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家內安全 is kind of the Japanese way of saying, "Family First." It's really a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family, and/or, peace and prosperity in the household.
Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji on it. The purpose being to keep your family safe from harm.
According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep members of the family free from harm.
We were actually looking for a way to say "family first" in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't literally say "family first," it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.
See Also: Peace and Prosperity
滿足 / 満足 is the kind of happiness that involves being satisfied and content.
This can also suggest the actions of "to satisfy," "to meet the needs of."
Other single-word definitions include: satisfaction; contentment; sufficient; enough; adequate; full; complete.
菩薩 is the title of a deity in Buddhism that exists to help you reach enlightenment.
In Buddhist beliefs, a bodhisattva (bodhisatta) is a being who is dedicated to helping us achieve enlightenment. Bodhisattva literally means enlightenment truth which is bodhi sattva in Sanskrit.
This term is sometimes used to refer to a kindhearted person, one who will sacrifice himself/herself for others, and lacks ego or desire but is instead devoted to the good and well-being of others.
幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
This proverb means "safe and sound without toil or trouble."
It kind of means that all is well with a feeling of complete safety. The ideas contained in these characters include well-being, peace, tranquility, quietness, calmness, and non-problematic.
幸福を求めて is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese..
Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め (motome) to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
See Also: Follow Your Dreams
安寧 is a nice word that means peaceful, tranquil, calm, composed, "free from worry," "public peace," tranquility, good health, well-being, or welfare in Chinese and Korean.
Note: The definition in Japanese is not so broad but still means peaceful or "public peace."
永遠の幸福 means "eternal happiness" in Japanese.
永遠 means eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.
の is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "happiness, of the eternal kind."
幸福 means happiness, though this word can also be translated as truly blessed, joy, happy, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
幸福永恆 is a short way to say eternal happiness in Chinese.
Breaking down the parts:
幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.
永恆 means eternal, everlasting, and/or forever.
Another way to write this is 永恆的幸福. It reverses the word order and adds a possessive article. I prefer the shorter version, which is also a bit more natural in Chinese.
This can be defined as relief, peace of mind, feeling at ease, to be relieved, set one's mind at rest, easiness.
安心 is a nice word that encompasses great meanings within just two characters. Some of the other meanings include to pacify, to settle the mind, peace of mind, and it's also the idea of feeling a sense of security, safety, and confidence in your state of well-being.
This can be used by everyone, but some consider it to be a Buddhist concept (You'll find it in your Zen dictionary).
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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|
|Safety and Well-Being of the Family||家內安全|
|ka nai an zen|
Inner Well-Being and Health
|內健||nèi jiàn / nei4 jian4 / nei jian / neijian||nei chien / neichien|
|滿足 / 満足|
|man zoku / manzoku||mǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzu||man tsu / mantsu|
|鼓腹||ko fuku / kofuku|
|Good Health||健康||kenkou / kenko||jiàn kāng|
|bosatsu||pú sà / pu2 sa4 / pu sa / pusa||p`u sa / pusa / pu sa|
|Happiness||幸福||koufuku / kofuku||xìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfu||hsing fu / hsingfu|
|Safe and Sound||平安||heian||píng ān / ping2 an1 / ping an / pingan||p`ing an / pingan / ping an|
|Safe and Sound||平安無事|
|heian buji / heianbuji||píng ān wú shì|
ping2 an1 wu2 shi4
ping an wu shi
|p`ing an wu shih
ping an wu shih
|Pursuit of Happiness||幸福を求めて||koufuku o motome te|
kofuku o motome te
Free From Worry
|an nei / annei||ān níng / an1 ning2 / an ning / anning|
|School of Happiness||幸福學校|
|xìng fú xué xiào|
xing4 fu2 xue2 xiao4
xing fu xue xiao
|hsing fu hsüeh hsiao
|Eternal Happiness||永遠の幸福||ei en no kou fuku|
ei en no ko fuku
|xìng fú yǒng héng|
xing4 fu2 yong3 heng2
xing fu yong heng
|hsing fu yung heng
Peace of Mind
|安心||an shin / anshin||ān xīn / an1 xin1 / an xin / anxin||an hsin / anhsin|
|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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