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| 1. Strength / Vigor / Energy
2. Power / Strength
3. Strength / Ability
4. Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
5. Inner Strength
6. Inner Strength is Better than...
7. Always Striving for Inner Strength
8. With all the strength of your heart
9. Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit
10. Fortitude / Strength of Character
11. Strength and Love in Unity
12. Herculean Strength
13. Strength and Courage
14. Strength and Honor
15. Strength and Love
16. Strength and Courage
17. Strength: Strong and Solid
18. Physical Strength
19. God Give Me Strength
20. Flexibility Overcomes Strength
|21. God Give Me Strength
23. Strong / Healthy
24. Strong / Powerful / Force
25. Strong / Powerful
26. Gutsy / Daring / Bold
27. Perseverance / Will-Power
28. Indomitable / Unyielding
29. Healthy Living
30. Indomitable / Persistence / Fortitude
31. Strong / Healthy
32. Will-Power / Self-Control
33. Strong Woman
34. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power
35. Strong / Robust
36. Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude
37. Perseverance / Fortitude
38. Woman of Strong Character...
39. Good Health
40. Good Health / Healthy / Vigor
|41. Mighty / Powerful / Strong|
43. Strong and Beautiful
44. Strong bones come from hard knocks
45. Strong Hearted / Strong Willed
46. Tempering Makes Strong Steel
This word can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent. This word refers mostly to physical strength (as opposed to mental or spiritual).
In modern Japan, they use a simplified first character for this word. If you want to order this title with that special Japanese version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.
The simplest form of "power" or "strength".
In Japanese it is pronounced "chikara" when used alone, and "ryoku" when used in a sentence (there are also a few other possible pronunciations of this Kanji in Japanese).
In some context, this can mean ability, force, physical strength, capability, and influence.
This is a general strength term. It can refer to mental or physical strength (depending on context). This word can also be used to describe strength in terms of capability, capacity, ability and even tact. Some may translate this as power or force.
This is the kind of inner-strength that applies to a person who has will-power and can inspire themselves to do great things.
This word can also be the creed of a person that always pursues self-improvement.
Other translations: self-strengthening, striving for improvement, self-improvement, strive to become stronger, and self-renewal.
This is the slightly-verbose way to say inner-strength. The first two characters mean "intrinsic" or "inner". The second two characters mean "power", "force" or "strength" (especially physical strength). This is more a short phrase rather than just a word in Chinese and Korean. This can sort of be understood in Japanese, but it's not normal/proper Japanese.
This is the shorter version of inner-strength (can also be translated as "internal force"). The first character holds the meaning of "inner" or "internal". The second character means "power", "force" or "strength".
This is kind of a Kung Fu way of talking about an inner power or strength from within. This is sort of a way to express "inner-chi". This is clearly something that you might hear in a real Chinese Kung Fu movie.
While understood in both Chinese and Japanese, this can have a secondary meaning of "inner stress" in Japanese.
This Japanese proverb literally translates as "inner/internal strength/power [versus] outward-appearance [the] merit/virtue/good quality [does] excel/surpass/exceed/outweigh".
More naturally in English, this would be "Inner Strength Outweighs Outward Appearance".
This literally translates as:
[Better to be] strong inside than [to be] strong outside.
The ancient original meaning was:
[An] able [husband] outside [working to support a family is] not as good as [an] able [wife] inside [working and saving to take care of the family].
The current meaning is:
Inner strength is more important than outward appearance.
This proverb or idiom suggests that the pursuit self-improvement is eternal. It can also be a suggestion to strive unremittingly in life.
The first two characters mean inner-strength with the idea of self-improvement. The last two characters mean "never rest" or "striving without giving up".
Some will translate these four characters as, "Exert and strive hard without any let up".
This can be translated as, "with all one's strength", "with all one's heart", "to the limits of your heart", or "to the end of your heart/emotions".
The character breakdown:
思い (omoi) thought; mind; heart; feelings; emotion; sentiment; love; affection; desire; wish; hope; expectation; imagination; experience
切り (kiri) bounds; limits.
This title speaks of one's soul or spirit, and the capacity or strength that soul possesses.
The first two characters mean mind, heart, spirit, and/or soul.
The last two characters mean strength, capacity, or ability.
Note: Separately, these are two words in Japanese, and can be pronounced, but this does not make a natural title in Japanese (best if your audience is Chinese).
This proverb literally means:
"Strength [and] Love [are] Not Two [separate ideas/concepts/things]".
You'll find this proverb translated from Japanese to English as:
Love and strength are not separate.
Power and love are indivisible.
Strength and love in harmony.
Strength and love stand together.
Old Japanese grammar is quite different than English, and so this proverb says a lot within the brevity of just 4 characters. If you just read these characters directly as, "Strength Love Not Two", you'd probably miss the real meaning.
According to the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation, this is the second characteristic of Shorinji Kempo.
This post really explains the concept best in my opinion: Bushido by MS: Riki Ai Fu Ni, which states: "Riki Ai Funi" is the philosophy that power (Riki) and love (Ai) are indivisible. More concretely, a person, who is powerful but does not have love, cannot control and misuse his/her power; on the other hand, a person, who has loved ones but is not powerful enough, cannot protect himself/herself nor loved ones.
This word means herculean strength, powerful, or strong. I've even hear this described as, "strength to carry a mountain".
Note: This can also be the Japanese surname Gouriki (like Mr. Strong).
While not a typical Chinese phrase, this is how to write "strength and courage".
If this is an important idea for you, we can make a great custom Chinese "strength and courage" wall scroll for you.
This is, "strength and honor" in Chinese.
The first two characters are usually understood as (physical) strength, but can also mean power or force.
The middle character is a connecting particle like, "and".
The last two characters are a way to say, honor, but can also be understood as honorable reputation, honorary, or glory.
This is, "strength and honor" in Japanese Kanji (with one Hiragana).
The first Kanji is understood as strength, power, or force.
The second character is a connecting particle like, "and" or "with".
The last two Kanji mean honor, honour, credit, or prestige. This last word is also used in the Bushido code to mean honor.
While not a common title for a wall scroll in China, this means, "strength and love" or "power and love" in Chinese characters.
This may not be the most common Japanese phrase, but this is how to write "strength and courage" in Japanese.
Means firmness, stability, security, and strength in Japanese. It's not used commonly in China, but it means "powerful", "firm", "solid", "strong" or "better than others" in Chinese. There is a slight variation in the top of the first character between Chinese and Japanese. Because this is more a Japanese word, we are showing the Japanese form here.
This is also a Korean word, but Korean Hanja uses the Chinese form of the first character (one tiny stroke is a little different), so just let me now if your audience is Korean when you place your order, and we'll have it written in the Chinese/Korean version.
Means "physical strength" or "physical power".
The first character was first simplified in Japan. Then that simplified version became the standard in mainland China. Just in case you want this version, it is offered here. I suggest it if you audience is Japanese. Most Chinese know the older traditional version.
This word can also be defined: stamina; endurance; physical strength; resilience; resistance to disease; clout; stability.
This is "God give me strength" in Japanese.
This can be translated as "Softness Overcomes Hardness", "Flexibility Overcomes Power", "Flexibility Overcomes Strength", "Overcoming Powerful Strength with Flexibility", or "Use Softness to Conquer Strength".
This is a wish or a prayer that you might call out at a desperate time.
Translated by us for a military serviceman in Iraq - obviously he may have a need to use this phrase often, though I am not sure where he's going to find a place to hang a wall scroll.
This word can mean "vitality" or "libido". The first two characters mean "life" or "life force". The last character is a common word that means "strength". So together you get the meaning "life strength" which is the essence of vitality. Some will also translate this word as "good health".
This is a verbose way to say strong and healthy in Japanese. This is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.
Beyond "healthy", it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.
Japanese also use the first Kanji to mean the same thing. This version just adds two hiragana which serve to emphasize or amplify the word and clarify the meaning.
This "strong" character means strength, force, powerful, better, stubborn, and stiff (yes, all of this in one character). This "strong" has less to do with physical strength and more to do with having a winning attitude, or just having the ability to win at something.
Note that most of the time, this character is pronounced "qiang", but when used with the meaning of stubborn, unyielding, or stiff, it is pronounced "jiang" in Chinese.
Also, sometimes "qiang" is used in modern Chinese to describe people that do crazy things (Example: Bicycling from Beijing to Tibet alone). I sometimes can be found outside my Beijing apartment wearing nothing but shorts and a tee-shirt while eating an ice cream during a snow storm, just to hear my neighbors call me "qiang". Maybe they mean "strong" but perhaps they are using the new meaning of "crazy strong".
Also a Korean Hanja with same meaning, but mostly used in compound words.
This is used in Japanese (though normally in compound words). In Japanese, it has the same meaning, but in some context can mean "a little more than..." or "a little over [some amount]". Most Japanese would read this as tough, strength, stiff, hard, inflexible, obstinate, or stubborn.
This is an adjective that means powerful or strong. It can also be translated as able-bodied, robust, or sturdy. This version of strength suggests muscularity.
Note that the second character was simplified in Japan after WWII (also simplified in mainland China, but not for calligraphy). If you want the modern Japanese/simplified version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right.
This Chinese word is a form of personal strength. It is a word that describes a person who is willing to take a risk. In English we might say, "Someone with guts".
An example might be a person that is not rich, but invests a lot of money into something (knowing they could double their money, or lose it all). Win or lose, this is a person that knows or pushes their potential.
Tearing this word apart, the first character means "to compel", urgent, urge, force, imminent, or "spur on". The second means power, strong, bear, or exert.
Note: This is also a word in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja, but with a meaning more like force, intensity, appeal, strength, impact, force, or simply power.
These two characters are a way to express "perseverance" with the idea of "willpower" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean "strong willed".
The first character means "strong" and "persistent", while the second means "strength" and "power".
This is a long word by Chinese standards. At least it is often translated as a single word into English. It's actually a proverb in Chinese.
This simply means "Indomitable" or "Unyielding".
If you want to break it down, you can see that the first and third characters are the same. Both meaning "not" (they work as a suffix to make a negative or opposite meaning to whatever character follows). The second character means "bendable". The last means "scratched" or "bothered".
So this really means "Won't be bent, can't be bothered". I have also seen it written as "Will not crouch, will not submit". This comes from the fact that the second character can mean, "to crouch" and the last can mean "to submit" (as in "to give in" such as "submitting to the rule of someone else"). This may explain better why these four characters mean "indomitable".
Some will translate this as "indomitable spirit"; however, technically, there is no character to suggest the idea of "spirit" in this word.
The first two characters can be a stand-alone word in Chinese.
In Japanese, this is considered to be two words (with very similar meanings).
The same characters are used in Korean, but the 2nd and 4th characters are swapped to create a word pronounced "불요불굴" in Korean.
Just let me know if you want the Korean version, which will also make sense in Japanese, and though not as natural, will also make sense in Chinese as well.
If you are into healthy living, this might be a great selection for a wall scroll to hang in your home. The first two characters speak of health, vitality, vigor and being of sound body. The second two mean living or life (daily existence).
This is the short form of a longer Chinese word, and also a word used in Korean and Japanese to express the idea of being indomitable. It literally means, "will not bend", "will not crouch", "will not yield", "will not flinch", or "will not submit".
Note: Some will translate this as "indomitable spirit"; however, technically, there is no character to suggest the idea of "spirit" in this word.
This "strong" character is the more "healthy" version of strong. This is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.
Beyond "healthy", it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.
This is the form of will power or self-control is about having the determination or tenacity to keep going.
In Japanese, this is the power of will, strength of will, volition, intention, intent, or determination.
This is the best way to say "strong woman" or "strong and independent woman" in Chinese.
Grammar in China is a bit different, so these three characters literally read as "female strength person" or "woman strong person". This might sound funny in English, but this is a natural-sounding title in Chinese.
This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word means, "determination to achieve". It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; intent.
In Japanese, this can also be the given name Ishi.
This "strong" character means "to strengthen" or robust. This brings images of a muscle-bound hulk of a weight lifter or body builder to an Asian person who sees this character.
Note that in Korean and Japanese, this character is normally part of compound words, and is not seen alone too often.
Note that the this character was simplified in Japan after WWII (also simplified in mainland China, but not for calligraphy). If you want the modern Japanese/simplified version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right.
This is the Japanese version of the 4-character perseverance proverb. This would be understood in Chinese but it's not commonly written this way in Chinese.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese sometimes write the second Kanji in the form shown to the right. Yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in this alternate Japanese Kanji form. If you have a preference, let us know when you order.
Due to some odd computer coding conventions, these two character forms were combined/merged into the same code point - thus you will not see Kanji images of more Japanese form as you select options for your scroll.
The first character means "strong", "solid", "firm", "unyielding" or "resolute".
The second character means "to beat", "to endure", or "to tolerate".
Together they speak of the strength from within yourself. Some may also translate this as "long-suffering" in a more Biblical sense.
This is a common term in Chinese and Korean Hanja, but a little less commonly-used in modern Japanese Kanji. For that reason, this selection is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the second Kanji a little differently. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect the form where the little horizontal stroke crosses the vertical stroke. See differences in the images to the right. Technically, they are both the same character, and will be read the same in either language.
This can mean brave woman, heroine, lady of character, distinguished woman, outstanding woman, and sometimes prominent woman.
In modern usage, some people might use this to give a title to women like Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, or Sarah Palin. I would rather use it for a woman like Araceli Segarra (the first woman from Spain to climb Mt. Everest).
This is a single character that means good health or vigor in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This character can also mean peaceful, at ease, or abundant in some contexts.
Please note that this is rarely seen alone in Japanese Kanji. In Japanese, it is used both for health-related compound words and to denote the kouhou through koushou eras of Japan.
In Korean, this can also be the family name "Kang" (caution: not the only family name romanized as Kang in Korean).
This can mean mighty, powerful, large, formidable, or strong.
This term is often used to describe soldiers/troops/warriors, and whole armies.
This is a simpler version that just holds the meaning of "fortitude", "steadfast" and "persistent".
We don't really have a word like this in English, but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful". It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful".
Note: This is a word in Chinese and Korean, but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese, but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.
This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Without being knocked around a bit, [one's] bones won't become hard.
Figuratively, this means: One can't become strong without first being tempered by "hard knocks".
While true for everyone, this sounds like the "Iron Body" form of Kung Fu, where practitioners bodies are beaten (and often bone fractured) in order to become stronger.
For the rest of us, this is just about how we can be tempered and build character through the hardships in our lives.
This is not a common title for a wall scroll in China.
This phrase can mean either "strong hearted", "strong willed" or "determination".
The first two characters can be translated as "will", "willpower", "determination", "volition", "intention", or "intent". But, it should be noted that this first part possess the element of "heart" in the lower portion of both characters (they also partially carry the meaning "with whole heart").
The last two characters mean "strong" or "staunch".
Chinese word order and grammar is a bit different than English, so in this case, they are in reverse order of English, but have the correct meaning in a natural form.
This literally translates as: Only after much tempering is steel produced.
Figuratively, this means: True character must be tested in hardship.
This is a mild form of saying, "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger".
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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.
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Strength / Vigor / Energy||气力 / 気力|
|Power / Strength||力|
|chikara / ryoku||lì|
|Strength / Ability||力量|
|Inner Strength / Self-Improvement||自强|
|n/a||nèi zài lì liàng|
nei zai li liang
nei tsai li liang
|nei4 zai4 li4 liang4|
|Inner Strength is Better than|
|naimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masaru||n/a|
|Inner Strength is Better than|
|n/a||biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng|
biao zhuang bu ru li zhuang
piao chuang pu ju li chuang
|biao3 zhuang4 bu4 ru2 li3 zhuang4|
|Always Striving for Inner Strength||自强不息|
|n/a||zì qiáng bú xī|
zi qiang bu xi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
|zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1|
tzu chiang pu hsi
|With all the strength of your heart||思い切り|
|omo i ki ri |
|Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit||精神力量|
|jīng shén lì liàng|
jing shen li liang
ching shen li liang
|jing1 shen2 li4 liang4|
|Fortitude / Strength of Character||刚毅|
|Strength and Love in Unity||力爱不二|
|riki ai fu ni |
|Strength and Courage||力量和勇气|
|n/a||lì liàng hé yǒng qì|
li liang he yong qi
li liang ho yung ch`i
|li4 liang4 he2 yong3 qi4|
li liang ho yung chi
|Strength and Honor||力量与荣誉|
|n/a||lì liàng yǔ róng yù|
li liang yu rong yu
li liang yü jung yü
|li4 liang4 yu3 rong2 yu4|
|Strength and Honor||力と名誉|
|chikara to mei yo|
|Strength and Love||力与爱|
|n/a||lì yǔ ài|
li yu ai
li yü ai
|li4 yu3 ai4|
|Strength and Courage||力と勇気|
|riki to yu ki|
|Strength: Strong and Solid||强固|
|God Give Me Strength||神が私に力を与えてください|
|kami ga watashi ni chikara o atae te kudasai||n/a|
|Flexibility Overcomes Strength||以柔克刚|
|n/a||yǐ róu kè gāng|
yi rou ke gang
i jou k`o kang
|yi3 rou2 ke4 gang1|
i jou ko kang
|God Give Me Strength||愿上帝给我力量|
|n/a||yuàn shàng dì gěi wǒ lì liàng|
yuan shang di gei wo li liang
yüan shang ti kei wo li liang
|yuan4 shang4 di4 gei3 wo3 li4 liang4|
|seimeiryoku||shēng mìng lì|
sheng ming li
|sheng1 ming4 li4|
|Strong / Healthy (Japanese)||健やか|
|Strong / Powerful / Force||强|
|Strong / Powerful||强壮|
|Gutsy / Daring / Bold||迫力|
|Perseverance / Will-Power||毅力|
|Indomitable / Unyielding||不屈不挠|
|bù qū bù náo|
bu qu bu nao
pu ch`ü pu nao
|bu4 qu1 bu4 nao2|
pu chü pu nao
|jiàn kāng shēng huó|
jian kang sheng huo
chien k`ang sheng huo
|jian4 kang1 sheng1 huo2|
chien kang sheng huo
|Indomitable / Persistence / Fortitude||不屈|
|Strong / Healthy||健|
|Will-Power / Self-Control||意志力|
|yì zhì lì|
yi zhi li
i chih li
|yi4 zhi4 li4|
|n/a||nǚ qiáng rén|
nv qiang ren
nü ch`iang jen
|nv3 qiang2 ren2|
nü chiang jen
|Determination to Achieve / Will-Power||意志|
|Strong / Robust||壮|
|Perseverance / Indomitable / Invincible Fortitude||坚忍不拔|
堅忍不抜 / 堅忍不拔
|kenninfubatsu||jiān rěn bù bá|
jian ren bu ba
chien jen pu pa
|jian1 ren3 bu4 ba2|
|Perseverance / Fortitude||坚忍|
|Woman of Strong Character|
|Good Health / Healthy / Vigor||康|
|Mighty / Powerful / Strong||强大|
|Strong and Beautiful||健美|
|Strong bones come from hard knocks||不磕不碰骨头不硬|
|n/a||bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng|
bu ke bu peng gu tou bu ying
pu k`o pu p`eng ku t`ou pu ying
|bu4 ke1 bu4 peng4 gu3 tou2 bu4 ying4|
pu ko pu peng ku tou pu ying
|Strong Hearted / Strong Willed||意志坚强|
|n/a||yì zhì jiān qiáng|
yi zhi jian qiang
i chih chien ch`iang
|yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2|
i chih chien chiang
|Tempering Makes Strong Steel||百炼才成钢|
百煉才成鋼 / 百煉纔成鋼
|n/a||bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng|
bai lian cai cheng gang
pai lien ts`ai ch`eng kang
|bai3 lian4 cai2 cheng2 gang1|
pai lien tsai cheng kang
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 "strength" 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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