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| 1. Prosperity
2. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
3. Live in Prosperity
4. Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity
5. Abundance and Prosperity
6. Good Luck / Good Fortune
7. Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance
8. Abundance / Prosperous
9. Prosperous Business
10. Safety and Well-Being of the Family
12. Mutual Welfare and Benefit
13. Five Red Bats
14. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
15. Live Together and Help Each Other
16. Realize Your Ambitions...
17. A Bright Future
18. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
This means "prosperous", "flourishing", or "thriving" when used in regards to a person.
However, when used in reference to a whole country, it can mean "booming economy".
This is the traditional Chinese, ancient Japanese Kanji, and ancient Korean Hanja version of prosperity.
Note: If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the second character may look more like the Kanji shown to the right. If you want a different form, please note that in the special instructions for your order.
This character is occasionally used in China to mean "prosperity".
This character once meant the "official's salary" in old feudal China and Korea (obviously, the officials lived well, so you can imagine how this was associated with the idea of being prosperous).
This is only used in Korean historical documents for "salary". In old Japanese, this means "fief", "allowance", "pension", "grant" and sometimes "happiness" depending on context. It's very obscure in modern Japanese.
We have other entries that are better-suited for a wall scroll. This entry just addresses "the coffee cup issue" where this character has been used on coffee cups and tee-shirts in a naive manner.
In other words: Don't order this!
This is the same "prosperity" as our traditional Chinese version, except for a slight change in the way the second character is written (it's the Japanese Kanji deviation from the original/ancient Chinese form). Chinese people will still be able to read this, though you should consider this to be the Japanese form (better if your audience is Japanese).
Sometimes the Kanji form shown to the right is used in Japanese. It will depend on the mood of the calligrapher, as to which form you may receive. If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of your order.
This means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success". It's a great and very positive and inspirational wall scroll selection.
This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success".
This means, "live in prosperity". It's kind of a suggestion to be prosperity the center of your world.
This is the way some people want to live (and you should always live for what you love). However, this phrase does not suggest a peaceful life - rather one that is always busy. It's not for everyone, but it might be for you.
This means "To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era)".
It's really a wish that a new door leading to peace and prosperity could be opened to mankind.
Character and word breakdown:
啟 to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken.
盛世 a flourishing period; period of prosperity; a golden age.
開 to open; to start; to turn on.
太平 peace and security; peace and tranquility; peace; tranquility; tranquillity.
I don't really like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their own unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above). Please take that into consideration.
This is a proverb about "Prosperity and Abundance".
The characters shown here present and reinforce the ideas of being prosperous, a booming economy, well-to-do, well-off, wealth, riches and opulence.
This is the ancient / traditional Chinese way to write this, but most Japanese can fully read and understand it. It's also the correct form of old Korean Hanja (though few Koreans of the current generation will be able to read this).
See Also... Good Fortune
This Character is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.
The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).
One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.
This character literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.
See Also... Lucky
This is a common proverb to hear around the time of Chinese New Years. Directly translated character by character it means, "Year Year Have Surplus". A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be "Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life".
On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. This is because the last character "yu" which means surplus or abundance has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for "fish".
This is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.
In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked special for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.
See Also... Good Fortune
This kind of prosperity applies to a business. Something great to hang behind your desk if you are a small or large business owner. Doing so says that you either are a successful business, or you wish success and prosperity for your business.
Can also be translated as thriving, flourishing, brisk business, and other words related to prosperity in business.
A good meaning in China, but a little antiquated in Japanese.
This is kind of the Japanese way of saying, "Family First". It's really a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family, and/or, peace and prosperity in the household.
Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji on it. The purpose being to keep your family safe from harm.
According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep members of the family free from harm.
We were actually looking for a way to say "family first" in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't literally say "family first", it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.
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: which means Failure is the Mother of Success.
Sometimes this word is translated as prosperity, but success, succeed, or successfully are more correct definitions.
This can be translated a few different ways. Here are some possibilities:
Benefit mutually and prosper together.
Mutual welfare and benefit.
A learning concept of mutual benefit and welfare (that is applicable to all fields of society).
The first two characters are the easy to explain. They are "self" and "others". Together, these two characters create a word which means "mutual" (literally "me and them").
The third character can have different meanings depending on context. Here, it means "in common" or "to share".
The fourth character suggests the idea of "prosperity", "flourishing" or becoming "glorious".
It should be noted that these Kanji are used almost exclusively in the context of Judo martial arts. This is not a common or recognized Japanese proverb outside of Judo.
In modern Japanese Kanji, the last character looks like the image to the right. If you want this slightly-simplified version, please let us know when you place your order.
This is kind of a play on words in Chinese because of some homophones.
The first thing you need to know is that the word for bat, 蝠, sounds exactly like the word for good fortune, 福. Thus, bats are often associated with good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.
Five bats (五福 / 五蝠) means "five fortunes" referring to luck, prosperity, wealth, happiness, and longevity.
The word red, 红, has the same sound as 宏 meaning vast, great, or magnificent. Therefore a red bat means "vast fortune".
Altogether, five red bats represents vast reaches of the five fortunes.
This is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan", which literally means "south mountain". This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.
The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.
I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall".
This Japanese proverb means, "live together and help each other", "existing together, thriving together", or "co-existence and co-prosperity".
This four-character proverb is used in Chinese to mean "realize your ambitions" or "exhibit your ambition and success". It's used to talk about someone with great career ambitions. Almost literally, it expresses the idea of someone unfolding a great career like a map or a set of blueprint plans.
Very literally translated, these four characters mean, "Great unfolding of a huge map" or "Great exhibition of an colossal plan".
This is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to wish someone a long and successful career.
It's really about the 10,000 Flight of the Peng (Peng, also known as Roc is a mythical fish that can turn into a bird and take flight).
Breaking down each character:
1. Peng or Roc (a kind of bird).
2. Journey (in this case, a flight).
3. 10,000 (Ten Thousand).
4. Li is a unit of distance often referred to as a "Chinese Mile", though the real distance is about half a kilometer.
庄子 - Zhuangzi
This proverb/idiom comes from the book of Zhuangzi. It tells the tale of a huge fish which could turn into a gigantic bird. This bird was called "peng" and was many miles long. This legendary size allowed the Peng to fly from the Northern Sea to the Southern Sea in a single bound.
Wishing someone "a Peng's Journey of 10,000 Li", will imply that they will be able to travel far without stopping, and will have great success, a long career, and a prosperous future.
This is a phrase that means "May you have good fortune as great as the eastern oceans, and may your life last as long as the southern mountains".
In ancient Chinese mythology, the eastern oceans and southern mountains are where God resides (basically it is the same as saying "heaven"). So it's like saying, "May your good fortune and life be as vast as the heavens".
There is also a longer, 14-character version of this phrase. Also, this can be cut into two scrolls (with half the phrase on each side - great for hanging on either side of a doorway). Just let me know if you'd like a special version (there is an additional cost).
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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.
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.
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.
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|A Life of Happiness and Prosperity||幸福而成功的一生|
|n/a||xìng fú ér chéng gōng de yì shēng|
xing fu er cheng gong de yi sheng
hsing fu erh ch`eng kung te i sheng
|xing4 fu2 er2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1|
hsing fu erh cheng kung te i sheng
|A Life of Happiness and Prosperity||幸福と繁栄の人生|
|kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei|
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
|Live in Prosperity||生活于繁荣中|
|n/a||shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng|
sheng huo yu fan rong zhong
sheng huo yü fan jung chung
|sheng1 huo2 yu2 fan2 rong2 zhong1|
|Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity||启盛世开太平|
|n/a||qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng|
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
|qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2|
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
|Abundance and Prosperity||繁荣富裕|
|fán róng fù yù|
fan rong fu yu
fan jung fu yü
|fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4|
|Good Luck / Good Fortune||福|
|Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance||年年有馀|
|n/a||nián nián yǒu yú|
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
|nian2 nian2 you3 yu2|
|Abundance / Prosperous||富裕|
|Safety and Well-Being of the Family||家内安全|
|ka nai an zen|
|Mutual Welfare and Benefit||自他共荣 / 自他共栄|
|ji ta kyou ei |
ji ta kyo ei
|Five Red Bats||红五蝠|
|n/a||hóng wǔ fú|
hong wu fu
hung wu fu
|hong2 wu3 fu2|
|Longevity / Long Life Wishes||南山之寿|
|nan zan no jyu|
|Live Together and Help Each Other||共存共栄|
|kyou son kyou ei|
kyo son kyo ei
|Realize Your Ambitions|
Ride on the Crest of Success
|n/a||dà jiǎn hóng tú|
da jian hong tu
ta chien hung t`u
|da4 jian3 hong2 tu2|
ta chien hung tu
|A Bright Future||鹏程万里|
鵬程萬里 / 鵬程萬裡
|n/a||péng chéng wàn lǐ|
peng cheng wan li
p`eng ch`eng wan li
|peng2 cheng2 wan4 li3|
peng cheng wan li
|Longevity / Long Life Wishes||福如东海寿比南山|
|n/a||fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān|
fu ru dong hai shou bi nan shan
fu ju tung hai shou pi nan shan
|fu2 ru2 dong1 hai3 shou4 bi3 nan2 shan1|
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "prosperity" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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