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  1. Reality
  2. Reality and Illusion
  3. Reality / Realistic
  4. Reality and Illusion
  5. Wake Up to Reality
  6. Honesty


Reality

China xǐng wù
Reality Wall Scroll

醒悟 / 省悟 is a Chinese word that expresses the idea of reality or coming to understand what is true and real.

The first character means to wake up, awaken, comprehend, introspect, or visit.

The second character means to comprehend or understand (be enlightened).

The meanings of Chinese words are not necessarily the sum of their parts. In this case, at best, you can derive that the characters express "understanding what is real" or "knowing what is real." Any Chinese person will perceive this word in a similar way to how we use "reality" in English.


省Note: The first character can also be written in a different form as shown to the right. Same meaning in Chinese, either way it's written.

Reality and Illusion

Japan gen jitsu to gen sou
Reality and Illusion Wall Scroll

現実と幻想 is the Japanese way to write, "reality and illusion."

Reality / Realistic

Japan gen jitsu sei
Reality / Realistic Wall Scroll

現実性 is a Japanese word that expresses the idea of reality or coming to understand what is true and real. This can also be translated as realistic, practical, or feasible.


See Also:  Illusion

Reality and Illusion

Buddhism Concept
China zhēn wàng
Reality and Illusion Wall Scroll

真妄 is a specifically Buddhist term that means, "reality and illusion." Out of Buddhist context, it might be read as, "The real and the absurd."

Separately, the first character means real, true, and genuine, and the second character means absurd, fantastic, or related to fantasy.

Wake Up to Reality

China xǐng wù
Japan shō go
Wake Up to Reality Wall Scroll

This Chinese word means, "to wake up to reality," "to come to oneself," "to realize," "to see the truth," or "to reflect and become aware." 省悟 is often used in the context of Buddhism.

In Japanese, this has the same meaning but is more often used as a given name, Seigo.

Honesty

China shí
Honesty Wall Scroll

實 means real, true, honest, or solid.

It is one of several ways to express the idea of truth.

Note: In some context, this can carry extended meanings of reality, actuality, really, sincerity, or substance.


See Also:  Truth | Trust | Justice


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Reality 醒悟 / 省悟
醒悟
xǐng wù / xing3 wu4 / xing wu / xingwu hsing wu / hsingwu
Reality and Illusion 現実と幻想gen jitsu to gen sou
genjitsutogensou
gen jitsu to gen so
genjitsutogenso
Reality
Realistic
現実性gen jitsu sei
genjitsusei
Reality and Illusion 真妄zhēn wàng
zhen1 wang4
zhen wang
zhenwang
chen wang
chenwang
Wake Up to Reality 省悟shō go / shōgoxǐng wù / xing3 wu4 / xing wu / xingwu hsing wu / hsingwu
Honesty
shí / shi2 / shi shih
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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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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