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5. Devil Dog
Year of the Dog / Zodiac Sign
狗 is the character for dog, canine, or hound in Chinese.
If you were born in the year of the dog, you . . .
Loyal to your friends and mate.
Never compromise when you think you are right.
Note: Can be pronounced, and means dog in Japanese but feels like a very old word (see our other dog if you need a Japanese dog).
See also our Chinese Zodiac page.
犬 is another way to write dog in Chinese and Japanese.
Just like we have words like dog, hound, pooch, and canine in English. However, this is NOT the character used to express “Year of the Dog.”
Although it is the most common way to say/write “dog” in Japanese.
See also our Chinese Zodiac page.
鞦田犬 is the Japanese title of the breed of dog known as an Akita.
Technically, the title above means “Akita hound” or “Akita Dog.” The literal translation of these characters is “autumn field dog.”
Note: This title is Japanese only. In China, this breed of dog is referred to as "The Japanese breed" (literally: Japanese hound).
While known in the west as fu dogs or foo dogs, these are actually guardian lions.
These are the lion statues traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples, and high-ranking officials' homes. These days, you are more likely to see them at the entrance to a fancy Chinese restaurant.
石獅子 means “stone lion(s).”
天狗 is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as “heavenly dog.”
Tengu is a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and is also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural being).
The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese anymore. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)
Although the title contains the word “dog,” the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.
金窝银窝不如自己的狗窝 is a Chinese slang proverb that means “Golden house, [or a] silver house, not as good as my own dog house.”
It's basically saying that even a house made of gold or silver is not as good as my own home (which may only be suitable for a dog but at least it's mine).
狆 is the shortest way to title the Pekingese, Japanese Spaniel, or Pug breed of dog. This title is a little ambiguous.
狆 is also sometimes romanized as “Chung.”
狢 is a Japanese word that means badger or “raccoon dog” (Nyctereutes procyonoides).
I have included the Chinese and Korean pronunciations above. However, this character is rarely used character in modern Chinese and Korean.
Love Me, Love My Dog
This proverb, 爱花连盆爱爱女疼女婿, literally translates as “If one loves a flower, [one will] love its pot; [if one really] loves [one's] daughter, [one will also] love [one's] son-in-law.”
Figuratively, is similar to the English proverbs:
Love me, love my dog.
Love for a person extends even to the crows on his roof.
佛は衆生の中に在り is “Butsu wa shujo no naka ni ari” and means that the Buddha (potential for Buddhahood) exists in all beings in the universe.
So yes, your dog has the potential to be a Buddha (but only in a future reincarnation as a human). But all things, from the tiny cricket to the humpback whale have Buddha nature within them. If one takes the time to look and contemplate, one will see the Buddha in all things.
In Japan, sometimes the Buddha character is written 仏 instead of 佛, so you might see the whole phrase written as 仏は衆生の中に在り.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Dog||狗||inu / ku||gǒu / gou3 / gou||kou|
|Dog||犬||inu||quǎn / quan3 / quan||ch`üan / chüan|
|aki ta inu / akitainu|
|shí shī zi|
shi2 shi1 zi5
shi shi zi
|shih shih tzu
|è mó gǒu|
e4 mo2 gou3
e mo gou
|o mo kou
|Tengu||天狗||ten gu / tengu||tiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangou||t`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou|
|There’s No Place Like Home||金窩銀窩不如自己的狗窩|
|jīn wō yín wō bù rú zì jǐ de gǒu wō|
jin1 wo1 yin2 wo1 bu4 ru2 zi4 ji3 de5 gou3 wo1
jin wo yin wo bu ru zi ji de gou wo
|chin wo yin wo pu ju tzu chi te kou wo|
|Snoopy||スヌーピー||sunuupii / sunupi|
|Snoopy||史努比||shǐ nǔ bǐ|
shi3 nu3 bi3
shi nu bi
|shih nu pi
|狆||chin||zhòng / zhong4 / zhong||chung|
|Inuyasha||犬夜叉||inu ya sha / inuyasha||quǎn yè chà|
quan3 ye4 cha4
quan ye cha
|ch`üan yeh ch`a
chüan yeh cha
|Badger||狢||mujina||hé / he2 / he||ho|
|Love the House and Its Crow||愛屋及烏|
|ài wū jí wū|
ai4 wu1 ji2 wu1
ai wu ji wu
|ai wu chi wu
|Love the Flower, Love the Pot also||愛花連盆愛愛女疼女婿|
|ài huā lián pén ài ài nǚ téng nǚ xù|
ai4 hua1 lian2 pen2 ai4 ai4 nv3 teng2 nv3 xu4
ai hua lian pen ai ai nv teng nv xu
|ai hua lien p`en ai ai nü t`eng nü hsü
ai hua lien pen ai ai nü teng nü hsü
|The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being||佛は衆生の中に在り||butsu wa shujou no naka ni ari|
butsu wa shujo no naka ni ari
|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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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
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.
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.
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.
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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