All custom calligraphy items are made-to-order in our little Beijing artwork-mounting workshop.

Not what you want?

...Or search again using:
1. Other similar-meaning words.
2. Fewer words or just one word.

Pain in Chinese / Japanese...

Buy a Pain calligraphy wall scroll here!

Start your custom "Pain" project by clicking the button next to your favorite "Pain" title below...

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Pain
  2. No Pain No Gain
  3. There is no pleasure without pain
  4. Hurt
  5. Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body
  6. Pain of Seperation from Your Loves
  7. Pain of Love / Love Troubles
  8. Without a big net, how can you catch fish?
  9. Ouch!
10. Broken Hearted
11. Spare No Effort


ache / sorrow
China tòng
Japan tsuu / ita
ribbon top

This word means pain in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It also means pain/hurt/bruise in Japanese, but is seldom seen as a single Kanji (usually at least a Hiragana is added to make the word "itai" which is what a Japanese person will scream when they are in pain).

Depending on context, this word can mean hurt, ache, sorrow, or refer to damage to a human body. As a single character, the possible meanings are very open - so you can decide what it means to you, as long as the general meaning is still "painful".

See Also...  Hurt

No Pain No Gain

Literally: No Pain, No Strength
China bú tòng bù qiáng
ribbon top
No Pain No Gain

This proverb is close to our idea of "no pain, no gain" in English. It holds this meaning in the context of working out at the gym etc.

This literally means, "no pain, no strength", meaning that if you don't experience a little pain, you will not gain any strength.

No Pain No Gain

Japan itami naku shite erumono wa nashi
ribbon top
No Pain No Gain

This Japanese phrase means "no pain, no gain".

Literally, this suggests that with pain, a gain must follow.

The pain Kanji here can also be translated as sorrow or suffering. The gain can also mean profit, advantage, or benefit. In Japanese Buddhist context, that gain Kanji can mean rebirth in paradise, entering nirvana.

The character break down:
痛みなく (itami naku) pain; ache; sore; grief; distress. The naku part adds a meaning of "a lot of" or "extended"
して (shite) and then. (indicates a causative expression; acts as a connective particle)
得る (eru) to get; to acquire; to obtain; to procure; to earn; to win; to gain; to secure; to attain.
もの (mono) conjunctive particle indicating a cause or reason.
なし (nashi) none of; -less; without; no.

There is no pleasure without pain

No pain, no gain
Japan ku wa raku no tane
ribbon top
There is no pleasure without pain

This Japanese proverb means, "One cannot have pleasure without pain". It's one of a few Japanese ways to say, "No pain, no gain".


ache / pain / sore / love fondly
China téng
Japan tou / uzuku
ribbon top

This can mean hurt, ache, pain or sore in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It's also used to speak of the pain of love, and thus its definition also includes "love fondly". This also means ache, hurt, tingle, or pain in Japanese, but is not often seen as a lone Kanji like this in Japanese.

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

China téng tòng jiù shì shuāi ruò lí nǐ ér qù de shí hòu
ribbon top
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

I remember this being shouted a lot during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. This is how to write that phrase in Chinese. At least, this is as close as we could compose/translate it, and hold the full original meaning and connotations.

The version shown here is really, "Pain is weakness leaving your body". Although, it's said in English both ways (the or your), it works better in Chinese with "your".

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

Japan itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa
ribbon top
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

I remember this being shouted a lot during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. This is how to write that phrase in Japanese.

Pain of Seperation from Your Loves

China ài bié lí kǔ
Japan ai betsu ri ku
ribbon top
Pain of Seperation from Your Loves

This is a Buddhist term that refers to "the pain of separation from loved ones", or "the suffering of being separated from those whom one loves".

If you translate each character separately, you get, "love(s) separated [and] departed [yields] pain".

The pain character can also be defined as: anguish; suffering; distress; anxiety; worry; trouble; difficulty; hardship; bitterness; to suffer; anguish; distress; anxiety; worry; trouble; difficulty; bitterness; unhappiness; misery.

Pain of Love / Love Troubles

Japan koinonayami
ribbon top
Pain of Love<br>Love Troubles

This is a Japanese title that refers to anyone having love troubles (experiencing the pain of love).

Without a big net, how can you catch fish?

China bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
ribbon top
Without a big net, how can you catch fish?

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [if one does] not cast a big net, [one can] not get big fish.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot make great accomplishments without making great efforts or taking great pains.

This is sort of the fishing version of, "No pain, no gain".


Japan itai
ribbon top

This is the way to yell, Ouch! in Japanese.

This expresses that something is painful, sore, hurts, or is causing great discomfort.

This is a very strange selection for a wall scroll, so consider this entry to be for educational purposes only.

Broken Hearted

Japan shitsuren
ribbon top
Broken Hearted

In Chinese, this can mean to lose one's love; to break up (in a romantic relationship); to feel jilted.

In Japanese Kanji, this means disappointed love, broken heart, unrequited love, or being lovelorn.

This is also valid in old Korean Hanja, where is means unrequited love, unreturned love, a disappointment in love, or a broken heart.

Note: In modern Japan, they will tend to write the more simple 失恋 form instead of 失戀. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, expect the more simple modern version to be written (unless you give us instructions to use the older or more traditional version).

Spare No Effort

China bù yí yú lì
ribbon top
Spare No Effort

This is a Chinese proverb that can be translated many ways. Here's some of them: go to any lengths; with all one's might; spare no pain; do one's utmost.

If you feel hard work and holding nothing back is your philosophy, then this is the phrase for you.

Check dictionary for pain
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.

If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Abundance and Prosperity
Beauty of Spirit
Brother Love
Double H
Double Happiness
Eternal Love
Fear No Evil
Honor Loyalty
I Love You
Japanese Bright Future
Mono No Aware
Never Give Up
Strength Courage
Strength from Within

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!

See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Pain tsuu / ita / tsu / ita / tsu/itatòng / tong4 / tong t`ung / tung
No Pain No Gain 不痛不強
bú tòng bù qiáng
bu2 tong4 bu4 qiang2
bu tong bu qiang
pu t`ung pu ch`iang
pu tung pu chiang
No Pain No Gain 痛みなくして得るものなしitami naku shite erumono wa nashi
There is no pleasure without pain 苦は楽の種ku wa raku no tane
Hurt tou / uzuku
to / uzuku
téng / teng2 / teng t`eng / teng
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body 疼痛就是衰弱離你而去的時候
téng tòng jiù shì shuāi ruò lí nǐ ér qù de shí hòu
teng2 tong4 jiu4 shi4 shuai1 ruo4 li2 ni3 er2 qu4 de shi2 hou4
teng tong jiu shi shuai ruo li ni er qu de shi hou
t`eng t`ung chiu shih shuai jo li ni erh ch`ü te shih hou
teng tung chiu shih shuai jo li ni erh chü te shih hou
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body 痛みは體から抜ける弱さ
itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa
Pain of Seperation from Your Loves 愛別離苦
ai betsu ri ku
ài bié lí kǔ
ai4 bie2 li2 ku3
ai bie li ku
ai pieh li k`u
ai pieh li ku
Pain of Love / Love Troubles 戀の悩み
Without a big net, how can you catch fish? 不撒大網不得大魚
bù sā dà wǎng bù dé dà yú
bu4 sa1 da4 wang3 bu4 de2 da4 yu2
bu sa da wang bu de da yu
pu sa ta wang pu te ta yü
Ouch! 痛いitai
Broken Hearted 失戀
Spare No Effort 不遺餘力 / 不遺余力
bù yí yú lì
bu4 yi2 yu2 li4
bu yi yu li
pu i yü li

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.

Some people may refer to this entry as Pain Kanji, Pain Characters, Pain in Mandarin Chinese, Pain Characters, Pain in Chinese Writing, Pain in Japanese Writing, Pain in Asian Writing, Pain Ideograms, Chinese Pain symbols, Pain Hieroglyphics, Pain Glyphs, Pain in Chinese Letters, Pain Hanzi, Pain in Japanese Kanji, Pain Pictograms, Pain in the Chinese Written-Language, or Pain in the Japanese Written-Language.

Did you like this? Share it:

Share via email with a friend

This page of pain Chinese calligraphy dictionary search results was generated in 0.071 seconds.