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  1. England

  2. Strong and Beautiful

  3. Miguel

  4. Leonardo

  5. Gene

  6. Lara

  7. Webb

  8. Benjamin

  9. Celia

10. Deanna

11. Diana

12. Edwin

13. Irene

14. Iris

15. Cecilia

16. Adrian

17. Albert

18. Alex

19. Isaac

20. Alex

21. Jean

22. Melissa

23. Jada

24. Jodi

25. King

26. Jen

27. Rebecca

28. Shaw

29. Jacques

30. Bruce Lee

31. Milano

32. Jobin

33. Jasmin

34. North Korea

35. South Korea

36. Jade

37. Sequoia

38. Cathie

39. Brown

40. Jesus

41. Steel

42. Jasmine

43. Hentai

44. Jasmin

45. Rose

46. RJ

47. Cesar

48. Griffin

49. God of Thunder

50. Destiny

51. Wolf

52. Godzilla

53. Griffin

54. Orange

55. Jade

56. Elmo

57. Hero

58. August

59. Thomas

60. Kaili

61. Red Color

62. Purity

63. Purple / Violet

64. Lao Tzu / Laozi

65. Accountant / CPA

66. Sun Tzu - Art of War

67. Jesus is My Life

68. Asian Pride / Oriental Pride / AZN Pryde

69. Jesus

70. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

71. Love

72. Construction Crane

73. Archer

74. Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

75. Joshua 24:15

76. Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

77. Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

78. Violet


England

Can mean: Courage / Bravery
yīng
ei
England Scroll

In Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean, this can often be confused or read as a short name for England (this character is the first syllable of the word for England, the English language, British Pound, and other titles from the British Isles).

In some context, this can mean "outstanding" or even "flower". But it will most often read as having something to do with the United Kingdom.


This is not the most common way to say hero, courage or bravery but you may see it used sometimes.

I strongly recommend that you choose another form of courage/bravery.

yīng guó
England Scroll

英國 is the Chinese name for the country of England.


See Also:  Great Britain | United Kingdom | Ireland | Scotland | Northern Ireland | Europe

Strong and Beautiful

jiàn měi
takemi
Strong and Beautiful Scroll

We don't really have a word like this in English but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful". It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful".

Note: 健美 is a word in Chinese and Korean but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.

mǐ gài ěr
Miguel Scroll

米蓋爾 is the name Miguel in English in Chinese (Mandarin).

lì ào nà duō
Leonardo Scroll

利奧納多 is the name Leonardo in English in Chinese (Mandarin).

jí ēn
Gene Scroll

吉恩 is the name Gene from English in Chinese (Mandarin).

láo lā
Lara Scroll

勞拉 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Lara.

wéi bó
Webb Scroll

韋伯 is the English name Webb transliterated into Mandarin Chinese.

běn jié míng
Benjamin Scroll

本杰明 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Benjamin.

xī lì yà
Celia Scroll

希莉婭 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Celia.

dí ān nà
Deanna Scroll

迪安娜 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Deanna.

dài ān nà
Diana Scroll

黛安娜 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Diana.

ài dé wén
Edwin Scroll

艾德文 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Edwin.

yī lín nà
Irene Scroll

伊琳娜 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Irene.

ài ruì sī
Iris Scroll

艾瑞絲 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Iris.

sāi xī lì yà
Cecilia Scroll

塞西莉亞 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Cecilia.

ā dé lǐ ān
Adrian Scroll

阿德里安 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Adrian.

ā ěr bǎi tè
Albert Scroll

阿爾伯特 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Albert.

ā liè kè sī
Alex Scroll

阿列克斯 is another/alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Alex.

ài sà kè
Isaac Scroll

艾薩克 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Isaac.

ài lì kè sī
Alex Scroll

艾力克斯 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English name Alex.

jǐn
Jean Scroll

瑾 is the name Jean from English (the French version is different) in Chinese (Mandarin).

méi lì shā
Melissa Scroll

梅莉莎 is the most-common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the English and Spanish name Melissa.

jié dá
Jada Scroll

This Mandarin Chinese transliteratation of the name Jada sounds the closest to the original English pronunciation.

zhōu dí
Jodi Scroll

This Mandarin Chinese transliteratation of the name Jodi sounds the closest to the original English pronunciation.

wáng
wong
ou
King Scroll

王 is wang which means king. It is not pronounced the way you think in Chinese. It is more like English-speakers would want to pronounce wong. It has roughly the same vowel sound as tong, song, or long in English.

Note that this means king only, not emperor. An emperor is higher than a king, and theoretically is chosen by God, according to ancient Chinese culture. However, the definition is often blurred at various points in Asian history.

王 can also be defined as ruler, sovereign, monarch or magnate. It is also can refer to a game piece in the chess-like Japanese strategic game of shoji.

Note: This can also be a family name in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese (in Vietnamese it's Vương).


See Also:  Queen

zhēn
Jen Scroll

珍 is the name Jen as in the short name for Jenny or Jennifer in English in Chinese (Mandarin).

ruì bèi kǎ
Rebecca Scroll

This transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Rebecca sounds the closest to the normal English pronunciation of this name.

shaa
Shaw Scroll

I like this version of Shaw written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese) because it sounds more like the name when pronounced in English.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

jié kè
Jacques Scroll

杰克 is the name Jacques in Chinese (Mandarin).

This version has a strong "j" sound. This one sounds somewhere between the English names "Jack" and "Jake".

lǐ xiǎo lóng
bu ruu su ri
Bruce Lee Scroll

李小龍 is the real full name of Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee Many people have no idea that Bruce Lee had a "real" Chinese name. In Mandarin and Cantonese, he is known as "Lǐ XiǎoLóng" and "Léi SíuLùng" respectively.

He kept his family name pronunciation (Li = Lee). 李 is a common family name that also means "plum".

His given name 小龍 (Xiao-Long) literally means "little dragon". 李小龍 is why you often see the character for dragon associated with Bruce Lee on various posters etc.

For a pronunciation lesson, the "X" in Romanized Mandarin is pronounced like a "sh" sound but with your tongue at the bottom of your mouth. The vowel sound in "Long" is like the English "oh", not like the "ah" sound in the English word "long".

If you are a big Bruce Lee fan, you should know this information, and you should have this wall scroll hanging in your room or martial arts studio.

Note: Japanese use these same exact Chinese characters / Kanji to write Bruce Lee's real name (with different pronunciation - which is a bit like how the name "Bruce Lee" sounds in English).


See Also:  Kung Fu | Marital Arts

mirano
Milano Scroll

ミラノ is the Japanese Katakana (phonetic Japanese) for the name and city, Milano.

This version is more the Italian pronunciation with the "o" rather than just the English Milan.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

zhōu bīn
Jobin Scroll

周斌 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jobin.

Note if you are looking at the Romanization above: The "zh" is actually the Romanization for a soft "J" sound. And "ou" is like the English "oh".

yà sī mǐn
Jasmin Scroll

亞斯敏 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the male German name Jasmin.

This version has a "y" sound at the beginning, rather than a hard "j" that you find in the English version.

běi cháo xiǎn
kita chousen
North Korea Scroll

北朝鮮 is the Chinese and Japanese name for the country of North Korea.

The official English name being Democratic People's Republic of Korea.


See Also:  South Korea | Asia

nán hán
South Korea Scroll

南韓 is the common Chinese name for the country of South Korea.

The official English name being Republic of Korea.


See Also:  North Korea | Asia

jeido
Jade Scroll

ジェイド is the name Jade in Japanese.

ジェイド is meant to sound like the English pronunciation of jade. It does not mean jade.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

sekoia
Sequoia Scroll

セコイア is the name Sequoia in Japanese.

This sounds like the English word Sequoia, and also refers to the Sequoia tree in Japanese.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

kǎi tí
Cathie Scroll

凱緹 is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the female French name Cathie.

凱緹 is closer to the French pronunciation than the English name Cathie.

buraun
Brown Scroll

ブラウン is the name Brown in Japanese.

Please note: This sounds like the English word brown using Japanese pronunciation. It does not mean the color brown at all in Japanese.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

jiizasu
Jesus Scroll

ジーザス is the name Jesus in Japanese.

ジーザス is a common version that approximates pronunciation in English. However, there are many variations for writing Jesus in Japanese, and it's hard to come up with an absolute answer (transliteration of names is more art than science).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

gāng
hagane
Steel Scroll

鋼 is the Chinese character and Japanese Kanji for steel (as in iron mixed with carbon and other elements to make it stronger).

This can also be the name Hagane in Japanese. Like Mr. Steel in English. It can also be pronounced as Tsuyoshi or Kou when used as personal or given names in Japan.

jié sī mǐn
Jasmine Scroll

杰思敏 is the name Jasmine transliterated into Mandarin Chinese.

However, if your name is Jasmine, I recommend the title for the Jasmine flower which will mean "jasmine" instead of just sounded like Jasmine in English.

hen tai
Hentai Scroll

変態 is a Japanese word that originally means transformation, metamorphosis, abnormality, or pervert.

In English, this has come to be the name for a genre of Japanese anime and manga pornography. However, in Japan, it remains a short word to describe any perverse or bizarre sexual desires or acts.

jié sī mǐn
Jasmin Scroll

杰思敏 is a common version of the name Jasmin transliterated into Mandarin Chinese.

However, if your name is Jasmin, I recommend the title for the jasmine flower which will mean "jasmine" instead of just sounded like Jasmin in English.

luō sī
Rose Scroll

羅斯 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Rose.

羅斯 is meant to sound like the English word rose, but does not mean the rose flower. You might want the meaning, rather than this transliteration if your name is Rose.

ěr jié
RJ Scroll

爾杰 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name RJ.

There's not actually letters in Chinese, so initial names like this are tough.

In this rare case, there are Chinese characters that roughly sound like the English letters R and J.

sè sà ěr
Cesar Scroll

塞薩爾 is a 3-character transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name César.

I like this version better than the 2-character version, as this one is very close to the real sound of the name Cesar (both English and Spanish pronunciation).

gé lǐ fēn
Griffin Scroll

格里芬 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Griffin.

This sounds like the English name Griffin but using Chinese sounds to approximate the pronunciation.
This does not have the meaning of the mythical Griffin beast.

God of Thunder

léi shén
rai jin
God of Thunder Scroll

雷神 is how to write the Japanese "Thunder God". They don't really have separate words for thunder and lightning in Japanese, so this is also the "Lightning God".

雷神 make sense in Chinese as well (though not a common title).

雷神 is also the origin of the English name Raiden.

dài sī dì nī
Destiny Scroll

黛絲蒂妮 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Destiny.

黛絲蒂妮 is meant to sound like the English word destiny using Chinese sounds. It does not mean destiny. If your name is Destiny, I suggest finding a word that means destiny.

wò ěr fū
Wolf Scroll

沃爾夫 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Wolf.

沃爾夫 is meant to sound like the English name wolf using Chinese sounds, but it does not mean wolf. I suggest using the meaning of wolf instead if this is your name.

go ji ra
Godzilla Scroll

This was one of the original ways that Godzilla was written in Japanese Kanji.

However, the characters are used for their phonetic value, rather than meaning. Later, Godzilla was written in Katakana (a specifically-phonetic character set in Japan) as ゴジラ. Either way, that romanizes as Gojira. The name or title Godzilla is really the English version.

gurifin
Griffin Scroll

グリフィン is the name Griffin in Japanese.

グリフィン is used mostly as the name Griffin but can also refer to the mythical beast. It sounds like "Griffin" but does not hold the meaning of the beast known as a Griffin. グリフィン is strictly a transliteration of the way Griffin sounds in English but using Japanese sounds to pronounce it.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

chéng
daidai
Orange Scroll

橙 is the single-character version of orange. This can refer to the color orange, or the fruit (Just like in English). Sometimes it can refer to a whole orange tree. In botany, it can refer to bitter orange (Citrus aurantium).

In Japanese, this is sometimes pronounced as Chen, and used as a female given name. When pronounced as Daidai or Kabuchi, it can be a surname in Japanese.

jiǎ dé
Jade Scroll

賈德 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jade.

賈德 is meant to sound like the English pronunciation of jade using Mandarin Chinese sounds. It does not mean jade.

I suggest the character that means jade rather than this if your name is Jade.

ài méng
Elmo Scroll

艾蒙 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Elmo.

艾蒙 is specifically how Chinese people refer to the Sesame Street character Elmo. It does sound somewhat like the English name Elmo, but the second character does have that -ng final sound. So, it's like "Elmong".

yīng xióng
ei yuu
Hero Scroll

英雄 is the best way to write hero in Chinese and Japanese - especially for calligraphy.

英雄 is also the name of the Chinese movie titled Hero starring Jet Li.

The first character means brave (it can also mean British or English but not in this case).
The second character means heroic but also suggests a male person.
My Japanese dictionary also defines this as "a great man".

August

Eighth Month
bā yuè
hachigatsu / yatsuki
August Scroll

八月 is the month of August in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

八月 literally mean "eighth month" or "eighth moon".

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yatsuki, in much the same way August can be a female given name in English.

Thomas

(Version 2)
tuō mǎ sī
Thomas Scroll

托馬斯 is a second common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Thomas.

There are two common ways to transliterate this name into Chinese. Both sound reasonably close to the English pronunciation of Thomas, so just pick the one that looks best to you. If you like horses, pick this one, as the second character means horse.

kǎi lǐ
Kaili Scroll

凱里 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Kaili.

It's also the name of Kaili city in Guizhou province.

I named my first daughter Kaili after visiting Kaili city and finding very friendly people there. I think this is a great English-Chinese baby name, as it is pronounceable in both languages, and the name works as a given name in both languages as well.

hóng
hung
beni
Red Color Scroll

紅 is a single character that means red in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The perceived meaning of this character can be ambiguous. Most will see it as the color red but it can also mean Communist (just like it can in English). In Japanese, it can be a female given name "Rena", or refer to red silk lining. In Chinese, red is a good luck color, and can refer to a bonus or revolutionary.

Purity

Clean and Pure
jìng
jou
Purity Scroll

淨 is the most simple way to express purity or cleanliness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

As a single character, the concept is broad: This can be a verb (the act of cleaning, purifying, or to cleanse) but it can also be the state of being clean, pure, and chaste. In some context, it can be a place to clean (like a bathing room for the soul in a Buddhist context). In Japanese, this can be a female given name "Jou" or "jō" (the Japanese equivalent of the English girl's name "Chastity").

Purple / Violet

(2 character version)
zǐ sè
murasakiiro
Purple / Violet Scroll

紫色 is the two-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple.

The second character basically means "color", so this literally means "violet color".

It's more common to add the "color character" in Asian languages than it is to say "color" after the name of the color in English. Therefore, this is a very natural way to express "violet" in Asian languages.

Lao Tzu / Laozi

lǎo zǐ
roushi
Lao Tzu / Laozi Scroll

Depending on the romanization scheme you use, this man's name can be spelled Laozi, Lao Tzu, or Lao Tze. In older English usage, he was known as Laocius. He is believed to have lived around 500 B.C.

He was a Chinese philosopher, founder of Daoism/Taoism, credited with being the author of the sacred and wise book of Daoism/Taoism.

There is a theory that Lao Tzu's soul traveled to India and was reborn as the Buddha.

Accountant / CPA

kuài jì shī
Accountant / CPA Scroll

會計師 is the occupational or legal title of an accountant in Chinese and Korean.

In Asia, special study and certifications are needed to obtain this title. Therefore, this is the closest match to the English term of Certified Public Accountant. Such a professional might have a sign on his desk or a name badge that has his/her name on it, and this title in Chinese characters. It's not too common to see this on a wall scroll in Asia, but you are allowed to take such liberties in the west.

Sun Tzu - Art of War

military strategy, tactics, and procedure
sūn zǐ bīng fǎ
son shi hyou hou
Sun Tzu - Art of War Scroll

孫子兵法 is the full title of the most famous book of military proverbs about warfare.

The English title is "Sun Tzu's The Art of War".

The last two characters have come to be known in the west as "The Art of War" but a better translation would be, "military strategy and tactics", "military skills" or "army procedures".

Note: Sometimes the author's name is Romanized as "Sun Zi" or "Sunzi".

It's written the same in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.


See Also:  Military | Warrior

Jesus is My Life

yē sū shì wǒ de shēng mìng
Jesus is My Life Scroll

耶穌是我的生命 means Jesus is my life in Chinese.

The first two characters are a transliteration of the name Jesus into Mandarin Chinese.
The third character means, is.

The fourth and fifth mean, my or mine.

The last two characters mean life, as in lifespan, or from birth to death.

This is not a common phrase for Chinese Christians, but this is the best way to translate this idea from English to Mandarin Chinese.

Asian Pride / Oriental Pride / AZN Pryde

dōng fāng zì zūn
dung fong chi juen
tou hou zi son
Asian Pride / Oriental Pride / AZN Pryde Scroll

東方自尊 is the most universal way to write "Asian Pride".

We worked on this one for a long time. The effort involved both Chinese and Japanese translators and lengthy discussions. If you have been searching for this term, there is a reason that it's hard to find the way to write "Asian Pride" in Chinese and Japanese - it's because of the inherent difficulties in figuring out a universal combination of characters that can be read in all languages that use forms of Chinese characters.

This final solution that you see to the left creates a reasonable title in Chinese, and an exotic (perhaps unusual) title in Japanese (This could be read as "Eastern Self-Respect" in Japanese").
Although not as natural, it does have the same meaning in Korean Hanja and the older-generation of Vietnamese people will be able to read it too.

The first two characters literally mean "Oriental" and the second two mean "pride", "self-esteem", or "self-respect" (we chose the most non-arrogant way to say "pride"). If you have "Asian Pride" (sometimes spelled Asian Pryde) these are the characters for you.

Note: For those of you that wonder, there is nothing technically wrong with the word "Oriental". It is a correct word, and any bad meanings were created by so-called "Asian Americans" and Caucasians in the United States. To say "Asian" would not completely correct to the intended meaning, since that would include people from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, India, and portions of Russia.

For further proof, if you were of East Asian ancestry and born in England, you would be known as a "British Oriental" (The "Oriental stigma" is basically an American creation and, therefore, applies mostly to the American English language - where they get a bit overzealous with political correctness).

Further, since the Chinese and Japanese word for Oriental is not English, it can not be construed having ill-meaning. One trip to China or Japan, and you will find many things titled with these two characters such as malls, buildings, and business names. These places also use "Oriental" as their English title (much as we do, since our Chinese business name starts with these same two characters).

In short, the first two character have the meaning that Americans attach to "Asian" but is more technically correct.

yē sū
Jesus Scroll

耶穌 is simply the name "Jesus" transliterated into Chinese. 耶穌 hold a pronunciation in Mandarin that is closer to the real and original Hebrew Yeshua, instead of the incorrect way we have always pronounced Jesus in English with a hard "J" sound. While this name sounds like the real "Jesus" in Chinese, Christians in China are more likely to say "Christ" (Jidu) which holds more meaning than just sound.

If you are Latino and have been given the name "Jesus", this is also how to write your name in Chinese.

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

lè tiān
raku ten
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate Scroll

樂天 is about being optimistic and also making the best of whatever life throws at you.

樂天 / 楽天 is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as, "acceptance of fate and happy about it". There is one English word equivalent which is sanguinity or sanguinary.

You can also say that this means, "Be happy with whatever Heaven provides", or "Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you". 樂天 suggests being an optimist in life.

Note: 樂天 / 楽天 is sometimes a given name in China.


楽 Please note that Japanese tend to write the first character in a slightly-different form (as seen to the right). Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

ài
ai
Love Scroll

愛 universally means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you". But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Construction Crane

qǐ zhòng jī
kijuuki
Construction Crane Scroll

This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.

A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name.

In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2018, construction has barely slowed.

If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane".

shè shǒu
i te / sha shu
Archer Scroll

射手 means archer, shooter, or marksman in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Depending on context, it can also mean "goal getter" in Chinese. This would also be the word for bowman.

射手 is kind of modern in Asia, meaning that it's only been in use for a few hundred years. However, the more ancient version of archer is often not even recognized by the current generation of Chinese and Japanese people.

The first character means "shoot" or "fire" (in the context of a gun or bow). It's also a suffix for radioactive things (in the context of chemistry) - radioactive things "fire off" electrons. In Japanese, that first Kanji is a short name and suffix for archery.

The second character means "hand" but hand can also mean a person, in the same way, that "farmhand" is a person in English.

Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

guān yīn
kwun yum
kan non
Goddess of Mercy and Compassion Scroll

觀音 / 観音 is the Buddhist deity known as the Goddess of Mercy or Bodhisattva of Compassion.

In Chinese, the proper name of this being is Guan Yin. There is some debate as to whether Guan Yin is female. The argument comes from some scripture that suggests Buddhist deities take on the male form. Others say that Guan Yin has no sex. And still others are okay with the female representation of Guan Yin.

This bodhisattva is also known or Romanized in the following ways:
Mandarin Chinese: Guan Yin, Kuan Yin, Kwan Yin.
Japanese: Kannon, Kwannon.
Sanskrit: Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Korean: Gwan-eum.
Vietnamese: Quan Âm.
Thai: Kuan Eim.
English: Bodhisattva of Mercy and Salvation, Goddess of Compassion, Buddha of Mercy, et al.

Note: The first character has a slight variation in Japanese. If your audience is specifically Japanese, you may want to select that version.


See Also:  Buddhism | Goddess | Namo Amitabha | Bodhisattva

Joshua 24:15

This House Serves the LORD
zhì yú wǒ hé wǒ jiā wǒ men bì dìng shì fèng yē hé huá
Joshua 24:15 Scroll

This the last sentence of Joshua 24:15 in Chinese.

Joshua 24:15 in Chinese

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Joshua 24:15 (KJV) ...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV) ...as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

We used the only official Christian Chinese Bible that I know of so that the translation would be as accurate and standard as possible. Any Chinese Christian worth their salt will easily be able to identify this verse from the Chinese words on this scroll.

I think it is a bit like having a secret code on your wall that quietly expresses to whom you are faithful.

A great gift for your devout Christian or Jewish friend if they happen to be fond of Asian art.

Or perhaps a wonderful "conversation starter" for your own home.

Note: If you are curious, the last three characters represent they way "LORD" is used in most English Bibles. In Chinese, this is actually the phonetic name in Mandarin Chinese for "Jehovah".

Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

Persistence to overcome all challenges
bǎi zhé bù náo
hyaku setsu su tou
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks Scroll

This Chinese proverb means "Be undaunted in the face of repeated setbacks".

More directly-translated, it reads, "[Overcome] a hundred setbacks, without flinching". 百折不撓 is of Chinese origin but is commonly used in Japanese, and somewhat in Korean (same characters, different pronunciation).

This proverb comes from a long, and occasionally tragic story of a man that lived sometime around 25-220 AD. His name was Qiao Xuan and he never stooped to flattery but remained an upright person at all times. He fought to expose the corruption of higher-level government officials at great risk to himself.

Then when he was at a higher level in the Imperial Court, bandits were regularly capturing hostages and demanding ransoms. But when his own son was captured, he was so focused on his duty to the Emperor and the common good that he sent a platoon of soldiers to raid the bandits' hideout, and stop them once and for all even at the risk of his own son's life. While all of the bandits were arrested in the raid, they killed Qiao Xuan's son at first sight of the raiding soldiers.

Near the end of his career, a new Emperor came to power, and Qiao Xuan reported to him that one of his ministers was bullying the people and extorting money from them. The new Emperor refused to listen to Qiao Xuan and even promoted the corrupt Minister. Qiao Xuan was so disgusted that in protest he resigned his post as minister (something almost never done) and left for his home village.

His tombstone reads "Bai Zhe Bu Nao" which is now a proverb used in Chinese culture to describe a person of strength will who puts up stubborn resistance against great odds.

My Chinese-English dictionary defines these 4 characters as, "keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks", "be undaunted by repeated setbacks" and "be indomitable".

Our translator says it can mean, "never give up" in modern Chinese.

Although the first two characters are translated correctly as "repeated setbacks", the literal meaning is "100 setbacks" or "a rope that breaks 100 times". The last two characters can mean "do not yield" or "do not give up".
Most Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people will not take this absolutely literal meaning but will instead understand it as the title suggests above. If you want a single big word definition, it would be indefatigability, indomitableness, persistence, or unyielding.


See Also:  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Perseverance | Persistence

Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu Scroll

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty.

It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English, or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in it's original Chinese will be lost in translation.


Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds, people's homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.


Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and "take it all in" as you travel through life.
The poet's name is "Du Mu" in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, "Mountain Travels" is: 山行
You can have the title, poet's name, and even Tang Dynasty written as an inscription on your custom wall scroll if you like.

More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city of central China and former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present-day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25, and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic, and often depicted every day life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils and troubles of love and beer drinking.

Violet

English name
wéi ào lì tè
Violet Scroll

維奧莉特 is the Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the name Violet.


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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Englandeiyīng / ying1 / ying
England英國
英国
yīng guó / ying1 guo2 / ying guo / yingguoying kuo / yingkuo
Strong and Beautiful健美takemijiàn měi / jian4 mei3 / jian mei / jianmeichien mei / chienmei
Miguel米蓋爾
米盖尔
mǐ gài ěr
mi3 gai4 er3
mi gai er
migaier
mi kai erh
mikaierh
Leonardo利奧納多
利奥纳多
lì ào nà duō
li4 ao4 na4 duo1
li ao na duo
liaonaduo
li ao na to
liaonato
Gene吉恩jí ēn / ji2 en1 / ji en / jienchi en / chien
Lara勞拉
劳拉
láo lā / lao2 la1 / lao la / laola
Webb韋伯
韦伯
wéi bó / wei2 bo2 / wei bo / weibowei po / weipo
Benjamin本杰明běn jié míng
ben3 jie2 ming2
ben jie ming
benjieming
pen chieh ming
penchiehming
Celia希莉婭
希莉娅
xī lì yà
xi1 li4 ya4
xi li ya
xiliya
hsi li ya
hsiliya
Deanna迪安娜dí ān nà
di2 an1 na4
di an na
dianna
ti an na
tianna
Diana黛安娜dài ān nà
dai4 an1 na4
dai an na
daianna
tai an na
taianna
Edwin艾德文ài dé wén
ai4 de2 wen2
ai de wen
aidewen
ai te wen
aitewen
Irene伊琳娜yī lín nà
yi1 lin2 na4
yi lin na
yilinna
i lin na
ilinna
Iris艾瑞絲
艾瑞丝
ài ruì sī
ai4 rui4 si1
ai rui si
airuisi
ai jui ssu
aijuissu
Cecilia塞西莉亞
塞西莉亚
sāi xī lì yà
sai1 xi1 li4 ya4
sai xi li ya
saixiliya
sai hsi li ya
saihsiliya
Adrian阿德里安ā dé lǐ ān
a1 de2 li3 an1
a de li an
adelian
a te li an
atelian
Albert阿爾伯特
阿尔伯特
ā ěr bǎi tè
a1 er3 bai3 te4
a er bai te
aerbaite
a erh pai t`e
aerhpaite
a erh pai te
Alex阿列克斯ā liè kè sī
a1 lie4 ke4 si1
a lie ke si
aliekesi
a lieh k`o ssu
aliehkossu
a lieh ko ssu
Isaac艾薩克
艾萨克
ài sà kè
ai4 sa4 ke4
ai sa ke
aisake
ai sa k`o
aisako
ai sa ko
Alex艾力克斯ài lì kè sī
ai4 li4 ke4 si1
ai li ke si
ailikesi
ai li k`o ssu
ailikossu
ai li ko ssu
Jeanjǐn / jin3 / jinchin
Melissa梅莉莎méi lì shā
mei2 li4 sha1
mei li sha
meilisha
Jada潔達
洁达
jié dá / jie2 da2 / jie da / jiedachieh ta / chiehta
Jodi周迪zhōu dí / zhou1 di2 / zhou di / zhoudichou ti / chouti
Kingou / owáng / wang2 / wang
Jenzhēn / zhen1 / zhenchen
Rebecca瑞貝卡
瑞贝卡
ruì bèi kǎ
rui4 bei4 ka3
rui bei ka
ruibeika
jui pei k`a
juipeika
jui pei ka
Shawシャーshaa / sha
Jacques杰克jié kè / jie2 ke4 / jie ke / jiekechieh k`o / chiehko / chieh ko
Bruce Lee李小龍
李小龙
bu ruu su ri
buruusuri
bu ru su ri
burusuri
lǐ xiǎo lóng
li3 xiao3 long2
li xiao long
lixiaolong
li hsiao lung
lihsiaolung
Milanoミラノmirano
Jobin周斌zhōu bīn / zhou1 bin1 / zhou bin / zhoubinchou pin / choupin
Jasmin亞斯敏
亚斯敏
yà sī mǐn
ya4 si1 min3
ya si min
yasimin
ya ssu min
yassumin
North Korea北朝鮮
北朝鲜
kita chousen
kitachousen
kita chosen
kitachosen
běi cháo xiǎn
bei3 chao2 xian3
bei chao xian
beichaoxian
pei ch`ao hsien
peichaohsien
pei chao hsien
South Korea南韓
南韩
nán hán / nan2 han2 / nan han / nanhan
Jadeジェイドjeido
Sequoiaセコイアsekoia
Cathie凱緹
凯缇
kǎi tí / kai3 ti2 / kai ti / kaitik`ai t`i / kaiti / kai ti
Brownブラウンburaun
Jesusジーザスjiizasu / jizasu
Steel
haganegāng / gang1 / gangkang
Jasmine杰思敏jié sī mǐn
jie2 si1 min3
jie si min
jiesimin
chieh ssu min
chiehssumin
Hentai変態hen tai / hentai
Jasmin杰思敏jié sī mǐn
jie2 si1 min3
jie si min
jiesimin
chieh ssu min
chiehssumin
Rose羅斯
罗斯
luō sī / luo1 si1 / luo si / luosilo ssu / lossu
RJ爾杰
尔杰
ěr jié / er3 jie2 / er jie / erjieerh chieh / erhchieh
Cesar塞薩爾
塞萨尔
sè sà ěr
se4 sa4 er3
se sa er
sesaer
se sa erh
sesaerh
Griffin格里芬gé lǐ fēn
ge2 li3 fen1
ge li fen
gelifen
ko li fen
kolifen
God of Thunder雷神rai jin / raijinléi shén / lei2 shen2 / lei shen / leishen
Destiny黛絲蒂妮
黛丝蒂妮
dài sī dì nī
dai4 si1 di4 ni1
dai si di ni
daisidini
tai ssu ti ni
taissutini
Wolf沃爾夫
沃尔夫
wò ěr fū
wo4 er3 fu1
wo er fu
woerfu
wo erh fu
woerhfu
Godzilla呉爾羅go ji ra / gojira
Griffinグリフィンgurifin
Orangedaidaichéng / cheng2 / chengch`eng / cheng
Jade賈德
贾德
jiǎ dé / jia3 de2 / jia de / jiadechia te / chiate
Elmo艾蒙ài méng / ai4 meng2 / ai meng / aimeng
Hero英雄ei yuu / eiyuu / ei yu / eiyuyīng xióng
ying1 xiong2
ying xiong
yingxiong
ying hsiung
yinghsiung
August八月hachigatsu / yatsukibā yuè / ba1 yue4 / ba yue / bayuepa yüeh / payüeh
Thomas托馬斯
托马斯
tuō mǎ sī
tuo1 ma3 si1
tuo ma si
tuomasi
t`o ma ssu
tomassu
to ma ssu
Kaili凱里
凯里
kǎi lǐ / kai3 li3 / kai li / kailik`ai li / kaili / kai li
Red Color
benihóng / hong2 / honghung
Purityjou / jojìng / jing4 / jingching
Purple
Violet
紫色murasakiiro
murasakiro
zǐ sè / zi3 se4 / zi se / zisetzu se / tzuse
Lao Tzu
Laozi
老子roushi / roshilǎo zǐ / lao3 zi3 / lao zi / laozilao tzu / laotzu
Accountant
CPA
會計師
会计师
kuài jì shī
kuai4 ji4 shi1
kuai ji shi
kuaijishi
k`uai chi shih
kuaichishih
kuai chi shih
Sun Tzu - Art of War孫子兵法
孙子兵法
son shi hyou hou
sonshihyouhou
son shi hyo ho
sonshihyoho
sūn zǐ bīng fǎ
sun1 zi3 bing1 fa3
sun zi bing fa
sunzibingfa
sun tzu ping fa
suntzupingfa
Jesus is My Life耶穌是我的生命
耶稣是我的生命
yē sū shì wǒ de shēng mìng
ye1 su1 shi4 wo3 de sheng1 ming4
ye su shi wo de sheng ming
yesushiwodeshengming
yeh su shih wo te sheng ming
yehsushihwoteshengming
Asian Pride
Oriental Pride
AZN Pryde
東方自尊
东方自尊
tou hou zi son
touhouzison
to ho zi son
tohozison
dōng fāng zì zūn
dong1 fang1 zi4 zun1
dong fang zi zun
dongfangzizun
tung fang tzu tsun
tungfangtzutsun
Jesus耶穌
耶稣
yē sū / ye1 su1 / ye su / yesuyeh su / yehsu
Optimism
Happy With Your Fate
樂天 / 楽天
乐天
raku ten / rakutenlè tiān / le4 tian1 / le tian / letianle t`ien / letien / le tien
Love
aiài / ai4 / ai
Construction Crane起重機
起重机
kijuuki / kijukiqǐ zhòng jī
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qi zhong ji
qizhongji
ch`i chung chi
chichungchi
chi chung chi
Archer射手i te / sha shu
ite / shashu
shè shǒu / she4 shou3 / she shou / sheshou
Goddess of Mercy and Compassion觀音 / 観音
观音
kan non / kannonguān yīn / guan1 yin1 / guan yin / guanyinkuan yin / kuanyin
Joshua 24:15至於我和我家我們必定事奉耶和華
至于我和我家我们必定事奉耶和华
zhì yú wǒ hé wǒ jiā wǒ men bì dìng shì fèng yē hé huá
zhi4 yu2 wo3 he2 wo3 jia1 wo3 men bi4 ding4 shi4 feng4 ye1 he2 hua2
zhi yu wo he wo jia wo men bi ding shi feng ye he hua
chih yü wo ho wo chia wo men pi ting shih feng yeh ho hua
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks百折不撓
百折不挠
hyaku setsu su tou
hyakusetsusutou
hyaku setsu su to
hyakusetsusuto
bǎi zhé bù náo
bai3 zhe2 bu4 nao2
bai zhe bu nao
baizhebunao
pai che pu nao
paichepunao
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
远上寒山石径斜白云生处有人家停车坐爱枫林晚霜叶红于二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
Violet維奧莉特
维奥莉特
wéi ào lì tè
wei2 ao4 li4 te4
wei ao li te
weiaolite
wei ao li t`e
weiaolite
wei ao li te
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