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Sacrifice in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Sacrifice
  2. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication
  3. Better to sacrifice your life than your principles
  4. Discipline
  5. Honorable Death - No Surrender
  6. Drinking the water of a well,...
  7. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
  8. Pure Heart


Sacrifice

China xī shēng
Japan gi sei
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This means sacrifice in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

There is a suggestion in this word that this regards sacrificing your life.

Note: Depending on context, this can also mean victim or scapegoat in Japanese.

In original and ancient Chinese, this word referred to sacrificial animals. It can still have this meaning in Buddhist context.


犠The version of the first character used in modern Japan looks like the image to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will be written in this Japanese version.

Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

(complete bodily devotion)
China xiàn shēn
Japan ken shin
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This word is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person. You can also translate this word as any of the following:
Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Self-devotion
Dedication
Commit ones energy to...
Devote to...
Self-sacrifice
Giving your whole body to...

This can be a dedication to or for someone, but more often is used in reference to a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.


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While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.

If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.


See Also...  Confidence | Dedication

Better to sacrifice your life than your principles

China shě shēng qǔ yì
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This is a Chinese proverb that comes from the philosopher Mencius.

It can be translated a few different ways:
To give up life for righteousness.
To choose honor over life
Better to sacrifice one's life than one's principles.

Discipline

China jì lǜ
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Discipline: There are a few different ways to define this word in English. This Asian word conveys the idea of extreme self-control and perhaps self-sacrifice, and obedience. This matches what I was taught as the meaning of "discipline" when I was in the Marine Corps. There is also an additional idea of maintaining order or being orderly in your tasks.

This idea would also fit an athlete training for the Olympics who gives up many pleasures to stay focused on their training.


See Also...  Self-Control | Will-Power

Honorable Death - No Surrender

Japan gyokusai shugi
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This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender", or simply "No surrender". If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide", or "Ideology of honorable death".

This is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.

Drinking the water of a well,
one should never forget who dug it

China chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
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This proverb suggests that one should always be grateful to those who helped you succeed.

And remember your ancestors and those that came before you whose sacrifices made your present life better.

Some Chinese will separate the intended meaning from this proverb and translate this as "Don't forget the people who once helped you". In Modern China, this idiom is virtually never used to refer to an actual well.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used phrase.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

China fèng huáng niè pán
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This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes". Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana".

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

Pure Heart

pure and innocent
China chún qíng
Japan jun jou
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This means, "Pure Heart" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

It's used to reflect the ideas of being "pure and innocent".

Depending on the context in which this title is used, it can relay "self-sacrificing devotion" or in some cases, "naivete". This would be in the same way we might refer to a young girl giving her lunch money to a beggar on the street. She has a pure and precious heart, but perhaps is also a bit naive.


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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...

Aikido
Animals
Autumn
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Bless You
Blossom
Brave
Bright Future
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Buddhism
Bushido
Caitlyn
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Cliff
Courage
Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
Daring
Deep
Discipline
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Horse
Dragon Tiger
Eternal Friendship
Eternal Life
Ethics
Faith
Faith in God
Family First
Fire
Fish
Five Tenets of Confucius
Flowers
Flying
Flying Tiger
Forest
Four Elements
Friendship
God Bless
God is Always With You
God is Love
God of Abraham
Gold
Gold Fish
Golden
Goldfish
Good
Good Deed
Good Luck
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Guan Yin
Harmony
Home
Horse
I Love You
I Need You
Infinite Love
Infinity
Inner Strength
Iris Flower
Jasmine Flower
Jason
Jose
Knowledge
Koi Fish
Lightning
Little
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Flower
Love
Love Always
Love and Devotion
Love and Respect
Love Eternal
Love Forever
Love of My Life
Love You Always
Love You Forever
Loyalty
Luck
Martial Morality
Mason
Master
Monkey
Moon
Mountain
No Man
One Mind
Peace
Peace and Love
Peace and Tranquility
Peace of Mind
Peaceful Heart
Pearl
People
Plum
Prayer
Protector
Serenity
Serenity Prayer
Shawn
Soul
Spring
Strong
Success
Taekwondo
Tamilsex
Taurus
Tea Fate
The Ease of the Scholar
Thomas
Three
Tiger
Tigers
Tree
Trust No One
Twilight
Undaunted
Unity
Warrior
Warrior Spirit
Warriors
White
Wind
Wing Tsun
Wisdom
Wolf
Wu Wei
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



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
Sacrifice牺牲
犧牲 / 犠牲
gi sei
gisei
xī shēng
xi sheng
hsi sheng
xi1 sheng1
xisheng
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication献身
獻身
ken shin
kenshin
xiàn shēn
xian shen
hsien shen
xian4 shen1
xianshen
Better to sacrifice your life than your principles舍生取义
捨生取義
n/ashě shēng qǔ yì
she sheng qu yi
she sheng ch`ü i
she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4
sheshengquyi
sheshengchüi
she sheng chü i
Discipline纪律
紀律
n/ajì lǜ
ji lv
chi lü
ji4 lv4
jilv
Honorable Death - No Surrender玉砕主義
玉砕主義
gyokusai shugi
gyokusaishugi
n/a
Drinking the water of a well, one should never forget who dug it吃水不忘掘井人
吃水不忘掘井人
n/achī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
chi shui bu wang jue jing ren
ch`ih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
chi1 shui3 bu2 wang4 jue2 jing3 ren2
chishuibuwangjuejingren
chih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes凤凰涅磐
鳳凰涅磐
n/afèng huáng niè pán
feng huang nie pan
feng huang nieh p`an
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
fenghuangniepan
fenghuangniehpan
feng huang nieh pan
Pure Heart纯情
純情
jun jou
junjou
jun jo
chún qíng
chun qing
ch`un ch`ing
chun2 qing2
chunqing
chunching
chun ching

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 "sacrifice" 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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