Buy a Music Chinese/Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Music on a wall scroll or portrait.

  1. Music
  2. Music is Life
  3. Musician
  4. Dance
  5. Dance / Dancing
  6. Dance
  7. Dancer
  8. Harmony / Balance
  9. Lion Dance
10. Sing / Singing
11. Melody / Song

Music

China yīn yuè
Japan ongaku
Music

音樂 is how to write music in most Asian languages. It can also express the idea of a musical movement, depending on context.


楽The second character has morphed a bit in Japanese Kanji. If you want the specifically modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right, instead of the button above. The version shown to the left was used in ancient Japan, prior to the Japanese language reformations after WWII (so technically, it's still Japanese).

Music is Life

Japan ongaku wa jinseidesu
Music is Life

This means "music is life" in Japanese.


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

Music is Life

China yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
Music is Life

This means, "Music is Life," in Chinese.

This is a title that we composed after so many people searched for it on our website.

Musician

China yīn yuè jiā
Japan ongakuka
Musician

音樂家 is how to write musician in most Asian languages. There is more than one way to write musician in China but this is the traditional and most respectful title.


楽The second character has morphed a bit in Japanese Kanji. If you want the specifically modern Japanese version, please click on the Kanji to the right, instead of the button above. The version shown to the left was used in ancient Japan, prior to the Japanese language reformations after WWII (so technically, it's still Japanese).


See Also:  Harmony | Sing

Dance

China
Japan mai
Dance

舞 is the simplest way to write dance in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

It can also be translated as to dance, to wield, to brandish or to circle.

舞 reads more clearly as dance Chinese than it does in Japanese (see our two-character word for dancing if you want to be absolutely clear in both languages).

Dance / Dancing

China wǔ dǎo
Japan butou
Dance / Dancing

舞蹈 is the clearest way to express the art of dancing in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. If you are a dancer, or love the art of dance, this is the calligraphy selection for you.

Dance

Japan buyou
Dance

舞踴 is the most proper term for dance or dancing in Japanese.

The first Kanji means "dance," and the second means to jump or leap. Together, they are just a strong way to say "dance" (the second Kanji just clarifies the first - nobody will translate this as "dance jumping").

Dancer

Classic Chinese
China wǔ zhě
Dancer

舞者 is the classic or literary way to say dancer in Chinese. 舞者 is probably the most eloquent way to say dancer, and the most appropriate for a wall scroll.

Dancer

Modern Chinese Version
China wǔ dǎo jiā
Dancer

舞蹈家 is the modern way to say dancer in Chinese.

Harmony / Balance

China tiáo hé
Japan chou wa
Harmony / Balance

調和 is one of the several ways to express harmony in Chinese and Japanese.

Note: The first character means harmony, but also suggests a musical meaning. It can also be used to describe warriors marching in perfect cadence (in step) or to regulate something.
The second character carries the meaning of harmony and peace by itself.

Together, these characters create a word that can be defined as harmonious; to mediate; to reconcile; to compromise; mediation; temper; to mix; to blend; blended; to season; seasoning (getting the flavors of the food in balance); to placate; be in harmonious proportion.

The meaning obviously varies depending on context. However, when hanging as a wall scroll, this will refer to the person (you) being balanced and in harmony while rational and under control at the same time.


See Also:  Musician | Dance

Lion Dance

China wǔ shī
Lion Dance

舞獅 is the Chinese title for "lion dance."

舞獅 is the traditional Chinese costumed dance seen at festivals (especially Chinese new years), ceremonies, and often at the beginning of Chinese martial arts events.

Lion Dance

Japan shi shi mai
Lion Dance

獅子舞 is the Japanese title for lion dancing.

This refers to the Japanese version borrowed from traditional Chinese culture. The Japanese version almost always features a red-faced lion with a green cloak with a white pattern.

Sing / Singing

China chàng
Sing / Singing

唱 is how to refer to singing or song in Chinese.

In Japanese the meaning is similar but more closely means chant, recite or yell. Best if your audience in Chinese.

Melody / Song

China gē qǔ
Japan kakyoku
Melody / Song

歌曲 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for song, melody, or tune.

There are a few other words that can mean melody, but this is probably the most common and universal.




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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
Music音樂
音乐 / 音楽
ongakuyīn yuè / yin1 yue4 / yin yue / yinyueyin yüeh / yinyüeh
Music is Life音楽は人生ですongaku wa jinseidesu
ongakuwajinseidesu
Music is Life音樂就是生命
音乐就是生命
yīn yuè jiù shì shēng mìng
yin1 yue4 jiu4 shi4 sheng1 ming4
yin yue jiu shi sheng ming
yinyuejiushishengming
yin yüeh chiu shih sheng ming
Musician音樂家
音乐家 / 音楽家
ongakukayīn yuè jiā
yin1 yue4 jia1
yin yue jia
yinyuejia
yin yüeh chia
yinyüehchia
Dancemaiwǔ / wu3 / wu
Dance
Dancing
舞蹈butou / butowǔ dǎo / wu3 dao3 / wu dao / wudaowu tao / wutao
Dance舞踴
舞踊
buyou / buyo
Dancer舞者wǔ zhě / wu3 zhe3 / wu zhe / wuzhewu che / wuche
Dancer舞蹈家wǔ dǎo jiā
wu3 dao3 jia1
wu dao jia
wudaojia
wu tao chia
wutaochia
Harmony
Balance
調和
调和
chou wa / chouwa / cho wa / chowatiáo hé / tiao2 he2 / tiao he / tiaohet`iao ho / tiaoho / tiao ho
Lion Dance舞獅
舞狮
wǔ shī / wu3 shi1 / wu shi / wushiwu shih / wushih
Lion Dance獅子舞shi shi mai
shishimai
Sing
Singing
chàng / chang4 / changch`ang / chang
Melody
Song
歌曲kakyokugē qǔ / ge1 qu3 / ge qu / gequko ch`ü / kochü / ko chü
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.


All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


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.