Cool in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Calm / Cool

  2. Awesome / Really Cool

  3. Calm / Cool-Headed

  4. Calm and Collected

  5. Crystal

  6. Chill Out

  7. Orchid Queen

  8. Presence of Mind

  9. Bones

10. Apple

11. Love Without Reason

12. Black Dragon

13. Under the Protection of the Dragon Saint

14. Resilient in the Face of Adversity

15. Woman Hero / Heroine

16. Serendipity / Nice Coincidence

17. Cold

18. Retro / Old School

19. Christian / Disciple of Christ

20. Phoenix

21. Flowers Fall / The End Comes

22. Woman

23. Holy Mother / Saint Mary

24. Soul Mates

25. Immovable Mind

26. Reiki


zhèn jìng
chin sei
Calm / Cool Scroll

鎮靜 represents the idea of being calm or cool in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

My Korean dictionary further defines this as quiet, calm, tranquility, pacification.
From my Japanese dictionary: calm, quiet, tranquility, appeasement, pacification.


Note: This term is also used in Korean Hanja but there is a slight deviation in the way they write the second character in Korean. Still, a Korean person who can read Hanja, will be able to read this word. We can write it in the Korean form if you wish (just let us know when you place your order). In Korean, this is the word you might use to tell someone to "calm down" or "take it easy."

Awesome / Really Cool

Chinese Slang
zhēn niú
Awesome / Really Cool Scroll

真牛 is Chinese slang for something really cool or awesome.

真牛 is probably not appropriate for a calligraphy wall scroll unless you have a specific reason.

This literally translates as "the real bull" or "the genuine cow".

Calm / Cool-Headed

lěng jìng
rei sei
Calm / Cool-Headed Scroll

冷靜 mean calm and cool-headed in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Other translations: calmness, composure, coolness, serenity, tranquility.

冷靜 is a good wall scroll for someone that wants to remind themselves to stay calm and level-headed.


See Also:  Sober Calm

Calm and Collected

chén zhuó
Calm and Collected Scroll

These two characters mean calm and collected, or simply not nervous.

shuǐ jīng
suishou
Crystal Scroll

水晶 means "crystal" such as fine crystal glassware or diamonds in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Hanja.

水晶 is a cool selection if your name is Crystal, as it will match your name by meaning (rather than pronunciation).

It's also cool because it will universally contain the meaning of your name in most Asian languages.

reiseininaru
Chill Out Scroll

冷静になる is a Japanese phrase that means to collect oneself, to chill out, to cool off, or to recover oneself.


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

Orchid Queen

Short Version
lán hòu
Orchid Queen Scroll

蘭后 is the short way write "Orchid Queen" in Chinese.

This abbreviated version is open to interpretation but it's a cool title.

Presence of Mind

tài rán zì ruò
taizenjijaku
Presence of Mind Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese proverb/word means, "cool and collected", "showing no sign of nerves", "perfectly composed", "having presence of mind", "self-possessed", "imperturbable", and/or "calm and self-possessed".

hone / kotsu
Bones Scroll

骨 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for bone or bones.

If your name happens to be Bone or Bones, this is a cool character for a wall scroll to hang in your home or office.

píng guǒ
Apple Scroll

蘋果 is the Chinese word for Apple.

This red or green fruit tree grows well in the cool winter climates of northern China.

In the context of computers and smartphones, this can refer to Apple Computers.

Love Without Reason

ai ni ri yuu wa na i
Love Without Reason Scroll

This Japanese phrase means, "love without reason", or "love doesn't need a reason". It's a pretty cool phrase in Japanese


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

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.

Under the Protection of the Dragon Saint

shén lóng bì hù
Under the Protection of the Dragon Saint Scroll

神龍庇護 is not the most common thing to say in Chinese but it is grammatically correct and a cool title.

The first character means "supernatural or saintly". The second is "dragon". The last two mean protection. You could also translate this as something like "Protected by the Dragon God" or more closely "Holy Dragon".

Resilient in the Face of Adversity

u ta re tsuyo i
Resilient in the Face of Adversity Scroll

打たれ強い is often used as a martial arts term.

It means being able to take a lot of punishment, or able to take a hit. In the context of Japanese baseball, it can also refer to the pitcher's ability to keep his cool when the batter gets a hit. In general, this is about being resilient and strong in the face of criticism or adversity.


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

Woman Hero / Heroine

jīn guó yīng xióng
Woman Hero / Heroine Scroll

巾幗英雄 is a cool and somewhat ancient way to say woman hero in Chinese. 巾幗英雄 is used in modern times to refer to an outstanding woman or a woman with great accomplishments.

In the old days, it was a title for a woman warrior (oh, did I mention that there were great female generals who led huge armies into battle in ancient China?)

Serendipity / Nice Coincidence

Su teki na guu zen
Serendipity / Nice Coincidence Scroll

素敵な偶然 is a common way to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean nice, lovely, dreamy, beautiful, great, fantastic, superb, or cool.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

lěng
rei
Cold Scroll

冷 is "cold" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also mean: cool; chilled; unheated.

In Chinese, this can be the surname, Leng.

In Japanese, it can be the given/surname Rei.

冷 is an unusual title for a wall scroll but it's OK if "cold" has special meaning to you, or your name is Leng or Rei.

Retro / Old School

fù gǔ
fukko
Retro / Old School Scroll

The meaning of this title can vary depending on context. It used to just mean a return to the old ways.

It can also mean, "to turn back the clock", "retro" (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s), "revival", or "restoration".

The return to "the old ways" was also an aspiration of Confucius about 2500 years ago. This proves that "going retro" or "old school" has been cool since at least 500 B.C.

Christian / Disciple of Christ

jī dū tú
kirisuto
Christian / Disciple of Christ Scroll

基督徒 is a very strong and direct word in Chinese for "Christian".

The literal translation of the first two characters is "Christ".

The last character means apprentice, follower, or disciple.

Altogether these three characters mean "Christ's Disciple" or "Christ's Apprentice". 基督徒 is a pretty cool title to hang on your wall if you are a devout Christian.

Also used by Japanese Christians (but may be unfamiliar to non-Christian Japanese people).


See Also:  Jesus Christ | God of Abraham

Phoenix (female)

huáng
ou
Phoenix (female) Scroll

凰 is another simple way to write "Phoenix" in Chinese. 凰 is the specifically female element of phoenix, so this is how you write "female phoenix". 凰 is sometimes used to represent the female empress (many times in history, China was ruled by a woman, in much the same way queens came to power in Europe).

Note that the emperor is always represented as a dragon (not the male version of phoenix).

If you see yourself as a strong woman, this might be scroll for you to express "woman power" or "powerful woman" in a cool way.

Flowers Fall / The End Comes

huā sà
Flowers Fall / The End Comes Scroll

These two characters mean flower fall (closes and loses its petals).

It suggests nearing the end of something. A time that some might call "The sunset of life". 花落 often follows "flower open" to talk of the cycle of life.

We offer this as a possible companion to a "flower open" scroll (to be placed side by side, or at either side of a doorway to say "things come and go" - a cool metaphor for a doorway). If placed in a doorway, it could be used as a suggestion to your guests that things bloom when they arrive through your door but wither when they leave (a great compliment).


See Also:  Flowers Bloom

Woman

The ancient way to say Woman
jīn guó
Woman Scroll

巾幗 is the very old way to say woman in Chinese.

A common title ancient China, this actually refers to the scarf or head wrapping worn by virtually all women at that time.

巾幗 is kind of a cool way to say Woman now. The actual gender character alone on a wall scroll would actually just look like a fancy sign for the woman's restroom (WC).
女If you are curious, the character to the right directly means female or woman. 巾幗 is useful information if you are a woman in need of a toilet in China.

Holy Mother / Saint Mary

shèng mǔ
seibo
Holy Mother / Saint Mary Scroll

聖母 is the title for the Holy Mother, Madonna, or Virgin Mary as used by Catholic Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people.

I think this would be a very cool wall scroll for a devout Catholic who also appreciates Asian artwork and language.

Note: Koreans often put a third character after these two which creates a title that means "Hail Mary", however, this character is not added, or used in the same way in Japanese or Chinese. If you want that Korean title, just let me know, and we'll add that character for you. The two-character title shown to the left is universal, so I think it's the best choice.

tiān shēng yí duì
Soul Mates Scroll

It was tough to find the best way to say "soul mates" in Chinese. We settled on this old way to say "A couple selected by heaven".

The first two characters together mean "natural" or "innate". Separated, they mean "heaven" and "born". The last two characters mean "couple". So this can be translated as "A couple that is together by nature", or "A couple brought together by heaven's decree", with a slight stretch, you could say "A couple born together from heaven".

It's a struggle to find the best way to describe this idea in English but trust me, it is pretty cool and it is a great way to say "soulmates".

If you're in a happy relationship or marriage and think you have found your soul mate, this would be a wonderful wall scroll to hang in your home.

Immovable Mind

fudoshin
fu dou shin
Immovable Mind Scroll

不動心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet.

Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudoshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. Rather than indicating rigidity and inflexibility, fudoshin describes a condition that is not easily upset by internal thoughts or external forces. It is capable of receiving a strong attack while retaining composure and balance. It receives and yields lightly, grounds to the earth, and reflects aggression back to the source.

Other translations of this title include imperturbability, steadfastness, keeping a cool head in an emergency, or keeping one's calm (during a fight).

The first two Kanji alone mean immobility, firmness, fixed, steadfastness, motionless, idle.

The last Kanji means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

Together, these three Kanji create a title that is defined as "immovable mind" within the context of Japanese martial arts. However, in Chinese it would mean "motionless heart" and in Korean Hanja, "wafting heart" or "floating heart".

líng qì
reiki
Reiki Scroll

靈氣 is the title of a healing practice that is now found throughout the world but with origins in Japan.

Special note: Outside of the context of the healing practice of Reiki, this means "aura" or "spiritual essence that surrounds all living things". A Japanese person not familiar with the practice will take the "aura" meaning.

Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also heals. It can be compared to massage but is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If your life force energy is low, you'll be more likely to get sick or feel stress. If your life force energy is abundant and flowing well, you become more capable of being happy and healthy.

There is a lot of information available if you want to Google this term - my job is to offer the calligraphy, while you can decide if it is right for you.

Note: We are showing the ancient (traditional) form of the Reiki Kanji. I have seen Reiki written with both the slightly simplified version and this more classic form. If you want the form of Reiki with the two strokes in the shape of an X on the second character and the modern first character, simply click on the Kanji characters to the right.

Note: 靈氣 is also a Chinese word but in Chinese, these characters create a word that refers to a smart person or someone with high aspirations. It is not read as a healing method in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, this can be read as "mysterious atmosphere" by a Korean who is not familiar with the practice of Reiki (still has a cool meaning in Korean).




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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
Calm
Cool
鎮靜
镇静
chin sei / chinseizhèn jìng
zhen4 jing4
zhen jing
zhenjing
chen ching
chenching
Awesome
Really Cool
真牛zhēn niú / zhen1 niu2 / zhen niu / zhenniuchen niu / chenniu
Calm
Cool-Headed
冷靜
冷静
rei sei / reiseilěng jìng
leng3 jing4
leng jing
lengjing
leng ching
lengching
Calm and Collected沉著
沉着
chén zhuó
chen2 zhuo2
chen zhuo
chenzhuo
ch`en cho
chencho
chen cho
Crystal水晶suishou / suishoshuǐ jīng
shui3 jing1
shui jing
shuijing
shui ching
shuiching
Chill Out冷静になるreiseininaru
Orchid Queen蘭后
兰后
lán hòu / lan2 hou4 / lan hou / lanhou
Presence of Mind泰然自若taizenjijakutài rán zì ruò
tai4 ran2 zi4 ruo4
tai ran zi ruo
tairanziruo
t`ai jan tzu jo
taijantzujo
tai jan tzu jo
Boneshone / kotsugǔ / gu3 / guku
Apple蘋果
苹果
píng guǒ / ping2 guo3 / ping guo / pingguop`ing kuo / pingkuo / ping kuo
Love Without Reason愛に理由は無いai ni ri yuu wa na i
ainiriyuuwanai
ai ni ri yu wa na i
ainiriyuwanai
Black Dragon墨龍
墨龙
mò lóng / mo4 long2 / mo long / molongmo lung / molung
Under the Protection of the Dragon Saint神龍庇護
神龙庇护
shén lóng bì hù
shen2 long2 bi4 hu4
shen long bi hu
shenlongbihu
shen lung pi hu
shenlungpihu
Resilient in the Face of Adversity打たれ強いu ta re tsuyo i
utaretsuyoi
Woman Hero
Heroine
巾幗英雄
巾帼英雄
jīn guó yīng xióng
jin1 guo2 ying1 xiong2
jin guo ying xiong
jinguoyingxiong
chin kuo ying hsiung
chinkuoyinghsiung
Serendipity
Nice Coincidence
素敵な偶然Su teki na guu zen
Sutekinaguuzen
Su teki na gu zen
Sutekinaguzen
Coldreilěng / leng3 / leng
Retro
Old School
復古
复古
fukko / fukofù gǔ / fu4 gu3 / fu gu / fugufu ku / fuku
Christian
Disciple of Christ
基督徒kirisutojī dū tú
ji1 du1 tu2
ji du tu
jidutu
chi tu t`u
chitutu
chi tu tu
Phoenix (female)ou / ohuáng / huang2 / huang
Flowers Fall
The End Comes
花落huā sà / hua1 luo4 / hua luo / hualuohua lo / hualo
Woman巾幗
巾帼
jīn guó / jin1 guo2 / jin guo / jinguochin kuo / chinkuo
Holy Mother
Saint Mary
聖母
圣母
seiboshèng mǔ / sheng4 mu3 / sheng mu / shengmu
Soul Mates天生一對
天生一对
tiān shēng yí duì
tian1 sheng1 yi2 dui4
tian sheng yi dui
tianshengyidui
t`ien sheng i tui
tienshengitui
tien sheng i tui
Immovable Mind不動心fu dou shin
fudoushin
fu do shin
fudoshin
Reiki靈氣
灵气 霊気
reikilíng qì / ling2 qi4 / ling qi / lingqiling ch`i / lingchi / ling chi
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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Reiki Scroll
Reiki Scroll
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Reiki Scroll


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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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