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  1. Respect

  2. Courtesy / Etiquette

  3. Courtesy / Politeness

  4. Courtesy / Etiquette

  5. The Five Tenets of Confucius

  6. Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do

  7. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Respect (Japanese / Simplified version)

Can also be a sign of gratitude
China
Japan rei
Respect (Japanese / Simplified version) Vertical Wall Scroll

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

禮 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

禮 can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship or an expression of gratitude.

Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of the character for respect - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese version.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Confucius

Courtesy / Etiquette

China lǐ yì
Courtesy / Etiquette Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and old Japanese Kanji, this word means "etiquette" or "courtesy."

You'll also find a Japanese entry on our website which uses a modern/simplified first Kanji. The characters shown here compose the best choice if your audience is Chinese or Korean - but also acceptable if you want an ancient-style Japanese scroll.

Note: This can also be translated as propriety, decorum, or formality.

Courtesy / Politeness

China lǐ mào
Courtesy / Politeness Vertical Wall Scroll

Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to go smoothly.


If you put the words "fēi cháng bù" in front of this, it is like adding "very much not." It's a great insult in China, as nobody wants to be called "extremely discourteous" or "very much impolite."


See Also:  Kindness | Respect

Courtesy / Etiquette

China lǐ yì
Japan rei gi
Courtesy / Etiquette Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japanese, this word means "manners," "courtesy" or "etiquette."

This also clearly means etiquette in Chinese, though the first Japanese Kanji has been "modernized" and happens to be the same as the modern Simplified Chinese version. Therefore, this word will be understood by both Japanese and Chinese people but best if your audience is mostly Japanese (Chinese people would generally prefer the ancient Traditional Chinese version).


See Also:  Kindness | Respect

The Five Tenets of Confucius

The Five Cardinal Rules / Virtues of Confucius
China rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
Japan jin gi rei tomo nobu
The Five Tenets of Confucius Vertical Wall Scroll

These are the core of Confucius philosophy. Simply stated they are:
benevolence / charity
justice / rectitude
courtesy / politeness / tact
wisdom / knowledge
fidelity / trust / sincerity

Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.

This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues."


礼 If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets but they will know all the meanings of the characters.


See Also:  Confucius Teachings | Ethics

Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do

China tái quán dào jīng shén lǐ yì lián chǐ rěn nài kè jǐ bǎi zhé bù qū
Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do Vertical Wall Scroll

Taekwondo TenetsThis is General Choi's writing that is often called "The Tenets of Taekwon-do." The actual title would be translated as, "Taekwondo Spirit" or "The Spirit of Taekwondo." It was originally written in Korean Hanja (Chinese characters used in Korea for about 1600 years).

General Choi's original calligraphy is shown to the right. Your custom calligraphy will be unique, and not an exact match, as each calligrapher has their own style.

In modern times, the common form of written Korean is Hangul (a phonetic character set). The table below shows the text in Hangul and Hanja along with a pronunciation guide and a brief English translation:

Traditional Korean HanjaModern Korean HangulPronunciationEnglish
跆拳道精神태권도정신tae gweon do jeong sinTaekwondo Spirit
禮儀예의ye yiCourtesy / Etiquette / Propriety / Decorum / Formality
廉耻염치yeom ciIntegrity / Sense of Honor
忍耐인내in naePatience / Perseverance / Endurance
克己극기geug giSelf-Control / Self-Denial / Self-Abnegation
百折不屈백절불굴baeg jeor bur gurIndomitable Spirit (Undaunted even after repeated attacks from the opponent)
Note that the pronunciation is the official version now used in South Korea. However, it is different than what you may be used to. For instance, "Taekwon-do" is "tae gweon do." This new romanization is supposed to be closer to actual Korean pronunciation.

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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

see styles
Japanese rei / re / れい Japanese (1) (See お礼・1) thanks; gratitude; (2) manners; etiquette; (3) bow; (4) reward; gift; (5) ceremony; ritual; (personal name) Reiji; (female given name) Rei; (given name) Rai; (given name) Yuzuru; (female given name) Yuki; (male given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hiro; (personal name) Iyabu; (female given name) Ayano; (female given name) Aya; (female given name) Akira


see styles
Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese rai / らい    yutaka / ゆたか    hiro / ひろ
Chinese gift; rite; ceremony; CL:份[fen4]; propriety; etiquette; courtesy; surname Li; abbr. for 禮記|记[Li3 ji4], Classic of Rites
Japanese (personal name) Rai; (given name) Yutaka; (female given name) Hiro
Worship, offerings, rites; ritual, ceremonial, decorum, courtesy, etiquette; ceremony

お礼

see styles
Japanese orei / ore / おれい Japanese (1) (polite language) thanks; gratitude; (2) (polite language) manners; etiquette; (3) (polite language) bow; (4) (polite language) reward; gift; (5) (polite language) ceremony; ritual

一礼

see styles
Japanese ichirei / ichire / いちれい Japanese (noun/participle) bow (salute, greeting)

三礼

see styles
Japanese sanrai;sanrei;mirei / sanrai;sanre;mire / さんらい;さんれい;みれい Japanese (See 三拝) adoration which is performed three times or repeatedly; act of worship which is performed three times or repeatedly; (female given name) Mirei

三禮


三礼

see styles
Mandarin sān lǐ / san1 li3
Taiwan san li
Japanese mire / みれ
Japanese (female given name) Mire
Worship with 身, 口, 意, body, mouth, and mind; three forms of reverence

作禮


作礼

see styles
Mandarin zuò lǐ / zuo4 li3
Taiwan tso li
Japanese sarai
To pay one's respect by worship; to make an obeisance; to make obeisance

儀礼

see styles
Japanese girei / gire / ぎれい Japanese etiquette; courtesy; (given name) Girei

儀禮


仪礼

see styles
Mandarin yí lǐ / yi2 li3
Taiwan i li
Chinese Rites and Ceremonies, part of the Confucian Classic of Rites 禮記|记[Li3 ji4]

免禮


免礼

see styles
Mandarin miǎn lǐ / mian3 li3
Taiwan mien li
Chinese (formal) you may dispense with curtseying

典礼

see styles
Japanese tenrei / tenre / てんれい Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) ceremony; etiquette; courtesy; (Catholic) liturgy; (given name) Tenrei

典禮


典礼

see styles
Mandarin diǎn lǐ / dian3 li3
Taiwan tien li
Chinese celebration; ceremony
Japanese See: 典礼

刀礼

see styles
Japanese tourei / tore / とうれい Japanese sword salute

割礼

see styles
Japanese katsurei / katsure / かつれい Japanese (noun/participle) circumcision (masculine speech)

割禮


割礼

see styles
Mandarin gē lǐ / ge1 li3
Taiwan ko li
Chinese circumcision
Japanese See: 割礼

厚礼

see styles
Japanese kourei / kore / こうれい Japanese heartfelt thanks

厚禮


厚礼

see styles
Mandarin hòu lǐ / hou4 li3
Taiwan hou li
Chinese generous gifts
Japanese See: 厚礼

受禮


受礼

see styles
Mandarin shòu lǐ / shou4 li3
Taiwan shou li
Chinese to accept a gift; to acknowledge greetings

名礼

see styles
Japanese nare / なれ Japanese {comp} label (e.g. in programming languages); (place-name) Nare

周禮


周礼

see styles
Mandarin zhōu lǐ / zhou1 li3
Taiwan chou li
Chinese the Rites of Zhou (in Confucianism)

唱禮


唱礼

see styles
Mandarin chàng lǐ / chang4 li3
Taiwan ch`ang li / chang li
Japanese shōrai
To announce the ceremonial duty; announcement of the ritual dutie

喪禮


丧礼

see styles
Mandarin sāng lǐ / sang1 li3
Taiwan sang li
Chinese funeral

囘禮


回礼

see styles
Mandarin huí lǐ / hui2 li3
Taiwan hui li
Japanese kai rei
To return, or acknowledge a courtesy or gift; to return a courtesy

回礼

see styles
Japanese kairei / kaire / かいれい Japanese (noun/participle) (1) going from door to door greeting relatives and friends; (2) complimentary visit for the New Year

回禮


回礼

see styles
Mandarin huí lǐ / hui2 li3
Taiwan hui li
Chinese to return a greeting; to send a gift in return
Japanese See: 回礼

壽禮


寿礼

see styles
Mandarin shòu lǐ / shou4 li3
Taiwan shou li
Chinese birthday present (for an old person)

夕礼

see styles
Japanese yuurei / yure / ゆうれい Japanese evening assembly (company)

多禮


多礼

see styles
Mandarin duō lǐ / duo1 li3
Taiwan to li
Chinese too polite; overcourteous

大礼

see styles
Japanese tairei / taire / たいれい Japanese imperial or state ceremony; (surname) Oorei

失礼

see styles
Japanese shitsurei(p);shitsurai(ok);shichirai(ok) / shitsure(p);shitsurai(ok);shichirai(ok) / しつれい(P);しつらい(ok);しちらい(ok) Japanese (n,vs,adj-na) (1) (See 無礼) discourtesy; impoliteness; (expression) (2) (See 失礼します) Excuse me; Goodbye; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) to leave; (4) (See 無礼) to be rude

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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
Respect (Japanese
Simplified version)

reilǐ / li3 / li
Courtesy
Etiquette
禮儀
礼仪
lǐ yì / li3 yi4 / li yi / liyili i / lii
Courtesy
Politeness
禮貌
礼貌
lǐ mào / li3 mao4 / li mao / limao
Courtesy
Etiquette
礼儀 / 禮儀
礼仪
rei gi / reigilǐ yì / li3 yi4 / li yi / liyili i / lii
The Five Tenets of Confucius仁義禮智信
仁义礼智信
jin gi rei tomo nobu
jingireitomonobu
rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
ren yi li zhi xin
renyilizhixin
jen i li chih hsin
jenilichihhsin
Taekwondo Tenets
Spirit of Taekwon-do
跆拳道精神禮義廉耻忍耐克己百折不屈
跆拳道精神礼义廉耻忍耐克己百折不屈
tái quán dào jīng shén lǐ yì lián chǐ rěn nài kè jǐ bǎi zhé bù qū
tai2 quan2 dao4 jing1 shen2 li3 yi4 lian2 chi3 ren3 nai4 ke4 ji3 bai3 zhe2 bu4 qu1
tai quan dao jing shen li yi lian chi ren nai ke ji bai zhe bu qu
t`ai ch`üan tao ching shen li i lien ch`ih jen nai k`o chi pai che pu ch`ü
tai chüan tao ching shen li i lien chih jen nai ko chi pai che pu chü
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
aiwakanyodeariaiwashinsetsudesumatahitoonetamimasenaiwajimansezukomanninarimasenreiginihansurukotoosezujibunnoriekiomotomezuokorazuhitonoshitaakuoomowazufuseioyorokobazunishinrioyorokobimasusubeteogamanshis
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 nice Chinese calligraphy 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.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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