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  1. Moon
  2. Bamboo Moon
  3. Moonlight
  4. April
  5. Yin Yang
  6. Rago
  7. November
  8. Samidare
  9. June
10. Looking Forward / Hoping
11. Clarity
12. August
13. Apollo
14. Great Expectations
15. Beauty of Nature
16. February
17. July
18. Month of March
19. The Month of May
20. October
21. Kagetsu


China yuè
Japan tsuki
Moon Wall Scroll

月 is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

This character is also used to refer to the month. 月 is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.

If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).

Bamboo Moon

China yuè zhú
Japan tsuki take
Bamboo Moon Wall Scroll

月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon." Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.

The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).


China yuè guāng
Japan gekkou
Moonlight Wall Scroll

月光 is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for moonlight.

This can also be used to describe a moonbeam, and can be a given name all three languages (pronounced as Rumi when used as a female given name in Japanese).


Fourth Month
China sì yuè
Japan shi gatsu
April Wall Scroll

四月 is April in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the fourth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fourth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "fourth month" or "fourth moon."

Yin Yang

China yīn yáng
Japan in you
Yin Yang Wall Scroll

These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon."

Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.

See Also:  Taoism


China luó hóu
Japan ragou
Rago Wall Scroll

羅喉 is a Japanese personal name, Rago.

The meaning can be the intersection of the Moon's orbit with the ecliptic in Vedic astronomy (from Sanskrit Rāhu). In Buddhist context, this can be, "the demon who is supposed to seize the sun and moon and thus cause eclipses."

羅喉 is a variant of the Chinese 羅睺. It can also be written 羅護 or 羅虎. If you need the more ancient Chinese version, just let me know.


Eleventh Month
China shí yī yuè
Japan juu ichi gatsu
November Wall Scroll

十一月 is the Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean title for the month of November.

This literally means the eleventh month or moon.


Japan samidare
Samidare Wall Scroll

五月雨 is the Japanese name Samidare.

The meaning of the name is "early-summer rain." Literally, it's "5th moon rain," which means "rain in the month of May." This may refer to an anime character, a Japanese battleship in WWII, or a place in Japan called Samidare.


Sixth Month
China liù yuè
Japan roku gatsu
June Wall Scroll

六月 is the month of June in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the sixth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "sixth month" or "sixth moon."

Looking Forward / Hoping

China qǐ wàng
Japan kibou
Looking Forward / Hoping  Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese word can be translated as:
to hope; to look forward; looking forward to; hoping for.

The first character means to plan. The second can mean to hope; to expect; to gaze (into the distance); to look towards. Sometimes it can mean full moon.
Together, these characters create this word about hoping, wishing, looking forward, and dreaming about the future.


China qīng
Japan sei
Clarity Wall Scroll

This word means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moonlight piercing pure water." The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through." Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear."

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.

Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When reading in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.


Eighth Month
China bā yuè
Japan hachigatsu / yatsuki
August Wall Scroll

八月 is the month of August in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

These characters literally mean "eighth month" or "eighth moon."

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yatsuki, in much the same way August can be a female given name in English.


China tài yáng shén
Japan taiyoushin
Apollo Wall Scroll

This literally means "Sun God" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It's used in Chinese to mean the Greek God, Apollo. This can also be used in Chinese to refer to Nasa's Apollo missions to the moon.


Japan aporo
Apollo Wall Scroll

アポロ is the Japanese Katakana title for Apollo. This can be the Greek God Apollo, or the title of the Nasa mission to the moon. Also the given name Apollo.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
Great Expectations Wall Scroll

This character holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

Beauty of Nature

Japan ka chou fuu getsu
Beauty of Nature Wall Scroll

花鳥風月 is the Japanese Kanji proverb for "Beauties of Nature."

The dictionary definition is, "the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics."

The Kanji each represents an element of nature that constitute beauty in traditional Japanese art and culture.

The Kanji breakdown:
花 = ka = flower (also pronounced "hana")
鳥 = chou = bird (also pronounced "tori").
風 = fuu = wind (also pronounced "kaze").
月 = getsu = moon (also pronounced "tsuki")


China èr yuè
Japan futatsuki / nigatsu
February Wall Scroll

二月 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the month of February.

This literally means the "second month" or "second moon" (of the year).


Seventh Month
China qī yuè
Japan shichigatsu
July Wall Scroll

七月 is how Chinese and Japanese express July (also used in old Korean Hanja). These characters literally mean "seventh month" or "seventh moon."

Month of March

Third Month of the Year
China sān yuè
Japan mitsuki / sangatsu
Month of March Wall Scroll

三月 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Chinese way to write the month of March.

This literally reads as "third month" or "third moon."

The Month of May

Fifth Month
China wǔ yuè
Japan satsuki / go gatsu
The Month of May Wall Scroll

五月 is the month of May in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This was originally the fifth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). These characters literally mean "fifth month" or "fifth moon."

Note: Sometimes Japanese parents will use this as a female given name, and use "Mei" (the sound of May in English) as the pronunciation.


Tenth Month
China shí yuè
Japan juu gatsu
October Wall Scroll

十月 is how Chinese and Japanese express October (also used in old Korean Hanja). These characters literally mean "tenth month" or "tenth moon."


Japan kagetsu
Kagetsu Wall Scroll

花月 is a somewhat archaic Japanese word that literally means, "flowers and the moon." Colloquially, this refers to, "refined leisure," or "an elegant pastime."

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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
Moon tsukiyuè / yue4 / yue yüeh
Bamboo Moon 月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhu yüeh chu / yüehchu
Moonlight 月光gekkou / gekoyuè guāng
yue4 guang1
yue guang
yüeh kuang
April 四月shi gatsu / shigatsusì yuè / si4 yue4 / si yue / siyue ssu yüeh / ssuyüeh
Yin Yang 陰陽
in you / inyou / in yo / inyoyīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang
Rago 羅喉ragou / ragoluó hóu / luo2 hou2 / luo hou / luohou lo hou / lohou
November 十一月juu ichi gatsu
ju ichi gatsu
shí yī yuè
shi2 yi1 yue4
shi yi yue
shih i yüeh
Samidare 五月雨samidare
June 六月roku gatsu / rokugatsuliù yuè / liu4 yue4 / liu yue / liuyue liu yüeh / liuyüeh
Looking Forward
企望kibou / kiboqǐ wàng / qi3 wang4 / qi wang / qiwang ch`i wang / chiwang / chi wang
Clarity seiqīng / qing1 / qing ch`ing / ching
August 八月hachigatsu / yatsukibā yuè / ba1 yue4 / ba yue / bayue pa yüeh / payüeh
Apollo 太陽神
taiyoushin / taiyoshintài yáng shén
tai4 yang2 shen2
tai yang shen
t`ai yang shen
tai yang shen
Apollo アポロaporo
Great Expectations bou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
Beauty of Nature 花鳥風月ka chou fuu getsu
ka cho fu getsu
February 二月futatsuki / nigatsuèr yuè / er4 yue4 / er yue / eryue erh yüeh / erhyüeh
July 七月shichigatsuqī yuè / qi1 yue4 / qi yue / qiyue ch`i yüeh / chiyüeh / chi yüeh
Month of March 三月mitsuki / sangatsusān yuè / san1 yue4 / san yue / sanyue san yüeh / sanyüeh
The Month of May 五月satsuki / go gatsu
satsuki / gogatsu
wǔ yuè / wu3 yue4 / wu yue / wuyue wu yüeh / wuyüeh
October 十月juu gatsu / juugatsu / ju gatsu / jugatsushí yuè / shi2 yue4 / shi yue / shiyue shih yüeh / shihyüeh
Kagetsu 花月kagetsu
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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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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