautiful Vertical Wall Scroll

We don't really have a word like this in English but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful." It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful."

Note: 健美 is a word in Chinese and Korean but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.

The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.

Meaning: Survival of the fittest
China ruò ròu qiáng shí
Japan jaku niku kyoo shoku
The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat. Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese and Chinese proverb literally means, "The weak are meat; the strong eat" or "The weak are prey to the strong."

The closest English version is, "Survival of the fittest." It also fits with the ideas of, "predatory behavior," or "The law of the jungle."

Woman of Strong Character
Woman Hero

China nǚ jiá
Japan joketsu
Woman of Strong Character / Woman Hero Vertical Wall Scroll

女傑 can mean brave woman, heroine, lady of character, distinguished woman, outstanding woman, and sometimes prominent woman.

In modern usage, some people might use this to give a title to women like Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, or Sarah Palin. I would rather use it for a woman like Araceli Segarra (the first woman from Spain to climb Mt. Everest).

Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

China yì zhì jiān qiáng
Strong Hearted / Strong Willed Vertical Wall Scroll

This phrase can mean either "strong hearted," "strong willed" or "determination."

The first two characters can be translated as "will," "willpower," "determination," "volition," "intention," or "intent." But, it should be noted that this first part possess the element of "heart" in the lower portion of both characters (they also partially carry the meaning "with whole heart").

The last two characters mean "strong" or "staunch."

Chinese word order and grammar is a bit different than English, so in this case, they are in reverse order of English but have the correct meaning in a natural form.


See Also:  Strong Willed | Discipline | Will-Power

Strong Mind Strong Body

China qiáng zhuàng de shēn tǐ jiān qiáng de xīn tài
Strong Mind Strong Body Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the Chinese phrase for "Strong Mind, Strong Body," however, the character order is actually "Strong Body, Strong Mind," as that's the more natural word order in Chinese.

Strong Body, Strong Mind

Japan tsuyo i karada tsuyo i kokoro
Strong Body, Strong Mind Vertical Wall Scroll

強い体強い心 is a way to write "strong mind, strong body" in Japanese.

Each of the two lines starts with 強い (tsuyoi) which means: strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable; tough; stiff; hard; inflexible.

Body is represented with 体 (ancient version is 體, romanized as karada) which means: body; build; physique; posture; torso; trunk; health.

Mind is represented with 心 (kokoro) which can mean heart, mind, or soul depending on context.

This is not a common phrase in Japanese, so it's not the most natural title for calligraphy. In English, you might want to write it, "strong mind, strong body" but, "strong mind, strong body," is more natural in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Strong / Healthy

China jiàn
Japan ken
Strong / Healthy Vertical Wall Scroll

This "strong" character is the more "healthy" version of strong. 健 is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.

Beyond "healthy," it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.

Strong Woman

China nǚ qiáng rén
Strong Woman Vertical Wall Scroll

女強人 is the best way to say "strong woman" or "strong and independent woman" in Chinese.

Grammar in China is a bit different, so these three characters literally read as "female strength person" or "woman strong person." This might sound funny in English but this is a natural-sounding title in Chinese.

Strong Willed

China yìng qì
Strong Willed Vertical Wall Scroll

硬氣 means firm, unyielding, or strong-willed in Chinese.

If you take pride in being strong-willed, or a bit stubborn, this could be the title for you.

The Strong One

Japan tsuyoi mono
The Strong One Vertical Wall Scroll

強いもの means, "strong one," in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Strong / Powerful

China qiáng zhuàng
Japan kyousou
Strong / Powerful Vertical Wall Scroll

強壯 is an adjective that means powerful or strong.

It can also be translated as able-bodied, robust, or sturdy.
This version of strength also suggests muscularity.


壮Note that the second character was simplified in Japan after WWII (also simplified in mainland China but not for calligraphy). If you want the modern Japanese/simplified version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right.


See Also:  Strength | Vitality | Health

Strong / Powerful / Force

China qiáng
Japan kyou
Strong / Powerful / Force Vertical Wall Scroll

This "strong" character means strength, force, powerful, better, stubborn, and stiff (yes, all of this in one character). This "strong" has less to do with physical strength and more to do with having a winning attitude, or just having the ability to win at something.

Note that most of the time, this character is pronounced "qiang" but when used with the meaning of stubborn, unyielding, or stiff, it is pronounced "jiang" in Chinese.

Also, sometimes "qiang" is used in modern Chinese to describe people that do crazy things (Example: Bicycling from Beijing to Tibet alone). I sometimes can be found outside my Beijing apartment wearing nothing but shorts and a tee-shirt while eating an ice cream during a snow storm, just to hear my neighbors call me "qiang." Maybe they mean "strong" but perhaps they are using the new meaning of "crazy strong."

Also a Korean Hanja with same meaning but mostly used in compound words.

強 is used in Japanese (though normally in compound words). In Japanese, it has the same meaning but in some context can mean "a little more than..." or "a little over [some amount]." Most Japanese would read this as tough, strength, stiff, hard, inflexible, obstinate, or stubborn.

Strong / Robust

China zhuàng
Japan sou
Strong / Robust Vertical Wall Scroll

This "strong" character means "to strengthen" or robust. This brings images of a muscle-bound hulk of a weight lifter or body builder to an Asian person who sees this character.

Note that in Korean and Japanese, this character is normally part of compound words, and is not seen alone too often.


壮Note that the this character was simplified in Japan after WWII (also simplified in mainland China but not for calligraphy). If you want the modern Japanese/simplified version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right.

Mighty / Powerful / Strong

China qiáng dà
Japan kyoudai
Mighty / Powerful / Strong Vertical Wall Scroll

強大 can mean mighty, powerful, large, formidable, or strong.

This term is often used to describe soldiers/troops/warriors, and whole armies.

Strong-Minded Woman

Japan reppu
Strong-Minded Woman Vertical Wall Scroll

烈婦 is a Japanese title for a strong-minded woman, virtuous woman, or heroine.

In some context, it can refer to a pure or chaste woman.

Strength: Strong and Solid

China qiáng gù
Japan kyouko
Strength: Strong and Solid Vertical Wall Scroll

Means firmness, stability, security, and strength in Japanese. It's not used commonly in China but it means "powerful," "firm," "solid," "strong" or "better than others" in Chinese. There is a slight variation in the top of the first character between Chinese and Japanese. Because this is more a Japanese word, we are showing the Japanese form here.

強固 is also a Korean word but Korean Hanja uses the Chinese form of the first character (one tiny stroke is a little different), so just let me now if your audience is Korean when you place your order, and we'll have it written in the Chinese/Korean version.

Stay Strong / Iron Will

Japan tesshin sekichou
Stay Strong / Iron Will Vertical Wall Scroll

鉄心石腸 is a Japanese proverb which suggest you should have the inner-strength and will as hard and steadfast as iron. It's the Japanese way to say, "stay strong." 鉄心石腸 is an especially uplifting thing to say to a person in distress or recovering from a disaster. It's kind of the survivor's creed.

If you literally translate this, it means, "iron will, stone guts" or "iron heart, rock-hard bowels."

Strong bones come from hard knocks

China bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
Strong bones come from hard knocks Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Without being knocked around a bit, [one's] bones won't become hard.

Figuratively, this means: One can't become strong without first being tempered by "hard knocks."

While true for everyone, this sounds like the "Iron Body" form of Kung Fu, where practitioners bodies are beaten (and often bone fractured) in order to become stronger.
For the rest of us, this is just about how we can be tempered and build character through the hardships in our lives.

This is not a common title for a wall scroll in China.

Stay Strong / Indestructible / Unbreakable

China jīn gāng bù huài
Japan kon gou fu e
Stay Strong / Indestructible / Unbreakable Vertical Wall Scroll

This is originally a Buddhist term for, "The diamond indestructible." Sometimes, it's written 金剛不壞身, The diamond indestructible body. Outside that context, it still means firm and solid, sturdy and indestructible, unshakable, or adamantine (a mythological indestructible material).


壊 Note: If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the last Kanji will look like the one shown to the right.

Tempering Makes Strong Steel

Hardship Develops Strong Character
China bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng
Tempering Makes Strong Steel Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Only after much tempering is steel produced.

Figuratively, this means: True character must be tested in hardship.

This is a mild form of saying, "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger."

Firm Belief
Strong Faith

China jiān xìn
Japan ken shin
Firm Belief / Strong Faith Vertical Wall Scroll

堅信 means: to believe firmly; firm faith; without any doubt.

Japanese Christians sometimes use this term to mean the rite of confirmation.

This can also be the Japanese given name, Kenshin.

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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
Strong-Willed
Strong of Heart
氣の強い
気の強い
ki no tsuyo i
kinotsuyoi
Strong
Healthy
健やかsukoyaka
Strong and Beautiful健美takemijiàn měi / jian4 mei3 / jian mei / jianmeichien mei / chienmei
The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.弱肉強食jaku niku kyoo shoku
jakunikukyooshoku
jaku niku kyo shoku
jakunikukyoshoku
ruò ròu qiáng shí
ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
ruo rou qiang shi
ruorouqiangshi
jo jou ch`iang shih
jojouchiangshih
jo jou chiang shih
Woman of Strong Character
Woman Hero
女傑
女杰
joketsunǚ jiá / nv3 jia2 / nv jia / nvjianü chia / nüchia
Strong Hearted
Strong Willed
意志堅強
意志坚强
yì zhì jiān qiáng
yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2
yi zhi jian qiang
yizhijianqiang
i chih chien ch`iang
ichihchienchiang
i chih chien chiang
Strong Mind Strong Body強壯的身體堅強的心態
强壮的身体坚强的心态
qiáng zhuàng de shēn tǐ jiān qiáng de xīn tài
qiang2 zhuang4 de shen1 ti3 jian1 qiang2 de xin1 tai4
qiang zhuang de shen ti jian qiang de xin tai
ch`iang chuang te shen t`i chien ch`iang te hsin t`ai
chiang chuang te shen ti chien chiang te hsin tai
Strong Body, Strong Mind強い體強い心
強い体強い心
tsuyo i karada tsuyo i kokoro
tsuyoikaradatsuyoikokoro
Strong
Healthy
kenjiàn / jian4 / jianchien
Strong Woman女強人
女强人
nǚ qiáng rén
nv3 qiang2 ren2
nv qiang ren
nvqiangren
nü ch`iang jen
nüchiangjen
nü chiang jen
Strong Willed硬氣
硬气
yìng qì / ying4 qi4 / ying qi / yingqiying ch`i / yingchi / ying chi
The Strong One強いものtsuyoi mono
tsuyoimono
Strong
Powerful
強壯
强壮
kyousou / kyosoqiáng zhuàng
qiang2 zhuang4
qiang zhuang
qiangzhuang
ch`iang chuang
chiangchuang
chiang chuang
Strong
Powerful
Force

kyou / kyoqiáng / qiang2 / qiangch`iang / chiang
Strong
Robust

sou / sozhuàng / zhuang4 / zhuangchuang
Mighty
Powerful
Strong
強大
强大
kyoudai / kyodaiqiáng dà / qiang2 da4 / qiang da / qiangdach`iang ta / chiangta / chiang ta
Strong-Minded Woman烈婦reppu / repu
Strength: Strong and Solid強固
强固
kyouko / kyokoqiáng gù / qiang2 gu4 / qiang gu / qiangguch`iang ku / chiangku / chiang ku
Stay Strong
Iron Will
鉄心石腸tesshin sekichou
tesshinsekichou
teshin sekicho
teshinsekicho
Strong bones come from hard knocks不磕不碰骨頭不硬
不磕不碰骨头不硬
bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
bu4 ke1 bu4 peng4 gu3 tou2 bu4 ying4
bu ke bu peng gu tou bu ying
bukebupenggutoubuying
pu k`o pu p`eng ku t`ou pu ying
pukopupengkutoupuying
pu ko pu peng ku tou pu ying
Stay Strong
Indestructible
Unbreakable
金剛不壞 / 金剛不壊
金刚不坏
kon gou fu e
kongoufue
kon go fu e
kongofue
jīn gāng bù huài
jin1 gang1 bu4 huai4
jin gang bu huai
jingangbuhuai
chin kang pu huai
chinkangpuhuai
Tempering Makes Strong Steel百煉才成鋼 / 百煉纔成鋼
百炼才成钢
bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng
bai3 lian4 cai2 cheng2 gang1
bai lian cai cheng gang
bailiancaichenggang
pai lien ts`ai ch`eng kang
pailientsaichengkang
pai lien tsai cheng kang
Firm Belief
Strong Faith
堅信
坚信
ken shin / kenshinjiān xìn / jian1 xin4 / jian xin / jianxinchien hsin / chienhsin
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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