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Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui
Japan ei ko sei sui
Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish," "life is full of fortune and misfortune," or simply "vicissitudes of life."

栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰 is about the rise and fall of human affairs, or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:
栄 = prosper. thrive. flourish. boom.
枯 = wither. die.
盛 = prosperous. flourishing. thriving. successful. active. energetic. vigorous. lively. enthusiastic. popular.
衰 = become weaker. decline. get weak. die down. subside. abate. fail.


Notes:
榮The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it's used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean. Korean pronunciation is shown above for reference only.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
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沉浮

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Mandarin chén fú / chen2 fu2
Taiwan ch`en fu / chen fu
Chinese lit. sinking and floating; to bob up and down on water; ebb and flow; fig. rise and fall; ups and downs of fortune; vicissitudes

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浮沈

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Japanese fuchin ふちん
Japanese (noun/participle) floating and sinking; rise and fall; ebb and flow; ups and downs

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消長


消长

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Mandarin xiāo zhǎng / xiao1 zhang3
Taiwan hsiao chang
Japanese shouchou / shocho しょうちょう
Chinese to ebb and rise; to decrease and then grow
Japanese (noun/participle) prosperity and decay; prosperity and decline; rise and fall; ups and downs; ebb and flow; waxing and waning

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盛衰

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Mandarin shèng shuāi / sheng4 shuai1
Taiwan sheng shuai
Japanese seisui / sesui せいすい
Chinese to flourish then decline; rise and fall
Japanese rise and fall; ups and downs; welfare; vicissitudes
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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起落

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Mandarin qǐ luò / qi3 luo4
Taiwan ch`i lo / chi lo
Chinese to rise and fall; takeoff and landing; ups and downs

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興亡


兴亡

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Mandarin xīng wáng / xing1 wang2
Taiwan hsing wang
Japanese koubou / kobo こうぼう
Chinese to flourish and decay; rise and fall
Japanese rise and fall; ups and downs

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騰落

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Japanese touraku / toraku とうらく
Japanese rise and fall; fluctuations; ups and downs

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高低

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Mandarin gāo dī / gao1 di1
Taiwan kao ti
Japanese takahiku たかひく
 koutei / kote こうてい
Chinese height; altitude (aviation); pitch (music); ups and downs (success or failure); whether something is right or wrong; comparative strength, weight, depth, stature; (spoken interjection) anyway, whatever; eventually, in the end
Japanese (noun/participle) high and low; rise and fall

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盛衰興亡

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Japanese seisuikoubou / sesuikobo せいすいこうぼう
Japanese (yoji) rise and fall; ups and downs; waxing and waning; prosperity and decline; vicissitudes

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)
Rise and Fall
Ups and Downs
栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
荣枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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