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Wish in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Desire / Wish / Aspiration
  2. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
  3. Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity
  4. Hope
  5. Great Expectations


Desire / Wish / Aspiration

China yuàn wàng
Japan gan bou
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This means desire, wish, or aspiration in Chinese and Japanese.

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

A wish for a long and prosperous life
China fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
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This is a phrase that means "May you have good fortune as great as the eastern oceans, and may your life last as long as the southern mountains".

In ancient Chinese mythology, the eastern oceans and southern mountains are where God resides (basically it is the same as saying "heaven"). So it's like saying, "May your good fortune and life be as vast as the heavens".

There is also a longer, 14-character version of this phrase. Also, this can be cut into two scrolls (with half the phrase on each side - great for hanging on either side of a doorway). Just let me know if you'd like a special version (there is an additional cost).

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

Japanese
Japan nan zan no jyu
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This is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan", which literally means "south mountain". This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.

The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.

I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall".

Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity

China qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
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This 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; tranquillity.
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.

Hope

China xī wàng
Japan ki bou
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Besides "to hope" this also means "to wish for" or "to desire". It can also mean expectation or aspiration depending on context.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also...  Faith | Desire

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
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This is one of those single characters that is vague, but in that vagueness, in also means many things. This character holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

This is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean, but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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4-character wall scroll.
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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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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
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Desire / Wish / Aspiration愿望
願望
gan bou
ganbou
gan bo
yuàn wàng
yuan wang
yüan wang
yuan4 wang4
yuanwang
Longevity / Long Life Wishes福如东海寿比南山
福如東海壽比南山
n/afú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
fu ru dong hai shou bi nan shan
fu ju tung hai shou pi nan shan
fu2 ru2 dong1 hai3 shou4 bi3 nan2 shan1
furudonghaishoubinanshan
Longevity / Long Life Wishes南山之寿
南山之壽
nan zan no jyu
nanzannojyu
n/a
Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity启盛世开太平
啟盛世開太平
n/aqǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qishengshikaitaiping
chishengshihkaitaiping
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
Hope希望
希望
ki bou
kibou
ki bo
xī wàng
xi wang
hsi wang
xi1 wang4
xiwang
Great Expectations
bou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
wàng
wang
wang4

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