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家庭 / 傢庭 is a common way to express family, household, or home in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
However, for a wall scroll, we recommend the single-character form (which is just the first character of this two-character word). If you want that, just click here: Family Single-Character
The first character means "family" or "home". The second means "courtyard" or "garden". When combined, the meaning is a bit different, as it becomes "household" or "family". The home and/or property traditionally has a strong relationship with family in Asia. Some Chinese, Korean, and Japanese families have lived in the same house for 7 or more generations!
家 is the single-character that means family in Chinese and Japanese.
It can also mean home or household depending on context.
Hanging this on your wall suggests that you put "family first".
Pronunciation varies in Japanese depending on context. When pronounced "uchi" in Japanese, it means home but when pronounced "ke", it means family.
Note that there is an alternate form of this character. It has an additional radical on the left side but no difference in meaning or pronunciation. The version shown above is the most universal, and is also ancient/traditional. The image shown to the right is only for reference.
家內安全 is kind of the Japanese way of saying, "Family First". It's really a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family, and/or, peace and prosperity in the household.
Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji on it. The purpose being to keep your family safe from harm.
According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep members of the family free from harm.
We were actually looking for a way to say "family first" in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't literally say "family first", it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.
See Also: Peace and Prosperity
和やかな家庭 means "happy family" or "harmonious family" in Japanese.
The first three Kanji create a word that means mild, calm, gentle, quiet, or harmonious. After that is a connecting article. The last two Kanji mean family, home, or household.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
和諧之家 means, "harmonious family" or "happy family" in Chinese.
The first two characters relay the idea of happiness and harmony.
The third character is a connecting or possessive article (connects harmony/happiness to family).
The last character means family but can also mean home or household.
This proverb can also be translated as "The whole world is one family".
It is used to mean that all humans are related under heaven.
The first two characters can be translated as "the world", "whole country", "descended from heaven", "earth under heaven", "the public" or "the ruling power".
The second two characters can mean "one family", "a household", "one's folks", "a house" or "a home". Usually this is read as "a family".
Note: This proverb can be understood in Japanese, though not commonly used.
家族 is family in Japanese Kanji, Chinese and Korean.
This represents all the members of a family.
This can also mean household or clan depending on the context.
洪家 is the martial arts title Hung Ga or Hung Gar.
The first character means flood, big, immense, or great but it can also be the surname, Hong or Hung.
The last character means family or home.
This can also be read as "The Hung Family" or "The Hung Household". This title is mostly associated as a style of Kung Fu.
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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|
|家庭 / 傢庭|
|ka tei / katei||jiā tíng / jia1 ting2 / jia ting / jiating||chia t`ing / chiating / chia ting|
|家 / 傢|
|ei / uchi / ke||jiā / jia1 / jia||chia|
|Safety and Well-Being of the Family||家內安全|
|ka nai an zen|
|Happy Family||和やかな家庭||nago ya ka na ka tei|
|hé xié zhī jiā|
he2 xie2 zhi1 jia1
he xie zhi jia
|ho hsieh chih chia
|Family Over Everything||家庭至上||jiā tíng zhì shàng|
jia1 ting2 zhi4 shang4
jia ting zhi shang
|chia t`ing chih shang
chia ting chih shang
|One Family Under Heaven||天下一家||tenka ikka / tenkaikka / tenka ika||tiān xià yī jiā|
tian1 xia4 yi1 jia1
tian xia yi jia
|t`ien hsia i chia
tien hsia i chia
Members of a Family
|家族||ka zoku / kazoku||jiā zú / jia1 zu2 / jia zu / jiazu||chia tsu / chiatsu|
|Hung Gar||洪家||hóng jiā / hong2 jia1 / hong jia / hongjia||hung chia / hungchia|
|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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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.
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