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  1. I Love You
  2. Love
  3. Eternal Love
  4. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
  5. True Love
  6. Love and Honor
  7. Eternal Love / Love Eternally
  8. Forever Love
  9. Adoring Love
10. Passionate Love...
11. Love and Affection
12. Love Forever / Love Eternally
13. Mind, Body and Spirit
14. I Want You
15. I Need You
16. Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart
17. My True Love
18. One Love


I Love You

China wǒ ài nǐ
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This directly translates as "I love you" from English to Chinese characters. This "I love you" phrase is very commonly used between lovers in China.

Note: While the Japanese language uses the same characters, this phrase would not be spoken - it's kind of taboo in Japan. A man might tell a woman that he likes her with the phrase "Watashi wa anata ga suki-desu" (I regarding you have liking). If your audience is Japanese, avoid this "I love you" phrase. If you need something special, we have a Japanese translator on call.

I Love You

Japan ai shi te ru
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It's very uncommon (some will say taboo) to say, "I love you" in Japanese culture. It's especially awkward for a man to tell a woman this in Japanese. Everyone is more likely to say "Watashi wa anata ga suki desu" or "I like you" (literally, "I regarding you, have like."

If you have to say, "I love you" in Japanese, this selection of Kanji and Hiragana shown to the left is the way.


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

Love

China ài
Japan ai
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This is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

This is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west, and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

This character can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


It's very common for couples to say "I love you" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, "love" is not a term used very often. In fact, a person is more likely to say "I like you" rather than "I love you" in Japanese. So this word is well-known but seldom spoken.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


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

See Also:   Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Eternal Love

China yǒng héng de ài
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The first two characters mean eternal, eternally, everlasting, and/or perpetual.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "Love of the eternal kind."

The last character is "love."

This version is best if your audience is Chinese. We also have a Japanese version of this entry.


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

See Also:  Forever Love | Eternal Love (Japanese)

Eternal Love

Japan ei en no ai
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The first two characters mean eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "Love, of the eternal kind."

The last character is "love."

Cultural note: Most of the time, it is taboo to use the word "love" in Japanese. For instance, a Japanese man will say, "I like you," rather than, "I love you," to his spouse/girlfriend. However, this entry for eternal love is acceptable because of the way it is composed.

This entry is only appropriate if your audience is Japanese. We also have a Chinese version of this phrase.


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

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
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This can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


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

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Japan moai
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This Japanese word means the best love, beloved, or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


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

True Love

China zhēn ài
Japan shinai
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This is literally "True Love" in Chinese.

The first character means "real," "true" and "genuine." The second character means "love" and "affection."

During the customization of your calligraphy wall scroll, there is a place to add an inscription. You might want that inscription to be your names in Chinese down the side of your wall scroll, or perhaps just below these two main characters (just $9 extra). A nice gift to celebrate an anniversary or marriage!


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

Love and Honor

China qíng yì
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This means to love and honor in Chinese. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation," as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship."

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor." It's probably best if your target is Chinese.


This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).


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

See Also:  Love And Honor

Love and Honor

China shēn qíng hòu yì
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This means to love and honor. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).


This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.


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

See Also:  Love And Honor

Love and Honor

Japan ai to homa re
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This means to love and honor in Japanese.

The first Kanji is literally "love."
The second character just acts to connect the ideas like "and" or "with."
The last two Kanji mean "honor" or "honour." This is the kind of honor that suggests you are praising or admiring someone.


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

See Also:  Love And Honor

Love and Honor

Japan ai to keii
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This is a Japanese phrase that means "Love and Honor" or "Love and Respect." There's a few ways to express this idea in Japanese, so you may see other versions used.


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

Eternal Love / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng héng
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The first character here means "love"

The last two mean eternal, eternally, everlasting, and/or perpetual.

This is the shortest way to express the idea of "love eternally" in Chinese.


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

See Also:  Love Forever

Forever Love

China yǒng yuǎn de ài
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The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "The forever kind of love."

The last character is "love."


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

See Also:  Eternal Love Always

Adoring Love

China ài mù
Japan ai bou
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愛慕 means "adoring love" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

I suppose this is the best kind of love to have. This word has the well-known character for love. But the second character modifies and reinforces the meaning to become adore, adoring love, or to love and adore.

Ancient Chinese warning: Adoring someone is fine until you are in the shoes of the Prince of the Kingdom of Wu. This Prince adored a certain beautiful woman (Xi Shi) so much that he neglected his duties, and soon let the kingdom fall into ruins.


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

Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion

China rè ài
Japan netsu ai
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This means love passionately, ardent love, devotion, adoration. The literal meaning is "hot love," as the first character means heat, fervent, hot and warm. Sometimes it can mean fever, restless, or zeal. The second character is, of course, love. If you adore and are devoted to someone with all your love, this is the title for you.


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

Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
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This is a universal word in Japanese, Korean and Chinese which means love and affection. Some may translate this as "love between a man and a woman." Depending on context, it can mean utter devotion or favorite.


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

Love Forever / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng yuǎn
Japan ai ei en
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The first character here means "love."

The last two mean forever, eternity, eternal, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

This is the shortest and most universal way to express this idea in Chinese and Japanese.

Japanese note: This sound more like a title than a phrase in Japanese (if that makes any sense). This is a great title for a romantic book, title of a movie, name of a perfume, or even a name for a store.


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

See Also:  Eternal Love | Forever Love

Mind, Body and Spirit

China shēn xīn líng
Japan mi shin rei
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This is probably the best way to express the idea of "Body, Mind and Spirit" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. We are actually using the word for "heart" here because for thousands of years, the heart was thought to be the place where your thoughts, feelings and emotions came from. We do something similar in the west when we say "warm-hearted" or "I love you with all of my heart." In this context, heart = mind in Asian language and culture.

The very literal translation of these three characters is "body, heart & spirit" which could also be interpreted as "body mind & soul."

We have arranged these characters in this order because it simply "feels" like the proper order in the Chinese language. Word lists like this are not so common for calligraphy artwork, so we have to be careful to put them in the most natural order. It should be noted that this is not a common title in Asia, nor is it considered an actual phrase (as it lacks a clear subject, verb, and object).


霊In Japanese Kanji, they use an alternate form of the character for soul or spirit. If you want this using the Japanese alternate, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above.

Japanese disclaimer: This is not a natural phrase/list in Japanese. While not totally-natural in Chinese, this word list is best if your audience is Chinese.


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

I Want You

Japan ho shi i
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Some people like to say, "I love you," if you want to say "I want you," here it is in Japanese...

This can be read as "I want you" or as a single word, "wanted," "wished for," "in need of," or "desired."


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

I Need You

China wǒ xū yào nǐ
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Some people like to say, "I love you" but others might want to say "I need you." That is what this phrase is all about.

The first character means "I." The second and third create a compound word that means "need" and "want" at the same time. The last character means "you."


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

I Need You

Japan ana ta ga hitsu you
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Some people like to say, "I love you" but others might want to say "I need you." This is "I need you" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "You."

The middle character is a connecting particle. In this case, it more or less means "are."

The last two characters mean necessary, needed, essential, indispensable, or necessity.

The "I" in the title is implied. Effectively this means "I need you."


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

Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart

China suí xīn ér xíng
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This is the closest way to express this idea in Chinese. Literally translated, this phrase means, "Allow your heart to dictate your behavior" or "Let your heart guide your conduct" in Chinese. You could also translate this as "follow your heart." Or, with a bit of imagination, it could mean: "let your spirit be your guide."

Note that in some cases, "heart" can mean "mind," "soul" or even "spirit" in Chinese. In ancient China, it was thought that the big pumping organ in your chest was where your thoughts came from, or where your soul resides.
Ancient western thought followed a similar belief. Thus phrases like "I love you with all my heart" and "I give you my whole heart."


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

My True Love

China wǒ xīn zhēn ài
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This is a slightly poetic way to express this sentiment to someone.

The meaning is "My True Love" but the characters directly translate as "I/Me/My Heart/Mind True/Real Love."

Note that Chinese grammar and construction are different, so this sounds very eloquent and artsy in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, the third character should be written differently, just let me know when you place your order if you want that version - it will still make sense in Chinese. This phrase makes sense in Korean but not commonly used.


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

My True Love

Japan shin jitsu no ai
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This means "true love" or "genuine affection" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean true, real, genuine, or authentic.
The third Kanji is a connecting possessive article.
The last character is love or affection.


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

One Love

China yí fèn ài
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This means "one love." This is not referring to a person but the emotion of love. It's like saying "A piece of love" or "One unit of love." There's not a perfect way to express a singular love, which is probably what you were searching for.


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

One Love

Japan hito tsu no ai
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This is how to write "One Love" in Japanese.


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

Check dictionary for i love you
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.




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.

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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
I Love You 我愛你
我爱你
wǒ ài nǐ
wo3 ai4 ni3
wo ai ni
woaini
I Love You 愛してるai shi te ru
aishiteru
Love
aiài / ai4 / ai
Eternal Love 永恆的愛
永恒的爱
yǒng héng de ài
yong3 heng2 de ai4
yong heng de ai
yonghengdeai
yung heng te ai
yunghengteai
Eternal Love 永遠の愛ei en no ai
eiennoai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love 至愛
至爱
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiai chih ai / chihai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love 最愛moai
True Love 真愛
真爱
shinaizhēn ài / zhen1 ai4 / zhen ai / zhenai chen ai / chenai
Love and Honor 情義
情义
qíng yì / qing2 yi4 / qing yi / qingyi ch`ing i / chingi / ching i
Love and Honor 深情厚義
深情厚义
shēn qíng hòu yì
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shen qing hou yi
shenqinghouyi
shen ch`ing hou i
shenchinghoui
shen ching hou i
Love and Honor 愛と譽れ
愛と誉れ
ai to homa re
aitohomare
Love and Honor 愛と敬意ai to keii / aitokeii / ai to kei / aitokei
Eternal Love / Love Eternally 愛永恆
爱永恒
ài yǒng héng
ai4 yong3 heng2
ai yong heng
aiyongheng
ai yung heng
aiyungheng
Forever Love 永遠的愛
永远的爱
yǒng yuǎn de ài
yong3 yuan3 de ai4
yong yuan de ai
yongyuandeai
yung yüan te ai
yungyüanteai
Adoring Love 愛慕
爱慕
ai bou / aibou / ai bo / aiboài mù / ai4 mu4 / ai mu / aimu
Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion
熱愛
热爱
netsu ai / netsuairè ài / re4 ai4 / re ai / reai je ai / jeai
Love and Affection 愛情
爱情
aijou / aijoài qíng / ai4 qing2 / ai qing / aiqing ai ch`ing / aiching / ai ching
Love Forever / Love Eternally 愛永遠
爱永远
ai ei en / aieienài yǒng yuǎn
ai4 yong3 yuan3
ai yong yuan
aiyongyuan
ai yung yüan
aiyungyüan
Mind, Body and Spirit 身心靈 / 身心霊
身心灵
mi shin rei
mishinrei
shēn xīn líng
shen1 xin1 ling2
shen xin ling
shenxinling
shen hsin ling
shenhsinling
I Want You 欲しいho shi i / hoshii
I Need You 我需要你wǒ xū yào nǐ
wo3 xu1 yao4 ni3
wo xu yao ni
woxuyaoni
wo hsü yao ni
wohsüyaoni
I Need You 貴方が必要ana ta ga hitsu you
anatagahitsuyou
ana ta ga hitsu yo
anatagahitsuyo
Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart 隨心而行
随心而行
suí xīn ér xíng
sui2 xin1 er2 xing2
sui xin er xing
suixinerxing
sui hsin erh hsing
suihsinerhhsing
My True Love 我心真愛
我心真爱
wǒ xīn zhēn ài
wo3 xin1 zhen1 ai4
wo xin zhen ai
woxinzhenai
wo hsin chen ai
wohsinchenai
My True Love 真実の愛shin jitsu no ai
shinjitsunoai
One Love 一份愛
一份爱
yí fèn ài
yi2 fen4 ai4
yi fen ai
yifenai
i fen ai
ifenai
One Love 一つの愛hito tsu no ai
hitotsunoai

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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