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New Beginning

China yī shǐ
New Beginning Vertical Wall Scroll

伊始 is a short version of "new beginning" or simply "beginning" in Chinese characters.

You can also translated this as "from this moment on," "starting now" or "henceforth."

In day-to-day speech, this word can apply to starting new job, beginning a new career, entering a new chapter of your life, or taking a new position (in politics, scholarship, etc).

Never Forget Your First Resolution

Never Lose Your Beginner's Spirit
Japan sho shin wasu ru be ka ra zu
Never Forget Your First Resolution Vertical Wall Scroll

This is an old Japanese proverb that suggests you try to never forget the enthusiasm you had as a child when you try new things (or even face the day-to-day). Basically avoid having a mundane attitude that many people get with age.

You'll find this Japanese proverb translated a few different ways. Here are some of them:
Don't forget your first resolution.
Never forget your child-like enthusiasm.
Forget not the beginner's mind.
Try never to lose your initial enthusiasm (freshness of attitude).


Note: This is sometimes written as 初心忘る可からず. The one shown above is used about 10x more often. There's only one character difference between the two versions.


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

The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

The perfect scroll if you love humor or as a gift for the comedian in your life
China hōng tāng dà xiào
The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter Vertical Wall Scroll

In China, this proverb is used in response to a good joke or witty comment.

The story goes that Mr. Feng and Mr. He were both senior officials in the Song Dynasty (about a thousand years ago). One day, Mr. Feng walked into their shared office wearing a new pair of boots. The boots caught the eye of Mr. He who said, "New boots! - how much were they?." Mr. Feng lifted one of the boots off the ground as if to show it off and responded, "900 coins."
Astonished, Mr. Feng explained, "900? How can that be? - I paid 1800 coins for my boots!." Mr. Feng then lifted his other foot off the ground and said, "This boot was also 900 coins."

It is said that the whole room was shaking from the laughter of all that heard Mr. Feng's joke on Mr. He.

Learning is Eternal

China xué wú zhǐ jìng
Learning is Eternal Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese philosophy tells of how we continue to learn throughout our lives. This proverb can be translated in a few ways such as "Study has no end," "Knowledge is infinite," "No end to learning," "There's always something new to study," or "You live and learn."

The deeper meaning: Even when we finish school we are still students of the world gaining more knowledge from our surroundings with each passing day.


See Also:  An Open Book Benefits Your Mind | Wisdom | Learn From Wisdom

Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll

A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:


You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon but as for you, I see not a trace.


The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb in Chinese is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce) but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

若水

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Japanese wakamizu / わかみず
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese first water drawn from a well on New Year's Day; (place-name, surname) Wakamizu; (female given name) Wakami; (given name) Jakusui

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Mandarin shuò / shuo4
Taiwan shuo
Japanese saku / さく
Chinese beginning; first day of lunar month; north
Japanese (1) {astron} new moon; (2) first day of the lunar month; (3) (in ancient China) next year's calendar and decrees (distributed by the Emperor at year's end); (given name) Hajime; (surname, female given name) Saku; (female given name) Koyomi; (given name) Kensaku

元日

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Japanese ganjitsu(p);gannichi / がんじつ(P);がんにち Japanese New Year's Day; (given name) Motoka; (female given name) Motoi; (personal name) Ganjitsu

元旦

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Mandarin yuán dàn / yuan2 dan4
Taiwan yüan tan
Japanese gantan / がんたん
Chinese New Year's Day
Japanese (1) (colloquialism) (See 元日) New Year's Day; (2) (orig. meaning) New Year's morning; morning of New Year's Day; (given name) Motoaki; (personal name) Gentan

元正

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Japanese ganshou / gansho / がんしょう Japanese (obscure) (See 元日) New Year's Day; (surname, given name) Motomasa; (given name) Gensei; (surname) Genshou

切餅

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Japanese kirimochi / きりもち Japanese (food term) rice cakes cut into rectangles (esp. eaten on New Year's Day)

初一

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Mandarin chū yī / chu1 yi1
Taiwan ch`u i / chu i
Japanese hatsukazu / はつかず    hatsuichi / はついち
Chinese first day of lunar month; New Year's Day; first year in junior middle school
Japanese (given name) Hatsukazu; (surname, given name) Hatsuichi

初二

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Mandarin chū èr / chu1 er4
Taiwan ch`u erh / chu erh
Japanese hatsuji / はつじ
Chinese 2nd year in junior middle school; 2nd day of a lunar month; 2nd day of lunar New Year
Japanese (given name) Hatsuji
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

初凪

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Japanese hatsunagi / はつなぎ Japanese first lull of the year; lull on New Year's Day; (female given name) Hatsunagi

初子

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Japanese hatsune / はつね    uigo;hatsugo / ういご;はつご Japanese (1) first Day of the Rat of the New Year; (2) first Day of the Rat of the month (esp. of the 11th month); first child; (female given name) Hatsune; (female given name) Hatsuko; (female given name) Someko; (female given name) Uiko

初日

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Mandarin chū rì / chu1 ri4
Taiwan ch`u jih / chu jih
Japanese hatsuhi / はつひ    shonichi / しょにち
Japanese New Year's Day sunrise; (n-adv,n-t) first or opening day; (f,p) Hatsuhi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

初烏

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Japanese hatsugarasu / はつがらす Japanese crow cawing on New Year's Day

初鴉

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Japanese hatsugarasu / はつがらす Japanese crow cawing on New Year's Day

喜蛋

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Mandarin xǐ dàn / xi3 dan4
Taiwan hsi tan
Chinese red-painted eggs, traditional celebratory gift on third day after birth of new baby

大晦

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Japanese ootsugomori / おおつごもり Japanese the last day of the year; New Year's Eve

子忌

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Japanese neimi / nemi / ねいみ Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

尽日

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Japanese jinjitsu / じんじつ Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) all day long; (temporal noun) (2) last day of the month; last day of the year; New Year's Eve

新春

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Mandarin xīn chūn / xin1 chun1
Taiwan hsin ch`un / hsin chun
Japanese shinshun / しんしゅん
Chinese the beginning of Spring; the 10 or 20 days following the lunar New Year's Day
Japanese New Year (Spring); (surname) Niiharu

新歳

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Mandarin xīn suì / xin1 sui4
Taiwan hsin sui
Japanese shinsai
The new year of the monks, beginning on the day after the summer retreat.

曙光

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Mandarin shǔ guāng / shu3 guang1
Taiwan shu kuang
Japanese shokou / shoko / しょこう
Chinese dawn; fig. the dawn of a new era
Japanese (1) dawn; daybreak; first light of day; (2) (fig. as in 〜の曙光) first indication; glimpse; gleam; flash; prospects; (female given name) Hikari; (given name) Shokkou; (given name) Shokou; (personal name) Akemi

朔月

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Mandarin shuò yuè / shuo4 yue4
Taiwan shuo yüeh
Chinese new moon; first day of the lunar month

朔望

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Mandarin shuò wàng / shuo4 wang4
Taiwan shuo wang
Japanese sakubou / sakubo / さくぼう
Chinese the new moon; the first day of the lunar month
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) first and fifteenth days of the lunar month (corresponding to new moon and full moon)

正朔

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Mandarin zhēng shuò / zheng1 shuo4
Taiwan cheng shuo
Japanese seisaku / sesaku / せいさく
Chinese first day of the first lunar month; (old) calendar promulgated by the first emperor of a dynasty
Japanese beginning of the month or the year; New Year's Day; the calendar; (given name) Seisaku; (given name) Shousaku

歳旦

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Japanese saitan / さいたん Japanese New Year's Day

玉帚

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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

玉箒

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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

若湯

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Japanese wakayu / わかゆ Japanese first hot bath on New Year's Day

賀正

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Mandarin hè zhēng / he4 zheng1
Taiwan ho cheng
Japanese gashou(p);gasei / gasho(p);gase / がしょう(P);がせい
Chinese to exchange compliments on New Year's Day
Japanese (written on New Year's cards, etc.) A Happy New Year!

開館

see styles
Japanese kaikan / かいかん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) opening a hall for that day's business (museum, library, etc.); (2) opening of new hall (museum, etc.)

とんど

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Japanese tondo / とんど Japanese burning of New Year's gate decorations (usu. on the 15th day of the New Year)

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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
New Beginning伊始yī shǐ / yi1 shi3 / yi shi / yishii shih / ishih
Never Forget Your First Resolution初心忘るべからず / 初心忘る可からず
初心忘るべからず
sho shin wasu ru be ka ra zu
shoshinwasurubekarazu
The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter哄堂大笑hōng tāng dà xiào
hong1 tang1 da4 xiao4
hong tang da xiao
hongtangdaxiao
hung t`ang ta hsiao
hungtangtahsiao
hung tang ta hsiao
Learning is Eternal學無止境
学无止境
xué wú zhǐ jìng
xue2 wu2 zhi3 jing4
xue wu zhi jing
xuewuzhijing
hsüeh wu chih ching
hsüehwuchihching
Broken Mirror Rejoined破鏡重圓
破镜重圆
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
pojingchongyuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
pochingchungyüan
po ching chung yüan
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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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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