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| 1. Loyalty
2. Loyalty to Duty or Master
3. Loyalty / Devotion
4. Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted
5. Faithful / Honorable...
| 6. Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country
7. Respect and Loyalty
8. Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful
10. Pillars of Marriage
13. Guan Yu
14. Honesty / Fidelity
15. Bushido / The Way of the Samurai
Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.
1. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
2. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.
3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.
This is the simplest way to write the word loyalty in Chinese and Japanese.
A single character like this leaves the meaning open. But alone, a Chinese or Japanese person would think of loyalty to duty or loyalty to one's master (in ancient times). I suppose that it could be loyalty to your boss or company in this day in age.
This character can also mean fidelity or faithfulness.
This can also be romanised as "chung".
This is another form of loyalty or devotion.
In Chinese, this is more specifically about being loyal and devoted to your friends.
In Japanese, this is more often used to mean loyalty to your country or nation.
Except for the slight difference noted above between Japanese and Chinese, this word is understood universally in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also be used to describe devotion or fidelity.
It should be noted that this Kanji combination is being used less and less in modern Japan (this is a better choice if your audience is Chinese, though any Japanese person will clearly understand it).
This is a Japanese way to write "Loyalty" - it also contains the ideas of being faithful, devoted, true, and obedient.
The second character is a modified form only used in the Japanese lexicon, however, Chinese speakers can easily guess the meaning.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
This is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).
In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".
This proverb is the tattoo worn on the back of Yue Fei, a famous Chinese warrior who lived until 1142 A.D.
The tattoo can be translated as "Serve the country with the utmost loyalty". More literally, it means, "[The] Ultimate Loyalty [is too] Duty [of] Country".
Legend has it that this tattoo once saved his life when he was accused of treason.
The first two characters have come to create a word that means "serve the country faithfully" or "die for the country". Note: It's more a willingness to die for one's country than the actual act of dying.
The last two characters have come to mean, "Dedicate oneself to the service of one's country".
Both of these words are probably only in the Chinese lexicon because of this famous tattoo.
If you break it down, character-by-character, here is what you get:
1. To the utmost, to the limit of something, the ultimate.
2. Loyalty or duty (a sense of duty to one's master, lord, country, job).
3. Report, recompense, give back to (in this case, you are giving yourself to your country as payback).
4. Country, state, nation, kingdom.
This is a custom word list scroll created at the special request of a customer.
This is a word list (not a normal Chinese or Japanese phrase).
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This is the clearest and most natural way to translate "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" into Mandarin Chinese. This is specifically meant for U.S. Marines who often use the shortened term "Semper Fi".
The first two characters are a word that means always, forever, and/or eternally.
The last two characters are a word that means fidelity, loyal, and/or devoted.
I spent 10 years in the Marines, so it was a no-brainer to add this to our calligraphy database.
This is "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese. This is specifically meant for U.S. Marines who often use the shortened term "Semper Fi".
The first two Kanji mean "always" or "constantly". The last three Kanji mean "faithful", "loyal", "devoted", and/or "diligent". It's most often read as "faithful".
This is an alternate way to write "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean resolute with firm determination.
The second two characters mean reliable.
Together, this creates a 4-character expression that clearly means dependable.
These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just post a custom phrase request on our forum).
This is actually a "word list", consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English, but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.
If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).
Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.
This is the Japanese version of integrity which can also be defined as a combination of "sincere, honest and faithful".
Some may also define this as "loyal" or "loyalty". In some context, it can mean "genuine". Yes, all of this meaning in just one Japanese word!
This term means obligation or a sense of duty that one may have to their employer, country or culture.
This is a specifically Japanese term, as in Chinese, these two characters form a word that means "religious doctrine" or refers to the argument presented in an essay.
This term has similar meaning in Korean where is can be translated as justice, sense of duty, loyalty, integrity or obligation.
This is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll. So this entry is intended more for educational purposes.
This is the name Guan Yu, Army General for the Kingdom of Shu. He is also known as Guan Gong (like saying Duke Guan or Sir Guan)
He was immortalized in the novel, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms".
He was a fearsome fighter, also famous for his virtue and loyalty. He is worshipped by some modern-day soldiers and has the title "Warrior Saint" in China. Some believe he offers safety and protection for military servicemen.
Guan Yu lived until 219 A.D.
This is another character that expresses the idea of honesty. It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.
Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.
Note: In some context, this character can mean letter; news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.
This is the title for, "The Code of the Samurai".
Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai", "The Bushido Code", or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry".
This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior", "The Warrior's Way", or "The Warrior's Code".
It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan, and thought of as being of Japanese origin.
The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Benevolence 仁, Courage 勇, Honesty 誠, Honour 名誉, Loyalty 忠実, Respect 礼(禮), and Rectitude 義. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.
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|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Loyalty to Duty or Master||忠|
|Loyalty / Devotion||忠义|
|Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted||忠実|
|Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty||信义|
|Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country||尽忠报国|
|n/a||jìn zhōng bào guó|
jin zhong bao guo
chin chung pao kuo
|jin4 zhong1 bao4 guo2|
|Respect and Loyalty||尊敬忠诚|
|son kei chu sei|
|zūn jìng zhōng chéng|
zun jing zhong cheng
tsun ching chung ch`eng
|zun1 jing4 zhong1 cheng2|
tsun ching chung cheng
|Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful||永远忠诚|
|n/a||yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng|
yong yuan zhong cheng
yung yüan chung ch`eng
|yong3 yuan3 zhong1 cheng2|
yung yüan chung cheng
|Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful||常に忠誠を|
|tsune ni chuu sei wo|
tsune ni chu sei wo
|Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful||常に忠実な|
|tsune ni chuu jitsu na|
tsune ni chu jitsu na
|n/a||jiān yì kě kào|
jian yi ke kao
chien i k`o k`ao
|jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4|
chien i ko kao
|Pillars of Marriage||尊重忠诚诚实|
|n/a||zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí|
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
|zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2|
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih
Sincere Honest and Faithful
|Honesty / Fidelity||信|
|Bushido / The Way of the Samurai||武士道|
|bu shi do|
|wǔ shì dào|
wu shi dao
wu shih tao
|wu3 shi4 dao4|
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