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  1. Lucky / Auspicious
  2. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
  3. Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence
  4. Good Luck
  5. Good Luck / Good Fortune
  6. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
  7. Opportunity / Good Luck
  8. Soldier of Fortune
  9. Survivor
10. Boar / Pig
11. Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon
12. House of Good Fortune
13. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea
14. Word of God / The Gospel
15. Five Red Bats
16. Bat
17. Destiny / Fate
18. Red Color
19. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence
20. Smooth Sailing
21. Double Happiness
22. Keegan

Lucky / Auspicious

Japan kichi
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<mark>Lucky</mark> / Auspicious

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.

See Also...  Good Luck

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

China xìng
Japan saki / sachi / rei / rē
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Happiness / Fortune / <mark>Lucky</mark>

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

Japanese only
Japan kou un na guu zen
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Serendipity / <mark>Lucky</mark> Coincidence

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.

Good Luck

China xìng yùn
Japan kou un
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Good Luck

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.

Good Luck / Good Fortune

Japan fuku
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Good Luck / Good Fortune

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.

Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

China lóng fèng chéng xiáng
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Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

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.

Opportunity / Good Luck

China jī yù
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Opportunity / Good Luck

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".

See Also...  Good Luck

Soldier of Fortune

Japan fuu un ji
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Soldier of Fortune

This is "soldier of fortune" in Japanese. It can also be read as, "lucky adventurer" or "adventurer who takes advantage of troubled times".


China xìng cún zhě
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This is the most common way to express "survivor" in Chinese. It literally means "lucky/fortunate surviving person".

This is kind of an odd selection for a wall scroll, but there is no better way to say survivor in Chinese calligraphy.

Boar / Pig

Year of the Pig / Zodiac Sign
China zhū
Japan inoshishi
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Boar / Pig

This is the character for boar, pig, or swine in Chinese and old Korean.

If you were born in the year of the boar / year of the pig, you...

Are optimistic.
Have good luck with wealth and money.
Are honest, generous, and warm-hearted.

猪The character shown to the right is the Japanese Kanji for "wild boar".
It's an alternate/simplified form of pig/boar in Chinese (can be read by both Chinese and Japanese people). Click on that character instead of the button above if you want this version.

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

China jīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
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Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

Added by special request of a customer...

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.

House of Good Fortune

China fú zhái
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House of Good Fortune

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.

Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

China qiān lǜ yī dé
Japan senryonoittoku
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Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

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.

Word of God / The Gospel

China fú yīn
Japan fukuin
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Word of God / The Gospel

This is the Chinese, Korean and Japanese word for "Gospel" or "Word of God". This is a specifically Christian word in Asia (not used for any other religion).

The first character means "blessing", "good fortune" or "good luck". This first character is a special character used throughout China to bring good tidings and fortune - especially during Chinese New Years. The second character means "sound", "noise" or "news".

Together, these characters create a word that means "The Good News" or "The Sound of Good Fortune".

When read by a Chinese or Japanese person, this word is always perceived as "The Christian Gospel", "Word of God", or even "The Voice of God".

See Also...  Christianity | Jesus Christ | God Of Abraham

Five Red Bats

China hóng wǔ fú
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Five Red Bats

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.


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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.

Destiny / Fate

China mìng yùn
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Destiny / Fate

These two characters contain the ideas of "fate", "destiny", "fortune" and "luck". You can also say that it means "what life throws at you" or "your lot in life" because the first character contains the idea of "life" or "living".

This version is really only used in Chinese. There's another version with just the characters reversed that is more universal. In fact, just skip this one. The opposite character order is better.

Destiny / Fate

China yùn mìng
Japan un mei
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Destiny / Fate

These two characters contain the ideas of "fate", "destiny", "fortune" and "luck" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. This is often defined as "a person's fate" in various dictionaries.

These two characters can be reversed (written in either order) and yield roughly the same meaning.

This particular character order happens to be more common in old Korean and less common in modern Chinese.

See Also...  Good Fortune | Good Luck

Red Color

China hóng
HK hung
Japan beni
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Red Color

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.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

Japanese only
Japan shiawa se na guu zen
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Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

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.

Smooth Sailing

China yī fán fēng shùn
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Smooth Sailing

This is just what you think it means. It suggests that you are on a trouble-free voyage through life, or literally on a sailing ship or sail boat. It is often used in China as a wish for good luck on a voyage or as you set out on a new quest or career in your life. Some may use this in lieu of "bon voyage".

The literal meaning is roughly, "Once you raise your sail, you will get the wind you need, and it will take you where you want to go". Another way to translate it is "Your sail and the wind follow your will".

This is a great gift for a mariner, sailor, adventurer, or someone starting a new career.

Note: Can be understood in Korean Hanja, but rarely used.

See Also...  Bon Voyage | Adventure | Travel

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
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Double Happiness

This is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.

This is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

Double Happiness Portrait Red If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.

See Also...  Happiness


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".

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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

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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
Lucky / Auspicious
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng
Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence幸運な偶然
kou un na guu zen
ko un na gu zen
Good Luck幸运
kou un
ko un
xìng yùn
xing yun
hsing yün
xing4 yun4
Good Luck / Good Fortune
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龙凤呈祥
n/alóng fèng chéng xiáng
long feng cheng xiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
lung feng cheng hsiang
Opportunity / Good Luck机遇
n/ajī yù
ji yu
chi yü
ji1 yu4
Soldier of Fortune風雲児
fuu un ji
fu un ji
n/axìng cún zhě
xing cun zhe
hsing ts`un che
xing4 cun2 zhe3
hsing tsun che
Boar / Pig
Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon金瑞祥龙之家
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
House of Good Fortune福宅
n/afú zhái
fu zhai
fu chai
fu2 zhai2
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea千虑一得
senryonoittokuqiān lǜ yī dé
qian lv yi de
ch`ien lü i te
qian1 lv4 yi1 de2
chien lü i te
Word of God / The Gospel福音
fukuinfú yīn
fu yin
fu2 yin1
Five Red Bats红五蝠
n/ahóng wǔ fú
hong wu fu
hung wu fu
hong2 wu3 fu2
Destiny / Fate命运
n/amìng yùn
ming yun
ming yün
ming4 yun4
Destiny / Fate运命
un mei
yùn mìng
yun ming
yün ming
yun4 ming4
Red Color
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence幸せな偶然
shiawa se na guu zen
shiawa se na gu zen
Smooth Sailing一帆风顺
n/ayī fán fēng shùn
yi fan feng shun
i fan feng shun
yi1 fan2 feng1 shun4
Double Happiness喜喜
n/ají gēn
ji gen
chi ken
ji2 gen1

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