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Smooth Sailing

Japan jun puu man pan
Smooth Sailing

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

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

Pleasant Journey

China yī lù shùn fēng
Japan ichirojunpuu
Pleasant Journey

This Chinese and Japanese proverb means, "to have a pleasant journey," "sailing with the wind at your back," or as an expression to say, "everything is going well."

Smooth and Steady

China píng wěn
Japan heion
Smooth and Steady

平穩 can also be translated as calmness, quietness, quietude and is used in Chinese and Korean.

The version shown here, would be considered the ancient Japanese form. The second character has been simplified in Japan (the same simplified form is used in mainland China, except for calligraphy). Please include a special instruction with your order if you want the simplified form of that second character. Both forms can be universally read.

Brave the Waves

China pò làng
Japan ha rou
Brave the Waves

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

This 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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Mandarin yī fān fēng shùn / yi1 fan1 feng1 shun4
Taiwan i fan feng shun
Chinese propitious wind throughout the journey (idiom); plain sailing; to go smoothly; have a nice trip!
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Mandarin yī lù shùn fēng / yi1 lu4 shun4 feng1
Taiwan i lu shun feng
Japanese ichirojunpuu / ichirojunpu いちろじゅんぷう
Chinese to have a pleasant journey (idiom)
Japanese (yoji) sailing before the wind; everything is going well
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Japanese junpuumanpo / junpumanpo じゅんぷうまんぽ
 junpuumanpan / junpumanpan じゅんぷうまんぱん
Japanese (yoji) smooth sailing
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Mandarin tíng háng / ting2 hang2
Taiwan t`ing hang / ting hang
Chinese to stop running (of flight of shipping service); to suspend service (flight, sailing); to interrupt schedule

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Mandarin nán háng / nan2 hang2
Taiwan nan hang
Japanese nankou / nanko なんこう
Chinese China Southern Airlines
Japanese sailing south; southbound

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Japanese hansou / hanso はんそう
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) sailing

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Mandarin fān chuán / fan1 chuan2
Taiwan fan ch`uan / fan chuan
Japanese hobune ほぶね
 hansen はんせん
Chinese sailboat
Japanese sailing ship; sailing boat; sailing vessel

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Mandarin píng shùn / ping2 shun4
Taiwan p`ing shun / ping shun
Chinese smooth; smooth-going; plain sailing; Pingshun, county in Shanxi

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Japanese kaisou / kaiso かいそう
Japanese (noun/participle) fast moving; fast running; fast sailing

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Mandarin běi xíng / bei3 xing2
Taiwan pei hsing
Japanese hokkou / hokko ほっこう
Japanese northbound; sailing north
Uttarāyaṇa. The northern ascension of the sun between the winter and summer solstices; (Skt. uttarāyaṇa)

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Japanese hokkou / hokko ほっこう
Japanese sailing north

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Japanese ideho いでほ
 izuho いづほ
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) sailing; departure; (female given name) Ideho; (female given name) Idzuho; (female given name) Izuho

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Mandarin chū dòng / chu1 dong4
Taiwan ch`u tung / chu tung
Japanese shutsudou / shutsudo しゅつどう
Chinese to start out on a trip; to dispatch troops
Japanese (noun/participle) sailing; marching; going out; dispatch

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Mandarin chū háng / chu1 hang2
Taiwan ch`u hang / chu hang
Japanese shukkou / shukko しゅっこう
Chinese to set out (on a trip)
Japanese (noun/participle) departure; sailing; shipping out; putting out to sea; takeoff; leaving port

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Japanese toukou / toko とうこう
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) sailing east; eastbound

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Japanese sokou / soko そこう
Japanese (noun/participle) going upstream; sailing against the current

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Japanese biwa びわ
 biyori びより
 hiwazaki ひわざき
 hiwasaki ひわさき
 hiwa ひわ
 hiyori ひより
 hiyo ひよ
 hinowa ひのわ
 hinata ひなた
 haruka ひかず
 niwa はるか
 nichikazu にわ
 koyori にちかず
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (suffix noun) ideal weather (for some action, event, etc.); perfect day; (ateji / phonetic) (1) weather; climatic conditions; (2) fine weather; clear day; (3) situation; state of affairs; (4) sea conditions; good day for sailing; (female given name) Biwa; (female given name) Biyori; (surname) Hiwazaki; (surname) Hiwasaki; (p,s,f) Hiwa; (surname, female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Hiyo; (female given name) Hinowa; (female given name) Hinata; (surname) Hikazu; (female given name) Haruka; (surname) Niwa; (surname) Nichikazu; (surname) Koyori

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Japanese miho みほ
 maho まほ
 manaho まなほ
 masaho まさほ
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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Mandarin jiě lǎn / jie3 lan3
Taiwan chieh lan
Japanese kairan かいらん
Chinese to untie a mooring rope
Japanese (noun/participle) weighing anchor; unmooring; sailing off

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Mandarin zhuǎn fān / zhuan3 fan1
Taiwan chuan fan
Chinese to tack (of sailing ship); to jibe; to go about

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Japanese kouhou / koho こうほう
Japanese sailing; navigation

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Mandarin háng hǎi / hang2 hai3
Taiwan hang hai
Japanese koukai / kokai こうかい
Chinese sailing; navigation; voyage by sea
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) sail; voyage

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Mandarin háng bān / hang2 ban1
Taiwan hang pan
Chinese scheduled flight; flight number; plane; scheduled sailing; sailing number; passenger ship

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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 kousou / koso こうそう
Japanese (noun/participle) sailing

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Japanese shuukou / shuko しゅうこう
Japanese (noun/participle) boating; sailing; navigation

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Japanese shuukou / shuko しゅうこう
Japanese (noun/participle) boating; sailing

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Japanese sokou / soko そこう
Japanese (noun/participle) going upstream; sailing against the current

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Japanese sokou / soko そこう
Japanese (noun/participle) going upstream; sailing against the current

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Mandarin fēng fān / feng1 fan1
Taiwan feng fan
Japanese kaho かほ
 kazaho かざほ
Chinese sail; sailing boat
Japanese (female given name) Kaho; (female given name) Kazaho

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Search for Sailing 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
Pleasant Journey 一路順風
yī lù shùn fēng
yi1 lu4 shun4 feng1
yi lu shun feng
i lu shun feng
Smooth and Steady 平穩
heionpíng wěn / ping2 wen3 / ping wen / pingwen p`ing wen / pingwen / ping wen
Brave the Waves 破浪ha rou / harou / ha ro / haropò làng / po4 lang4 / po lang / polang p`o lang / polang / po lang
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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