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Happy Birthday

shuku tan jou bi
Happy Birthday Scroll

祝誕生日 is the shortest way to write "Happy Birthday" in Japanese.

The first Kanji means "wish" or "express good wishes", and the last three characters mean "birthday".

Because a birthday only lasts one day per year, we strongly suggest that you find an appropriate and personal calligraphy gift that can be hung in the recipient's home year-round.

Happy Birthday

tan jou bi o me de tou
Happy Birthday Scroll

誕生日おめでとう is a verbose way to write "Happy Birthday" in Japanese.

The first part says "birthday" and the last 5 Kanji mean "congratulations".

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

Happy Birthday

shēng rì kuài lè
Happy Birthday Scroll

生日快樂 is how to write "Happy Birthday" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean "birthday", and the second two characters mean "happiness", or rather a wish for happiness.

Because a birthday only lasts one day per year, we strongly suggest that you find an appropriate and personal calligraphy gift that can be hung in the recipient's home year-round.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy Birthday祝誕生日shuku tan jou bi
shuku tan jo bi
Happy Birthday誕生日おめでとうtan jou bi o me de tou
tan jo bi o me de to
Happy Birthday生日快樂
shēng rì kuài lè
sheng1 ri4 kuai4 le4
sheng ri kuai le
sheng jih k`uai le
sheng jih kuai le
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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shòu / shou4
 ju / ひさし
Happy Birthday Scroll
long life; old age; age; life; birthday; funerary
(out-dated kanji) (1) congratulations; felicitations; best wishes; (2) longevity; long life; (given name) Hisashi
Long life, longevity, age, v. 耆婆 jīva; long life



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shèng dàn / sheng4 dan4
sheng tan
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Christmas; birthday of reigning Emperor; Confucius' birthday
emperor's birthday; emperor's birthday



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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

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zuì / zui4
1st birthday of a child

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dàn / dan4
 tan / ひろし
birth; birthday; brag; boast; to increase
(given name) Hiroshi
A birthday; to bear, produce; wide, boastful; deception


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 jouju / joju / じょうじゅ 100th birthday


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 maruhadaka / まるはだか (noun or adjectival noun) nude; utterly stark naked; wearing only one's birthday suit



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zuò shòu / zuo4 shou4
tso shou
to celebrate a birthday (of an elderly person)


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 sanju / さんじゅ 80th birthday



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nèi zhāi / nei4 zhai1
nei chai
Buddhist ceremonies in the palace on the emperor's birthday, v. 內道塲; ceremonies within the court


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 chikaramochi / ちからもち (1) fortifying mochi; mochi that improves one's strength; (2) (See 汁の餅) mochi received from one's parents after giving birth; (3) mochi given to a toddler on its first birthday


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qiān qiū / qian1 qiu1
ch`ien ch`iu / chien chiu
 senshuu / senshu / せんしゅう
a thousand years; your birthday (honorific)
thousand years; many years; (female given name) Chitose


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 sotsuju / そつじゅ 90th birthday


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 sotsuju / そつじゅ 90th birthday


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jí jī / ji2 ji1
chi chi
to reach marriageable age (a girl's fifteenth birthday)


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 koki / こき 70th birthday


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gǔ xī / gu3 xi1
ku hsi
 koki / こき
seventy years old
70th birthday


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zhōu zuì / zhou1 zui4
chou tsui
one full year (e.g. on child's first birthday); same as 週歲|周岁[zhou1 sui4]


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zhōu xiáng / zhou1 xiang2
chou hsiang
 shū shō
The anniversary of Buddha's birthday; anniversary of Buddha's birthday



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xǐ shòu / xi3 shou4
hsi shou
77th birthday (honorific, archaic or Japanese term)
See: 喜寿


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 kiju / きじゅ (a variant of 喜 looks like 七十七 (77)) 77th birthday; (given name) Yoshihisa



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shòu táng / shou4 tang2
shou t`ang / shou tang
mourning hall; a hall for a birthday celebration



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shòu xīng / shou4 xing1
shou hsing
god of longevity; elderly person whose birthday is being celebrated



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shòu táo / shou4 tao2
shou t`ao / shou tao
(myth.) peaches of immortality, kept by Xi Wangmu; fresh or confectionery peaches offered as a birthday gift



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shòu lǐ / shou4 li3
shou li
birthday present (for an old person)



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shòu yán / shou4 yan2
shou yen
birthday banquet



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shòu gāo / shou4 gao1
shou kao
birthday cake



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shòu chén / shou4 chen2
shou ch`en / shou chen
birthday (of an old person)



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shòu miàn / shou4 mian4
shou mien
birthday noodles (for longevity)


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 shirimochi / しりもち (1) falling on one's backside (behind, bottom); pratfall; (2) mochi used to celebrate a child's first birthday; mochi tied to a baby's back if he starts walking before his first birthday in order to cause him to fall on his backside

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