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  1. Light / Bright and Promising Future
  2. Light / Bright / Shine
  3. Inner Light / Intelligence
  4. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark
  5. Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light
  6. Moonlight
  7. Bright and Promising Future
  8. Happy Buddha


Light / Bright and Promising Future

China guāng míng
Japan kou mei / mitsu haru
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This is a nice way to say "light" in Chinese, and old Korean Hanja. This is because the word also suggests a bright future or refers so someone who is very promising (great future potential).

The first character means light or bright.

The second character means bright and clear (in this context).

This word appears in most Japanese dictionaries, but it not the most common Japanese Kanji word for light (more commonly used for the name Mitsuharu).

In old Korean Hanja, this can have a meaning of brightness or brilliancy.

In the context of Buddhism, this means, "Light emanating from a Buddha or Bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion"

Light / Bright / Shine

China guāng
Japan hikari
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This is the simplest way to express "light" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean ray or bright. Chinese tend to use a two-character word for light/bright, so this character is probably best if your audience is Japanese. Also, when pronounced Rei, this can be a Japanese female given name.

Inner Light / Intelligence

China xīn dēng
Japan shin tou
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This is the Buddhist concept of "The Lamp of the Mind" or "Inner Light".

It's kind of the Buddhist way to express intelligence.

If you literally translate, this is, "heart light" or "heart lamp". Note: In ancient China, the idea of heart and mind are interchangeable.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

China xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
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This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915


This quote is not sourced, and therefore several variations exist in English. Some suggest the original was in the Bengali language.

This of course is the Chinese translation which has the meaning of, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark".

Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

China yī dào shén guāng
Japan ichidou no shinkou
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This is a Buddhist term that means, "inner light", or "intuitive wisdom".

This actually reads, "[the] one path/way [of] spiritual light". It implies that your spirit knows the way, and will light the path for you.

Moonlight

China yuè guāng
Japan gekkou
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This is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for moonlight.

This can also be used to describe a moonbeam, and can be a given name all three languages (pronounced as Rumi when used as a female given name in Japanese).

Bright and Promising Future

Japanese
Japan akarui mirai
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This Japanese proverb means, "Bright Future". It suggests a lot of possibility and potential awaits in your future. A great gift for a graduate.

The first part of this proverb literally means bright or light. The second part means future, but can also be translated as, "the world to come".

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Life of Serenity
A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aiki
Aikido
Alan
Alone
Angels
Autumn
Balance
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Be Happy
Be True to Yourself
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Belierve in Yourself
Believe
Benevolence
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Blue
Bright
Bright Future
Brown
Buddha
Buddhism
Buddhist
Bushi
Bushido
Butterfly
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Children
Christian
Christianity
Circle
Confidence
Confucius
Courage
Create
Crouching Tiger
Curtis
Dance
Daughter
Discipline
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon and Phoenix
Dragon Lady
Dragon Phoenix
Dragon Tiger Spirit
Dream
Dream Big
Drink
Earth
Eight
Emperor
Endure
Energy
Equilibrium
Eternal Life
Faith
Family
Fire
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Flying
Flying Tigers
Forever
Forever in My Heart
Fortune
Four
Four Noble Truths
Free Spirit
Friend
Friends
Friends Forever
Friendship
General
Ghost
Girl
Glory and Honor
God is Always With You
God is Love
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Golden
Good
Good Deed
Good Fortune
Good Health
Good Luck
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Happiness
Happy
Happy Birthday
Harmony
Heart Soul
Home
Honor
Hope
Horse
House
I Am Enough
I Love You
I Need You
Jane
Josh
Koi Fish
Light
Liu Bei
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Laugh Love
Live Life
Live Love Die
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Sutra
Love
Love Always
Love and Devotion
Love for A Child
Love for Humanity
Love of My Life
Love You Forever
Luck
Marriage
Miss You
Moon
Mountain
Musashi
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Pain
Passion
Peace
Peaceful
People
Perserverance
Pleasure
Plum
Power
Pursuit of Happiness
Randy
Respect
Ronald
Serenity Prayer
Sexy
Shine
Soldier of God
Song
Spirit Mind
Spirit of the Tiger
Spring
Strong Powerful
Sunlight
Sword
Tae Kwon Do
The Saint
Thought
Three
Thunder
Tiger Spirit
Tigers
Today
Toku
Tranquility
Tree
Trust
Trust No Man
Trust No One
Twilight
Unselfish
Upright
Vermillion Dragon
Virtue
Water
Wedding
White
Will
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Work
Year of the Dragon
Yellow Dragon
Yin Yang
Zen Circle
Zhong Kui

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Light / Bright and Promising Future光明
光明
kou mei / mitsu haru
koumei / mitsuharu
ko mei / mitsu haru
guāng míng
guang ming
kuang ming
guang1 ming2
guangming
Light / Bright / Shine
hikariguāng
guang
kuang
guang1
Inner Light / Intelligence心灯
心燈
shin tou
shintou
shin to
xīn dēng
xin deng
hsin teng
xin1 deng1
xindeng
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟
信唸是在黎明前的黑闇中能感到光明的鳥
n/axìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
xin nian shi zai li ming qian de hei an zhong neng gan dao guang ming de niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming ch`ien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3
hsin nien shih tsai li ming chien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light一道神光
一道神光
ichidou no shinkou
ichidounoshinkou
ichido no shinko
yī dào shén guāng
yi dao shen guang
i tao shen kuang
yi1 dao4 shen2 guang1
yidaoshenguang
Moonlight月光
月光
gekkou
geko
yuè guāng
yue guang
yüeh kuang
yue4 guang1
yueguang
Bright and Promising Future明るい未来
明るい未来
akarui mirai
akaruimirai
n/a
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 "light" 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.

Some people may refer to this entry as Light Kanji, Light Characters, Light in Mandarin Chinese, Light Characters, Light in Chinese Writing, Light in Japanese Writing, Light in Asian Writing, Light Ideograms, Chinese Light symbols, Light Hieroglyphics, Light Glyphs, Light in Chinese Letters, Light Hanzi, Light in Japanese Kanji, Light Pictograms, Light in the Chinese Written-Language, or Light in the Japanese Written-Language.

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