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Silk in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Silk
  2. Silk Cloth
  3. Double Happiness Guest Book
  4. Marco Polo
  5. Luo
  6. Jew / Jewish
  7. Red Color
  8. Islam
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Silk

China
Japan shi / ito
Silk

絲 is the simplest way to write silk in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also mean thread, and it used as parts of words like "silk fabric" or "silk scarf."

In Japanese, this can be the surname Ito.

絲 is used far more in Chinese for silk (silk comes from China) than Japanese.

Silk Cloth

China juàn
Japan kinu
Silk Cloth

絹 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for thin, tough silk fabric, or silk cloth.

This can also be the Japanese female given name, Masami.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
China
Double Happiness Guest Book

囍 is where to start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll."

The paper panel can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm. If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (which with silk panels will yield a wall scroll about 155cm).

Most customers pick red paper with gold flakes, and white or ivory silk. But, you can do any color combination that you want.

Marco Polo

China mǎ kě bō luó
Marco Polo

馬可波羅 is the Chinese title for Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer who traveled the Silk road to China in the late 1200's AD.

Luo

Surname
China luō
Japan ra
Luo

羅 is a character that can be the Chinese surname Luo.

This can also be the Japanese surname Ra, Ami, Ai, Rou, or Ro (and a few others).

The meaning is to collect, to gather, to catch, or to sift. It may also refer to gauze, a lightweight fabric, or thin silk.

Jew / Jewish

China yóu tài
Jew / Jewish

猶太 is the title for Jews or the adjective for being Jewish in Chinese.

You may be surprised to learn that there are still a few native Jews in China (though many ethnic Jews moved to Israel). It's believed that they are descendants of traders who traveled the silk road between the Middle East and the Orient.

Red Color

China hóng
HK hung
Japan beni
Red Color

紅 is a single character that means red in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The perceived meaning of this character can be ambiguous. Most will see it as the color red but it can also mean Communist (just like it can in English). In Japanese, it can be a female given name "Rena," or refer to red silk lining. In Chinese, red is a good luck color, and can refer to a bonus or revolutionary.

Islam

(phonetic version)
China yī sī lán jiào
Islam

This both means and sounds like "Islam" in Mandarin Chinese.

The first three characters sound like the word "Islam," and the last character means "religion" or "teaching." It's the most general term for "Islam" in China. The highest concentration of Muslims in China is Xinjiang (the vast region in northwest China that was called The East Turkistan Republic until 1949 and is sometimes called Chinese Turkistan, Uyghuristan). Here you will find Uygurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz and others that are descendants of Turkmen (possibly mixed with Persians and Arabs). Many of their ancestors were traders who traveled the silk road to buy and sell spices, silk, and exchange other goods from the Orient and the Middle East.

I spent some time in Xinjiang and got to know this community. They are strong people who can endure much. They are friendly and love to have a good time. I was a stranger but treated by villagers (near China's border with Afghanistan) as if I was a good friend.
However, I have heard that it's best not to cross them, as in this land, the law is the blade, and everything is "eye for an eye." The Chinese government has little control in Xinjiang with almost no police officers except in the capital of Urumqi (so it's a 60-hour roundtrip train ride to seek the aid of law enforcement in most cases).

While few seem to be devout, there are at least small mosques in every village. And you will never see a man or woman outside without a head covering.

It should be noted that these people are all citizens of China, but they are officially of the Caucasian race. A visit to Xinjiang will change your idea what it means to be Chinese.

God of Zion / God of Abraham

China shàng dì
Japan joutei
God of Zion / God of Abraham

上帝 is how Chinese Christians and Jews refer to God, AKA The Judeo-Christian God.

Yes, there are Chinese Jews whose ancestry dates back to Jewish traders on the silk road. They are known as the Kaifeng Jews. Most have left China for Israel now.

There are also plenty of Christians in China of both the Protestant and Catholic variety. However, the churches are basically run by the government, and the Chinese Catholic church does not recognize the Pope.

Oddly, in my experience, I found the Chinese Protestant church to be much less political compared to Baptist and other Protestant churches that I have visited in America.

上帝 is also the typically-used title for God in Japanese.

While you may find this term in old Korean dictionaries, it is an obscure, and rarely-used title for God in modern Korean.


See Also:  Christianity | Jesus Christ

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Silk
shi / itosī / si1 / sissu
Silk Cloth
kinujuàn / juan4 / juanchüan
Double Happiness Guest Book
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Marco Polo馬可波羅
马可波罗
mǎ kě bō luó
ma3 ke3 bo1 luo2
ma ke bo luo
makeboluo
ma k`o po lo
makopolo
ma ko po lo
Luo
raluō / luo1 / luolo
Jew
Jewish
猶太
犹太
yóu tài / you2 tai4 / you tai / youtaiyu t`ai / yutai / yu tai
Red Color
benihóng / hong2 / honghung
Islam伊斯蘭教
伊斯兰教
yī sī lán jiào
yi1 si1 lan2 jiao4
yi si lan jiao
yisilanjiao
i ssu lan chiao
issulanchiao
God of Zion
God of Abraham
上帝joutei / joteishàng dì / shang4 di4 / shang di / shangdishang ti / shangti
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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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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