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Pursuit of Happiness in Chinese / Japanese...

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

Japan koufuku o motome te
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幸福を求めて 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


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Live Laugh Love

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."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Live for What You Love

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).


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

See Also:  Prosperity

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Pursue Your Dreams / Follow Your Dreams / Chase Your Dreams

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood

Samyag Ajiva / Samma Ajiva
China zhèng mìng
Japan sei myou
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正命 (right living) 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 slaughterer, 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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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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

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

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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