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| 1. Lucky / Auspicious
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6. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
7. Opportunity / Good Luck
8. House of Good Fortune
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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|
|Lucky / Auspicious||吉|
|Happiness / Fortune / Lucky||幸|
|saki / sachi / rei / rē||xìng|
|Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence||幸運な偶然|
|kou un na guu zen|
ko un na gu zen
|Good Luck / Good Fortune||福|
|Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck||龙凤呈祥|
|n/a||lóng 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|
|House of Good Fortune||福宅|
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