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  1. Black Dragon

  2. Black Belt

  3. Black

  4. Black Wolf

  5. Black Tiger Fist

  6. Eight Black Horses

  7. Home of the Black Dragon

  8. Black Eagle / Condor

  9. Scops Owl / Black Kite

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

11. Magic

12. Ebony

13. Gray Color

14. Equality

15. Dark Angel

16. Goldfish

17. Giant Panda

18. Panda Bear

19. Darkness

20. Demon / Raksha

21. Darkness

22. Rank Holder

23. Shihan

24. Martial Arts Master

25. The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

mó shù
ma jutsu
Magic Scroll

This mean magic in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This title can also refer to black magic, black arts, sorcery, magic tricks, and in some contexts, juggling.


This is a strange selection for a wall scroll. Probably only appropriate if you are a magician (or an inspiring magician).

wū mù
uboku
Ebony Scroll

烏木 means ebony (the dark - virtually black tropical wood) in Chinese and Japanese.

When pronounced as Karasugi instead of Uboku is the name of a town and sometimes a surname in Japan.

huī sè
haiiro
Gray Color Scroll

灰色 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the color gray.

This can also mean ash gray, grizzly, pessimistic, gloomy, dispirited, ambiguous (not black and white), and the alternate spelling, grey.

píng děng
byou dou
Equality Scroll

In Chinese, this is the word used to describe equality among all humans.

Yes, this is the equality that means equality no matter of religion, whether you are rich or poor, gay or straight, black white or yellow.

In Japanese and Korean, this can be defined as equality, impartiality, evenness (basically the same as the Chinese meaning).

hēi àn tiān shǐ
Dark Angel Scroll

黑暗天使 means, "Dark Angel", in Chinese.

The first character means black, but the second means dark by itself, so this can also be written with the first character dropped.

The last two characters mean angel.

jīn yú
kin gyo
Goldfish Scroll

金魚 is the title for goldfish in Chinese and Japanese.

There was a time in ancient China when only the Emperor could possess the true yellow-gold colored fish. 金魚 is why alternate coloration such as orange, black, red, and white were bred. Many believe this is why colors other than yellow-gold are more common for "goldfish" found in pet shops today.

dà xióng māo
Giant Panda Scroll

大熊貓 is how to write "giant panda" in Chinese.

大熊貓 is specific to the "giant panda" which has black and white fur. Not to be confused with other types of smaller pandas in China.

The literal meaning of these characters is "great/big bear cat". Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears".


Note: In Japanese, they only express Giant Panda in Katakana, which is ジャイアント パンダ” (Jaianto Panda). So we have not included that for wall scroll orders.

xióng māo
Panda Bear Scroll

熊貓 is how to write "panda" in Chinese. 熊貓 is kind of a generic term that is applied to all pandas. When most people think of panda bears, they are really thinking of the "giant panda" which has black and white fur.

The literal meaning of these characters are "bear cat". Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears".

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".

Demon / Raksha

luó chà
Demon / Raksha Scroll

This Chinese version of demon comes from the ancient Sanskrit word raksha, raksasa (rākṣasa), raksas (rakṣas), or raksasi (rākṣasī).

This title regards malignant spirits, demons. These demons are described in ancient texts as terrifying, with black bodies, red hair, green eyes, and as devourers of men.

刹FYI: Sometimes the second character is written in the form shown to the right.

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.

Rank Holder

The one who has achieved rank in martial arts
yǒu duàn zhě
yuu dan sha
Rank Holder Scroll

有段者 is a Japanese term for someone who holds rank in karate, judo, etc.
This term theoretically applies to anyone with rank (above a white belt). However, some schools or dojos may reserve this title for a holder of a black belt.

I'd suggest that you only order this phrase if you have honestly reached this level.

This title does kind of make sense in Chinese but only to those Chinese who practice "kong shou dao" (karate) or when used in the context of martial arts.

shī fàn
shi han
Shihan Scroll

Shihan is a Japanese term, often used in Japanese martial arts.

In typical Japanese language, it can refer to a teacher or instructor. However, in martial arts, it's often an honorific title for an expert or master instructor.

Example: In Aikido the title can refer to someone with the rank of 7th dan. But other schools us it to mean a master who has earned the right to award black belts.

This term is also used in Chinese, where it refers to teacher-training or the art of teaching by example. It's used within the proper name of certain types of universities in China.

Martial Arts Master

wǔ yún zhě
bugeisha
Martial Arts Master Scroll

武芸者 is the Japanese Kanji title for "Martial Arts Master". It suggests that you have reached at least the level of black belt, and are probably to the level where you are ready to become an instructor.

Please consider carefully where you stand before ordering this phrase on a wall scroll. If you are not a master, this will make you look a bit foolish.

If you want to get this as a gift for your master at the dojo. Try to discreetly make sure this term is used in your school. Different schools and styles of Japanese martial arts use different terms. You may notice in the Romaji and the characters, this has the same characters as "geisha" which means "person skilled in arts" (what a geisha girl really is). The title here has the character for "martial", "warrior", and/or "military" in front of it. Therefore the literal translation is "martial art person".

These Kanji are valid Chinese characters and Korean Hanja but this title does not really make sense in Chinese and not often used in Korean, though a Chinese or Korean would be able to guess the meaning by looking at the first and last characters.

The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100

The pot calls the kettle black
wù shí bù xiào bǎi bù
The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100 Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, the one who retreats 50 paces mocke the one who retreats 100 paces.

During the Warring States Period of what is now China (475 - 221 B.C.), the King of Wei was in love with war. He often fought with other kingdoms just for spite or fun.

One day, the King of Wei asked the philosopher Mencius, "I love my people, and all say I do the best for them. I move the people from famine-stricken areas to places of plenty, and transport grains from rich areas to the poor. Nobody goes hungry in my kingdom, and I treat my people far better than other kings. But why does the population of my kingdom not increase, and why does the population of other kingdoms not decrease?"

Mencius answered, "Since you love war, I will make this example: When going to war, and the drums beat to start the attack, some soldiers flee for their lives in fear. Some run 100 paces in retreat, and others run 50 steps. Then the ones who retreated 50 paces laugh and taunt those who retreated 100 paces, calling them cowards mortally afraid of death. Do you think this is reasonable?

The King of Wei answered, "Of course not! Those who run 50 paces are just as timid as those who run 100 paces".

Mencius then said, "You are a king who treats his subjects better than other kings treat their people but you are so fond of war, that your people suffer from great losses in battle. Therefore, your population does not grow. While other kings allow their people to starve to death, you send your people to die in war. Is there really any difference?"

This famous conversation led to the six-character proverb shown here. It serves as a warning to avoid hypocrisy. It goes hand-in-hand with the western phrase, "The pot calls the kettle black", or the Biblical phrase, "Before trying to remove a splinter from your neighbor's eye, first remove the plank from your own eye".




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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 Dragon玄龍
玄龙
xuān lóng
xuan1 long2
xuan long
xuanlong
hsüan lung
hsüanlung
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
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
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
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
Magic魔術
魔术
ma jutsu / majutsumó shù / mo2 shu4 / mo shu / moshu
Ebony烏木
乌木
ubokuwū mù / wu1 mu4 / wu mu / wumu
Gray Color灰色haiiro / hairohuī sè / hui1 se4 / hui se / huise
Equality平等byou dou / byoudou / byo do / byodopíng děng
ping2 deng3
ping deng
pingdeng
p`ing teng
pingteng
ping teng
Dark Angel黑暗天使hēi àn tiān shǐ
hei1 an4 tian1 shi3
hei an tian shi
heiantianshi
hei an t`ien shih
heiantienshih
hei an tien shih
Goldfish金魚
金鱼
kin gyo / kingyojīn yú / jin1 yu2 / jin yu / jinyuchin yü / chinyü
Giant Panda大熊貓
大熊猫
dà xióng māo
da4 xiong2 mao1
da xiong mao
daxiongmao
ta hsiung mao
tahsiungmao
Panda Bear熊貓
熊猫
xióng māo
xiong2 mao1
xiong mao
xiongmao
hsiung mao
hsiungmao
Darkness黑闇
黑暗
hēi àn / hei1 an4 / hei an / heian
Demon
Raksha
羅剎 / 羅刹
罗刹
luó chà / luo2 cha4 / luo cha / luochalo ch`a / locha / lo cha
Darkness
yamiàn / an4 / an
Rank Holder有段者yuu dan sha
yuudansha
yu dan sha
yudansha
yǒu duàn zhě
you3 duan4 zhe3
you duan zhe
youduanzhe
yu tuan che
yutuanche
Shihan師範
师范
shi han / shihanshī fàn / shi1 fan4 / shi fan / shifanshih fan / shihfan
Martial Arts Master武芸者bugeishawǔ yún zhě
wu3 yun2 zhe3
wu yun zhe
wuyunzhe
wu yün che
wuyünche
The one who retreats 50 paces mocks the one to retreats 100五十步笑百步wù shí bù xiào bǎi bù
wu4 shi2 bu4 xiao4 bai3 bu4
wu shi bu xiao bai bu
wushibuxiaobaibu
wu shih pu hsiao pai pu
wushihpuhsiaopaipu
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 nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.

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

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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