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Unique

China dú tè
Japan dokutoku
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獨特 means unique, distinct, or "having special characteristics."


独Modern Japanese use a simplified version of the first character of "unique." It's the same simplified version currently used in mainland China, so understood by most Chinese and all Japanese people. Click on the character to the right if you want the simplified/Japanese version.

You Only Live Once

China shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
You Only Live Once Wall Scroll

This is the translation to Chinese of the popular English phrase, "You only live once."

This is a more modern idea for Chinese people. The reason is, most Chinese people were taught quite the opposite idea from Buddhism.

You Only Live Once

Japan ichi do da ke i ki ru
You Only Live Once Wall Scroll

This is the simplest Japanese phrase that means, "[you] only live once" or "only one [life] to live."

The first four characters create a word that means "only once."
The last three characters create a word that means, "to live" or "to exist."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Best / Number One

Japan ichi ban
Best / Number One Wall Scroll

一番 is often used to mean "best" or "the best" in Japanese. It actually means "number one" in Japanese.

Once in a Lifetime

China yī qī yī huì
Japan ichigoichie
Once in a Lifetime Wall Scroll

This Japanese title can be translated as "for this time only," "chance meeting," "one meeting, one opportunity," "never again," or "one chance in a lifetime."

The characters literally mean "one time one meeting" - of course, the Kanji characters have meaning far beyond a direct translation like this.

Some might use this proverb to talk of an opportunity that presents itself just once in your life. It could also be the single chance-meeting with your true soul mate. Basically an expression for any event that might happen once in a lifetime.


This is primarily a Japanese title, however, there is also a Traditional Chinese (and old Korean) version of this proverb. Just the last character is different.
會The traditional form was used in Japan before WWII and in Korea prior to 1900. This title is somewhat known in China.

If you want the older traditional form, just click on the character to the right.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

一流

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Mandarin yī liú / yi1 liu2
Taiwan i liu
Japanese itsuru いつる
Chinese top quality; front ranking
Japanese (adj-no,n) (1) first-class; top grade; foremost; top-notch; leading; (2) characteristic; peculiar; unique; (3) school (e.g. of a performance art); (4) one flag; one banner; one streamer; (female given name) Itsuru
In one, or the same flow; of the same class.
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獨特


独特

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Mandarin dú tè / du2 te4
Taiwan tu t`e / tu te
Chinese unique; distinct; having special characteristics
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独自

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Japanese dokuji どくじ
Japanese (adj-na,adj-no,n) original; peculiar; unique; characteristic; proprietary; individual; independent; one's own
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Alone / A Lone Person

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Mandarin shū / shu1
Taiwan shu
Japanese koto こと
 ke
Chinese different; unique; special; very; (classical) to behead; to die; to cut off; to separate; to surpass
Japanese (n,adj-na,n-pref) (1) (archaism) difference (from one another); different thing; other; (adjectival noun) (2) unusual; extraordinary; (adjectival noun) unusual; extraordinary
To kill, exterminate; different; very; to distinguish

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese tsuguo つぐお
 tsugio つぎお
 jou / jo じょう
 shibasaki しばさき
 shinosaki しのさき
 shishinozaki ししのざき
 shishizaki ししざき
 sasa ささ
Chinese dwarf bamboo
Japanese (1) (archaism) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); (2) shoots of this plant; (1) thin-culmed dwarf bamboo (growing in clusters); (2) (abbreviation) Japanese transverse bamboo flute (high-pitched; usu. with seven holes); (3) sliver (strand of loose fibers); thin-culmed dwarf bamboo (growing in clusters); bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (personal name) Tsuguo; (personal name) Tsugio; (surname) Jou; (surname) Shibasaki; (surname) Shinozaki; (surname) Shinosaki; (place-name, surname) Shino; (surname) Shishinozaki; (surname) Shishizaki; (surname) Sasa

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Mandarin yān / yan1
Taiwan yen
Japanese suzu すず
Chinese black bamboo
Japanese (1) (archaism) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); (2) shoots of this plant

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Mandarin kuā // guà / kua1 // gua4
Taiwan k`ua // kua / kua // kua
Chinese type of coarse silk; bag used to wrap silk before washing; to hinder; to offend; to form; unique

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Mandarin/ te4
Taiwan t`e / te
Japanese toku
Chinese special; unique; distinguished; especially; unusual; very
A bull, stallion; outstanding, special, alone.

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三篶

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Japanese misuzu みすず
Japanese (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan)

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一味

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Mandarin yī wèi / yi1 wei4
Taiwan i wei
Japanese kazumi かずみ
 ichimi いちみ
Chinese blindly; invariably
Japanese (adv,n) unique or peculiar flavor (flavour); (noun/participle) clan; partisans; conspirators; gang; crew; (given name) Kazumi; (surname) Ichimi
One, or the same flavour, kind or character, i.e. the Buddha's teaching; single taste

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一意

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Mandarin yī yì / yi1 yi4
Taiwan i i
Japanese hitoi ひとい
 shinichi しんいち
 kazuoki かずおき
 kazui かずい
 itsui いつい
Chinese focus; with complete devotion; stubbornly
Japanese (adj-na,adv,n) (1) unique; (2) earnestness; (personal name) Hitoi; (given name) Shin'ichi; (given name) Kazuoki; (given name) Kazui; (personal name) Itsui

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奇珍

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Mandarin qí zhēn / qi2 zhen1
Taiwan ch`i chen / chi chen
Chinese a rare treasure; something priceless and unique

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別緻


别致

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Mandarin bié zhì / bie2 zhi4
Taiwan pieh chih
Chinese unusual; unique

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唯一

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Mandarin wéi yī / wei2 yi1
Taiwan wei i
Japanese yuuichi / yuichi ゆういち
 yuiitsu / yuitsu ゆいいつ
 yui ゆい
 daiichi / daichi だいいち
 tadakazu ただかず
 tadaichi ただいち
Chinese only; sole
Japanese (adj-no,adv) only; sole; unique; (given name) Yuuichi; (given name) Yuiitsu; (female given name) Yui; (given name) Daiichi; (given name) Tadakazu; (given name) Tadaichi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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唯獨


唯独

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Mandarin wéi dú / wei2 du2
Taiwan wei tu
Japanese yuidoku
Chinese only; just (i.e. it is only that...); all except; unique
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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冠絶

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Japanese kanzetsu かんぜつ
Japanese (noun/participle) unique; unsurpassed; ranking foremost

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水篶

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Japanese misuzu みすず
Japanese (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan)

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採番

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Japanese saiban さいばん
Japanese (noun/participle) data index; (unique) index number

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獨一


独一

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Mandarin dú yī / du2 yi1
Taiwan tu i
Japanese dokuichi
Chinese only; unique
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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獨具


独具

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Mandarin dú jù / du2 ju4
Taiwan tu chü
Chinese to have unique (talent, insight etc)

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獨有


独有

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Mandarin dú yǒu / du2 you3
Taiwan tu yu
Chinese to own exclusively; unique to; specific; there is only

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穎異


颖异

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Mandarin yǐng yì / ying3 yi4
Taiwan ying i
Chinese highly intelligent; original and unique

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篠竹

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Japanese shinodake しのだけ
 shinotake しのたけ
Japanese (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); bamboo grass; bamboo; small bamboo; (surname) Shinodake; (surname) Shinotake

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絶品

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Japanese zeppin ぜっぴん
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) superb piece of work; masterpiece; exquisite item; perfection; unique article

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絕世


绝世

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Mandarin jué shì / jue2 shi4
Taiwan chüeh shih
Japanese zesse
Chinese unique; exceptional
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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絕活


绝活

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Mandarin jué huó / jue2 huo2
Taiwan chüeh huo
Chinese specialty; unique skill

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絕招


绝招

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Mandarin jué zhāo / jue2 zhao1
Taiwan chüeh chao
Chinese unique skill; unexpected tricky move (as a last resort); masterstroke; finishing blow

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翳迦

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Mandarin yì jiā / yi4 jia1
Taiwan i chia
Japanese eika
eka, one, once, single, unique.

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無い

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Japanese nai ない
Japanese (adjective) (1) (kana only) nonexistent; not being (there); (2) unpossessed; unowned; not had; (3) unique; (4) indicates negation, inexperience, unnecessariness or impossibility; (auxiliary adjective) (5) not ...; (6) to not be...; to have not ...

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無雙


无双

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Mandarin wú shuāng / wu2 shuang1
Taiwan wu shuang
Chinese incomparable; matchless; unique

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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
Unique 獨特
独特
dokutokudú tè / du2 te4 / du te / dute tu t`e / tute / tu te
You Only Live Once 生命隻有一次
生命只有一次
shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
sheng1 ming4 zhi3 you3 yi2 ci4
sheng ming zhi you yi ci
shengmingzhiyouyici
sheng ming chih yu i tz`u
shengmingchihyuitzu
sheng ming chih yu i tzu
You Only Live Once 一度だけ生きるichi do da ke i ki ru
ichidodakeikiru
Best
Number One
一番ichi ban / ichiban
Once in a Lifetime 一期一會
一期一会
ichigoichieyī qī yī huì
yi1 qi1 yi1 hui4
yi qi yi hui
yiqiyihui
i ch`i i hui
ichiihui
i chi i hui
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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A Life of Serenity
A New Beginning
Ability
Achieve Inner Peace
Achievement
Acupuncture
Aiki
Aiki Jujutsu
Aikido
Alive
Allah
Anarchy
Animals
Archangel
Aries
Army
Be Free
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beauty of Nature
Beauty of Spirit
Bill
Bird
Birthday
Bless and Protect
Blessed by Heaven
Blue Dragon
Bodhidharma
Bonsai
Book
Boxing
Brave Heart
Brave Warrior
Bravery
Bright Future
Broken Hearted
Brown
Buddha
Bujinkan
Bushido
Bushido Code
Chase
Cherish
Cherry
Community
Courageous
Crisis
Daoism
Dear
Diamond
Discipline
Divine Protection
Doctor
Double Happiness
Effort
Electricity
Elegant
Empress
Enjoy
Enlighten
Equality
Everlasting
Excellence
Faithfulness
Family
Fidelity
Fire Dragon
Flowers
Forgive and Forget
Forgive Me of My Sins
Four Seasons
Free Will
Friend
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Garden
General
Generosity
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God Bless
God is My Judge
God is With You
Golden Dragon
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Grace of God
Grandmother
Grant
Hanko
Harmony
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Holy Spirit
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Honorable
Hope
Immortality
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Indomitable
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Learning is Eternal
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Love is Patient
Love You Forever
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Luck and Fortune
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Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Never Give In
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Ninpo
No Mind
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No Worries
Nothing
Nothingness
One Love One Heart
Orchid
Panther
Passionate
Peace and Harmony
Peace and Prosperity
Peace Love
Peaceful Chaos
Pearl
Phoenix
Physical Strength
Prosperous
Pure
Pure Heart
Purple
Qi Gong
Queen
Reality
Reason
Reborn
Rectitude
Regret
Resolve
Respect
Respect and Love
Responsibility
Right Mindfulness
Sacred Fire
Sagittarius
Saifa
Saint
Salvation
Satori
Self-Confidence
Self-Discipline
Selflessness
Semper Fidelis
Seven Rules of Happiness
Shine
Shogun
Shotokan Karate
Sifu
Sincere
Sing
Space
Spiritual Soul Mates
Steel
Strength
Strength and Courage
Strength from Within
Strength of the Heart
Strive
Study
Sun Tzu
Surrender
Sushi
Taekwondo Tenets
Tai Chi Chuan
Talent

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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.


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