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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. House of Good Fortune


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.


See Also:  Good Luck

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."


See Also:  Good Luck

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.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Lucky / Auspicious kichijí / ji2 / ji chi
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng / xing4 / xing hsing
Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence 幸運な偶然kou un na guu zen
kouunnaguuzen
ko un na gu zen
kounnaguzen
Good Luck 幸運
幸运
kou un / kouun / ko un / kounxìng yùn / xing4 yun4 / xing yun / xingyun hsing yün / hsingyün
Good Luck / Good Fortune fukufú / fu2 / fu
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龍鳳呈祥
龙凤呈祥
lóng fèng chéng xiáng
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
long feng cheng xiang
longfengchengxiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
lungfengchenghsiang
lung feng cheng hsiang
Opportunity / Good Luck 機遇
机遇
jī yù / ji1 yu4 / ji yu / jiyu chi yü / chiyü
House of Good Fortune 福宅fú zhái / fu2 zhai2 / fu zhai / fuzhai fu chai / fuchai

In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line. In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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