The name Good Fortune in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Good Luck / Good Fortune

  2. House of Good Fortune

  3. Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

  4. Abundance and Prosperity

  5. Abundance / Prosperous

  6. Opportunity / Good Luck

  7. Good Luck

Good Luck / Good Fortune

Good Luck / Good Fortune Scroll

福 is pronounced “fu” in Chinese.

The character “fu” is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Year).

One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.

福 literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, blessedness, happiness, and fulfillment.

You'll also see this character in Vietnam (where Chinese characters were the written form until a romanization reform) where it is pronounced Phúc - a word commonly used in Vietnamese names because of its good meaning.

See Also:  Lucky

House of Good Fortune

 fú zhái
House of Good Fortune Scroll

福宅 is perhaps the Chinese equivalent of “This blessed house” or perhaps “home sweet home.”

This phrase literally means “Good fortune house” or “Good luck household.” It makes any Chinese person who sees it feel that good things happen in the home in which this calligraphy is hung.

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

 nián nián yǒu yú
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Scroll

年年有餘 is a common proverb or wish of prosperity you'll hear around the time of Chinese New Year.

Directly translated character by character, it means “Year Year Have Surplus.” A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be “Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life.”

On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. This is because the last character, “yu” which means surplus or abundance, has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for “fish.”

This is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.

In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked especially for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.

See Also:  Prosperity

Abundance and Prosperity

 fán róng fù yù
 hanei yuuhuku
Abundance and Prosperity Scroll

繁榮富裕 is a proverb about “Prosperity and Abundance.”

This presents and reinforces the ideas of being prosperous, a booming economy, well-to-do, well-off, wealthy, riches, and opulence.

While this is the ancient/traditional Chinese way to write this, most Japanese can fully read and understand it. It's also the correct form of old Korean Hanja (though few Koreans of the current generation will be able to read this).

Abundance / Prosperous

 fù yù
 fu yuu
Abundance / Prosperous Scroll

富裕 means prosperous, having an abundance, well-to-do, or well-off.

It's a simple word that suggests “you have made it” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

Opportunity / Good Luck

 jī yù
Opportunity / Good Luck Scroll

機遇 is the kind of opportunity that comes via good luck or good fortune.

This word is sometimes translated as “stroke of good luck.”

While there are other ways to express “opportunity,” I think this version is best for a calligraphy wall scroll or portrait.

Note: In Korean Hanja, this would also mean “Meeting someone under strange circumstances.”

See Also:  Good Luck

 xìng yùn
 kou un
Good Luck Scroll

幸運 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.

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Good Luck / Good Fortune
good fortune; happiness; luck
good fortune; happiness; blessing; good luck; (surname) Fukutsuru
Blessing, happiness, felicity, good fortune.

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 reikichi / rekichi

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Lucky / Auspicious
lucky; giga- (meaning billion or 10^9)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) (See 御神籤・おみくじ) good fortune (esp. omikuji fortune-telling result); good luck; auspiciousness; (2) (abbreviation) (See 吉日・2) unspecified day of the month (used to obscure the date a letter, invitation, etc. was written); (given name) Reikichi
śrī; auspicious, lucky, fortunate; translit. k, ke, ku, g.


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shàn guǒ
    shan4 guo3
shan kuo
good results
Good fruit from 善因 q.v.; good fortune in life resulting from previous goodness.


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(out-dated kanji) (ik) (noun or adjectival noun) happiness; good fortune; luck; blessing; (out-dated kanji) (noun or adjectival noun) happiness; good fortune; luck; blessing


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(ik) (noun or adjectival noun) happiness; good fortune; luck; blessing; (noun or adjectival noun) happiness; good fortune; luck; blessing


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shī lì
    shi1 li4
shih li
Sri. 師利; 室利; 室離; 室哩; 修利; 昔哩; 悉利 (1) Fortune, prosperity; high rank, success, good fortune, virtues, these four are named as its connotation. (2) The wife of Viṣṇu. (3) An honorifc prefix or affix to names of gods, great men, and books. (4) An exclamation at the head of liturgies. (5) An abbreviation for Mañjuśrī.


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 unkikouten / unkikoten
(noun/participle) turn (stroke) of good fortune; one's fortune turning for the better



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guǒ bào
    guo3 bao4
kuo pao
karma; preordained fate (Buddhism)
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) good fortune; luck; happiness; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) {Buddh} (See 業・ごう・1) vipaka (retribution); (female given name) Kaho
異熟 Retribution for good or evil deeds, implying that different conditions in this (or any) life are the variant ripenings, or fruit, of seed sown in previous life or lives.



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wú liàng shòu
    wu2 liang4 shou4
wu liang shou
 muryō ju
boundless life (expression of good wishes); Amitayus, the Buddha of measureless life, good fortune and wisdom
Boundless, infinite life, a name for Amitābha, as in無量壽佛; 無量壽如來; 無量壽王.


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 mekkemon; mekkemono
    めっけもん; めっけもの
(1) (kana only) bargain; find; (2) (kana only) unbelievable good luck; unexpected good fortune


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 engigaii / engigai
(exp,adj-ix) of good omen; augur well (for); boding well for; good fortune


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(exp,adj-i) of good omen; augur well (for); boding well for; good fortune


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(exp,adj-i) of good omen; augur well (for); boding well for; good fortune


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(exp,adj-i) (See 縁起がいい・えんぎがいい) of good omen; augur well (for); boding well for; good fortune


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good fortune; official salary
(out-dated kanji) stipend; reward



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lóng fèng chéng xiáng
    long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
    lung feng cheng hsiang

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Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
the dragon and phoenix are symbols of good fortune (idiom); auspicious; decorated with auspicious symbols such as the dragon and the phoenix

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to cleanse; to remove evil; ritual for seeking good fortune and avoiding disaster
purification; exorcism



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yī qìng
    yi1 qing4
i ch`ing
    i ching
(male given name) Kazuyoshi
one instance of good fortune


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 kouun / koun
(rare) good fortune



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jiǎo xìng
    jiao3 xing4
chiao hsing
 gyoukou / gyoko
luckily; by a fluke
(noun/participle) fortuitous; luck; windfall; godsend; good fortune



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jí qìng
    ji2 qing4
chi ch`ing
    chi ching
auspicious; propitious; good fortune
Auspicious, lucky, fortunate.


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(archaism) (rare) purification to invite good fortune


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tiān kǒu
    tian1 kou3
t`ien k`ou
    tien kou
(surname) Amaguchi
The mouth of Brahma, or the gods, a synonym for fire, as that element devours the offerings; to this the 護摩 homa, or fire altar cult is attributed, fire becoming the object of worship for good fortune. Fire is also said to speak for or tell the will of the gods.


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hǎo mìng
    hao3 ming4
hao ming
lucky; blessed with good fortune


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rú yì
    ru2 yi4
ju i
as one wants; according to one's wishes; ruyi scepter, a symbol of power and good fortune
(1) (See 不如意・ふにょい・1) going according to one's wishes; (2) {Buddh} ceremonial sceptre used by monks when reciting sutras (scepter); (place-name, surname) Neoi
At will; according to desire; a ceremonial emblem, originally a short sword; tr. of Manoratha 末笯曷刺他 successor of Vasubandhu as 22nd patriarch and of Mahāṛddhiprāpta, a king of garuḍas.


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 housen / hosen
(1) treasure ship; (2) picture of a treasure ship bearing the Seven Gods of Good Fortune; (surname) Housen


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xìng ér
    xing4 er2
hsing erh
by good fortune; luckily


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xī fú
    xi1 fu2
hsi fu
to appreciate one's good fortune



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zhé shā
    zhe2 sha1
che sha
to not deserve (one's good fortune etc)


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wén shū
    wen2 shu1
wen shu
Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of keen awareness
(Buddhist term) Manjushri; Manjusri; Bodhisattva that represents transcendent wisdom; (p,s,f) Monju
(文殊師利) Mañjuśrī 滿殊尸利 -later 曼殊室利. 文殊 is also used for Mañjunātha, Mañjudeva, Mañjughoṣa, Mañjuṣvara, et al. T., hjamdpal; J., Monju. Origin unknown; presumably, like most Buddhas and bodhisattvas, an idealization of a particular quality, in his case of Wisdom. Mañju is beautiful, Śrī; good fortune, virtue, majesty, lord, an epithet of a god. Six definitions are obtained from various scriptures: 妙首 (or 頭 ) wonderful or beautiful) head; 普首 universal head; 濡首 glossy head (probably a transliteration); 敬首 revered head; 妙德 wonderful virtue (or power); 妙吉祥 wonderfully auspicious; the last is a later translation in the 西域記. As guardian of wisdom 智慧 he is often placed on Śākyamuni's left, with 普顯 on the right as guardian of law 理, the latter holding the Law, the former the wisdom or exposition of it; formerly they held the reverse positions. He is often represented with five curls or waves to his hair indicating the 五智 q. v. or the five peaks; his hand holds the sword of wisdom and he sits on a lion emblematic of its stern majesty: but he has other forms. He is represented as a youth, i. e. eternal youth. His present abode is given as east of the universe, known as 淸涼山 clear and cool mountain, or a region 寶住 precious abode, or Abode of Treasures, or 寶氏 from which he derives one of his titles, 寶相如來. One of his dhāraṇīs prophesies China as his post-nirvāṇa realm. In past incarnations he is described as being the parent of many Buddhas and as having assisted the Buddha into existence; his title was 龍種上佛 the supreme Buddha of the nāgas, also 大身佛 or 神仙佛; now his title is 歡喜藏摩尼寶精佛 The spiritual Buddha who joyfully cares for the jewel: and his future title is to be 普現佛 Buddha universally revealed. In the 序品 Introductory Chapter of the Lotus Sutra he is also described as the ninth predecessor or Buddha-ancestor of Śākyamuni. He is looked on as the chief of the Bodhisattvas and represents them, as the chief disciple of the Buddha, or as his son 法王子. Hīnayāna counts Śāriputra as the wisest of the disciples, Mahāyāna gives Mañjuśrī the chief place, hence he is also styled 覺母 mother, or begetter of understanding. He is shown riding on either a lion or a peacock, or sitting on a white lotus; often he holds a book, emblem of wisdom, or a blue lotus; in certain rooms of a monastery he is shown as a monk; and he appears in military array as defender of the faith. His signs, magic words, and so on, are found in various sutras. His most famous centre in China is Wu-tai shan in Shansi. where he is the object of pilgrimages, especially of Mongols. The legends about him are many. He takes the place in Buddhism of Viśvakarman as Vulcan, or architect, of the universe. He is one of the eight Dhyāni-bodhisattvas, and sometimes has the image of Akṣobhya in his crown. He was mentioned in China as early as the fourth century and in the Lotus Sutra he frequently appears, especially as the converter of the daughter of the Dragon-king of the Ocean. He has five messengers 五使者 and eight youths 八童子 attending on him. His hall in the Garbhadhātu maṇḍala is the seventh, in which his group numbers twenty-five. His position is northeast. There are numerous sutras and other works with his name as title, e. g. 文殊師利問菩提經 Gayaśīrṣa sūtra, tr. by Kumārajīva 384-417: and its 論 or .Tīkā of Vasubandhu, tr. by Bodhiruci 535. see list in B. N.

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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
Good Luck
Good Fortune
fukufú / fu2 / fu
House of Good Fortune福宅fú zhái / fu2 zhai2 / fu zhai / fuzhaifu chai / fuchai
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance年年有餘
nián nián yǒu yú
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
Abundance and Prosperity繁榮富裕
hanei yuuhuku
hanei yuhuku
fán róng fù yù
fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4
fan rong fu yu
fan jung fu yü
富裕fu yuu / fuyuu / fu yufù yù / fu4 yu4 / fu yu / fuyufu yü / fuyü
Good Luck
jī yù / ji1 yu4 / ji yu / jiyuchi yü / chiyü
Good Luck幸運
kou un / kouun / ko unxìng yùn / xing4 yun4 / xing yun / xingyunhsing yün / hsingyün
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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