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Every day is a good day

rì rì shì hǎo rì
nichinichi kore koujitsu
Every day is a good day Scroll

日日是好日 is an old Chinese and Japanese Buddhist proverb.

日日是好日 means, "every day is a good day".

In Japanese, it can be pronounced or romanized as "nichinichi kore koujitsu" or "hibi kore kōjitsu".

gǎn jī
Thankfulness Scroll

感激 is thankfulness or being grateful for what you have.

It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. Appreciate the little things that happen around you and within you every day. Think positively. Thankfulness brings contentment.

Different meaning in Japanese - more like "deep emotion," "impression," "inspiration" - not recommended for a Japanese audience.

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.

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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
Every day is a good day日日是好日nichinichi kore koujitsu
nichinichi kore kojitsu
rì rì shì hǎo rì
ri4 ri4 shi4 hao3 ri4
ri ri shi hao ri
jih jih shih hao jih
Thankfulness感激kangekigǎn jī / gan3 ji1 / gan ji / ganjikan chi / kanchi
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
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
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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rì rì shì hǎo rì
    ri4 ri4 shi4 hao3 ri4
jih jih shih hao jih
 hibi kore kōjitsu
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu Scroll
(expression) (proverb) every day is a good day
every day is a good day; every day is a good day


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qī qī
    qi1 qi1
ch`i ch`i
    chi chi
(female given name) Nana
The period of forty-nine days after death, when masses are said every seventh day till the seventh seventh day.



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sān shí
    san1 shi2
san shih
(adverbial noun) (1) 3 o'clock; (2) 3 o'clock snack; (personal name) Mitoki
The three divisions of the day, i.e. dawn, daylight, and sunset; or morning, noon, and evening; also the three periods, after his nirvāṇa, of every Buddha's teaching, viz., 正 correct, or the period of orthodoxy and vigour, 像 semblance, or the period of scholasticism, and 末 end, the period of decline and termination; three times


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bā rì
    ba1 ri4
pa jih
(1) the eighth day of the month; (2) eight days; (place-name) Youkaichi
the 8th, 18th, and 28th days of every month; the 8th, 18th, and 28th days of every month


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shí èr
    shi2 er4
shih erh
twelve; 12
12; twelve; (given name) Tooji
dvātriṃśa. Thirty-two. 三十二應 (or 三十二身) The thirty-two forms of Guanyin, and of Puxian, ranging from that of a Buddha to that of a man, a maid, a rakṣas; similar to the thirty-three forms named in the Lotus Sūtra. 三十二相三十二大人相 dvātriṃśadvaralakṣaṇa. The thirty-two lakṣaṇas, or physical marks of a cakravartī, or 'wheel-king', especially of the Buddha, i. e. level feet, thousand-spoke wheel-sign on feet, long slender fingers, pliant hands and feet, toes and fingers finely webbed, full-sized heels, arched insteps, thighs like a royal stag, hands reaching below the knees well-retracted male organ, height and stretch of arms equal, every hair-root dark coloured, body hair graceful and curly, golden-hued body, a 10 ft. halo around him, soft smooth skin, the 七處, i. e. two soles, two palms, two shoulders, and crown well rounded, below the armpits well-filled, lion-shaped body, erect, full shoulders, forty teeth, teeth white even and close, the four canine teeth pure white, lion-jawed, saliva improving the taste of all food, tongue long and broad, voice deep and resonant, eyes deep blue, eyelashes like a royal bull, a white ūrnā or curl between the eyebrows emitting light, an uṣṇīṣa or fleshy protuberance on the crown. These are from the 三藏法數 48, with which the 智度論 4, 涅盤經 28, 中阿含經, 三十ニ相經 generally agree. The 無量義經 has a different list. 三十二相經 The eleventh chapter of the 阿含經. 三十二相經願 The twenty-first of Amitābha's vows, v. 無量壽經. 三十三 trayastriṃśat. Thirty-three. 三十三天忉利天; 憺梨天, 多羅夜登陵舍; 憺利夜登陵奢; 憺利耶憺利奢 Trayastriṃśas. The Indra heaven, the second of the six heavens of form. Its capital is situated on the summit of Mt. Sumeru, where Indra rules over his thirty-two devas, who reside on thirty-two peaks of Sumeru, eight in each of the four directons. Indra's capital is called 殊勝 Sudarśana, 喜見城 Joy-view city. Its people are a yojana in height, each one's clothing weighs 六鐵 (1; 4 oz. ), and they live 1, 000 years, a day and night being equal to 100 earthly years. Eitel says Indra's heaven 'tallies in all its details with the Svarga of Brahminic mythology' and suggests that 'the whole myth may have an astronomical meaning', or be connected, with 'the atmosphere with its phenomena, which strengthens Koeppen's hypothesis explaining the number thirty-three as referring to the eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, twelve Ādityas, and two Aśvins of Vedic mythology'. In his palace called Vaijayanta 'Indra is enthroned with 1, 000 eyes with four arms grasping the vajra. There he revels in numberless sensual pleasures together with his wife Śacī... and with 119, 000 concubines with whom he associates by means of transformation'.; dvādaśa, twelve.



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zhòu yuàn
    zhou4 yuan4
chou yüan
Vows, prayers, or formulas uttered in behalf of donors, or of the dead; especially at the All Souls Day's offerings to the seven generations of ancestors. Every word and deed of a bodhisattva should be a dhāraṇī; incantation-vow


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tiān tiān
    tian1 tian1
t`ien t`ien
    tien tien
every day
(female given name) Tenten


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(n-adv,n-t) every day; daily; day after day; days (e.g. good old days); (female given name) Bibi


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rì rì
    ri4 ri4
jih jih
every day
the number of days; date; (n-adv,n-t) every day; daily; day after day; days (e.g. good old days); (surname) Hibi
every day


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rì yuè
    ri4 yue4
jih yüeh
 jitsugetsu; nichigetsu
    じつげつ; にちげつ
the sun and moon; day and month; every day and every month; season; life and livelihood
(1) sun and moon; (2) time; days and months; years; (3) (にちげつ only) Sunday and Monday; (female given name) Hizuki
sun and moon


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(n-adv,n-t) every day; daily



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rì qū
    ri4 qu1
jih ch`ü
    jih chü
(increasing) day by day; (more critical) with every passing day; gradually



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xún kè
    xun2 ke4
hsün k`o
    hsün ko
test every ten day; periodic deadline


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zhāo zhāo
    zhao1 zhao1
chao chao
every day (archaic)


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(n-adv,n-t) every day


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měi tiān
    mei3 tian1
mei t`ien
    mei tien
every day; everyday



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mǎn zuò
    man3 zuo4
man tso
fully booked; every seat taken
A complete, or full assembly; also the last day of a general assembly; full house



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jiàn tiān
    jian4 tian1
chien t`ien
    chien tien
(coll.) every day


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zhú rì
    zhu2 ri4
chu jih
day-by-day; daily; on a daily basis
(adverb) day by day; every day; with each passing day



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lián rì
    lian2 ri4
lien jih
day after day; for several days running
(n-adv,n-t,adj-no) day after day; every day; (place-name) Rennichi


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gé rì
    ge2 ri4
ko jih
 kakujitsu; kakunichi
    かくじつ; かくにち
see 隔天[ge2 tian1]
every other day; every second day


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 hachikou / hachiko
(See 忠犬ハチ公・ちゅうけんハチこう) Hachikō; Akita dog that waited every day at Shibuya station for the return of his owner (1923-1935)



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qī qī zhāi
    qi1 qi1 zhai1
ch`i ch`i chai
    chi chi chai
 shichishichi sai
Masses for the dead on every seventh day for seven times. During this period the deceased is in the antarābhava or intermediate state, known as 中有 and 中陰; at the end of forty-nine days, judgment having been made, he enters upon his next state. By observing the proper rites, his family may aid him in overcoming his perils and attaining to a happy destiny; masses for the dead on every seventh day for seven times


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tertian malaria (causing a fever that recurs every second day)



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jiǔ zhāi rì
    jiu3 zhai1 ri4
chiu chai jih
 ku sainichi
the nine kinds of days of abstinence on which no food is eaten after twelve o'clock: noon and the commands are observed. They are: Every day of the first month, of the fifth month, of the ninth month, and the following six days of each month, 8th, 14th, 15th, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. On these days Indra and the four deva-kings investigate the conduct of men; nine days of abstinence


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(n-adv,n-t) every day; daily



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huān xǐ rì
    huan1 xi3 ri4
huan hsi jih
 kangi nichi
The happy day of the Buddha, and of the order, i.e. that ending the 'retreat', 15th day of the 7th (or 8th) moon; also every 15th day of the month; joyous day


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 seikatsugo / sekatsugo
{ling} private-sphere language; language used in every day life; dialect


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(exp,suf) (kana only) repeated at intervals; every other (day, week, month, ...)


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guǐ zǐ mǔ
    gui3 zi3 mu3
kuei tzu mu
Hāritī, 訶梨帝 intp. as pleased, or pleasing. A 'woman who having vowed to devour all the babies at Rādjagriha was reborn as a rākshasī, and gave birth to 500 children, one of which she was to devour every day. Converted by Śākyamuni she entered a convent. Her image is to be seen in all nunneries'. Eitel. Another account is that she is the mother of 500 demons, and that from being an evil goddess or spirit she was converted to become a protectress of Buddhism.

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