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Family First Japanese in Japanese...

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  1. Safety and Well-Being of the Family

  2. Happy Family

  3. Family / Home

  4. One Family Under Heaven

  5. Family / Household

  6. No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own

  7. First Born

  8. Felina / Felidae / Felinae


Safety and Well-Being of the Family

Kanai Anzen
ka nai an zen
Safety and Well-Being of the Family Scroll

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

nago ya ka na ka tei
Happy Family Scroll

This 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.

Family / Home

jiā
ei / uchi / ke
Family / Home Scroll

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.


傢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.

One Family Under Heaven

tiān xià yī jiā
tenka ikka
One Family Under Heaven Scroll

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.

Family / Household

jiā tíng
ka tei
Family / Household Scroll

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!

No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own

ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own Scroll

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

This is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

souryou
First Born Scroll

惣領 is a Japanese title for the eldest child, the oldest child, first born child, or child who carries on the family name.

In more ancient times, this was used to refer to the head of a warrior clan. It can also be a place name or given name "Souryou" or "Soryo" in Japanese.

Felina / Felidae / Felinae

māo kē
nekoka
Felina / Felidae / Felinae Scroll

貓科 is the Chinese way to write Felidae, Felina, or Felinae (the cat family).

In Japanese, they use a slightly different first character and write 猫科 pronounced nekoka instead of the original 貓科.

Also, in Chinese, sometimes the title for the sub-family of cats is 猫亚科 for Felinae. If you need a special term, just contact me.




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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
Safety and Well-Being of the Family家內安全
家内安全
ka nai an zen
kanaianzen
Happy Family和やかな家庭nago ya ka na ka tei
nagoyakanakatei
Family
Home
家 / 傢
ei / uchi / kejiā / jia1 / jiachia
One Family Under Heaven天下一家tenka ikka / tenkaikka / tenka ika / tenkaikatiān xià yī jiā
tian1 xia4 yi1 jia1
tian xia yi jia
tianxiayijia
t`ien hsia i chia
tienhsiaichia
tien hsia i chia
Family
Household
家庭 / 傢庭
家庭
ka tei / kateijiā tíng / jia1 ting2 / jia ting / jiatingchia t`ing / chiating / chia ting
No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
kowomotteshiruoyanoon
First Born惣領souryou / soryo
Felina
Felidae
Felinae
貓科
猫科
nekokamāo kē / mao1 ke1 / mao ke / maokemao k`o / maoko / mao ko
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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Felina / Felidae / Felinae Scroll
Felina / Felidae / Felinae Scroll
Felina / Felidae / Felinae Scroll
Felina / Felidae / Felinae Scroll


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Felina / Felidae / Felinae Vertical Portrait
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