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Smooth Sailing

Japan jun puu man pan
Smooth Sailing Vertical Wall Scroll

順風満帆 means "smooth sailing" in Japanese.

The Kanji literally mean, "Favorable wind, full sail."

This title can also suggest having great ambitions.

Smooth Sailing

China yī fán fēng shùn
Smooth Sailing Vertical Wall Scroll

一帆風順 is just what you think it means. It suggests that you are on a trouble-free voyage through life, or literally on a sailing ship or sail boat. It is often used in China as a wish for good luck on a voyage or as you set out on a new quest or career in your life. Some may use this in lieu of "bon voyage."

The literal meaning is roughly, "Once you raise your sail, you will get the wind you need, and it will take you where you want to go." Another way to translate it is "Your sail and the wind follow your will."

一帆風順 is a great gift for a mariner, sailor, adventurer, or someone starting a new career.

Note: Can be understood in Korean Hanja but rarely used.

See Also:  Bon Voyage | Adventure | Travel

Brave the Waves

China pò làng
Japan ha rou
Brave the Waves Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be translated from Chinese as "braving the waves" or "bravely setting sail." It literally means: "break/cleave/cut [the] waves."

破浪 is a great title to encourage yourself or someone else not to be afraid of problems or troubles.

Because of the context, this is especially good for sailors or yachtsmen and surfers too.

Note: While this can be understood in Japanese, it's not commonly used in Japan. Therefore, please consider this to be primarily a Chinese proverb.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sail search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin pò làng / po4 lang4
Taiwan p`o lang / po lang
Brave the Waves Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to set sail; to brave the waves

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Mandarin fān / fan1
Taiwan fan
Japanese ho / ほ
Chinese sail; Taiwan pr. [fan2], except 帆布[fan1 bu4] canvas
Japanese sail; (surname) Hosaki; (surname) Ho; (personal name) Fuan; (personal name) Fan; (personal name) Han; (female given name) Kai
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin péng / peng2
Taiwan p`eng / peng
Japanese toma / とま
Chinese sail
Japanese woven mat (of sedge, hay, etc.)

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Mandarin háng / hang2
Taiwan hang
Japanese wataru / わたる    kou / ko / こう
Chinese boat; ship; craft; to navigate; to sail; to fly
Japanese (female given name) Wataru; (female given name) Kou

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Mandarin jià / jia4
Taiwan chia
Japanese ga / が
Chinese to harness; to draw (a cart etc); to drive; to pilot; to sail; to ride; your good self; prefixed word denoting respect (polite 敬辞); surname Jia
Japanese vehicle; horse-drawn carriage; (place-name) Kago

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Mandarin shǐ / shi3
Taiwan shih
Chinese to gallop; speedily; to proceed to; to pilot (ship, plane etc); to sail


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Japanese noboru / のぼる    agaru / あがる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to ascend; to go up; to climb; (2) to ascend (as a natural process, e.g. the sun); to rise; (3) to go to (the capital); (4) to be promoted; (5) to add up to; (6) to advance (in price); (7) to swim up (a river); to sail up; (8) to come up (on the agenda); (irregular okurigana usage) (v5r,vi) (1) to rise; to go up; to come up; to ascend; to be raised; (2) to enter (esp. from outdoors); to come in; to go in; (3) to enter (a school); to advance to the next grade; (4) to get out (of water); to come ashore; (5) to increase; (6) to improve; to make progress; (7) to be promoted; to advance; (8) to be made (of profit, etc.); (9) to occur (esp. of a favourable result); (10) to be adequate (to cover expenses, etc.); (11) to be finished; to be done; to be over; (12) (of rain) to stop; to lift; (13) to stop (working properly); to cut out; to give out; to die; (14) to win (in a card game, etc.); (15) to be spoken loudly; (16) to get stage fright; (17) to be offered (to the gods, etc.); (18) (humble language) to go; to visit; (19) (honorific or respectful language) to eat; to drink; (20) to be listed (as a candidate); (21) to serve (in one's master's home); (22) to go north; (suf,v5r) (23) indicates completion


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Japanese shuhan / しゅはん Japanese main sail; (female given name) Kimiho


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Japanese defune;debune;shussen;idebune(ok) / でふね;でぶね;しゅっせん;いでぶね(ok) Japanese (1) (See 入り船) weighing anchor; setting sail; outgoing ship; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (2) (しゅっせん only) to set sail; to put out to sea; (surname) Defune



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Mandarin qǐ háng / qi3 hang2
Taiwan ch`i hang / chi hang
Chinese (of a ship) to set sail; (of an aeroplane) to take off; also written 起航[qi3 hang2]


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Mandarin zhǎn fān / zhan3 fan1
Taiwan chan fan
Chinese to unfurl (a sail)


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Japanese hokage / ほかげ Japanese sight of a sail; (surname, female given name) Hokage


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Japanese hogeta / ほげた Japanese (sail) yard; boom


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Japanese hoashi / ほあし Japanese rope that ties the lower end of the sail to the hull (on a Japanese-style ship)


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Japanese hoashi / ほあし Japanese rope that ties the lower end of the sail to the hull (on a Japanese-style ship); (surname) Hoharu; (surname) Hodate; (surname) Hotari; (surname) Hosoku; (place-name, surname) Hoashi; (surname) Hansoku


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Japanese kihan / きはん Japanese (noun/participle) returning sailboat; setting sail for home port; (place-name) Kihan


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Japanese batsubyou / batsubyo / ばつびょう Japanese (noun/participle) weighing anchor; setting sail



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Mandarin yáng fān / yang2 fan1
Taiwan yang fan
Japanese akiho / あきほ
Chinese to set sail
Japanese (female given name) Akiho


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Japanese noboru / のぼる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to ascend; to go up; to climb; (2) to ascend (as a natural process, e.g. the sun); to rise; (3) to go to (the capital); (4) to be promoted; (5) to add up to; (6) to advance (in price); (7) to swim up (a river); to sail up; (8) to come up (on the agenda)


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Japanese ouhan / ohan / おうはん Japanese square sail



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Mandarin mǎn fān / man3 fan1
Taiwan man fan
Chinese under full sail; going as fast as possible


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Japanese kataho / かたほ Japanese close-haul; reach; reefed sail; (female given name) Kataho


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Japanese noboru / のぼる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to ascend; to go up; to climb; (2) to ascend (as a natural process, e.g. the sun); to rise; (3) to go to (the capital); (4) to be promoted; (5) to add up to; (6) to advance (in price); (7) to swim up (a river); to sail up; (8) to come up (on the agenda)


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Japanese shiraho / しらほ Japanese white sail; (f,p) Shiraho


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Japanese kawahagi / かわはぎ Japanese (1) (kana only) thread-sail filefish (Stephanolepis cirrhifer); (2) skinning (an animal); stripping (a tree of its bark); barking; skinner; barker


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Japanese maho / まほ Japanese spread-out sail; full sail; (sailing) downwind; (female given name) Miho; (female given name) Maho; (female given name) Manaho; (female given name) Masaho


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Japanese shukuho / しゅくほ Japanese (noun/participle) reefing a sail; bringing in a sail


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Mandarin háng chéng / hang2 cheng2
Taiwan hang ch`eng / hang cheng
Japanese koutei / kote / こうてい
Chinese flight; passage; sea or air distance
Japanese run (of a ship); sail; flight


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Mandarin háng xíng / hang2 xing2
Taiwan hang hsing
Japanese koukou / koko / こうこう
Chinese to sail; to fly; to navigate
Japanese (noun/participle) cruise; navigation; sailing


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Japanese funade / ふなで Japanese (noun/participle) setting sail; putting out to sea; (surname) Funade

Search for Sail in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Smooth Sailing順風満帆jun puu man pan
jun pu man pan
Smooth Sailing一帆風順
yī fán fēng shùn
yi1 fan2 feng1 shun4
yi fan feng shun
i fan feng shun
Brave the Waves破浪ha rou / harou / ha ro / haropò làng / po4 lang4 / po lang / polangp`o lang / polang / po lang
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