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Your Chinese / Japanese Calligraphy Search for "Ocean"...

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Ocean
  2. Ocean / Sea
  3. The Way of the Wave
  4. Great Sea
  5. Norfolk Island
  6. Pirate
  7. Oceania
  8. Frightful Demon / Asura
  9. No Limitations
10. Marine Corps
11. Tuna
12. Marine / Soldier of the Sea
13. Marine Corps
14. Marine
15. Every Creature Has A Domain
16. Lost / Dazed and Confused
17. United States Marine Corps
18. The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits


Ocean

China yáng
Japan you
Ocean Wall Scroll

洋 is the Chinese and old Korean Hanja word for ocean. This can be pronounced in Japanese, and has the same meaning but is rarely seen alone in Japanese.

Besides ocean or sea, this character can also mean foreign, wide, or vast.

It's more common for Chinese people to use a different word "hai" for ocean or sea.

Ocean

China hǎi yáng
Japan kai you
Ocean Wall Scroll

海洋 is probably the most common word for ocean in Japanese. 海洋 is also sometimes used in Chinese and Korean Hanja.

In Japan, this can also be a female given name when pronounced as Miyou or Unami.

Ocean / Sea

China hǎi
Japan umi
Ocean / Sea Wall Scroll

海 is the character often used for sea or ocean in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In some context, this can refer to the beach, or an area near the sea, such as "Shanghai" (same hai is the second character of Shanghai).

If you are looking for a universal word for ocean or sea - or can't decide which character for ocean or sea that you want, pick this one!

海 is also a common female given name in Japan - also a good name for a restaurant as "Umi Sushi" would mean "Ocean Sushi Restaurant."


海Please note that our Japanese master calligrapher will tend to write this character in the form shown to the right (a line instead of two dots). Both versions are correct, and can be read in either language. Let us know if you have a preference when you order.

The Way of the Wave

The Tao of the Waves
China làng zhī dào
The Way of the Wave Wall Scroll

浪之道 is a great title for a surfer whose lifestyle is entwined with the surf and waves.
This can be translated a few different ways:
The Way of the Wave
The Dao of the Wave
The Tao of the Waves
Note: Dao and Tao are the same character, just sometimes romanized differently.

Great Sea

China dà yáng
Japan tai you
Great Sea Wall Scroll

大洋 is a rarely-used word for ocean in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. 大洋 is here mostly for reference - please order a different ocean for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.

The first character means "big" or "great."
The second means "ocean" or "body of water" (it can sometimes mean "foreign" but not in this case).
The first character designates that you are talking about a great or huge body of water (certainly a major ocean and not a smaller sea).

Norfolk Island

China nuò fú kè dǎo
Norfolk Island Wall Scroll

諾福克島 is the Chinese name for Norfolk Island.
Note: Sometimes written with one more character that means "ocean" making it Norfolk Ocean Island in Chinese.

Pirate

Sea Robber
China hǎi zéi
Japan kaizoku
Pirate Wall Scroll

海賊 means pirate in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Literally this translates as sea robber or ocean thief.

Oceania

China dà yáng zhōu
Oceania Wall Scroll

大洋洲 is the Chinese name for Oceania (sometimes called Oceanica). The geographical, often geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands - mostly islands and usually including Australia. Basically, Oceania includes the Pacific Ocean and surrounding area.

Frightful Demon / Asura

China ē xiū luó
Japan ashura
Frightful Demon / Asura Wall Scroll

This demon title comes from the ancient Sanskrit word Asura.

阿修羅 is often used in Buddhism when describing various demons. Sometimes defined as "Fighting and battling giant demon."

In the context of Buddhism: This title originally meant a spirit, spirits, or even the gods (perhaps before 1700 years ago). It now generally indicates titanic demons, enemies of the gods, with whom, especially Indra, they wage constant war. They are defined as "not devas," and "ugly," and "without wine." There are four classes of asuras, separated according to their manner of rebirth. They can be egg-born, womb-born, transformation-born, and spawn- or water-born. Their abode is in the ocean, north of Sumeru but certain of the weaker dwell in a western mountain cave. They have realms, rulers, and palaces, as have the devas.

In terms of power, Asuras rank above humans but below most of the other deities. They live in the area near the coastal foot of Mount Sumeru (on the northern side). Their domain is partially or wholly in the ocean.

No Limitations

China màn lán
Japan man ran
No Limitations Wall Scroll

漫瀾 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for, "Having no boundaries or limitations."

This literally talks of the vastness of an ocean or river.

Character breakdown:
漫 = free; unrestrained; to inundate; overflowing; boundless.
澜 = swelling water; large wave.

Marine Corps

Japan kaiheitai
Marine Corps Wall Scroll

海兵隊 is the Japanese and Korean way to express "Marine Corps" or simply "Marines." It is not specific, so this can be the Marine Corps of any country, such as the British Royal Marines to the U.S. Marines.

Breaking down each character, this means:
"ocean/sea soldiers/army corps/regiment/group."


See Also:  Military

Tuna

China wěi
Japan maguro
Tuna Wall Scroll

鮪 is the Chinese and Japanese character for tuna.

In Chinese, this is usually used to mean the "little tunny" (Euthynnus alletteratus), the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. However, it can refer to any fish of the Thunnus genus.

In Japanese, it can refer to the Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis).

Marine / Soldier of the Sea

Japan kai hei
Marine / Soldier of the Sea Wall Scroll

This way to express "Marine" as in an individual "Soldier of the Sea" in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja characters (not to be confused with Korean Hangul).

Breaking down each character, this means:
"ocean/sea soldier/army/warrior."

Please note that this Japanese/Korean version kind of means "sailor" or "navy" in Chinese.


See Also:  Military

Marine Corps

China hǎi jūn lù zhàn duì
Marine Corps Wall Scroll

海軍陸戰隊 is the Chinese way to express "Marine Corps." This could be the Marine Corps of virtually any country that has an amphibious military force.

Let me know you want a more specific title such as British Royal Marines or U.S. Marine Corps.

The Chinese title for Marines is very verbose...
Breaking down each character, this means:
"ocean/sea military/arms shore/land fighting/war/battle corps/team/group."


See Also:  Military

Marine

Amphibious Warrior
China hǎi jūn lù zhàn duì yuán
Marine Wall Scroll

海軍陸戰隊員 is the Chinese way to express "Marine." (as in a member of the Marine Corps). It is not country-specific, so it could be the Royal Marines, U.S. Marines, Chinese Marines, etc.
In Australian English, they would translate this as "Naval Infantryman."

Breaking down each character, this means:
"ocean/sea military/arms shore/land fighting/war/battle corps/team/group person/member." Note that the first two characters presented together but outside of this phrase mean "navy" (sea military).


See Also:  Warrior | Military | Navy | Art of War

Every Creature Has A Domain

China hǎi wéi lóng shì jiè yún shì hè jiā xiāng
Every Creature Has A Domain 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."

海為龍世界雲是鶴家鄉 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.

Lost / Dazed and Confused

China
Japan mei
Lost / Dazed and Confused Wall Scroll

迷 is one of those characters that can mean a lot of different things depending on context. When written alone, as a single character on a wall scroll, it opens up the possibilities, and allows you to decide what it means to you.

The key definition is "to be lost." This could be physically or mentally lost. It can be someone lost in their thoughts, lost in an ocean, or just confused about where they are. The reason for the confused state may be due to internal or external reasons.

Here are some entries from various Asian dictionaries...

Chinese: lost, confused, bewilder, crazy about, fan, enthusiast, mystery.

Japanese: lost, astray, be perplexed, in doubt, err, illusion.

Korean: lost, bewildered, fascinated, deluded.

United States Marine Corps

Japan bei kai hei tai
United States Marine Corps Wall Scroll

米海兵隊 is the Japanese way to write "United States Marine Corps" or simply "U.S. Marines."

Breaking down each Kanji, this means:
"rice (American) ocean/sea soldiers/army/military corps/regiment/group."

This title will only make sense in Japanese, it is not the same in Chinese! Make sure you know your audience before ordering a custom wall scroll.

If you are wondering about the rice, America is known as "rice country" or "rice kingdom" when literally translated. The Kanji for rice is often used as an abbreviation in front of words (like a sub-adjective) to make something "American." Americans say "rice-burner" for a Japanese car, and "rice-rocket" for a Japanese motorcycle. If you did the same in Japanese, it would be exactly the opposite meaning.


Note: I have not verified this but I've found this title used for U.S. Marines in Korean articles, so it's most likely a normal Korean term as well (but only in Korean Hanja).


See Also:  Marine Corps | Navy | Army | Art of War | Warrior | Military

The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits

China xué hǎi wú yá
The Sea of Knowledge Has No Limits Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb reads, "sea of learning, no horizon."

Colloquially, it means there are no limits to what one still has left to learn.

This would be the Chinese equivalent to the quote from Hippocrates, "ars longa, vita brevis," meaning, "it takes a long time to acquire and perfect one's expertise."


See Also:  Learning Is Eternal




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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
Ocean you / yoyáng / yang2 / yang
Ocean 海洋kai you / kaiyou / kai yo / kaiyohǎi yáng / hai3 yang2 / hai yang / haiyang
Ocean
Sea
umihǎi / hai3 / hai
The Way of the Wave 浪之道làng zhī dào
lang4 zhi1 dao4
lang zhi dao
langzhidao
lang chih tao
langchihtao
Great Sea 大洋tai you / taiyou / tai yo / taiyodà yáng / da4 yang2 / da yang / dayang ta yang / tayang
Norfolk Island 諾福克島
诺福克岛
nuò fú kè dǎo
nuo4 fu2 ke4 dao3
nuo fu ke dao
nuofukedao
no fu k`o tao
nofukotao
no fu ko tao
Pirate 海賊
海贼
kaizokuhǎi zéi / hai3 zei2 / hai zei / haizei hai tsei / haitsei
Oceania 大洋洲dà yáng zhōu
da4 yang2 zhou1
da yang zhou
dayangzhou
ta yang chou
tayangchou
Frightful Demon
Asura
阿修羅
阿修罗
ashuraē xiū luó
e1 xiu1 luo2
e xiu luo
exiuluo
o hsiu lo
ohsiulo
No Limitations 漫瀾
漫澜
man ran / manranmàn lán / man4 lan2 / man lan / manlan
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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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

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.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


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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