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飲 is how to formally write "drink" (the verb for taking a drink or drinking) in Chinese and Japanese.
飲 / 飮 is totally different than the noun for drink. There are other ways to say/write drink but they are more for oral/spoken language. This more formal version is appropriate if you want to write the word "drink".
飲 / 飮 is kind of an odd selection for a wall scroll but no bad meaning.
In Korean Hanja, this character is generally written in the variant shown to the right.
This can be pronounced in Japanese but this is seldom seen as a lone Kanji, and thus is not appropriate if your audience is Japanese. They will, at least, use a second Hiragana character in Japanese, as shown to the right. This is "nomi."
The common oral character looks like the one shown to the right. But this is not appropriate for a wall scroll.
In some cases (often in ancient Chinese) the character shown to the right is used to mean drink. But this word refers to anything you consume in your mouth. This character is most often used to mean "eat" in modern Chinese.
乾杯 is the common way to say "cheers" or give a toast in Chinese, Japanese and old Korean (written the same in all three languages, though pronounced differently).
乾杯 is an appropriate wall scroll for a bar, pub, or another drinking area.
The first character literally means "dry" or "parched".
The second character means "cup" or "glass".
Together the meaning is to drink up (empty your glass).
This is just about the closest proverb to match the western idea of "Eat, drink, and be merry".
This Chinese proverb more literally means, "Eat, drink, play, be merry, enjoy everything as long as you can".
It's basically a suggestion that you try to enjoy everything in life, as long as you live, or as long as you are able.
This proverb suggests that one should always be grateful to those who helped you succeed.
And remember your ancestors and those that came before you whose sacrifices made your present life better.
Some Chinese will separate the intended meaning from this proverb and translate this as "Don't forget the people who once helped you". In Modern China, this idiom is virtually never used to refer to an actual well.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used phrase.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Drink||飲 / 飮|
|no / in||yǐn / yin3 / yin|
|乾杯||kan pai / kanpai||gān bēi / gan1 bei1 / gan bei / ganbei||kan pei / kanpei|
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||喫喝玩樂及時行樂|
|chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè|
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
|ch`ih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
chih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||吃喝玩樂|
|chī hē wán lè|
chi1 he1 wan2 le4
chi he wan le
|ch`ih ho wan le
chih ho wan le
|干杯||gān bēi / gan1 bei1 / gan bei / ganbei||kan pei / kanpei|
|Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die||食べ飲み楽しめ明日は皆死ぬ||tabe nomi tanoshime ashita wa mina shinu|
|Drinking the water of a well: One should never forget who dug it||吃水不忘掘井人||chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén|
chi1 shui3 bu2 wang4 jue2 jing3 ren2
chi shui bu wang jue jing ren
|ch`ih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
chih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
|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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