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Thankfulness in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Thankfulness
  2. Thank You / Arigato
  3. Gratitude / Thanks
  4. Humility / Being Humble
  5. Diamond
  6. Gassho
  7. Tea Fate
  8. Thank You / Xie Xie


Thankfulness

China gǎn jī
Japan kangeki
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Thankfulness is being grateful for what we have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. Appreciate the little things that happen around you and within you every day. Think positively. Thankfulness brings contentment.


Different meaning in Japanese - more like "deep emotion", "impression", "inspiration" - not recommended for a Japanese audience.

Thank You / Arigato

Japan arigato
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This is the simple way to say thank you in Japanese. It's pronounced "Arigato".

Gratitude / Thanks

China gǎn xiè
Japan kan sha
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This is gratitude; the feeling of being grateful or thankful. You can think of this as being a formal way of expressing thankfulness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Humility / Being Humble

China qiān xùn
Japan ken son
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Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

These characters can also be translated as being modest, humble, or unpretentious.

This Humility title is also used as one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do. Often romanized as "Kyum Son".

Also sometimes used in Japanese to express humility with an essence of modesty.


See Also...  Modesty | Humility

Diamond

China jīn gāng
Japan kon gou
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This is a common way to call diamonds in Chinese and Japanese. Traditionally, there were not that many diamonds that made their way to Asia, so this word does not have the deep cultural significance that it does in the west (thanks mostly to De Beers marketing). Therefore this word was kind of borrowed from other uses.

This title can also refer to vajra (a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond that originally refers to an indestructible substance); hard metal; pupa of certain insects; Vajrapani, Buddha's warrior attendant; King Kong; adamantine; Buddhist symbol of the indestructible truth.

Gassho

China hé zhǎng
Japan gasshou
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This is the act of greeting someone (can also be done when departing) with hands brought together in a prayerful manner. In India, this would be accompanied by the verbal greeting and blessing of "Namaste". In China, Japan, and Korea, this is how Buddhists will greet each other. Sometimes done by people who are not devout Buddhists in China, Japan and Korea to show respect, reverence or great thanks to someone for a gift, forgiveness, or some honor that has been bestowed. In Japan, this is almost always associated with a deep bow. In China where bowing is not an everyday occurrence, there may be a shallow bow but the act will be done with deep feeling. Korean culture seems to have more bowing than China, but less than Japan.


See Also...  Namaste

Tea Fate

China chá yuán
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This is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate", but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. This is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.

Thank You / Xie Xie

China xiè xie
Japan shie shie
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This is how to say thank you in Chinese. It is pronounced a bit like "shea shea" as in the English word for shea butter. Except you pronounce the X like "sh", but with your tongue firmly at the bottom of your mouth.

Unless you are putting this wall scroll near the exit of your store or restaurant to thank customers for coming, it is a bit of an odd selection. A gift of thanks to another person should be a more personal selection with more meaning than a simple thank you. Although common to write xie xie inside a card or letter of thanks.


Technically, this can be pronounced in Japanese, but in Japan, it's still the Chinese way to say thank you. It's like an English speaker saying "gracias" (Spanish word for thank you).


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Adrian
Adventure
Aikido
Austin
Autumn
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blessed
Blessing
Blessings
Blossom
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Buddhism
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Children
Cloud
Courage
Death Before Surrender
Destiny
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Empty
Energy
Enso
Face
Family
Family First
Family First and Forever
Fighter
Fish
Flowers
Flying
Forever
Forever Family
Forgiveness
Free Spirit
Freedom
Frog
God is Always With You
God is Love
Goddess
Gold
Golden
Good Fortune
Good Health
Good Luck
Great
Guan Gong
Hannah
Hapkido
Happiness
Happy
Happy Family
Harmony
Health
Heart
Hope
Horse
I Love You
I Need You
Inner Peace and Serenity
Integrity
Iris Flower
Jenna
Jennifer
Jenny
Jorge
Justine
Kaiden
Leanne
Life of Happiness
Life of Serenity
Light
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Long Life
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love Always
Love and Affection
Love and Honor
Love and Peace
Love and Strength
Love Eternal
Love Life
Love You Forever
Loyal
Loyality
Loyalty
Luck
Lukas
Money
Moon
Morgan
Mother
Mountain
Murphy
Mushin
Music
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Never
New Year
Nikki
No Mind
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Only God Can Judge Me
Open Heart
Pain
Paul
Paula
Peace
Pearl
People
Plum
Reason
River
Rowena
Sacrifice
Serenity
Sincerity and Devotion
Smile
Spiritual Strength
Strengt
Strength
Strength and Courage
Strength Courage
Strong
Success
Survive
Taekwondo
Teacher
The Past
Tiger
Tigers
Todd
Warrior
Water
White
Wisdom
Wolf
World
Year of the Dragon

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Thankfulness感激
感激
kangekigǎn jī
gan ji
kan chi
gan3 ji1
ganji
Thank You / Arigatoありがと
ありがと
arigaton/a
Gratitude / Thanks感謝
感謝
kan sha
kansha
gǎn xiè
gan xie
kan hsieh
gan3 xie4
ganxie
Humility / Being Humble谦逊
謙遜
ken son
kenson
qiān xùn
qian xun
ch`ien hsün
qian1 xun4
qianxun
chienhsün
chien hsün
Diamond金刚
金剛
kon gou
kongou
kon go
jīn gāng
jin gang
chin kang
jin1 gang1
jingang
Gassho合掌
合掌
gasshou
gasho
hé zhǎng
he zhang
ho chang
he2 zhang3
hezhang
Tea Fate茶缘
茶緣
n/achá yuán
cha yuan
ch`a yüan
cha2 yuan2
chayuan
chayüan
cha yüan
Thank You / Xie Xie谢谢
謝謝 / 謝々
shie shie
shieshie
xiè xie
xie xie
hsieh hsieh
xie4 xie
xiexie

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 "thankfulness" 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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