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Honorable Death - No Surrender

Japan gyokusai shugi
Honorable Death - No Surrender

This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender," or simply "No surrender." If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide," or "Ideology of honorable death."

玉砕主義 is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Not Long for this World

China fēng zhú cán nián
Not Long for this World

This phrase means "Old and ailing with little time left" or "Not long for this world."
There is a real suggestion here that someone will die soon.

This was added by special request of a customer, and is perhaps, not the most positive phrase that you could put on a wall scroll.

This would be the most offensive possible gift to give to an older person - please do not do that!

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
Death Before Dishonor

This is the long version of a Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery."

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

This is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor," the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees."


This is an idiom. It therefore doesn't directly say exactly what it means. If you think about the English idiom, "The grass is always greener," it does not directly say "jealousy" or "envy" but everyone knows that it is implied.

Musashi

The most famous Samurai
Japan mu sashi
Musashi

武蔵 is the short title for a man long in legend. Miyamoto Musashi is probably the most famous Samurai in all of Japanese history. While coming from a lower class, his new sword and fighting techniques put him on par with the best that feudal Japan had to offer. His long career started with his first duel was at age 13!

He is credited both with using two swords at once, and never losing a single battle in his career. After becoming a Buddhist, and getting older, like many old warriors, he took up a peaceful and solitary life until his death around 1645 A.D.

Note: Technically, Musashi is his given name, and Miyamoto is his surname. However, it's suggested that he assumed both of these names, and also had a few other names at childhood, as well as being given a Buddhist name. It's hard to know what to call him, as with most Kanji, there are multiple pronunciations. The characters for Musashi can also be pronounced "Takezō." But, everyone in modern times seems to know him by the name Musashi.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

遠行


远行

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Mandarin yuǎn xíng / yuan3 xing2
Taiwan yüan hsing
Japanese enkou;engyou(ok);ongyou(ok) / enko;engyo(ok);ongyo(ok) / えんこう;えんぎょう(ok);おんぎょう(ok)
Chinese a long journey; far from home
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) going afar; (2) dying; death
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

長生


长生

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Mandarin cháng shēng / chang2 sheng1
Taiwan ch`ang sheng / chang sheng
Japanese chousei / chose / ちょうせい
Chinese long life
Japanese (noun/participle) longevity; (given name) Yoshio; (given name) Hisao; (given name) Naganari; (surname) Nagasu; (place-name) Nagaoi; (given name) Nagao; (place-name) Nagaike; (place-name) Chousei; (given name) Takeo; (personal name) Osamu; (given name) Osami; (personal name) Osao
Long or eternal life (in Paradise), 長生不死, 長生不老 long life without death, or growing old, immortality.

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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
Honorable Death - No Surrender玉砕主義gyokusai shugi
gyokusaishugi
Not Long for this World風燭殘年
风烛残年
fēng zhú cán nián
feng1 zhu2 can2 nian2
feng zhu can nian
fengzhucannian
feng chu ts`an nien
fengchutsannien
feng chu tsan nien
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎不為瓦全
宁为玉碎不为瓦全
níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu2 wei2 wa3 quan2
ning wei yu sui bu wei wa quan
ningweiyusuibuweiwaquan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa ch`üan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa chüan
Musashi武蔵mu sashi / musashi
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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