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Lucky Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Lucky / Auspicious
  2. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky
  3. Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence
  4. Good Luck
  5. Soldier of Fortune
  6. Survivor
  7. Good Luck / Good Fortune
  8. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea


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

Japanese only
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.

Soldier of Fortune

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

Survivor

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.

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.


See Also...  Lucky

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.


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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...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Autumn
Ba Gua Zhang
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Best Love
Bird
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Brad
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Confucius
Debbie
Deborah
Dignity
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Empress
Eternal
Eternal Love
Faith in God
Family
Family Home
Fight
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Flying Tiger
Forest
Forever
Forever in My Heart
Gemma
George
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Golden
Good Luck
Great
Great Ambitions
Great Expectations
Guan Gong
Happy
Hawk
Health
Healthy Living
Heather
I Love Mother
I Love You
I Need You
Koi Fish
Life Energy Spiritual
Life is A Journey
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus
Love and Hate
Love Forever
Love of My Life
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
Marie
Metal
Military
Money
Mother
Mother and Son
Never Give Up Japanese
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Pain
Passionate Love
Phil
Plum
Reason
Relax
Religious
Respect
Roxanne
Scorpio
Sister
Sophie
Speed
Spiritual Soul Mates
Steve
Strong Heart
Strong Hearted
Taekwondo
Taijutsu
Tao Te Ching
The Saint
Tiger
Trust
Victory
Virtue
Warrior
Wealth
Wind
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Wu Wei
Year of the Dragon
Yvonne
Zen Buddhism

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
Lucky / Auspicious
kichi
ji
chi
ji2
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
Good Luck幸运
幸運
kou un
kouun
ko un
xìng yùn
xing yun
hsing yün
xing4 yun4
xingyun
Soldier of Fortune風雲児
風雲児
fuu un ji
fuuunji
fu un ji
n/a
Survivor幸存者
倖存者
n/axìng cún zhě
xing cun zhe
hsing ts`un che
xing4 cun2 zhe3
xingcunzhe
hsingtsunche
hsing tsun che
Good Luck / Good Fortune
fuku
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

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 "lucky symbol" 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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