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| 1. The Geisha’s World
2. The World
3. World Peace
4. Feel at Ease Anywhere / The World is My Home
5. Not Long for this World
| 6. Impartial and Fair to the...|
7. Mark the boat to find the lost sword...
8. Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity
This literally means "Flower Willow World/Kingdom." In Japanese, this means "The Realm of the Geisha" or "World of the Geisha." I suppose there is a presumption that the Geisha are surrounded by flowers in their residence. In Chinese and Korean, this pretty much has colloquially come to mean "The Red Light District" or to refer to pimps, prostitutes and johns as a group.
世界 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for world.
Beyond the world, this can refer to society, the universe, space, a sphere or circle.
In Buddhism, this would mean the realm governed by one Buddha.
This literally reads, "Four Seas Serve-As [my/one's] Home."
Together, 四海 which literally means "four seas" is understood to mean, "the whole world" or "the seven seas." It's presumed to be an ancient word, from back when only four seas were known - so it equates to the modern English term, "seven seas."
This can be translated or understood a few different ways:
To regard the four corners of the world all as home.
To feel at home anywhere.
To roam about unconstrained.
To consider the entire country, or the world, to be one's own.
This phrase means "Old and ailing with little time left" or "Not long for this world."
There is a real suggestion here that someone will die soon.
This was added by special request of a customer, and is perhaps, not the most positive phrase that you could put on a wall scroll.
This would be the most offensive possible gift to give to an older person - please do not do that!
一視同仁 is how to write "universal benevolence." 一視同仁 is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.
If you are kind and charitable to all people, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others but rather you see them eye to eye on the same level with you.
This originally-Chinese proverb is a warning to people that things are always in a state of change. Thus, you must take that into account, and not depend on the old ways, or a way that may have worked in the past but is no longer valid.
This idiom/proverb comes from the following story:
A man was traveling in a ferry boat across a river. With him, he carried a valuable and treasured sword. Along the way, the man became overwhelmed and intoxicated by the beautiful view, and accidentally dropped his prized sword into the river. Thinking quickly, he pulled out a knife, and marked on the rail of the boat where exactly he has lost his sword.
When the boat arrived on the other side of the river, the man jumped out of the boat and searched for his sword right under where he'd made the mark. Of course, the boat had moved a great distance since he made the mark, and thus, he could not find the sword.
While this man may seem foolhardy, we have to take a great lesson from this parable: Circumstances change, so one should use methods that can handle the change. In modern China, this is used in business to mean that one should not depend on old business models for a changing market.
This proverb dates back to the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC) of the territory now known as China. It has spread and is somewhat known in Japan and Korea.
啟盛世開太平 means "To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era)."
It's really a wish that a new door leading to peace and prosperity could be opened to mankind.
Character and word breakdown:
啟 to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken.
盛世 a flourishing period; period of prosperity; a golden age.
開 to open; to start; to turn on.
太平 peace and security; peace and tranquility; peace; tranquility.
I don't really like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their own unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above). Please take that into consideration.
Like animals? These two characters are the way to write "animals" in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first character means "moving" and the second means "things." So animals are "moving things" in these Asian languages.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Geisha’s World||花柳界||karyuukai / karyukai||huā liǔ jiè
hua1 liu3 jie4
hua liu jie
|hua liu chieh
|The World||世界||sei kai / seikai||shì jiè / shi4 jie4 / shi jie / shijie||shih chieh / shihchieh|
|World Peace||世界和平||shì jiè hé píng
shi4 jie4 he2 ping2
shi jie he ping
|shih chieh ho p`ing
shih chieh ho ping
|Feel at Ease Anywhere
The World is My Home
|sì hǎi wéi jiā
si4 hai3 wei2 jia1
si hai wei jia
|ssu hai wei chia
|Not Long for this World||風燭殘年|
|fēng zhú cán nián
feng1 zhu2 can2 nian2
feng zhu can nian
|feng chu ts`an nien
feng chu tsan nien
|Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World
|yí shì tóng rén
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
yi shi tong ren
|i shih t`ung jen
i shih tung jen
|Mark the boat to find the lost sword
Ignoring the changing circumstances of the world
|kè zhōu qiú jiàn
ke4 zhou1 qiu2 jian4
ke zhou qiu jian
|k`o chou ch`iu chien
ko chou chiu chien
|Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity||啟盛世開太平|
|qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
|ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
|doubutsu / dobutsu||dòng wù / dong4 wu4 / dong wu / dongwu||tung wu / tungwu|
|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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