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Prosperity in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Prosperity
  2. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity
  3. Prosperity and Happiness
  4. Live in Prosperity
  5. Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity
  6. Abundance and Prosperity
  7. Good Luck / Good Fortune
  8. Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance
  9. Abundance / Prosperous
10. Prosperous Business
11. Safety and Well-Being of the Family
12. Success
13. Mutual Welfare and Benefit
14. Five Red Bats
15. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
16. Live Together and Help Each Other
17. Realize Your Ambitions...
18. A Bright Future
19. Siddhartha


Prosperity

China fán róng
Japan han ei
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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.


栄 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.

Prosperity

China fán róng
Japan hanei
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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).

繁
荣

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.

Prosperity

(also means salary)
China
Japan fuchi
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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This is only used in Korean historical documents for "salary".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!

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

China xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
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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.

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

Japanese
Japan kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
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This Japanese proverb means, "A life of happiness and prosperity" or "A life of happiness and success".

Prosperity and Happiness

China fù lè
Japan furaku
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a title meaning prosperity and happiness.

If you have a desire to live in prosperity and happiness, this is for you.

Note: This title is often used in Buddhist context.

Live in Prosperity

China shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng
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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.

Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity

China qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
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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.

Abundance and Prosperity

China fán róng fù yù
Japan hanei yuuhuku
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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

Good Luck / Good Fortune

China
Japan fuku
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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

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

China nián nián yǒu yú
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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

Abundance / Prosperous

China fù yù
Japan fu yuu
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This word means prosperous, having abundance, well-to-do, or well-off.

It's a simple word that suggests that "you have made it" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.


See Also...  Good Fortune

Prosperous Business

China xīng lóng
Japan kou ryuu
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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.

Safety and Well-Being of the Family

Kanai Anzen
Japan ka nai an zen
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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 or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.

Success

China chéng gōng
Japan seikou
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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.

Mutual Welfare and Benefit

Jita-Kyoei
Japan ji ta kyou ei
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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).
Mutual prosperity.

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.


栄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.

Five Red Bats

China hóng wǔ fú
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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.

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

A wish for a long and prosperous life
China fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
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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).

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

Japanese
Japan nan zan no jyu
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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".

Live Together and Help Each Other

Japan kyou son kyou ei
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This Japanese proverb means, "live together and help each other", "existing together, thriving together", or "co-existence and co-prosperity".

Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success

China dà jiǎn hóng tú
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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".

A Bright Future

Incredible 10,000-Mile Flight of the Roc
China péng chéng wàn lǐ
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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.

Zhuangzi

庄子 - Zhuangzi

Direct Translation: "Peng's Journey [of] 10,000 Li".
Literal meaning: "The 10,000-Li Flying Range Of The Roc".
Perceived meaning: "To have a bright future" or "To go far".

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.

Siddhartha

China xī dá duō
Japan shiddatta / shiddaruta
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This is the name Siddhartha (as in Siddhartha Gautama), the personal name for Śākyamuni.

This same Buddha is also known as "Shakyamuni Gautama", "Gotama Buddha", or "Tathagata".

Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent who founded Buddhism. He is generally seen by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha (Sammāsambuddha) of known human history.

The actual meaning of this name in Chinese is the realization of all aims, or simply being prosperous.


This name is sometimes romanized from the original Sanskrit or Pali as Siddhattha (from Siddhattha Gotama), Siddharth, Siddhārtha, or Sarvāthasiddha.

Siddhārtha or Sarvāthasiddha can also be written as 悉達, 悉多, 悉多頞他, or 悉陀.


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Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Prosperity繁荣
繁榮
han ei
hanei
fán róng
fan rong
fan jung
fan2 rong2
fanrong
Prosperity繁荣
繁栄
haneifán róng
fan rong
fan jung
fan2 rong2
fanrong
Prosperity
祿
fuchi
lu
lu4
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福成功的一生
幸福成功的一生
n/axìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
xing fu cheng gong de yi sheng
hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
xing4 fu2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1
xingfuchenggongdeyisheng
hsingfuchengkungteisheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福と繁栄の人生
幸福と繁栄の人生
kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
koufukutohaneinojinsei
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
n/a
Prosperity and Happiness富乐
富樂
furakufù lè
fu le
fu4 le4
fule
Live in Prosperity生活于繁荣中
生活于繁榮中
n/ashēng huó yú fán róng zhōng
sheng huo yu fan rong zhong
sheng huo yü fan jung chung
sheng1 huo2 yu2 fan2 rong2 zhong1
shenghuoyufanrongzhong
Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity启盛世开太平
啟盛世開太平
n/aqǐ 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
qishengshikaitaiping
chishengshihkaitaiping
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
Abundance and Prosperity繁荣富裕
繁榮富裕
hanei yuuhuku
haneiyuuhuku
hanei yuhuku
fán róng fù yù
fan rong fu yu
fan jung fu yü
fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4
fanrongfuyu
Good Luck / Good Fortune
fuku
fu
fu2
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance年年有馀
年年有餘
n/anián nián yǒu yú
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
niannianyouyu
Abundance / Prosperous富裕
富裕
fu yuu
fuyuu
fu yu
fù yù
fu yu
fu yü
fu4 yu4
fuyu
Prosperous Business兴隆
興隆
kou ryuu
kouryuu
ko ryu
xīng lóng
xing long
hsing lung
xing1 long2
xinglong
Safety and Well-Being of the Family家内安全
家內安全
ka nai an zen
kanaianzen
n/a
Success成功
成功
seikou
seiko
chéng gōng
cheng gong
ch`eng kung
cheng2 gong1
chenggong
chengkung
cheng kung
Mutual Welfare and Benefit自他共荣 / 自他共栄
自他共榮
ji ta kyou ei
jitakyouei
ji ta kyo ei
n/a
Five Red Bats红五蝠
紅五蝠
n/ahóng wǔ fú
hong wu fu
hung wu fu
hong2 wu3 fu2
hongwufu
Longevity / Long Life Wishes福如东海寿比南山
福如東海壽比南山
n/afú 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
furudonghaishoubinanshan
Longevity / Long Life Wishes南山之寿
南山之壽
nan zan no jyu
nanzannojyu
n/a
Live Together and Help Each Other共存共栄
共存共栄
kyou son kyou ei
kyousonkyouei
kyo son kyo ei
n/a
Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success
大展宏图
大展宏圖
n/adà jiǎn hóng tú
da jian hong tu
ta chien hung t`u
da4 jian3 hong2 tu2
dajianhongtu
tachienhungtu
ta chien hung tu
A Bright Future鹏程万里
鵬程萬里 / 鵬程萬裡
n/apéng chéng wàn lǐ
peng cheng wan li
p`eng ch`eng wan li
peng2 cheng2 wan4 li3
pengchengwanli
pengchengwanli
peng cheng wan li
Siddhartha悉达多
悉達多
shiddatta / shiddarutaxī dá duō
xi da duo
hsi ta to
xi1 da2 duo1
xidaduo

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