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Happiness / Joyful / Joy

Japan ki / yorokobi
Happiness / Joyful / Joy Vertical Wall Scroll

喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."

喜 can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).

If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.

There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).

See Also:  Contentment | Happiness | Joy

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
Double Happiness Guest Book Vertical Wall Scroll

Start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll" Here!

The paper panel length can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm (27" to 53").

If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (40").

How many signatures fit

The medium size scroll with a 33cm x 100cm (13" x 40") paper panel can usually handle up to 89 signatures. That breaks down to 37 signatures per empty square and 15 signatures around the 囍 character. If you switch to a 135cm paper panel, add another 37 potential signatures.

We can splice two 135cm papers together, but that would be a crazy-long scroll. These are only estimates, your mileage may vary.

With silk panels this will yield a wall scroll about 155cm (61") long. That's enough for up to 89 signatures. Of course, that depends on if your guests just sign a brief salutation and name, or more verbose good wishes. Customer feedback is that 126 people can sign the 135cm long paper on a medium-sized scroll. If we go bigger than that, there will be a minor paper seam and an extra charge. Email me with your specifications if you need something special.

Most customers pick the festive red paper with gold flecks and white or ivory silk. Red is a good luck color in Chinese culture, thus the most popular choice. But, you can do any color combination that you want.

There is a long history of Chinese-character-use outside of mainland China. This Double Happiness character is also seen at weddings in Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as Chinese communities in Thailand, Indonesia, and elsewhere. While Japan borrowed Chinese characters into their language, you won't see 囍 as often at Japanese weddings.

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)
Double Happiness Vertical Wall Scroll

囍 is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.

囍 is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

Double Happiness Portrait Red If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.

See Also:  Happiness

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
Happy Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. 歡喜光佛 is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Japan ai wa kan youdeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu kouman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Vertical Wall Scroll

This is 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 (just the first sentence of verse 8).

In the familiar NIV, this would read:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails...

The Japanese text is from the 新改訳聖書 (Shinkaiyaku) or New Japanese Bible. Popular among most Protestant denominations in modern Japan.

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

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ xi3
Taiwan hsi
Japanese yoshimi / よしみ    yoshi / よし    yuki / ゆき    tanoshi / たのし    konomu / このむ    kino / きの    kisaki / きさき    ki / き
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to be fond of; to like; to enjoy; to be happy; to feel pleased; happiness; delight; glad
Japanese (female given name) Yoshimi; (surname, given name) Yoshi; (female given name) Yuki; (personal name) Tanoshi; (female given name) Konomu; (surname) Kino; (surname) Kisaki; (personal name) Ki
prīti; ānanda. Joy; glad; delighted, rejoice; to like.


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Japanese kiki / きき Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) merry; joyful; gleeful; (female given name) Kiki



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Mandarin huān xǐ guāng fú / huan1 xi3 guang1 fu2
Taiwan huan hsi kuang fu
Japanese Kangi Kōbutsu
Buddha of joyful light, Amitābha.


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Mandarin qī xǐ / qi1 xi3
Taiwan ch`i hsi / chi hsi
Japanese nanaki / ななき
Chinese 7 Up (soft drink); Hedy Holding Co., PRC computer manufacturer
Japanese (personal name) Nanaki


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Mandarin bù xǐ / bu4 xi3
Taiwan pu hsi
Japanese fuki / ふき
Japanese (surname) Fuki
not enjoying


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Mandarin qiě xǐ / qie3 xi3
Taiwan ch`ieh hsi / chieh hsi
Japanese surakuha
So be it, granted, a qualified assent.


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Mandarin dài xǐ / dai4 xi3
Taiwan tai hsi
Japanese daiki / だいき    shiroki / しろき
Japanese (surname) Daiki; (surname) Shiroki
responds with joy


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Mandarin xìn xǐ / xin4 xi3
Taiwan hsin hsi
Japanese nobuyoshi / のぶよし    nobuki / のぶき    shinki / しんき    shiki / しき
Japanese (male given name) Nobuyoshi; (given name) Nobuki; (personal name) Shinki; (place-name) Shiki
to believe and love


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Mandarin lì xǐ / li4 xi3
Taiwan li hsi
Japanese riki / りき    toshiyoshi / としよし    toshiki / としき
Japanese (given name) Riki; (personal name) Toshiyoshi; (given name) Toshiki
to give profit and joy


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Mandarin kě xǐ / ke3 xi3
Taiwan k`o hsi / ko hsi
Japanese yoshiki / よしき
Chinese making one happy; gratifying; heartening
Japanese (personal name) Yoshiki


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Mandarin tóng xǐ / tong2 xi3
Taiwan t`ung hsi / tung hsi
Chinese Thank you for your congratulations!; The same to you! (returning a compliment)


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Japanese kiki / きき Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) merry; joyful; gleeful


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Japanese yorokobi / よろこび Japanese joy; delight; rapture; pleasure; gratification; rejoicing; congratulations; felicitations; (female given name) Yorokobi


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Japanese yorokobu / よろこぶ Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to be delighted; to be glad; to be pleased; (2) to congratulate; (3) to gratefully accept


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Mandarin xǐ shì / xi3 shi4
Taiwan hsi shih
Chinese happy occasion; wedding



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Mandarin xǐ jù / xi3 ju4
Taiwan hsi chü
Japanese kigeki / きげき
Chinese comedy; CL:部[bu4],出[chu1]
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) comedy; funny show


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Mandarin xǐ lì / xi3 li4
Taiwan hsi li
Chinese Heineken (Dutch brewing company); see also 海尼根[Hai3 ni2 gen1]


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Mandarin xǐ shòu / xi3 shou4
Taiwan hsi shou
Japanese ki ju
The sensation, or receptivity, of joy; to receive with pleasure; the feeling of joy



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Mandarin xǐ tuán / xi3 tuan2
Taiwan hsi t`uan / hsi tuan
Japanese kidan



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Mandarin xǐ bào / xi3 bao4
Taiwan hsi pao
Chinese announcement of joyful news; CL:張|张[zhang1]



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Mandarin xǐ shòu / xi3 shou4
Taiwan hsi shou
Chinese 77th birthday (honorific, archaic or Japanese term)
Japanese See: 喜寿


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Mandarin xǐ hào / xi3 hao4
Taiwan hsi hao
Japanese nobuyoshi / のぶよし    kiyoshi / きよし
Chinese to like; fond of; to prefer; to love; one's tastes; preference
Japanese (personal name) Nobuyoshi; (s,m) Kiyoshi


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Mandarin xǐ niáng / xi3 niang2
Taiwan hsi niang
Chinese matron of honor (old)


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Mandarin xǐ zi / xi3 zi5
Taiwan hsi tzu
Japanese yoshiko / よしこ    yukiko / ゆきこ    hisako / ひさこ    nobuko / のぶこ    kiko / きこ    kako / かこ    etsuko / えつこ
Chinese Tetragnatha (long-jawed spider); same as 蟢子
Japanese (female given name) Yoshiko; (female given name) Yukiko; (female given name) Hisako; (female given name) Nobuko; (surname, female given name) Kiko; (female given name) Kako; (female given name) Etsuko


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Mandarin xǐ yàn / xi3 yan4
Taiwan hsi yen
Chinese wedding banquet


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Japanese kiju / きじゅ Japanese (a variant of 喜 looks like 七十七 (77)) 77th birthday; (given name) Yoshihisa; (male given name) Yoshitoshi; (given name) Kiju


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Mandarin xǐ pà / xi3 pa4
Taiwan hsi p`a / hsi pa
Chinese bridal veil (covering the face)


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Mandarin xǐ tiě / xi3 tie3
Taiwan hsi t`ieh / hsi tieh
Chinese wedding invitation


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Mandarin xǐ zhàng / xi3 zhang4
Taiwan hsi chang
Chinese celebratory hanging scroll


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Mandarin xǐ dé / xi3 de2
Taiwan hsi te
Chinese Xide county in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture 涼山彞族自治州|凉山彝族自治州[Liang2 shan1 Yi2 zu2 zi4 zhi4 zhou1], south Sichuan

Lookup in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
ki / yorokobixǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Double Happiness Guest Book
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Double Happiness
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Happy Buddha歡喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kan gi ko butsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
huan hsi kuang fo
1 Corinthians 13:4-8愛は寛容であり愛は親切ですまた人をねたみません愛は自慢せず高慢になりません礼儀に反することをせず自分の利益を求めず怒らず人のした悪を思わず不正を喜ばずに真理を喜びますすべてをがまんしすべてを信じすべてを期待しすべてを耐え忍びます愛は決して絶えることがありませんai wa kan youdeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu kouman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
ai wa kan yodeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu koman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
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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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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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