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Such is Life / Such is Destiny

China zhè jiù shì mìng
Such is Life / Such is Destiny Vertical Wall Scroll

這就是命 means, "Such is life," or "Such is destiny."

This can also be translated as "This is life," "This is [our] lot in life," or "This is [our] destiny." It is perhaps a fatalistic phrase. It can be compared with the French, "Ceci est la vie" or "C'est la vie."

Destiny / Fate

China mìng
Japan inochi / mei
Destiny / Fate Vertical Wall Scroll

is often translated as "destiny."

Sometimes this character is simply translated as "life" but more in terms of one's lot in life. In certain context, this can mean command or decree (generally from a king or emperor). Of course, such a decree are part of fate and lead you to fulfill your destiny.

In Chinese, this word leans toward the fate or destiny definition.
In Korean, it is usually read simply as "life."
In Japanese, it can mean all definitions shown above, depending on context.


See Also:  Good Fortune

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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
Such is Life
Such is Destiny
這就是命
这就是命
zhè jiù shì mìng
zhe4 jiu4 shi4 ming4
zhe jiu shi ming
zhejiushiming
che chiu shih ming
chechiushihming
Destiny
Fate
inochi / meimìng / ming4 / ming
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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