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| 1. Lucky / Auspicious
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7. Good Luck / Good Fortune
8. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea
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.
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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.
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 is "soldier of fortune" in Japanese. It can also be read as, "lucky adventurer" or "adventurer who takes advantage of troubled times".
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.
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 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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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
|Soldier of Fortune||風雲児|
|fuu un ji|
fu un ji
|n/a||xìng cún zhě|
xing cun zhe
hsing ts`un che
|xing4 cun2 zhe3|
hsing tsun che
|Good Luck / Good Fortune||福|
|Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea||千虑一得|
|senryonoittoku||qiān lǜ yī dé|
qian lv yi de
ch`ien lü i te
|qian1 lv4 yi1 de2|
chien lü i te
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