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Lover in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart
  2. Lover / Sweetheart
  3. Lover / Beloved
  4. You are always a beauty in your lover's eyes
  5. The Red String
  6. Longing for Lover
  7. Love and Honor
  8. Wealth / Riches / Fortune
  9. Tea Fate
10. Non-Violence
11. In Wine there is Truth

Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart

China ài ren
Japan ai jin
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<mark>Lover</mark> / Spouse / Sweetheart

This means lover, sweetheart, spouse, husband, wife, or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means "love" and the second means "person".

This title can be used a lot of different ways, depending on context. Husbands and wives may use this term for each other. But, if you change the context, this title could be used to mean "mistress". It's pretty similar to the way we can use "lover" in many different ways in English.

In modern Japan, this lover title has slipped into the definition of mistress, and is not good for a wall scroll.

Lover / Sweetheart

China qíng rén
Japan jou nin / jou jin
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<mark>Lover</mark> / Sweetheart

This means lover, sweetheart or beloved in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This term is gender-neutral, so anyone can use it.

Please note that this term can easily be read or used to mean "mistress" or the kind of lover that you have an affair with (especially in Japanese). The context in which this word is used affects the actual meaning. Husbands and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends can also use this term for each other with no ill-meaning.

Lover / Beloved

China liàn rén
Japan koi bito
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<mark>Lover</mark> / Beloved

This means lover, sweetheart or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This term is gender-neutral, so anyone can use it.

恋In modern Japan and China, the first character has been simplified. We suggest the traditional version, as shown above if your audience is Chinese or Korean. However, this generation of Japanese are more likely to recognize the simplified version. If you want this simple (modern Japanese) version, please click on the image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

You are always a beauty in your lover's eyes

China qíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī
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You are always a beauty in your <mark>lover</mark>'s eyes

Any woman with affection for Asian art and you will love a gift of this Chinese proverb calligraphy on a wall scroll. She will melt in your arms as you tell her the meaning of these characters.

Contained in this phrase is a reference to the most beautiful woman in Chinese history. Her name was Xi Shi, and she was known to have good looks that need not fine robes or make up. Her charms were so powerful that she brought down an entire kingdom (in a successful effort to bring honor and pride back to her people).

This is a great way to express that the woman in your life is your one love.

The Red String

Thread of Lover's Destiny / Fate
Japan akai ito
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The Red String

This literally translates as, "the red string" in Japanese, but the real meaning is much deeper...

In Japanese culture, it's believed that fate, destiny, or karma joins lovers by an unseen string, tied around one little finger of each. This is how soul mates fine and are drawn to each other.

Longing for Lover

China sī liàn
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Longing for <mark>Lover</mark>

This is a term used for when you miss a lover. It suggests that you are separated (not by choice) and have longing for each other. It's a strong feeling of missing your lover.

Love and Honor

...2 character version
China qíng yì
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Love and Honor

This means to love and honor in Chinese. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation", as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship".

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor". It's probably best if your target is Chinese.

This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).

See Also...  Love And Honor

Love and Honor

...four character version
China shēn qíng hòu yì
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Love and Honor

This means to love and honor. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).

This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.

See Also...  Love And Honor

Wealth / Riches / Fortune

China cái fù
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Wealth / Riches / Fortune

This means wealth or riches in Chinese.

Hanging this on your wall will label you as a "lover of money" or a "greedy person". Order this, only if you don't mind being seen in this light.

Tea Fate

China chá yuán
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Tea Fate

This is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate", but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. This is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.


China fēi bào lì
Japan hibouryoku
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This is fairly self-explanatory.

The first character means "not", "non-" or "un-"
The middle and last character together mean "violence", "use of force" or simply "violent".

Together, these three characters would normally be translated as "nonviolence". A great gift for your favorite peace-lover.

See Also...  Peace

In Wine there is Truth

China jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
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In Wine there is Truth

This is a nice Asian proverb if you know a vintner or wine seller - or wine lover - although the actual meaning might not be exactly what you think or hope.

The literal meaning is that someone drinking wine is more likely to let the truth slip out. It can also be translated as, "People speak their true feelings after drinking alcohol".

It's long-believed in many parts of Asia that one can not consciously hold up a facade of lies when getting drunk, and therefore the truth will come out with a few drinks.

I've had the experience where a Korean man would not trust me until I got drunk with him (I was trying to gain access to the black market in North Korea which is tough to do as an untrusted outsider) - so I think this idea is still well-practiced in many Asian countries.

后 VS 後

Please note that there are two common ways to write the second character of this phrase. The way it's written will be left up to the mood of the calligrapher, unless you let us know that you have a certain preference.

See Also...  Honesty | Truth

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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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Lover / Spouse / Sweetheart爱人
ai jin
ài ren
ai ren
ai jen
ai4 ren
Lover / Sweetheart情人
jou nin / jou jin
jounin / joujin
jo nin / jo jin
qíng rén
qing ren
ch`ing jen
qing2 ren2
ching jen
Lover / Beloved恋人
koi bito
liàn rén
lian ren
lien jen
lian4 ren2
You are always a beauty in your lover's eyes情人眼里出西施
n/aqíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī
qing ren yan li chu xi shi
ch`ing jen yen li ch`u hsi shih
qing2 ren2 yan3 li3 chu1 xi1 shi1
ching jen yen li chu hsi shih
The Red String赤い糸
akai ito
Longing for Lover思恋
n/asī liàn
si lian
ssu lien
si1 lian4
Love and Honor情义
n/aqíng yì
qing yi
ch`ing i
qing2 yi4
ching i
Love and Honor深情厚义
n/ashēn qíng hòu yì
shen qing hou yi
shen ch`ing hou i
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shen ching hou i
Wealth / Riches / Fortune财富
n/acái fù
cai fu
ts`ai fu
cai2 fu4
tsai fu
Tea Fate茶缘
n/achá yuán
cha yuan
ch`a yüan
cha2 yuan2
cha yüan
fēi bào lì
fei bao li
fei pao li
fei1 bao4 li4
In Wine there is Truth酒后吐真言
酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
n/ajiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu hou tu zhen yan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
chiu hou tu chen yen

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