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The name Be Happy in Chinese / Japanese...

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Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

 lè tiān
 raku ten
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate Scroll

樂天 is about being optimistic and also making the best of whatever life throws at you.

This is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as “acceptance of fate and happy about it.” There is one English word equivalent, which is sanguinity or sanguinary.

You can also say that this means “Be happy with whatever Heaven provides,” or “Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you.” 樂天 suggests being an optimist in life.

Note: This is sometimes a given name in China.

楽 Please note that Japanese tend to write the first character in a slightly-different form (as seen to the right). Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

 Shiawa se de a ru
Be Happy Scroll

幸せである is a way to express the idea of “be happy” in Japanese.

Japanese grammar is far different than English, so the word order is the opposite of English. If you translated directly, you'd have something like “Happiness henceforth” or “Happiness hereafter.” The idea is to be happy from this moment on.

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

Better to be Happy than Rich

 ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Scroll

安貧樂道 means “It's better to be happy than rich” in Chinese.

Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

...Satisfaction, happiness and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese, the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your worth by the size of your bank account.

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Everything will be all right, it will all work out one way or another

 nan ku ru nai sa
Nankurunaisa Scroll

なんくるないさ or Nankurunaisa means “Everything will be all right” and/or “It will all work out one way or another.”

なんくるないさ is an Okinawan (琉球 / Ryūkyū Islands) word written in Japanese.

You might see this romanized with breaks like nankurunai-sa or nankuru-nai-sa. It's the same word either way. However, there is a separate word, なんくるない, in there which is nankurunai, translated as “Don't worry, be happy.” The “sa” or さ part indicates an assertion or interjection.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Hiragana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

 nan ku ru nai
Don't Worry, Be Happy Scroll

なんくるない or nankurunai is an Okinawan word, written in Japanese that means “Don't worry, be happy.”

沖縄/Okinawa and/or the 琉球/Ryūkyū Islands have a more laid-back “island style” approach to life. So the nankurunai idea is a perfect match for that lifestyle.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Hiragana, 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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Happiness / Joyful / Joy
to be fond of; to like; to enjoy; to be happy; to feel pleased; happiness; delight; glad
(female given name) Yoshimi
prīti; ānanda. Joy; glad; delighted, rejoice; to like.

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(personal name) Yoshi
Joyful, elated, elevated.

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joyous; happy; pleased
(personal name) Kan
nanda. Pleased, glad.


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xiǎng fú
    xiang3 fu2
hsiang fu

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Prosperous Life
to live comfortably; happy and prosperous life


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qí yù
    qi2 yu4
ch`i yü
    chi yü
 kiguu / kigu

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Fortuitous Meeting
happy encounter; fortuitous meeting; adventure
(adj-na,adj-no,n) unexpected meeting; coincidence


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xìng fú
    xing4 fu2
hsing fu
 koufuku / kofuku

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happiness; happy; blessed
(noun or adjectival noun) happiness; well-being; joy; welfare; blessedness; (surname, female given name) Shiawase



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kuài lè
    kuai4 le4
k`uai le
    kuai le

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Joyfulness / Happiness
happy; joyful



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lè tiān
    le4 tian1
le t`ien
    le tien

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carefree; happy-go-lucky; optimistic
deva musicians, see above.



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ā lǔ bā
    a1 lu3 ba1
a lu pa

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(Tw) (slang) a prank, prevalent in Chinese schools and known as "happy corner" in Hong Kong, in which several people carry a victim with his legs spread open, bringing his groin up against a pole or tree trunk


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 fuufuenman / fufuenman

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Happy Marriage
matrimonial happiness; happy marriage



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xīn nián kuài lè
    xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
hsin nien k`uai le
    hsin nien kuai le

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Happy New Year
Happy New Year!



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shēng rì kuài lè
    sheng1 ri4 kuai4 le4
sheng jih k`uai le
    sheng jih kuai le

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Happy Birthday
Happy birthday


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bǎi nián hǎo hé
    bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
pai nien hao ho

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100 Years of Happy Marriage
may you live a long and happy life together (wedding greeting)


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Don't Worry, Be Happy
(expression) (rkb:) don't worry, be happy

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(interj.); happy; sound of laughter

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excellent; happy; well-being

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content; happy

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(literary) to want; to desire; (literary) pleased; gratified; happy

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Delight, joy.

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harmony; pleased

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happy; joyous

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(literary) (of sunlight) bright; (literary) happy; delighted (old variant of 忭[bian4])

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(literary) to blow or breathe upon; happy

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 hafuri; houri / hafuri; hori
    はふり; ほうり
to pray for; to wish (sb bon voyage, happy birthday etc); person who invokes the spirits during sacrificial ceremonies
(1) {Shinto} (See 宮司,禰宜・1,神主・2) junior Shinto priest; (2) (polite language) (rare) {Shinto} Shinto priest; generic title for a member of the Shinto priesthood; (surname) Yoshi
To invoke, either to bless or curse.

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happy; used in historical names

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pleased; delighted; happy; variant of 欣

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happy; carefree; at one's ease; variant of 預|预[yu4]; old variant of 與|与[yu4]
At ease; beforehand; prepared, v. 預 13.

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ancient city name; happy


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 saa / sa
(conj,int) (1) come; come now; come along; go on; hurry up; (2) well; who knows; I don't know...; uh; hmm; (3) (said when surprised or happy) well now; let's see; there we go; all right; (4) about that; you see

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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
Happy With Your Fate
樂天 / 楽天
raku ten / rakutenlè tiān / le4 tian1 / le tian / letianle t`ien / letien / le tien
Be Happy幸せであるShiawa se de a ru
Better to be Happy than Rich安貧樂道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
an p`in le tao
an pin le tao
Nankurunaisaなんくるないさnan ku ru nai sa
Don't Worry, Be Happyなんくるないnan ku ru nai
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

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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.

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Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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

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