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  1. Live Without Regret
  2. Live In The Moment / Live In The Now
  3. Living / Live Life
  4. Live For The Day
  5. Live Laugh Love
  6. Live For The Day / Seize The Day
  7. Live in Prosperity
  8. Ikiru / To Live
  9. Live Laugh Love
10. You Only Live Once
11. Live in Peace and Contentment
12. Live and Let Die
13. Live for What You Love
14. Live Free or Die
15. You Only Live Once
16. Live Together and Help Each Other
17. Live Love Die
18. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
19. Life Force
20. Everyday Life
21. Birth / Life
22. Life Goes On
23. Life is Short
24. Life Goes On
25. Life is a Journey
26. A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding
27. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
28. Embrace Life / Embrace Living
29. Longevity / Long Life
30. Principles of Life
31. Life in Every Breath
32. Love Life
33. Choose Life
34. Longevity / Long Life
35. Life Energy / Spiritual Energy
36. Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony
37. Eternal Life / Everlasting Life...
38. Eternal Wheel of Life
39. Eternal Life / Future Life
40. New Life
41. Way of Life / Art of Life
42. Life in Balance / Balancing Life
43. Life is Good / Life is Beautiful
44. Journey of Life
45. Enjoy Life
46. Forever Young / Long Life
47. Life in Harmony / Balanced Life
48. Life Is But A Dream
49. Life is Good
50. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
51. Such is Life / Such is Destiny
52. Through the Ups and Downs of Life
53. Life of Love
54. Life of Serenity
55. The Good Life / Beautiful Life
56. This is Life
57. Life is Good
58. Music is Life
59. Such is Life
60. Life with Love
61. Music is Life
62. Life Full of Love
63. Life of Love
64. My Life, My Rules
65. Life is What You Make of It
66. Jesus is My Life
67. Life Full of Love
68. Embrace Life
69. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
70. Life is What You Make It
71. Life is Good / Life is Beautiful
72. Life in Every Breath
73. Enjoy Life
74. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering


Live Without Regret

Japan jinsei kui nashi
Live Without Regret Wall Scroll

This is how to say "live without regrets" in Japanese.


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

Live Without Regret

China shēng ér wú huǐ
Live Without Regret Wall Scroll

生而無悔 is how to say "live without regrets" in Mandarin Chinese.


Note: There is some debate about whether this makes sense in Japanese. It would be read, "nama ji mu ke," and be understood in Japanese. But, a Japanese person will probably think it's Chinese (not Japanese).

Live In The Moment / Live In The Now

China xiàn shì
Japan gen sei
Live In The Moment / Live In The Now Wall Scroll

現世 is a very short way to write "live in the moment" or "live in the now" in Japanese.

This short word is open to interpretation. It's used in Japanese Buddhism to mean "the current epoch" or "the current age" (the current age is but a brief moment in the greater scope of existence). When used in that context, this is pronounced "utsushiyo" or "ustusiyo" in Japanese. Otherwise, it's pronounced "gensei" in Japanese.

Other translation possibilities include:
Live for now
Earthly world
This world
This life
Earthly life
Present life
Present generation
Present incarnation
Current age
This existence
This (momentary) reality


Note: This is also a word in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. While the meaning is more or less the same, this is not recommended for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese or Korean. This selection is best if your audience is Japanese.

Living / Live Life

China shēng huó
Japan sei katsu
Living / Live Life Wall Scroll

This means life, living, to live, or the state of being alive. It can also refer to your daily existence or livelihood. It can also be a suggestion to just "Live life."

This is also the term used in other titles such as "healthy living" or Lance Armstrong's "Livestrong" campaign (Chinese title for Livestrong only).

If you need a reminder that you are alive, and to take a breath, this might be the perfect wall scroll for you.

Live For The Day

China huó zài jīn tiān
Live For The Day Wall Scroll

活在今天 is not really an eastern concept, so it does not translate into a phrase that seems natural on a wall scroll. However, if this is your philosophy, the characters shown here do capture your idea of living for today or living in the moment. 活在今天 literally say "Live in today" and they are grammatically correct in Chinese.


Note: This kind of makes sense in Korean Hanja but the grammar is Chinese, so it's not that natural in Korean.

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
Live Laugh Love Wall Scroll

In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."

Please note: This is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.


We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.

Live For The Day / Seize The Day

Japan ima wo i ki ru
Live For The Day / Seize The Day Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase can be translated as "live for the day," "live for the moment," "seize the day," or "make the most of the present." You can think of this as the Japanese version of "Carpe Diem."


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

Live in Prosperity

China shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng
Live in Prosperity Wall Scroll

This means, "live in prosperity." It's kind of a suggestion to be prosperity the center of your world.

This is the way some people want to live (and you should always live for what you love). However, this phrase does not suggest a peaceful life - rather one that is always busy. It's not for everyone but it might be for you.


See Also:  Prosperity

Ikiru / To Live

Japan ikiru
Ikiru / To Live Wall Scroll

This Japanese title means, to live, to exist, to make a living, to subsist, to come to life, or to be enlivened.

This is also the title of a 1952 Japanese movie that uses the translated English title of, "To Live."

Note: This term, when used in the context of baseball, and some Japanese games such as "go" can mean "safe."


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

Live Laugh Love

Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
Live Laugh Love Wall Scroll

Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.

This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."


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

You Only Live Once

Japan ichi do da ke i ki ru
You Only Live Once Wall Scroll

This is the simplest Japanese phrase that means, "[you] only live once" or "only one [life] to live."

The first four characters create a word that means "only once."
The last three characters create a word that means, "to live" or "to exist."


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

Live in Peace and Contentment

China ān jū lè yè
Japan an kyo raku gyou
Live in Peace and Contentment Wall Scroll

安居樂業 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja proverb for, "living in peace and working happily," or "to live in peace and be content with one's occupation."

Live and Let Die

Japan shinu no wa yatsuradesu
Live and Let Die Wall Scroll

This means, "live and let die," in Japanese.

This is the Japanese title of the James Bond 007 movie of the same name.


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

Live and Let Die

China huó yě ràng bié rén sǐ
Live and Let Die Wall Scroll

This means, "live and let die," in Chinese.

This is the Chinese translation of the song lyric by Guns n Roses for the James Bond 007 movie of the same name.

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

Live Free or Die

Give me liberty or give me death
China bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ
Live Free or Die Wall Scroll

不自由毋寧死 means, "Give me liberty or give me death," in Chinese.

This is also the best way to say, "Live free or die."

The characters break down this way:
不 = Not; none; without.
自由 = Freedom; liberty; freewill; self-determination.
毋寧 = Rather; would rather; rather be.
死 = Dead; death.

This will go nicely next to your, "Don't tread on me," flag. This phrase is known well enough in China that it's listed in a few dictionaries. Though I doubt you will find too many Chinese citizens willing to yell this on the steps of the capital in Beijing.


See Also:  Death Before Dishonor

You Only Live Once

China shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
You Only Live Once Wall Scroll

This is the translation to Chinese of the popular English phrase, "You only live once."

This is a more modern idea for Chinese people. The reason is, most Chinese people were taught quite the opposite idea from Buddhism.

Live Together and Help Each Other

Japan kyou son kyou ei
Live Together and Help Each Other Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "live together and help each other," "existing together, thriving together," or "co-existence and co-prosperity."

Live Love Die

China shēng ài sǐ
Japan sei ai shi
Live Love Die Wall Scroll

This came from a customer's request but it's not too bad. These three simple characters suggest that you are born, you learn to love, and then exit the world.

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success."


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


See Also:  Prosperity

Life Force

China shēng mìng
Japan seimei / inochi
Life Force Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Korean and Japanese word means "life force" or simply "life." The first character means "life" or "birth." The second means "life" or "fate." Together they create the meaning of "life force," though some will translate this as "existence" and sometimes "vitality."


See Also:  Vitality | Birth

Everyday Life

China rì cháng shēng huó
Japan nichi jou sei katsu
Everyday Life Wall Scroll

This simply means everyday life or regular life. You can also translate it as "Living day to day."

Birth / Life

China shēng
Japan shou / iku
Birth / Life Wall Scroll

This Chinese word means "to be born" and "to give birth."

Also, it's often used to refer to life itself, and sometimes "to grow."

生 is used in a lot of compound words such as "yi sheng," which means "doctor" (literally "healer of life"), "sheng ri" which means "birthday" (literally "birth day") and "xue sheng" which means student (literally "studying life" or "learner [about] life"). Few Chinese people will think of the literal meaning when this use words like doctor and student - but it is interesting to note.

生 has the same root meaning in Korean Hanja and Japanese. However, in Japanese, there are many possible pronunciations, and this can be used to mean "raw" or "unprocessed" (as in draft beer). Therefore, not be the best if your audience is Japanese.


See Also:  Vitality

Life Goes On

Japan jin sei ha tsudu ku
Life Goes On Wall Scroll

人生は続く is a Japanese phrase that expresses, "Life Goes On."

The first two characters mean "life" (literally "human life").
The third character is a particle which connects the ideas in this phrase.
The last two characters mean "to continue," "to last," "to go on," "to occur again and again."


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

Life is Short

Japan jinsei ha mijikai
Life is Short Wall Scroll

人生は短い is "life is short" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death); human life, living, lifetime.
は (ha/wa) particle (means "is" in this case).
短い (mijikai) short.


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

Life is Short

Even a 100-year-old is but a traveler passing through this life
China bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
Life is Short Wall Scroll

百歲光陰如過客 directly translates as: [Even a] hundred-year-old [person] is [just a] traveler passing by.

The simple message is, "Human life is short." Of course, there is an unspoken suggestion that you should make the best of the time you have here on earth.

Life Goes On

China shēng huó zài jì xù
Life Goes On Wall Scroll

No matter what happens, life goes on. For better or worse, life goes one. This is the basic idea behind this modern Chinese proverb which literally says "Life goes on" in these five characters.


A further explanation of this phrase can now be found on our forum here: Life Goes On in Chinese, explained.

Life is a Journey

China rén shēng shì yí duàn lǚ chéng
Life is a Journey Wall Scroll

This proverb means "Life is a Journey."

If this matches your philosophy, this might be the perfect Chinese calligraphy for you.

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding Wall Scroll

This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)."

What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.

The last word means "far" but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.


See Also:  Serenity

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Wall Scroll

This means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success." It's a great and very positive and inspirational wall scroll selection.


See Also:  Prosperity

Embrace Life / Embrace Living

China yōng bào shēng huó
Embrace Life / Embrace Living Wall Scroll

This Chinese title means to embrace or to hug life, or the embrace what it is to live.

Longevity / Long Life

China cháng shòu
Japan chouju
Longevity / Long Life Wall Scroll

Used as a noun, this word means "longevity" or "the ability to live long." It can also be an adjective meaning "long lived."


Japanese LongevityPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of the second character of longevity - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of this two-character longevity calligraphy.

Principles of Life

China shēng huó xìn tiáo
Principles of Life Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means "principles of life" or "The personal obligations and rules that you live by."

For instance, if you were a vegetarian, the act of not eating meat fits into this category.
This could also be translated as "Way of living."

Life in Every Breath

Japan hakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life in Every Breath Wall Scroll

This means, "life in every breath" in Japanese.

This phrase is more like "every single breath as you live and dwell."

The characters breakdown this way:
吐く息 (hakuiki) to breathe; exhaled air; one's breath; breathing.
一つ (hitotsu) one; only; just.
にも (nimo) also; too; as well; even.
生命 (seimei) life; existence; living.
が (ga) particle.
宿り (yadori) to lodge; to dwell; lodging; abode; shelter.


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

Love Life

China rè ài shēng mìng
Love Life Wall Scroll

熱愛生命 is the Chinese phrase for "Love Life" or "Love of Life."

If you love your life, or want a reminder on your wall to keep you loving your life each day, this is the selection for you.

To clarify, this is different than "A life full of love," or "love while you live." With this phrase, you are loving the state of being alive.


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, though use of this phrase in Korean has not been verified.

Choose Life

China xuǎn zé shēng huó
Choose Life Wall Scroll

This can mean to choose life instead of death (or suicide) or to choose to live life to the fullest.

I think of it as the key phrase used by Renton (Ewan McGregor) in the movie Trainspotting. While Chinese people will not think of Trainspotting when they see this phrase, for me, it will always be what comes near the end of this colorful rant:

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.

Longevity / Long Life

China shòu
Japan ju / kotobuki
Longevity / Long Life Wall Scroll

壽 can be defined as "long life" or "longevity" in the simplest form.


Japanese LongevityPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version.

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
China
Japan ki
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy Wall Scroll

This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

氣 is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in “life force” or “spiritual energy”. It is most often translated as “energy flow,” or literally as “air” or “breath”. Some people will simply translate this as “spirit” but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

米The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice is shown to the right.

Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.

氣氣The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like one the symbols shown to the right.

氣However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical is shown to the right.

The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the “flow” of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.


気The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.

More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also:  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul

Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony

China hé měi
Japan wa mi
Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony Wall Scroll

These two characters create a word that means, "harmonious" or, "in perfect harmony." The deeper meaning or more natural translation would be something like, "beautiful life."

The first character means peace and harmony.

The second character means beautiful. But in this case, when combined with the first character, beautiful refers to being satisfied with what you have in your life. This can be having good relations, good feelings, comfort, and having enough (with no feeling of wanting).


Note: In Japanese, this is often used as the name "Wami." This title is probably more appropriate if your audience is Chinese.

Eternal Life / Everlasting Life
Immortality

China yǒng shēng
Japan eisei
Eternal Life / Everlasting Life / Immortality Wall Scroll

These are the last two words from John 3:16 in the Chinese Union Bible.

Although not specifically Christian, this is the way to express ever-lasting life or eternal life in Chinese.

In Japanese, this can either mean eternal life or immortality.


See Also:  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation | Immortality

Eternal Wheel of Life

China fǎ lún
Japan hourin / horin
Eternal Wheel of Life Wall Scroll

法輪 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title, "The Eternal Wheel of Life," in Buddhism.

Also known as the wheel of the law, or Buddha-truth which is able to crush all evil and all opposition. It is likened to Indra's wheel which rolls on from man to man, place to place, age to age.

Colloquially used in some sects to mean preaching or spreading Buddha-truth.

Eternal Life / Future Life

China lái shì
Japan rai-se
Eternal Life / Future Life Wall Scroll

來世 can be used in many different ways. It is often used to express the next life (life in heaven or wherever your soul is bound for). So it does have a religious overtone. However, it can also be used to express your life in the future - perhaps during your present lifetime. It can also be translated as "the next world," "the next generation," "the time that is to come," "otherworld," or simply "posterity."


See Also:  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation | Immortality

New Life

China xīn shēng
Japan waka ki
New Life Wall Scroll

This literally means "new life" or "new birth" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Depending on context, this word can also mean newborn, new student, rebirth, new birth, nascent.
In Japanese, this can be the given name Wakaki.


Note: This is not the most common word selection for a calligraphy wall scroll. But if you're a westerner, you can bend the rules a bit.

New Life

Japan shin sei katsu
New Life Wall Scroll

This literally means "new life" or "new livelihood" in Japanese Kanji.

新生活 is most appropriate if you are starting a new career, or otherwise are starting a new chapter in your life or a new beginning.


Note: This is not the most common word selection for a calligraphy wall scroll. But if you're a westerner, you can bend the rules a bit.

Way of Life / Art of Life

China shēng huó fǎ
Japan seikatsuhou
Way of Life / Art of Life Wall Scroll

生活法 is a Japanese and Chinese title meaning, "art of living" or "way of life."

This can also be translated a few other ways, such as, "rule of life" and "the act of living."

The "art" title kind of comes from the fact that the last character is the same as the book, "The Art of War." So when you write your book, this is the title for, "The Art of Life," in Chinese and Japanese.

Life in Balance / Balancing Life

The art of balancing your life
China píng héng rén shēng
Japan hei kou jin sei
Life in Balance / Balancing Life Wall Scroll

This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.

The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.

The last two characters mean "life." Literally "human life."

Life is Good / Life is Beautiful

China shēng huó měi hǎo
Life is Good / Life is Beautiful Wall Scroll

生活美好 means "life is good" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean "life" or "living."

The last two characters mean "good" or "beautiful."

Journey of Life

Japan jinseikouro
Journey of Life Wall Scroll

If you believe that life is a journey, this is a nice Japanese title for you wall.

人生行路 means "journey of life" in Japanese Kanji. The actual word order is more like "life (人生) journey (行路)" as Japanese grammar is a bit different than English.

Note: The "journey" part can also be translated as "road," so this is also how to say, "the road of life."

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."

Forever Young / Long Life

Japan fu rou chou ju
Forever Young / Long Life Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase means "perpetual youth and longevity." It contains the ideas of never getting old and eternal life.

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Harmonious Life
China hé xié shēng huó
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life Wall Scroll

This title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two characters regard the idea of balance, harmony, and peace.

The second two characters mean "life." More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living. Some would translate those two characters as "one's daily existence."


Note: We have a couple of titles for this idea. This version is more of a noun, thus "The Balanced Life" verses a verb form like "Balancing [Your] Life."

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Japan cho wa sei katsu
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life Wall Scroll

This Japanese title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two Kanji mean harmonious or in harmony.

The second two Kanji mean "life." More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living.

Life Is But A Dream

China rén shēng rú mèng
Life Is But A Dream Wall Scroll

人生如夢 is an old Chinese proverb that suggests, "life is but a dream."

This kind of follows the Buddhist idea that the world is a temporal place, where reality may not be as real as you think.

Life is Good

China rén shēng liáng hǎo
Japan jin sei ryou kou
Life is Good Wall Scroll

人生良好 means "life is good" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).

The last two characters mean "good."

This also makes sense in Chinese but it reads more like, "life is all right."

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

Japan nan zan no jyu
Longevity / Long Life Wishes Wall Scroll

南山之壽 is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan," which literally means "south mountain." This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.

The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.

I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall."

Such is Life / Such is Destiny

China zhè jiù shì mìng
Such is Life / Such is Destiny Wall Scroll

This means, "Such is life," or "Such is destiny."

This can also be translated as "This is life," "This is [our] lot in life," or "This is [our] destiny." It is perhaps a fatalistic phrase. It can be compared with the French, "Ceci est la vie" or "C'est la vie."

Through the Ups and Downs of Life

China tóng gān gòng kǔ
Through the Ups and Downs of Life Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb talks of "shared delights and common hardships." This can be translated and understood a few different ways, including:
To share life's joys and sorrows.
For better or for worse.
Through joys and sorrows of life.
Through all life ups and downs.
To go through thick and thin.
To stick together through thick and thin.
To share joys and sorrows of life.
To share pleasures and pains.
To partake in each other's joys and sorrows.
To take "for better or for worse."

Life of Love

China ài qíng shēng huó
Japan aijyou seikatsu
Life of Love Wall Scroll

愛情生活 is the Chinese proverb for "Loving Life." Some also translate this as "[your] Loving Life" or "Life full of Love."

愛情生活 is about being a loving person (to spouse and/or family) during your life. 愛情生活 is not the same as loving the state of being alive - not "love of living" but rather "being loving person during your life."


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, though use of this proverb in Korean has not been verified.

This proverb can be understood in Japanese but it's primarily a Chinese proverb (it will "feel" Chinese to a Japanese person).

Life of Serenity

Japan yuu yuu kan kan
Life of Serenity Wall Scroll

悠悠閑閑 means, "life of serenity" in Japanese.
However, it can also have these meanings depending on how it's read: "composed and unhurried," "easygoing and leisurely," "in indolence," or "life of idleness."

The Good Life / Beautiful Life

China měi hǎo de shēng huó
The Good Life / Beautiful Life Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this means "Beautiful Life," or "The Good Life."

This is Life

China zhè jiù shì shēng huó
This is Life Wall Scroll

這就是生活 is a Chinese phrase that means, "這就是生活 is life," or "Such is life."

If you are looking for the French, "C'est la vie," this is a close match.

Life is Good

China shēng huó shì měi hǎo de
Life is Good Wall Scroll

This is "Life is Good" in Mandarin Chinese.

Music is Life

China yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
Music is Life Wall Scroll

This means, "Music is Life," in Chinese.

This is a title that we composed after so many people searched for it on our website.

Such is Life

China shēng huó jiù shì zhè yàng
Such is Life Wall Scroll

This is probably the best way to say, "Such is life," or "C'est la vie" in Chinese.

Life with Love

Japan ai no a ru jin sei
Life with Love Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase means "Life with Love."


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

Music is Life

Japan ongaku wa jinseidesu
Music is Life Wall Scroll

This means "music is life" in Japanese.


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

Life Full of Love

Japan ai ni afu re ta jin sei
Life Full of Love Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means "life full of love" or "life filled with love."


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

Life of Love

Japan aini michita seikatsu
Life of Love Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase means "a loving life" or "life filled with love."


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

My Life, My Rules

My life, I call the shots
China wǒ de shēng huó wǒ zuò zhǔ
My Life, My Rules Wall Scroll

我的生活我做主 is a Chinese phrase that can be translated as, "My life, my rules," or "My life, I call the shots."

The first four characters just say, "my life".

The fifth character is I, me, and/or my.

The last two characters can be interpreted a variety of ways, just as, to make the decision, to take charge of, to call the shot, or to make the rule.

Life is What You Make of It

Japan jinsei wa tsukuru mono
Life is What You Make of It Wall Scroll

This means, "life is what you make of it," in Japanese.


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

Jesus is My Life

China yē sū shì wǒ de shēng mìng
Jesus is My Life Wall Scroll

耶穌是我的生命 means Jesus is my life in Chinese.

The first two characters are a transliteration of the name Jesus into Mandarin Chinese.
The third character means, is.

The fourth and fifth mean, my or mine.

The last two characters mean life, as in lifespan, or from birth to death.

This is not a common phrase for Chinese Christians, but this is the best way to translate this idea from English to Mandarin Chinese.

Life Full of Love

China chōng mǎn ài de shēng huó
Life Full of Love Wall Scroll

This is the Chinese way to say, "life full of love," "life brimming with love," or "life overflowing with love."

Embrace Life

Japan jinsei o kyouju suru
Embrace Life Wall Scroll

This means, "embrace life," in Japanese.

This can also be translated as "enjoy life."


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

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

A wish for a long and prosperous life
China fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
Longevity / Long Life Wishes Wall Scroll

This is a phrase that means "May you have good fortune as great as the eastern oceans, and may your life last as long as the southern mountains."

In ancient Chinese mythology, the eastern oceans and southern mountains are where God resides (basically it is the same as saying "heaven"). So it's like saying, "May your good fortune and life be as vast as the heavens."

There is also a longer, 14-character version of this phrase. Also, this can be cut into two scrolls (with half the phrase on each side - great for hanging on either side of a doorway). Just let me know if you'd like a special version (there is an additional cost).

Life is What You Make It

China shēng huó shì zì jǐ chuàng zào de
Life is What You Make It Wall Scroll

This is a Chinese phrase meaning, "Life is what you make of it," or "Life is your own creation."

Life is Good / Life is Beautiful

Japan jinsei wa subarashii
Life is Good / Life is Beautiful Wall Scroll

This means "life is good," "life is great," or "life is beautiful" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).

The third character kind of means "is."

The last five characters are a long adjective that means wonderful, splendid, and/or magnificent. In the context of life it reads more like good or beautiful.


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

Life in Every Breath

China shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
Life in Every Breath Wall Scroll

This means, "life in every breath" in Chinese.

This phrase is more like "every breath in life," as if it's a quantity of breaths that makes up your life.


There are many ways to understand this phrase in English, so this is one of a few ways it could be translated into Chinese. If you're looking for a different meaning, post a on the Chinese Calligraphy Question Forum.

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.

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering

China huò dé yǒng shēng de yào shí shì xiān yào huó dé jīng cǎi
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering Wall Scroll

This is a famous quote from Bruce Lee. However, when quoted, he was speaking in English. So this is a translation of his English quote into Chinese. Since Bruce spoke both Chinese and English, his quotes sometimes go both ways.




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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
Live Without Regret 人生悔い無しjinsei kui nashi
jinseikuinashi
Live Without Regret 生而無悔
生而无悔
shēng ér wú huǐ
sheng1 er2 wu2 hui3
sheng er wu hui
shengerwuhui
sheng erh wu hui
shengerhwuhui
Live In The Moment
Live In The Now
現世
现世
gen sei / genseixiàn shì / xian4 shi4 / xian shi / xianshi hsien shih / hsienshih
Living
Live Life
生活sei katsu / seikatsushēng huó
sheng1 huo2
sheng huo
shenghuo
Live For The Day 活在今天huó zài jīn tiān
huo2 zai4 jin1 tian1
huo zai jin tian
huozaijintian
huo tsai chin t`ien
huotsaichintien
huo tsai chin tien
Live Laugh Love 笑愛生活
笑爱生活
xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
xiaoaishenghuo
hsiao ai sheng huo
hsiaoaishenghuo
Live For The Day
Seize The Day
今を生きるima wo i ki ru
imawoikiru
Live in Prosperity 生活于繁榮中
生活于繁荣中
shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng
sheng1 huo2 yu2 fan2 rong2 zhong1
sheng huo yu fan rong zhong
shenghuoyufanrongzhong
sheng huo yü fan jung chung
shenghuoyüfanjungchung
Ikiru
To Live
生きるikiru
Live Laugh Love 愛と笑いの生活ai to warai no seikatsu
aitowarainoseikatsu
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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Allah
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Balanced Life
Be Free
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Beloved
Best
Bible
Bill
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Bonsai
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Breath
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Honorable
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Iron
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Isaac
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Joyful
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Leopard
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Listen
Little Dragon
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Love
Love Always
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Love and Strength
Love Binds Us Together
Love Eternal

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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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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.


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