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Black in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Black

  2. Black Belt

  3. Black Raven

  4. Black Dragon

  5. Black Belt

  6. Black Wolf

  7. Black Tiger Fist

  8. Eight Black Horses

  9. Home of the Black Dragon

10. Black Eagle / Condor

11. Scops Owl / Black Kite

12. Roku-Dan / 6th Degree Black Belt

13. Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

14. Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen

15. Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black

16. Darkness


hēi
kuro
Black Scroll

黑 is the color black in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context, this can mean "dark" or "evil".


黒There is an alternate form of this character which is commonly used in modern Japan (shown to the right). If you want this alternate/Japanese form, just click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Black Belt

kuroobi
Black Belt Scroll

These are the Kanji for "Black Belt" in Japanese.

This would be the gift to buy someone who is about to achieve the rank of black belt, or perhaps for yourself, like a certificate on the wall to subtly show your accomplishment.

It should be mentioned that the title, "black belt" is not a common selection for a calligraphy wall scroll.


Note: with a tiny stroke difference on the second character, this also means black belt in Korean Hanja. Let me know if you need the exact Korean version (though any Korean who can read Hanja will know this is black belt).

Black Raven

karasu
Black Raven Scroll

烏 can mean raven or crow but is also used as an alternate way to write the color black.

Therefore, this is a symbol of the black raven (with emphasis on black). This can also mean rook or dark.


Notes: This can be the Japanese surname Karasu, or Chinese surname Wu.

Black Dragon

xuān lóng
Black Dragon Scroll

玄龍 is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Black Dragon".

玄龍 is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means black or mysterious.

The second character means dragon.

This black dragon represents a king dwelling in the depths of the mystic waters.

Black Dragon

hēi lóng
koku ryuu
Black Dragon Scroll

黑龍 is a generic title for "Black Dragon".

The first character is black color.
The second means dragon.

Black Dragon

mò lóng
Black Dragon Scroll

墨龍 is a cool way to say "Black Dragon".

墨龍 is literally "Ink Dragon". The ink part is black Chinese ink, the deepest, darkest ink available for thousands of years.

Black Belt

hēi dài
Black Belt Scroll

黑帶 is "black belt" in Chinese.

Many will argue whether rank systems that include a "black belt" are used in pure Chinese martial arts systems. The argument goes that it's more a Japanese idea that's merged into the western versions of Chinese martial arts. However, in Wushu (often referred to as Kung Fu), it's said that all students started with white belts. Over the years of training, the white belt would get dirty, until finally appearing black with filth. Thus, more advanced students had darker belts.

If you want this title in Chinese, this would be the form.


带 Often, the second character is written like the image to the right. If you like this version, click on this character instead of the button above.

Black Wolf

hēi láng
Black Wolf Scroll

黑狼 is how the title Black Wolf is written in Chinese.

黑狼 is not a common term in Chinese but will be understood.

Black Tiger Fist

hēi hǔ quán
Black Tiger Fist Scroll

黑虎拳 is Hei Hu Quan or "Black Tiger Fist" - a school of Chinese Martial Arts.

Eight Black Horses

hēi bā mǎ
Eight Black Horses Scroll

黑八馬 means "eight black horses" in Chinese.

黑八馬 is an unusual title for calligraphy, but several people have searched for it, so we added it.
Eight horses is a sign of success in business in Chinese culture.

Home of the Black Dragon

hēi lóng zhī jiā
Home of the Black Dragon Scroll

Added by special request of a customer. This phase is natural in Chinese but it is not a common or ancient title.

The first character is black.
The second is dragon.
The third is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The fourth character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

Black Eagle / Condor

jiù
washi
Black Eagle / Condor Scroll

鷲 is the way to write black eagle, or condor in Chinese.

It means eagle (sometimes vulture) in Japanese Kanji. 鷲 hasn't been in common use in Korean for hundreds of years, so it's hard to say what bird it represented in old Korean Hanja.

There are other multi-character words which express different specific species of birds of prey (bald eagle, osprey, golden eagle, etc).


If you need a more specific title, just contact me.

Scops Owl / Black Kite

chī
tonbi / tobi
Scops Owl / Black Kite Scroll

In Chinese, this is the Scops Owl. In Japanese, this is the black kite (Milvus migrans).

Colloquially in Japanese, this can refer to a construction worker who walks on or erects scaffolding. It can also be a firefighter up high on a ladder or building.

Roku-Dan / 6th Degree Black Belt

roku dan
Roku-Dan / 6th Degree Black Belt Scroll

六段 is the Japanese title for the 6th Degree or 6th Level.

This applies mostly to martial arts and earning the title of a 6th-degree black belt.

The first character is simply the number 6.
The second character is "dan" which is often translated at "degree" in the context of Japanese martial arts. 六段 actually means grade, rank, level. When a number is in front like this, it refers to a senior rank in martial arts or games of strategy such as go, shogi, chess, etc.

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Scroll

This literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, "I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice" when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, "It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works".

This Chinese proverb can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.


Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China’s economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen

hēi qí mén
hak ki mun
Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen Scroll

Often romanized as "Hek Ki Boen" from Cantonese, this is the title for a certain branch school of Wing Chun or Eng Chun martial arts.

Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black

bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black Scroll

Literally this says: [Just as] white liquor makes people's faces turn red, [So] yellow gold makes people's hearts turn black.

This is a warning about the nature of greed. The suggestion is that one who lusts for gold and riches, will eventually have a black heart (or become a heartless greedy bastard). As a wall scroll, this is a reminder and warning to keep yourself from following the greedy path.

Darkness

an koku
Darkness Scroll

暗黒 is the two-character Japanese word for darkness.

The first Kanji can mean unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.
The second character means black or dark.

Together, these two Kanji will be understood as dark or darkness.

Darkness

hēi àn
Darkness Scroll

黑闇 is the two-character Chinese word for darkness.

The first character alone means black or dark.

The second character has several possible meanings, depending on context; They include: to shut the door, unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.

Together, these two characters will, in most cases, simply be translated as "dark" or "darkness".

Darkness

àn
yami
Darkness Scroll

闇 is the shortest and universal way (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja) to write "darkness".

In Chinese this can mean: dark, gloomy, hidden, secret, to shut the door, unilluminated.

In Japanese this can mean: darkness, the dark, black-marketeering, dark, shady, illegal.

In old Korean Hanja this can mean: dark, obscure, hidden, secret.


暗 Note that there is an alternate form of this character. It is used as an alternate in all three languages (that rarely happens). You can see this alternate version to the right. If you want to order that version, please click on that character, instead of the button above.




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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
Black
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
Black Belt黒帯
黑帯
kuroobi / kurobi
Black Raven
karasuwū / wu1 / wu
Black Dragon玄龍
玄龙
xuān lóng
xuan1 long2
xuan long
xuanlong
hsüan lung
hsüanlung
Black Dragon黑龍
黑龙
koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryuhēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilonghei lung / heilung
Black Dragon墨龍
墨龙
mò lóng / mo4 long2 / mo long / molongmo lung / molung
Black Belt黑帶
黑带
hēi dài / hei1 dai4 / hei dai / heidaihei tai / heitai
Black Wolf黑狼hēi láng / hei1 lang2 / hei lang / heilang
Black Tiger Fist黑虎拳hēi hǔ quán
hei1 hu3 quan2
hei hu quan
heihuquan
hei hu ch`üan
heihuchüan
hei hu chüan
Eight Black Horses黑八馬
黑八马
hēi bā mǎ
hei1 ba1 ma3
hei ba ma
heibama
hei pa ma
heipama
Home of the Black Dragon黑龍之家
黑龙之家
hēi lóng zhī jiā
hei1 long2 zhi1 jia1
hei long zhi jia
heilongzhijia
hei lung chih chia
heilungchihchia
Black Eagle
Condor

washijiù / jiu4 / jiuchiu
Scops Owl
Black Kite

tonbi / tobichī / chi1 / chich`ih / chih
Roku-Dan
6th Degree Black Belt
六段roku dan / rokudan
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice不管黑貓白貓能捉著老鼠的就是好貓
不管黑猫白猫能捉着老鼠的就是好猫
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
Black Flag Gate
Hek Ki Boen
黑旗門
黑旗门
hēi qí mén
hei1 qi2 men2
hei qi men
heiqimen
hei ch`i men
heichimen
hei chi men
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black白酒紅人面黃金黑世心
白酒红人面黄金黑世心
bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
bai2 jiu3 hong2 ren2 mian4 huang2 jin1 hei1 shi4 xin1
bai jiu hong ren mian huang jin hei shi xin
pai chiu hung jen mien huang chin hei shih hsin
Darkness暗黒an koku / ankoku
Darkness黑闇
黑暗
hēi àn / hei1 an4 / hei an / heian
Darkness
yamiàn / an4 / an
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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