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Drink Up! / Cheers!

gān bēi
kan pai
Drink Up! / Cheers! Scroll

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).

Drink Up! / Cheers!

Alternate version
gān bēi
Drink Up! / Cheers! Scroll

干杯 is an alternate form of the word in Chinese that means "drink up" or "cheers".

The first character is still pronounced the same but the form is quite different. This version is used mainland China but not really used in Korea or Japan.

Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Scroll

Many things have opposite properties. The water you drink can also drown you. Pork may nourish you and keep you alive but under-cook it and it could kill you. Potassium nitrate is often used as a fertilizer to grow the food that sustains us but it's also been used as an explosive to topple buildings and destroy us.

This concept is easily associated with "yin yang" where an element has two opposite properties that are as different as night and day.

This proverb's meaning can be summed up this way: "Anything that can lead you to success may also contain great risks".

This phrase is known in literary circles by Korean people (scholars or literature). It is therefore also a valid proverb in Korean Hanja, though most Koreans would not be able to make sense of it.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

Tea Fate

chá yuán
Tea Fate Scroll

茶緣 is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate" but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. 茶緣 is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.




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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
Drink Up!
Cheers!
乾杯kan pai / kanpaigān bēi / gan1 bei1 / gan bei / ganbeikan pei / kanpei
Drink Up!
Cheers!
干杯gān bēi / gan1 bei1 / gan bei / ganbeikan pei / kanpei
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also水能載舟亦能覆舟
水能载舟亦能覆舟
shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
shui3 neng2 zai4 zhou1 yi4 neng2 fu4 zhou1
shui neng zai zhou yi neng fu zhou
shui neng tsai chou i neng fu chou
Tea Fate茶緣
茶缘
chá yuán / cha2 yuan2 / cha yuan / chayuanch`a yüan / chayüan / cha yüan
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

乾す

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 hosu
    ほす
(transitive verb) (1) to air; to dry; to desiccate; (2) to drain (off); (3) to drink up; (4) to deprive of a role, job, etc. (usu. in the passive)

吸盡


吸尽

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xī jìn
    xi1 jin4
hsi chin
to absorb completely; to drink up

喝光

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hē guāng
    he1 guang1
ho kuang
to drink up; to finish (a drink)

喝掉

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hē diào
    he1 diao4
ho tiao
to drink up; to finish (a drink)

干す

see styles
 hosu
    ほす
(transitive verb) (1) to air; to dry; to desiccate; (2) to drain (off); (3) to drink up; (4) to deprive of a role, job, etc. (usu. in the passive)

水乳

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shuǐ rǔ
    shui3 ru3
shui ju
 suinyū
Water and milk— an illustration of the intermingling of things; but their essential separateness is recognized in that the rāja-haṃsa (a kind of goose) is said to be able to drink up the milk leaving behind the water; water and milk

飲乾す

see styles
 nomihosu
    のみほす
(irregular okurigana usage) (transitive verb) to drink up; to drain (cup)

飲干す

see styles
 nomihosu
    のみほす
(irregular okurigana usage) (transitive verb) to drink up; to drain (cup)

遣らかす

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 yarakasu
    やらかす
(transitive verb) (1) (kana only) (See しでかす) to fail; to blunder; to make a mess; to perpetrate; to do; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to drink up; to eat up

飲みほす

see styles
 nomihosu
    のみほす
(transitive verb) to drink up; to drain (cup)

飲み乾す

see styles
 nomihosu
    のみほす
(transitive verb) to drink up; to drain (cup)

飲み干す

see styles
 nomihosu
    のみほす
(transitive verb) to drink up; to drain (cup)

Variations:
干す(P)
乾す

see styles
 hosu
    ほす
(transitive verb) (1) to air; to dry; to desiccate; (transitive verb) (2) to drain (off); (transitive verb) (3) to drink up; (transitive verb) (4) (usu. in the passive) to deprive of a role, job, etc.

Variations:
飲み干す
飲干す(io)
飲み乾す
飲乾す(io)
飲みほす

see styles
 nomihosu
    のみほす
(transitive verb) to drink up; to drain (cup)

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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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.


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