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Luck in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Good Luck
  2. Lucky / Auspicious
  3. Good Luck / Good Fortune
  4. Opportunity / Good Luck
  5. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
  6. Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence
  7. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
  8. Five Red Bats
  9. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence
10. Bat
11. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea
12. House of Good Fortune
13. Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon
14. Keegan
15. Red Color


Good Luck

China xìng yùn
Japan kou un
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This can be translated as "good luck", "fortunate", "lucky" and/or "good fortune" in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Occasionally, this is also translated as a type of happiness or a short way to write serendipity.

Lucky / Auspicious

China
Japan kichi
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A simple way to express the state of being lucky. Also used in conversation to hope that all is well with someone. This is more often seen as part of a compound word with a lucky association (especially in Korean).


Not as often used in Japanese, but still means "good luck" but can also mean "joy" in Japanese.

Good Luck / Good Fortune

China
Japan fuku
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This Character is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.

The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).

One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.

This character literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.

Opportunity / Good Luck

China jī yù
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This is the kind of opportunity that comes via good luck or good fortune.

This word is sometimes translated as "stroke of good luck".

While there are other ways to express "opportunity", I think this version is best for a calligraphy wall scroll or portrait.

Note: In Korean Hanja, this would also mean "Meeting someone under strange circumstances".

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
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This can mean happiness, good fortune, good luck, and in the old days, good harvest or bounty.

Note: From Japanese, this character is sometimes romanized as "sachi", and is often pronounced "kou" or sometimes "rei" when used in compound words with other Kanji.

Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence

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Japan kou un na guu zen
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This is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean fortunate, lucky, fortune, or good luck.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

China lóng fèng chéng xiáng
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This is often seen at weddings and other celebrations in China. It suggests that he dragon and phoenix will bring you auspicious tidings.

The first character is dragon.
The second is phoenix.
The third is presents or brings.
And the last means auspicious, propitious, or luck.

Five Red Bats

China hóng wǔ fú
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This is kind of a play on words in Chinese because of some homophones.

The first thing you need to know is that the word for bat, 蝠, sounds exactly like the word for good fortune, 福. Thus, bats are often associated with good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.

Five bats (五福 / 五蝠) means "five fortunes" referring to luck, prosperity, wealth, happiness, and longevity.

The word red, 红, has the same sound as 宏 meaning vast, great, or magnificent. Therefore a red bat means "vast fortune".

Altogether, five red bats represents vast reaches of the five fortunes.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

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Japan shiawa se na guu zen
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This is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean happiness, good fortune, luck, or blessing.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

Bat

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This is the simplest way to write bat in Chinese and old Korean Hanja.

This also means bat in Japanese, but is almost never written alone like this (it's often part of other titles for vampire bats or fruit bats).

In Chinese culture, the bat is a good luck charm, as the pronunciation is very similar to the word for "good luck" or "good fortune". The character for bat even looks like the good luck character.

Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

China qiān lǜ yī dé
Japan senryonoittoku
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This literally means, "1000 tries, 1 success", or "[a] thousand tries [leads to] one success".

This is a humble way to take of your success, ideas, or accomplishments. As if you are a fool who just got lucky in inventing or creating something.

Translations for this proverb include:
Even without any notable ability on my part, I may still get it right sometimes by good luck.
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea.

House of Good Fortune

China fú zhái
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Perhaps the Chinese equivalent of "This blessed house" or perhaps "home sweet home". This phrase literally means "Good fortune house" or "Good luck household". It makes any Chinese person who sees it feel that good things happen in the home in which this calligraphy is hung.

Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

China jīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
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The first character means gold or golden.
The second and third characters hold the meaning of auspiciousness and good luck.
the fourth character is dragon.
The fifth is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The last character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

Note: The word order is different than the English title, because of grammar differences between English and Chinese. This phrase sounds very natural in Chinese in this character order. If written in the English word order, it would sound very strange and lose its impact in Chinese.


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, but this has not been reviewed by a Korean translator.

Keegan

China jí gēn
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We like this way to transliterate the name Keegan into Mandarin Chinese because it has a nice meaning. It kind of means, "The root of luck".

Red Color

China hóng
HK hung
Japan beni
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This is a single character that means red in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The perceived meaning of this character can be ambiguous. Most will see it as the color red, but it can also mean Communist (just like it can in English). In Japanese, it can be a female given name "Rena", or refer to red silk lining. In Chinese, red is a good luck color, and can refer to a bonus or revolutionary.


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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...

Aikido
Ambition
Autumn
Axel
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Beloved Son
Best Love
Bird
Black Belt
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Bodhi
Brother
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Bushido
Cause and Effect
Charles
Cherry Blossom
Christian
Death Before Surrender
Determination
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Drink
Effort
Enlightenment
Erin
Fall
Family
Fight
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Forest
Free Spirit
Frog
Geisha
Ghost
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Golden
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Hazel
Hero
Horse
I Love You
I Need You
Infinite
Inner Beauty
Jasmine
John
Koi Fish
Live for the Day
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live in Prosperity
Live Love Die
Live the Moment
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love Always
Love and Respect
Love You Forever
Luck
Miguel
Miles
Moon
Mountain
Mountains
Nothing
Nothingness
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Peace
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Pearl
People
Plum
Precious
Rain and Wind
Regina
Remember
River
Saint
Sakura
Scorpio
Seasons
Serena
Sexy
Spirit of the Tiger
Steve
Strength
Strong
Strong Will
Three
Tiger
Tigers
Warrior
Water
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

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
Good Luck幸运
幸運
kou un
kouun
ko un
xìng yùn
xing yun
hsing yün
xing4 yun4
xingyun
Lucky / Auspicious
kichi
ji
chi
ji2
Good Luck / Good Fortune
fuku
fu
fu2
Opportunity / Good Luck机遇
機遇
n/ajī yù
ji yu
chi yü
ji1 yu4
jiyu
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng
xing
hsing
xing4
Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence幸運な偶然
幸運な偶然
kou un na guu zen
kouunnaguuzen
ko un na gu zen
n/a
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龙凤呈祥
龍鳳呈祥
n/alóng fèng chéng xiáng
long feng cheng xiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
longfengchengxiang
lungfengchenghsiang
lung feng cheng hsiang
Five Red Bats红五蝠
紅五蝠
n/ahóng wǔ fú
hong wu fu
hung wu fu
hong2 wu3 fu2
hongwufu
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence幸せな偶然
幸せな偶然
shiawa se na guu zen
shiawasenaguuzen
shiawa se na gu zen
n/a
Bat
n/a
fu
fu2
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea千虑一得
千慮一得
senryonoittokuqiān lǜ yī dé
qian lv yi de
ch`ien lü i te
qian1 lv4 yi1 de2
qianlvyide
chienlüite
chien lü i te
House of Good Fortune福宅
福宅
n/afú zhái
fu zhai
fu chai
fu2 zhai2
fuzhai
Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon金瑞祥龙之家
金瑞祥龍之家
n/ajīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
jin rui xiang long zhi jia
chin jui hsiang lung chih chia
jin1 rui4 xiang2 long2 zhi1 jia1
jinruixianglongzhijia
Keegan吉根
吉根
n/ají gēn
ji gen
chi ken
ji2 gen1
jigen
Red Color
benihóng
hong
hung
hong2

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 "luck" 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.

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