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5. Yoko / Brilliant / Glorious
徹 is commonly used in Japan as a given name, romanized as Tetsu.
The meaning of this Kanji is: thorough; penetrating; to pervade; to pass through; pervious; perspicacious; throughout; communal.
徹 can also be romanized as Michi; Tooru; Touru; Tetsuji; Tsuyoshi; Choru; Osamu; Itaru; or Akira.
哲 is a Japanese name that is often romanized as Tetsu.
The meaning of the character can be: philosophy; wise; sage; wise man; philosopher; disciple; sagacity; wisdom; intelligence.
哲 can also be romanized as: Yutaka; Masaru; Hiroshi; Tooru; Tetsuji; Choru; Satoru; Satoshi; Akira; Aki.
暉 is a Kanji that often represents a Japanese name romanized as Hikari.
The literal meaning can be sunshine, light, or to shine upon. It has the same meaning in Chinese and Korean. From ancient Chinese, it is a variant of 輝/辉.
Other Japanese romanizations include Hikaru, Hikatsu, Teru, Terasu, Ki, and Akira.
燿 means brilliant or glorious in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
I am listing this character as it is a common Japanese given name that is romanized as Yoko or Youkou. It can be romanized as these names as well: Yo, Teru, and Akira.
As with most Japanese names, this is not the only character or only name that romanizes as Yoko. Be sure you are getting the correct character before you order.
露 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for dew.
Depending on the context in which this character is used, it can also mean: tears; syrup; nectar; outdoors (not under cover); to show; to reveal; to betray; to expose; scanty; bare; unconcealed; naked; public.
露 can be a Chinese surname Lu. 露 can also be the Japanese surname Tsuyuzaki or Tsuyusaki, and the given names Tsuyu or Akira.
Oddly, 露 is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Russia.
In the Buddhist context, 露 also means dew, but can be a symbol of transience. Sometimes used as a metaphor to expose or disclose knowledge and truth.
明 means light, bright, clear, clarity, to understand, or wise.
In Chinese, this can refer to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) where it can also be the surname Ming.
In Japanese, this can be romanized many different ways when used as surnames or given names. 明 is a partial list of those names: Meishuu, Mei, Min, Myoujin, Myou, Hinata, Haru, Toshi, Tooru, Sayaka, Saya, Satoshi, Asumi, Akera, Akemine, Akesaki, Ake, Akuru, Akiraka, and Akira.
In the Buddhist context, this represents vidyā (knowledge). To expand that, Buddhists understand this to mean bright, clear, enlightenment, wisdom, or to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Akira||阿基拉||ā jī lā / a1 ji1 la1 / a ji la / ajila||a chi la / achila|
|tetsu||chè / che4 / che||ch`e / che|
|哲||tetsu||zhé / zhe2 / zhe||che|
|hikari||huī / hui1 / hui|
|燿||you kou / youkou / yo ko||yào / yao4 / yao|
|Dew||露||ro||lòu / lou4 / lou|
|明||mei / myou / mei / myo||míng / ming2 / ming|
|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.
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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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.
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.
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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