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Happy Birthday

Japan tan jou bi o me de tou
Happy Birthday Vertical Wall Scroll

This 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

Japan shuku tan jou bi
Happy Birthday Vertical Wall 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

China shēng rì kuài lè
Happy Birthday Vertical Wall 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.

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


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin shòu / shou4
Taiwan shou
Japanese kotobuki / ことぶき
Chinese long life; old age; age; life; birthday; funerary; surname Shou
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) congratulations; felicitations; best wishes; (2) longevity; long life; (given name) Hisashi; (female given name) Hisa; (surname) Toshinaga; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (surname) Kotobuki
Long life, longevity, age, v. 耆婆 jīva.



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Mandarin shèng dàn / sheng4 dan4
Taiwan sheng tan
Japanese shōtan
Chinese Christmas; birthday of reigning Emperor; Confucius' birthday
emperor's birthday; emperor's birthday



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Mandarin shēng rì kuài lè / sheng1 ri4 kuai4 le4
Taiwan sheng jih k`uai le / sheng jih kuai le
Chinese Happy birthday

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Mandarin zuì / zui4
Taiwan tsui
Chinese 1st birthday of a child

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Mandarin dàn / dan4
Taiwan tan
Japanese hiroshi / ひろし    noeru / のえる    tan / たん    jou / jo / じょう    iyo / いよ    izawa / いざわ
Chinese birth; birthday; brag; boast; to increase
Japanese (given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Noeru; (given name) Tan; (given name) Jou; (personal name) Iyo; (personal name) Izawa
A birthday; to bear, produce; wide, boastful; deception


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Japanese jouju / joju / じょうじゅ Japanese 100th birthday


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



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


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Japanese sanju / さんじゅ Japanese 80th birthday



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


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Japanese chikaramochi / ちからもち Japanese (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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Mandarin qiān qiū / qian1 qiu1
Taiwan ch`ien ch`iu / chien chiu
Japanese senshuu / senshu / せんしゅう
Chinese a thousand years; your birthday (honorific)
Japanese thousand years; many years; (female given name) Chitose; (surname, female given name) Chiaki; (surname, given name) Senshuu


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Japanese sotsuju / そつじゅ Japanese 90th birthday


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Japanese sotsuju / そつじゅ Japanese 90th birthday


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


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Japanese koki / こき Japanese 70th birthday


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Mandarin gǔ xī / gu3 xi1
Taiwan ku hsi
Japanese koki / こき
Chinese seventy years old
Japanese 70th birthday


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


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Mandarin zhōu xiáng / zhou1 xiang2
Taiwan chou hsiang
Japanese shū shō
The anniversary of Buddha's birthday.



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


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



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



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



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



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



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Mandarin shòu yán / shou4 yan2
Taiwan shou yen
Chinese birthday banquet



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Mandarin shòu gāo / shou4 gao1
Taiwan shou kao
Chinese birthday cake



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



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


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Japanese shirimochi / しりもち Japanese (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

Search for Birthday in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
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祝誕生日shuku tan jou bi
shuku tan jo bi
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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

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