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1. Good Luck
This can be translated as "good luck," "fortunate," "lucky" and/or "good fortune" in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
Occasionally, this is also translated as a type of happiness or a short way to write serendipity.
幸 can mean happiness, good fortune, good luck, and in the old days, good harvest or bounty.
Note: From Japanese, this character is sometimes romanized as "sachi," and is often pronounced "kou" or sometimes "rei" when used in compound words with other Kanji.
幸福 is a general state of "happiness" which can also be translated as truly-blessed, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
幸運な偶然 is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.
The first two Kanji mean fortunate, lucky, fortune, or good luck.
In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.
The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.
永遠の幸福 means "eternal happiness" in Japanese.
永遠 means eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.
の is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "happiness, of the eternal kind."
幸福 means happiness, though this word can also be translated as truly blessed, joy, happy, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|kou un / kouun / ko un / koun||xìng yùn / xing4 yun4 / xing yun / xingyun||hsing yün / hsingyün|
|幸||saki / sachi / rei / rē||xìng / xing4 / xing||hsing|
|Happiness||幸福||koufuku / kofuku||xìng fú / xing4 fu2 / xing fu / xingfu||hsing fu / hsingfu|
|室利||shiri||shì lì / shi4 li4 / shi li / shili||shih li / shihli|
|xìng cún zhě|
xing4 cun2 zhe3
xing cun zhe
|hsing ts`un che
hsing tsun che
|幸運な偶然||kou un na guu zen|
ko un na gu zen
|Eternal Happiness||永遠の幸福||ei en no kou fuku|
ei en no ko fuku
|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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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
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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