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  1. Lee

  2. Science

  3. Giri

  4. Richard

  5. Riko / Michiko / Mariko / Eriko / Yuriko

  6. Ritu

  7. Charlize

  8. Frine

  9. Idea / Concept

10. Richardson

11. Love Without Reason

12. Everything Happens for a Reason

13. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Lee Vertical Wall Scroll

理 is an alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the masculine western name Lee.

理 means "reason," "logic" or sometimes, "science."

Note: This can sometimes be used as a male given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.


The rules of life, the universe, and everything.
Japan kotowari
Science Vertical Wall Scroll

At essence, this word means science. But it's a very ambiguous and open term. 理 speaks to the reason that all things exist, and how things work from the microscopic to the cosmic level.

There are many translations for this word, including: inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); principle; the underlying principles of the cosmos; way of things; ruling principle; fundamental law; intrinsicality; universal basis; essential element.

If you are a scientist, or just searching for, "the answer to life, the universe, and everything," this could be the character for you.


(obligation or duty in Japanese)
China yì lǐ
Japan giri
Giri Vertical Wall Scroll

This term means an obligation or a sense of duty that one may have to their employer, country or culture.

義理 is a specifically Japanese term, as in Chinese, these two characters form a word that means "religious doctrine" or refers to the argument presented in an essay.

This term has a similar meaning in Korean where is can be translated as justice, sense of duty, loyalty, integrity or obligation.

義理 is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll. So this entry is intended more for educational purposes.

More information about Giri


China lǐ chá
Richard Vertical Wall Scroll

理查 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Richard

Riko / Michiko / Mariko / Eriko / Yuriko

Japan riko / michiko / mariko / eriko / yuriko
Riko / Michiko / Mariko / Eriko / Yuriko Vertical Wall Scroll

理子 is a female Japanese given name that can be romanized/pronounced as Riko, Michiko, Mariko, Eriko, or Yuriko.


China lǐ tú
Ritu Vertical Wall Scroll

理圖 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Ritu.


China chá lǐ cí
Charlize Vertical Wall Scroll

查理茲 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Charlize


China fú lǐ nèi
Frine Vertical Wall Scroll

弗理內 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Frine

Idea / Concept

China lǐ niàn
Japan ri nen
Idea / Concept Vertical Wall Scroll

理念 / 理唸 means idea, notion, concept, principle, theory, philosophy*, or doctrine in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

理念 / 理唸 is OK for a wall scroll, although it's more commonly used as an oral/informal word in Asia.

* 理念 / 理唸 is not the title for philosophy but rather is about having a certain philosophy or approach to something.


China lǐ chá dé sēn
Richardson Vertical Wall Scroll

理查德森 is the a common way to transliterate the surname Richardson into Mandarin Chinese.

Love Without Reason

Japan ai ni ri yuu wa na i
Love Without Reason Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese phrase means, "love without reason," or "love doesn't need a reason." It's a pretty cool phrase in Japanese

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

Everything Happens for a Reason

Japan monogoto ha subete riyuu ga at te okiru
Everything Happens for a Reason Vertical Wall Scroll

This is a work in progress. We're still trying to decide the best way to express this in Japanese. If you order this, we might have a discussion about the best version that fits you. Here's how the characters break down by meaning (keep in mind, Japanese grammar and sentence construction is very different from English, so it doesn't make complete sense in English)...

物事 = things, everything
は particle
全て all, the whole, entirely
理由 reason
が particle
あっ be, exist, have, take place, happens
て particle
起きる to occur, to happen; to take place (usually unfavorable incidents)

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

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/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese ri / り
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up
Japanese (1) reason; principle; logic; (2) {Buddh} (See 事・じ) general principle (as opposed to individual concrete phenomenon); (3) (in neo-Confucianism) the underlying principles of the cosmos; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Risaki; (personal name) Ria; (given name) Ri; (female given name) Michi; (personal name) Masaru; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Makoto; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sunaho; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (female given name) Satomi; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Sadamu; (female given name) Kotoha
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.


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Mandarin lǐ niàn / li3 nian4
Taiwan li nien
Japanese rinen / りねん
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese idea; concept; philosophy; theory
Japanese (Platonic) ideal (of how things ought to be, e.g. human rights); foundational principle; idea; conception (e.g. of the university); doctrine; ideology


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Mandarin lǐ chá / li3 cha2
Taiwan li ch`a / li cha
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Richard (name)



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Mandarin yì lǐ / yi4 li3
Taiwan i li
Japanese giri / ぎり
Chinese doctrine (esp. religious); argumentation (in a speech or essay)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) duty; sense of duty; honor; honour; decency; courtesy; debt of gratitude; social obligation; (can be adjective with の) (2) in-law; relation by marriage; (given name) Yoshimasa


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Mandarin yī lǐ / yi1 li3
Taiwan i li
Japanese ichiri / いちり
Japanese (a) principle; (a) reason; (a) point; some truth; (given name) Ichiri
one principle


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Mandarin bù lǐ / bu4 li3
Taiwan pu li
Japanese furi / ふり
Chinese to refuse to acknowledge; to pay no attention to; to take no notice of; to ignore
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (archaism) unreasonable; irrational; illogical


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Mandarin shì lǐ / shi4 li3
Taiwan shih li
Japanese jiri / じり
Chinese reason; logic
Japanese reason; facts; propriety; sense
Practice and theory; phenomenon and noumenon, activity and principle, or the absolute; phenomena ever change, the underlying principle, being absolute, neither changes nor acts, it is the 眞如 q. v. also v. . For 事法界 (事無礙法界) v. 四法界.


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Mandarin dài lǐ / dai4 li3
Taiwan tai li
Japanese dairi / だいり
Chinese to act on behalf of sb in a responsible position; to act as an agent or proxy; surrogate; (computing) proxy
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) representation; agency; proxy; deputy; agent; attorney; substitute; alternate; acting (principal, etc.)


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Mandarin yǐ lǐ / yi3 li3
Taiwan i li
Japanese i ri
taking the principle (as...)


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Mandarin xiū lǐ / xiu1 li3
Taiwan hsiu li
Japanese shuuri(p);shuri(ok);suri(ok) / shuri(p);shuri(ok);suri(ok) / しゅうり(P);しゅり(ok);すり(ok)
Chinese to repair; to fix; to prune; to trim; (coll.) to sort sb out; to fix sb
Japanese (noun/participle) repair; mending; fixing; servicing; (surname) Shuri
to cultivate



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Mandarin lún lǐ / lun2 li3
Taiwan lun li
Japanese rinri / りんり
Chinese ethics
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) ethics; morals; (female given name) Rinri; (given name) Tomotada


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Mandarin rù lǐ / ru4 li3
Taiwan ju li
Japanese nyūri
enter the principle


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Mandarin gōng lǐ / gong1 li3
Taiwan kung li
Japanese kouri / kori / こうり
Chinese axiom (in logic); axiomatic
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) axiom; maxim; self-evident truth; (male given name) Masatoshi; (given name) Kimimichi


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Japanese shori / しょり Japanese (noun/participle) processing; dealing with; treatment; disposition; disposal



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Mandarin bié lǐ / bie2 li3
Taiwan pieh li
Chinese don't get involved; ignore it!; don't have anything to do with (him, her etc); don't speak to


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Mandarin fù lǐ / fu4 li3
Taiwan fu li
Chinese deputy director; assistant manager


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Mandarin zhù lǐ / zhu4 li3
Taiwan chu li
Chinese assistant


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Mandarin huà lǐ / hua4 li3
Taiwan hua li
Japanese keri
The law of phenomenal change— which never rests; principle of change



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Mandarin xié lǐ / xie2 li3
Taiwan hsieh li
Chinese assistant manager; to cooperate in managing


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Mandarin yuán lǐ / yuan2 li3
Taiwan yüan li
Japanese genri / げんり
Chinese principle; theory
Japanese principle; theory; fundamental truth; (given name) Genri


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Mandarin shòu lǐ / shou4 li3
Taiwan shou li
Japanese juri / じゅり
Chinese to accept to hear a case; to handle (a service)
Japanese (noun/participle) acceptance


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Mandarin hé lǐ / he2 li3
Taiwan ho li
Japanese gouri / gori / ごうり
Chinese rational; reasonable; fair
Japanese rationality; (female given name) Auri
in accord with reason


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Mandarin tóng lǐ / tong2 li3
Taiwan t`ung li / tung li
Chinese for the same reason; Tongli, a city in Jiangsu Province, China


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Mandarin mìng lǐ / ming4 li3
Taiwan ming li
Chinese fate; predestination; divinatory art


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Mandarin zhé lǐ / zhe2 li3
Taiwan che li
Japanese tetsuri / てつり
Chinese philosophic theory; philosophy
Japanese philosophic principles; philosophy



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Mandarin yuán lǐ / yuan2 li3
Taiwan yüan li
Japanese enri
perfect principle


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Mandarin zài lǐ / zai4 li3
Taiwan tsai li
Japanese akari / あかり
Chinese reasonable; sensible
Japanese (female given name) Akari


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Mandarin dì lǐ / di4 li3
Taiwan ti li
Japanese chiri / ちり
Chinese geography
Japanese geography


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Mandarin dà lǐ / da4 li3
Taiwan ta li
Japanese tairi / たいり    oori / おおり
Chinese judicial officer; justice of the peace (old); Dali Bai autonomous prefecture 大白族自治州 in Yunnan
Japanese (female given name) Tairi; (surname) Oori


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Mandarin tiān lǐ / tian1 li3
Taiwan t`ien li / tien li
Japanese tenri / てんり
Chinese Heaven's law; the natural order of things
Japanese natural laws; rule of heaven; (p,s,f) Tenri; (female given name) Amari

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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
Leelǐ / li3 / li
Sciencekotowarilǐ / li3 / li
giriyì lǐ / yi4 li3 / yi li / yilii li / ili
Richard理查lǐ chá / li3 cha2 / li cha / lichali ch`a / licha / li cha
理子riko / michiko / mariko / eriko / yuriko
lǐ tú / li3 tu2 / li tu / lituli t`u / litu / li tu
chá lǐ cí
cha2 li3 ci2
cha li ci
ch`a li tz`u
cha li tzu
fú lǐ nèi
fu2 li3 nei4
fu li nei
理念 / 理唸
ri nen / rinenlǐ niàn / li3 nian4 / li nian / linianli nien / linien
Richardson理查德森lǐ chá dé sēn
li3 cha2 de2 sen1
li cha de sen
li ch`a te sen
li cha te sen
Love Without Reason愛に理由は無いai ni ri yuu wa na i
ai ni ri yu wa na i
Everything Happens for a Reason物事は全て理由があって起きるmonogoto ha subete riyuu ga at te okiru
monogoto ha subete riyu ga at te okiru
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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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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