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  1. Mother
  2. Mother and Daughter
  3. Mother and Son
  4. Mother and Daughter
  5. Mama / Mother / Mommy
  6. Failure is the Mother of Success
  7. Experience is the Mother of Wisdom
  8. Loving Mother
  9. Mother Nature
10. Holy Mother / Saint Mary
11. Bond
12. Love Between Child and Parents
13. Love for Parents
14. No man knows what he owes to his parents...
15. Failure in Not an Option
16. Dear Grandmother
17. Success
18. A Mother’s Love
19. Dear Grandfather
20. Dear Grandmother
21. Dear Grandfather
22. Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
23. Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature


Mother

China
Japan haha
Mother Wall Scroll

母 is a way to say mother in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be an honorary title for an elderly female relative.

Sometimes this can refer to the origin or source of something. Examples: A spring might be the mother of a river, or experience could be the mother of success.

Mother and Daughter

China mǔ nǚ
Mother and Daughter Wall Scroll

This simply means "mother and daughter" kind of as a unit, or as if mother and daughter are a whole together.

母女 is an unusual selection for a calligraphy wall scroll, and can be read many different ways. Your native Asian friends might wonder what you are trying to say. They might even read it as meaning "a mother and daughter without a dad."

This entry was added to our database for a customer's special request. It has the same meaning in Chinese Characters and Korean Hanja.

Mother and Son

China mǔ zǐ
Japan bo shi
Mother and Son Wall Scroll

This simply means "mother and son," or the essence of the relationship and bond between mother and son.

母子 is really a single word that expresses this idea (showing how important or significant this bond is).

母子 is not the most common choice for a wall scroll, it is acceptable if you feel this term is important to you.

Mother and Daughter

Japan haha musume
Mother and Daughter Wall Scroll

This simply means "mother and daughter" in Japanese Kanji.

母娘 is an unusual selection for a calligraphy wall scroll, and can be read many different ways. Your native Japanese friends might wonder what you are trying to say.


Note: This will not make sense in Chinese.

Mama / Mother / Mommy

China
Mama / Mother / Mommy Wall Scroll

媽 is the oral way that most Chinese people refer to their mothers. Often, they will put this together twice (two of the same character in a row) to create a word that sounds like "Mama." That's absolutely what little kids call their mothers in China. This Chinese "Mama" is the rough equivalent of "Mommy" in English. Beyond a certain age, Chinese will start to just say "Ma," which is like saying "Mom."

This entry is just here for a language lesson. This would make a strange wall scroll by Chinese standards. In Chinese, there are sometimes oral words that don't seem appropriate when written in calligraphy, and this is one of them. See our entry for "Loving Mother" for a better selection.


See Also:  Family

Failure is the Mother of Success

China shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ
Failure is the Mother of Success Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Korean proverb means, "Every failure that you experience is a chance to learn from it and find success."

Knowing what does not work is just as important as finding out what does work.

Failure is the Mother of Success

Japan shippai wa seikou no haha
Failure is the Mother of Success Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means exactly what you think.

Every failure that you experience is a chance to learn from it and find success.

Knowing what does not work is just as important as finding out what does work.


Note: This is the Japanese version of an ancient Chinese proverb.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Experience is the Mother of Wisdom

China jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom Wall Scroll

It's been said that wisdom comes from good judgment, and good judgment comes from experience, while experience comes from a series of times when you used bad judgment.

This Chinese proverb makes the simplest connection between experience and wisdom.


See Also:  Wisdom | Learn From Wisdom

Loving Mother

China cí mǔ
Japan ji bo
Loving Mother Wall Scroll

These characters create the title of loving mother, affectionate mother, or merciful mother. A great gift for your mom.


See Also:  Family

Mother Nature

China dà zì rán
Japan dai shi zen
Mother Nature Wall Scroll

大自然 is the simple way to express "mother nature" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as "the great nature" or "all of nature."

Holy Mother / Saint Mary

China shèng mǔ
Japan seibo
Holy Mother / Saint Mary Wall Scroll

聖母 is the title for the Holy Mother, Madonna, or Virgin Mary as used by Catholic Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people. I think this would be a very cool wall scroll for a devout Catholic who also appreciates Asian artwork and language.

Note: Koreans often put a third character after these two which creates a title that means "Hail Mary," however, this character is not added, or used in the same way in Japanese or Chinese. If you want that Korean title, just let me know, and we'll add that character for you. The two-character title shown to the left is universal, so I think it's the best choice.

Bond

China bàn
Japan kizuna
Bond Wall Scroll

This Kanji represents a bond, as in the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, family ties, or a family bond.

絆 is the kind of character that says, no matter what happens (difficult times), we have this bond that cannot be broken.

If you go to the Japanese dictionary, the definition is: bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; tether; fetters.



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This Kanji is best if your audience is Japanese. While this is also a Chinese character, it has a completely different meaning in Chinese (it means to hinder or stumble in Chinese). It's a very rare character in Korean Hanja but does mean bond in Korean (used in Korean words for certain kinds of glue and sticking plaster).

Love Between Child and Parents

China fù cí zǐ xiào
Love Between Child and Parents Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "benevolent father, filial son."

Figuratively, this is the natural love between parents and children.

Love for Parents

Japan oya omoi
Love for Parents Wall Scroll

親思い is, "love or affection for one's parents," in Japanese.

No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own

Japan ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents / till he comes to have children of his own Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

子を持って知る親の恩 is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Failure in Not an Option

China shī bài bìng fēi yī zhǒng xuǎn zé
Failure in Not an Option Wall Scroll

失敗並非一種選擇 is probably the best way to say, "Failure is not an option," in Chinese.

Just don't forget that some ancient Chinese proverbs suggest that failure is a learning opportunity that leads to success or innovation. So don't plan to fail but failure is only a waste if nothing is learned from the failure.


See Also:  Failure Is a Stepping Stone to Success

Dear Grandmother

Maternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de lǎo lao
Dear Grandmother Wall Scroll

親愛的姥姥 is the common way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandmother

Maternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de wài pó
Dear Grandmother Wall Scroll

親愛的外婆 is a common way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandmother

Maternal (Southern China - formal)
China qín ài de wài zǔ mǔ
Dear Grandmother Wall Scroll

The formal way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Success

China chéng gōng
Japan seikou
Success Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese word for "success" is often used to refer to "career success" but is also used for other successes in life.

It matches the western dictionary definition of "The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted." And it's also used it this old Chinese proverb: Failure is the Mother of Success which means Failure is the Mother of Success.

Sometimes this word is translated as prosperity but success, succeed, or successfully are more correct definitions.


See Also:  Prosperity

A Mother’s Love

China mǔ ài
A Mother’s Love Wall Scroll

母愛 is a way to write a mother's love in Chinese.

Breaking down the characters:
母 means mother.
愛 means love.

Dear Grandfather

Maternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de lǎo ye
Dear Grandfather Wall Scroll

親愛的姥爺 is what you would call your maternal grandfather (mother's father) in Northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandfather

Maternal (Southern China - Informal)
China qín ài de wài gōng
Dear Grandfather Wall Scroll

親愛的外公 is an informal way to call your maternal grandfather (mother's father) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandmother

Paternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de zǔ mǔ
Dear Grandmother Wall Scroll

The most common way to refer to your father's mother (paternal grandmother) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandmother

Paternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de nǎi nai
Dear Grandmother Wall Scroll

親愛的奶奶 is probably the most common way to refer to your father's mother (paternal grandmother) in northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandfather

Maternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de wài zǔ fù
Dear Grandfather Wall Scroll

親愛的外祖父 is the formal way that people in Southern China usually call their mother's father (maternal grandfather) with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

China shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents Wall Scroll

誰言寸草心報得三春暉 is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite."

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China zì rán píng héng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature Wall Scroll

This title means "nature balanced."

The first two characters mean nature (as in mother nature, or all biological life).
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japan shizen no cho wa
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature Wall Scroll

This title means "nature in harmony" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean nature (as in mother nature, or the natural world).
The middle Hiragana is a possessive article that connects the two ideas.
The last two Kanji mean "in harmony" or "in balance."




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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
Mother hahamǔ / mu3 / mu
Mother and Daughter 母女mǔ nǚ / mu3 nv3 / mu nv / munv mu nü / munü
Mother and Son 母子bo shi / boshimǔ zǐ / mu3 zi3 / mu zi / muzi mu tzu / mutzu
Mother and Daughter 母娘haha musume
hahamusume
Mama
Mother
Mommy

mā / ma1 / ma
Failure is the Mother of Success 失敗是成功之母
失败是成功之母
shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ
shi1 bai4 shi4 cheng2 gong1 zhi1 mu3
shi bai shi cheng gong zhi mu
shibaishichenggongzhimu
shih pai shih ch`eng kung chih mu
shih pai shih cheng kung chih mu
Failure is the Mother of Success 失敗は成功の母shippai wa seikou no haha
shippaiwaseikounohaha
shipai wa seiko no haha
shipaiwaseikonohaha
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom 經驗是智慧之母
经验是智慧之母
jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
jing1 yan4 shi4 zhi4 hui4 zhi1 mu3
jing yan shi zhi hui zhi mu
jingyanshizhihuizhimu
ching yen shih chih hui chih mu
Loving Mother 慈母ji bo / jibocí mǔ / ci2 mu3 / ci mu / cimu tz`u mu / tzumu / tzu mu
Mother Nature 大自然dai shi zen
daishizen
dà zì rán
da4 zi4 ran2
da zi ran
daziran
ta tzu jan
tatzujan
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 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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