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  1. Every Creature Has A Domain

  2. Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour

  3. Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver

  4. Maine

  5. Romaine

  6. Daniel

  7. Ice / Frost

  8. Sun Wukong / Son Goku

  9. Zhuge Liang

10. Body


Every Creature Has A Domain

China hǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
Every Creature Has A Domain Vertical Wall Scroll

Every Creature has a Domain The first line (which is the column on the right) says, "The Ocean is the World of the Dragon." The next column says, "The Clouds are the Domain of the Cranes."

This is a somewhat poetic way to say that everyone and everything has its place in the world.

The image to the right is what this calligraphy can look like in xing-kaishu style by Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping.

Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour

China yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour Vertical Wall Scroll

Nothing could be more true. When I was in the Marine Corps, we trained for years for combat that often lasts only hours.

This Chinese proverb also reminds me of a common phrase used in the military to describe combat: "Weeks of total boredom, punctuated with five minutes of shear terror."

This may have some roots in Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Though I can not find this passage in his writings.

On the subject of the Art of War, if you have a favorite passage, we can create a custom calligraphy scroll with that phrase.

Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver

China zèng rén méi guī shǒu liú yú xiāng
Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver Vertical Wall Scroll

This proverb has been translated several ways:

1. Roses given, fragrance in hand.

2. You present others roses, fragrance remains.

3. The fragrance of the rose always remains on the hand of those that bestow them.

4. A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hands which give the flowers

However, this literally translates as, "Give someone rose flowers, [your] hands keep [the] remaining fragrance."

Maine

China miǎn yīn
Maine Vertical Wall Scroll

緬因 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Maine.

緬因 is also how the state of Maine in the USA is written in Mandarin.

Romaine

China luó màn
Romaine Vertical Wall Scroll

羅曼 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Romaine.

Daniel

Alternate form
China dān ní
Daniel Vertical Wall Scroll

丹尼 is another common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Daniel.

This version drops off the third character, so it sounds a bit more like Danny than Daniel. I think our main version of Daniel is better but this is a popular transliteration according to our research on Chinese Google.

Ice / Frost

China bīng
Ice / Frost Vertical Wall Scroll

冰 is the Chinese character used to express "ice" or "frost."

The main part of the character on the right holds the meaning of "water" and on the left, is a radical (the two dots) that also means water. Together, they create the character that means "ice" (solid water).


This is similar to the character for frost in Japanese. However, Japanese drop the radical from the left side.

Sun Wukong / Son Goku

Monkey King
China sūn wù kōng
Japan son go kuu
Sun Wukong / Son Goku Vertical Wall Scroll

孫悟空 is the name, Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King. He is a main character with supernatural powers in the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West.

This title is also known as the real name of the Monkey King in Japanese. This can also be the Son Goku better known as simply Goku, a fictional character of the Dragon Ball Japanese manga series.

Zhuge Liang

China zhū gě liàng
Zhuge Liang Vertical Wall Scroll

諸葛亮 is the name Zhuge Liang, written in Chinese.

Zhuge Liang lived from 181 to 234 A.D.
He was a military leader and prime minister of Shu Han (蜀漢) during the Three Kingdoms period.
He was the main hero of the fictional Romance of Three Kingdoms.
He is considered a famous sage, philosopher, and military genius.

Body

China shēn
Japan mi
Body Vertical Wall Scroll

身 is how to write "body" as in your human body, in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja. Depending on context and certain language issues, this character can also mean: main part, hull, oneself, somebody, person, I, me, sword, lifetime, one's station in life, etc.

While this written word is universal in three languages, it still makes a rather odd selection for a wall scroll. Also, they tend to use 体 (karada) in Japanese for body (depending on context).


See Also:  Karada

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Every Creature Has A Domain海為龍世界雲是鶴家鄉
海为龙世界云是鹤家乡
hǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
hai3 wei2 long2 shi4 jie4 yun2 shi4 he4 jia1 xiang1
hai wei long shi jie yun shi he jia xiang
hai wei lung shih chieh yün shih ho chia hsiang
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour養兵千日用兵一時
养兵千日用兵一时
yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 yang4 bing1 yi4 shi2
yang bing qian ri yang bing yi shi
yang ping ch`ien jih yang ping i shih
yang ping chien jih yang ping i shih
Rose Flowers Given, Frangrance Remains on Hands of Giver贈人玫瑰手留余香
赠人玫瑰手留余香
zèng rén méi guī shǒu liú yú xiāng
zeng4 ren2 mei2 gui1 shou3 liu2 yu2 xiang1
zeng ren mei gui shou liu yu xiang
tseng jen mei kuei shou liu yü hsiang
Maine緬因
缅因
miǎn yīn / mian3 yin1 / mian yin / mianyinmien yin / mienyin
Romaine羅曼
罗曼
luó màn / luo2 man4 / luo man / luomanlo man / loman
Daniel丹尼dān ní / dan1 ni2 / dan ni / dannitan ni / tanni
Ice
Frost
bīng / bing1 / bingping
Sun Wukong
Son Goku
孫悟空
孙悟空
son go kuu / songokuu / son go ku / songokusūn wù kōng
sun1 wu4 kong1
sun wu kong
sunwukong
sun wu k`ung
sunwukung
sun wu kung
Zhuge Liang諸葛亮
诸葛亮
zhū gě liàng
zhu1 ge3 liang4
zhu ge liang
zhugeliang
chu ko liang
chukoliang
Bodymishēn / shen1 / shen
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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