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  1. Laugh / Smile

  2. Happy Laughter

  3. Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs

  4. Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile

  5. The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

  6. Laughing Dragon Kung Fu

  7. Live Laugh Love

  8. Sense of Humor

  9. The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100

10. Live Laugh Love

11. Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

Laugh / Smile

China xiào
Japan e / shou / wa
Laugh / Smile Vertical Wall Scroll

笑 simply means to laugh or smile.

Notes: In some context, it can mean "ridicule" in Korean Hanja. 笑 is not often seen alone in Japanese, though it is understood.

Happy Laughter

China huān xiào
Happy Laughter Vertical Wall Scroll

歡笑 translates as "happy laughter."

The first character means happy or happiness.
The second character means to laugh, laughter or smile.

Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs

China dà xiào
Japan taishou
Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be translated as "roar of laughter," "loud laughter," "hearty laugh" or "cachinnation."

The first character means big or great, and the second character means laugh or smile.

If you like humor, this is a great wall scroll to hang in your home.

See Also:  The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile

An idiom for heart-to-heart communication
China niān huá wéi xiào
Japan nenge misho
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist title relays the idea of "heart-to-heart communication," or "thought transference."

The literal translation is, "holding a flower and subtly smiling," or "the holding of a flower with a subtle smile." It is the visual act and emotion that communicates more volumes than words can say.

The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

The perfect scroll if you love humor or as a gift for the comedian in your life
China hōng tāng dà xiào
The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter Vertical Wall Scroll

In China, this proverb is used in response to a good joke or witty comment.

The story goes that Mr. Feng and Mr. He were both senior officials in the Song Dynasty (about a thousand years ago). One day, Mr. Feng walked into their shared office wearing a new pair of boots. The boots caught the eye of Mr. He who said, "New boots! - how much were they?." Mr. Feng lifted one of the boots off the ground as if to show it off and responded, "900 coins."
Astonished, Mr. Feng explained, "900? How can that be? - I paid 1800 coins for my boots!." Mr. Feng then lifted his other foot off the ground and said, "This boot was also 900 coins."

It is said that the whole room was shaking from the laughter of all that heard Mr. Feng's joke on Mr. He.

Laughing Dragon Kung Fu

China xiào lóng gōng fu
Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Vertical Wall Scroll

笑龍功夫 is the title for a Martial Arts studio (custom-made at by request of the owner of the studio).

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
Live Laugh Love Vertical Wall Scroll

In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."

Please note: 笑愛生活 is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.

We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.

Sense of Humor

Funny Bone
Japan warainotsubo
Sense of Humor Vertical Wall Scroll

笑いの壺 is the Japanese way to say, "sense of humor" (humour), or colloquially a way to say, "funny bone."

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

The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100

The pot calls the kettle black
China wù shí bù xiào bǎi bù
The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100 Vertical Wall Scroll

During the Warring States Period of what is now China (475 - 221 B.C.), the King of Wei was in love with war. He often fought with other kingdoms just for spite or fun.

One day, the King of Wei asked the philosopher Mencius, "I love my people, and all say I do the best for them. I move the people from famine-stricken areas to places of plenty, and transport grains from rich areas to the poor. Nobody goes hungry in my kingdom, and I treat my people far better than other kings. But why does the population of my kingdom not increase, and why does the population of other kingdoms not decrease?"

Mencius answered, "Since you love war, I will make this example: When going to war, and the drums beat to start the attack, some soldiers flee for their lives in fear. Some run 100 paces in retreat, and others run 50 steps. Then the ones who retreated 50 paces laugh and taunt those who retreated 100 paces, calling them cowards mortally afraid of death. Do you think this is reasonable?

The King of Wei answered, "Of course not! Those who run 50 paces are just as timid as those who run 100 paces."

Mencius then said, "You are a king who treats his subjects better than other kings treat their people but you are so fond of war, that your people suffer from great losses in battle. Therefore, your population does not grow. While other kings allow their people to starve to death, you send your people to die in war. Is there really any difference?"

This famous conversation led to the six-character proverb shown here. It serves as a warning to avoid hypocrisy. It goes hand-in-hand with the western phrase, "The pot calls the kettle black," or the Biblical phrase, "Before trying to remove a splinter from your neighbor's eye, first remove the plank from your own eye."

Live Laugh Love

Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
Live Laugh Love Vertical Wall Scroll

Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.

This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."

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

Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

Japan doujou de naki senjou de warau
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Vertical Wall Scroll

道場で泣き戦場で笑う is a Japanese phrase that means, "Cry in the dojo, laugh on the battlefield."

You'll see this phrase in a lot of dojos as a kind of philosophical joke.

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

See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle

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


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin xiào / xiao4
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese warai / わらい    wara / わら
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese laugh; smile; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (abbreviation) (slang) LOL; haha; (female given name) Warau; (female given name) Nikori; (female given name) Niko; (female given name) Tsutsumi; (female given name) Emu; (surname, female given name) Emi; (female given name) Egao
to laugh


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Mandarin dà xiào / da4 xiao4
Taiwan ta hsiao
Japanese taishou / taisho / たいしょう
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to laugh heartily; a belly laugh
Japanese (noun/participle) loud laughter; hearty laugh



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Mandarin huān xiào / huan1 xiao4
Taiwan huan hsiao
Chinese to laugh happily; a belly-laugh


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Mandarin hōng táng dà xiào / hong1 tang2 da4 xiao4
Taiwan hung t`ang ta hsiao / hung tang ta hsiao
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese the whole room roaring with laughter (idiom)



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Mandarin niān huá wéi xiào / nian1 hua2 wei2 xiao4
Taiwan nien hua wei hsiao
Japanese nengemishou / nengemisho / ねんげみしょう
Japanese (yoji) heart-to-heart communication; thought transference; holding a flower and subtly smiling
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Japanese warainotsubo / わらいのつぼ
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (exp,n) sense of humour (humor); funny bone


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Mandarin wǔ shí bù xiào bǎi bù / wu3 shi2 bu4 xiao4 bai3 bu4
Taiwan wu shih pu hsiao pai pu
Chinese the one who has retreated 50 steps laughs at the one who has retreated 100 steps (idiom); the pot calls the kettle black

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Mandarin xiào / xiao4
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese momoka / ももか    shou / sho / しょう    sayaka / さやか    sakuji / さくじ    saku / さく    saki / さき    saka / さか    sai / さい    emu / えむ    emi / えみ
Chinese old variant of [xiao4]
Japanese (female given name) Momoka; (female given name) Shou; (female given name) Sayaka; (personal name) Sakuji; (female given name) Saku; (female given name) Saki; (female given name) Saka; (female given name) Sai; (female given name) Emu; (female given name) Emi


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Japanese isshou / issho / いっしょう Japanese (noun/participle) laugh; smile; (female given name) Hitoe; (female given name) Kazue; (given name) Isshou



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Mandarin gān xiào / gan1 xiao4
Taiwan kan hsiao
Chinese to give a hollow laugh; to force a smile; forced laugh; CL:聲|声[sheng1]


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Mandarin tōu xiào / tou1 xiao4
Taiwan t`ou hsiao / tou hsiao
Chinese to laugh up one's sleeve


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Mandarin shǎ xiào / sha3 xiao4
Taiwan sha hsiao
Chinese to giggle; to laugh foolishly; to smirk; to simper


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Mandarin lěng xiào / leng3 xiao4
Taiwan leng hsiao
Japanese reishou / resho / れいしょう
Chinese to sneer; to laugh grimly; grin of dissatisfaction (bitterness, helplessness, indignation etc); bitter, grim, sarcastic or angry smile
Japanese (noun/participle) derision; derisive laughter; scornful laugh


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Mandarin qǔ xiào / qu3 xiao4
Taiwan ch`ü hsiao / chü hsiao
Chinese to tease; to make fun of


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Mandarin kě xiào / ke3 xiao4
Taiwan k`o hsiao / ko hsiao
Japanese kashou / kasho / かしょう
Chinese funny; ridiculous
Japanese (given name) Kashou


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Mandarin hán xiào / han2 xiao4
Taiwan han hsiao
Japanese gonshō
Chinese to have a smile on one's face
to contain a smile (?)


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Mandarin shěn xiào / shen3 xiao4
Taiwan shen hsiao
Chinese (literary) to sneer; to laugh at


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Mandarin hōng xiào / hong1 xiao4
Taiwan hung hsiao
Japanese koushou / kosho / こうしょう
Chinese to roar with laughter; hoots of laughter; guffaw
Japanese (noun/participle) loud laughter


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Mandarin xǐ xiào / xi3 xiao4
Taiwan hsi hsiao
Chinese to laugh; laughter


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Mandarin chī xiào / chi1 xiao4
Taiwan ch`ih hsiao / chih hsiao
Japanese shishou / shisho / ししょう
Chinese to sneer at
Japanese (noun/participle) sneer



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Mandarin huá xiào / hua2 xiao4
Taiwan hua hsiao
Chinese uproarious laughter


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Mandarin cháo xiào / chao2 xiao4
Taiwan ch`ao hsiao / chao hsiao
Japanese choushou / chosho / ちょうしょう
Chinese to jeer at; to deride; to ridicule; mockery; derision
Japanese (noun/participle) scorn; sneer


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Japanese baishou / baisho / ばいしょう Japanese prostitution


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Mandarin shī xiào / shi1 xiao4
Taiwan shih hsiao
Japanese shisshou / shissho / しっしょう
Chinese to laugh in spite of oneself; to be unable to help laughing; to break into laughter
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) laughing at an inappropriate time; not being able to hold back one's laughter; (2) (colloquialism) scornful laughter; snicker; snigger


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Mandarin jiān xiào / jian1 xiao4
Taiwan chien hsiao
Chinese evil smile; sinister smile


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Mandarin hǎo xiào / hao3 xiao4
Taiwan hao hsiao
Japanese yoshie / よしえ
Chinese laughable; funny; ridiculous
Japanese (female given name) Yoshie


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Mandarin mèi xiào / mei4 xiao4
Taiwan mei hsiao
Japanese bishou / bisho / びしょう
Chinese enchanting smile
Japanese charming, enticing smile; smile meant to catch a man's attention


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Mandarin xī xiào / xi1 xiao4
Taiwan hsi hsiao
Japanese kishou / kisho / きしょう
Chinese to be laughing and playing; to giggle
Japanese happy laughter


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Japanese kyoushou / kyosho / きょうしょう Japanese (noun/participle) charming smile


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Japanese koushou / kosho / こうしょう Japanese courteous laughter; forced laughter

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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
e / shou / wa
e / sho / wa
xiào / xiao4 / xiaohsiao
Happy Laughter歡笑
huān xiào
huan1 xiao4
huan xiao
huan hsiao
Roar of Laughter
Big Laughs
大笑taishou / taishodà xiào / da4 xiao4 / da xiao / daxiaota hsiao / tahsiao
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile拈華微笑
nenge misho
niān huá wéi xiào
nian1 hua2 wei2 xiao4
nian hua wei xiao
nien hua wei hsiao
The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter哄堂大笑hōng tāng dà xiào
hong1 tang1 da4 xiao4
hong tang da xiao
hung t`ang ta hsiao
hung tang ta hsiao
Laughing Dragon Kung Fu笑龍功夫
xiào lóng gōng fu
xiao4 long2 gong1 fu
xiao long gong fu
hsiao lung kung fu
Live Laugh Love笑愛生活
xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
hsiao ai sheng huo
Sense of Humor笑いの壺warainotsubo
The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100五十步笑百步wù shí bù xiào bǎi bù
wu4 shi2 bu4 xiao4 bai3 bu4
wu shi bu xiao bai bu
wu shih pu hsiao pai pu
Live Laugh Love愛と笑いの生活ai to warai no seikatsu
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield道場で泣き戦場で笑うdoujou de naki senjou de warau
dojo de naki senjo de warau
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 high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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