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Pursuit of Happiness in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Pursuit of Happiness
  2. Live Laugh Love
  3. Live for What You Love
  4. Live Laugh Love
  5. Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams
  6. 5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood
  7. Realize Your Ambitions...
  8. No Surrender
  9. Seek / Quest


Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
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The first two characters mean "to pursue", "to track down", or "to search for".

The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.

This is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.


See Also...  Follow Your Dreams

Pursuit of Happiness

Japanese only
Japan koufuku o motome te
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This is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese..

Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め {motome} to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle


See Also...  Follow Your Dreams

Live Laugh Love

Japanese only
Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
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Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.

This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter".

Live for What You Love

Japanese
Japan jin sei ou ka
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This means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living". The last two characters mean, "merit", "prosperity", or "what you enjoy". This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).


See Also...  Prosperity

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
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In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life".

Please note: This is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love". It's a made-up word, but it sounds good in Chinese.


We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar", but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.

Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams

China zhuī xún mèng xiǎng
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The first two characters mean "to pursue", "to track down", or "to search for".

The last two mean dreams. This version of dreams refers to those with an element of reality (not the dreams you have when you sleep, but rather your aspirations or goals in life).

This title will tell everyone that you want to make your dreams come true.

Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams

Japanese Only
Japan yume wo oi tsudukeru
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This is the Japanese way to express "Follow Your Dreams". If you have dreams that you want to pursue and make true, this is the phrase for you.

The first character is "dream" or "dreams". The rest of the characters establish the idea of chasing or pursuing.

5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood

Samyag Ajiva / Samma Ajiva
China zhèng mìng
Japan sei myou
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This is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Living, along with Right Speech and Right Action constitute the path to Virtue.

Right Living means that a Buddhist should only take a job or pursue a career in a field that does no harm. Buddhists should not work in the arms trade, as pimps or in the field of prostitution, as a butcher or in a shop that kills or sells meat, in a laboratory that does animal research, or any other business that involves scheming or unethical behavior.

Another definition: Avoidance of professions that are harmful to sentient beings, such as slaugterer, hunter, dealer in weaponry or narcotics, etc.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.


See Also...  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Realize Your Ambitions
Embrace Your Ambition

Japan taishi wo Idaku
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This Japanese proverb suggests that you should embrace, pursue, and realize your ambitions.

The first part means ambitions or aspirations.

The last part means to embrace, or to hold in your arms.

Here's the character breakdown:
大志 (taishi) ambition; aspiration.
を (o) particle
抱く (idaku) to embrace; to hold in the arms (e.g. a baby); to hug; to harbor (harbour); to bear (e.g. a grudge); to entertain (e.g. suspicion); to sleep with; to sit on eggs.

No Surrender

Honor Does Not Allow Second Thoughts
China yì wú fǎn gù
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This Chinese proverb can be translated a few different ways. Here are some examples:

Honor does not allow one to glance back.
Duty-bound not to turn back.
No surrender.
To pursue justice with no second thoughts.
Never surrender your principles.

This proverb is really about having the courage to do what is right without questioning your decision to take the right and just course.

Seek / Quest

China tàn qiú
Japan tankyuu
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This means: to seek; to pursue; to investigate; quest; pursuit.

This is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Amelia
Archangel
Autumn
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Beloved Son
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Buddha
Bushido
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Dojo
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dragon Tiger Spirit
Effort
Enjoy Life
Family
Fire
Firefly
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Forest
George
Ghost
God is Always With You
God is Love
God is My Judge
Gold Fish
Golden
Good
Good Luck
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Hailey
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Have Faith in God
Hero
I Need You
Iris Flower
Jackie Chan
Jasmine
Jasmine Flower
John
Judo
Katie
Koi Fish
Lightning
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Live Love Die
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love of My Life
Love You Forever
Luck
Marriage
Moon
Mountain
Mushin No Shin
One True Love
Passionate Love
Peace of Mind
Pearl
People
Power
Precious
Pure
Rain and Wind
Reason
River
Seasons
Serenity
Sisterly Love
Solitude
Spirit of the Tiger
Stone
Strength
Summer
Taekwondo
Tao Te Ching
The Saint
Tiger
Tigers
Time
Tony
Trust in God
Warrior
Winter
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Year of the Dragon

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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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Pursuit of Happiness追寻幸福
追尋幸福
n/azhuī xún xìng fú
zhui xun xing fu
chui hsün hsing fu
zhui1 xun2 xing4 fu2
zhuixunxingfu
Pursuit of Happiness幸福を求めて
幸福を求めて
koufuku o motome te
koufukuomotomete
kofuku o motome te
n/a
Live Laugh Love愛と笑いの生活
愛と笑いの生活
ai to warai no seikatsu
aitowarainoseikatsu
n/a
Live for What You Love人生謳歌
人生謳歌
jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
n/a
Live Laugh Love笑爱生活
笑愛生活
n/axiào ài shēng huó
xiao ai sheng huo
hsiao ai sheng huo
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiaoaishenghuo
Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams追寻梦想
追尋夢想
n/azhuī xún mèng xiǎng
zhui xun meng xiang
chui hsün meng hsiang
zhui1 xun2 meng4 xiang3
zhuixunmengxiang
Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams夢を追い続ける
夢を追い続ける
yume wo oi tsudukeru
yumewooitsudukeru
n/a
5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood正命
正命
sei myou
seimyou
sei myo
zhèng mìng
zheng ming
cheng ming
zheng4 ming4
zhengming
Realize Your Ambitions
Embrace Your Ambition
大志を抱く
大志を抱く
taishi wo Idaku
taishiwoIdaku
n/a
No Surrender义无反顾
義無反顧
n/ayì wú fǎn gù
yi wu fan gu
i wu fan ku
yi4 wu2 fan3 gu4
yiwufangu
Seek / Quest探求
探求
tankyuu
tankyu
tàn qiú
tan qiu
t`an ch`iu
tan4 qiu2
tanqiu
tanchiu
tan chiu

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 "pursuit of happiness" 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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