Good Luck in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Good Luck

  2. Opportunity / Good Luck

  3. Good Luck / Good Fortune

  4. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

  5. House of Good Fortune

  6. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

  7. Destiny / Fate

  8. Lucky / Auspicious

  9. Bat

10. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

11. Five Red Bats

12. Word of God / The Gospel

13. Boar / Pig

14. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

15. Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence

16. Red Color

17. Smooth Sailing

18. Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

19. Double Happiness

20. Double Happiness Guest Book


xìng yùn
kou un
Good Luck Scroll

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.

Opportunity / Good Luck

jī yù
Opportunity / Good Luck Scroll

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

機遇 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".

Good Luck / Good Fortune

fuku
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 Years).

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, happiness, and fulfillment.


See Also:  Lucky

Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

lóng fèng chéng xiáng
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck  Scroll

龍鳳呈祥 is often seen at weddings and other celebrations in China.

It suggests that the dragon and phoenix will bring you auspicious tidings.

The first character is dragon.
The second is phoenix.
The third is presents or brings.
And the last means auspicious, propitious, or luck.

Throughout China, the dragon and phoenix are symbols of good fortune. You will see these auspicious figures as decorative symbols on everything from buildings, furniture, wedding costumes, sculptures in public parks, to caskets and items used in ceremonies.

House of Good Fortune

fú zhái
House of Good Fortune Scroll

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.

Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

qiān lǜ yī dé
senryonoittoku
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea Scroll

千慮一得 means, "1000 tries, one success", or "[a] thousand tries [leads to] one success".

This proverb is a humble way to speak of your success, ideas, or accomplishments. As if you are a fool who just got lucky in inventing or creating something.

Translations for this proverb include:
Even without any notable ability on my part, I may still get it right sometimes by good luck.
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea.

Destiny / Fate

yùn mìng
un mei
Destiny / Fate Scroll

These two characters contain the ideas of "fate", "destiny", "fortune" and "luck" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

運命 is often defined as "a person's fate" or "personal fate" in various dictionaries.

These two characters can be reversed (written in either order) and yield roughly the same meaning.

This particular character order happens to be more common in old Korean and less common in modern Chinese.


See Also:  Good Fortune

Lucky / Auspicious

kichi
Lucky / Auspicious Scroll

A simple way to express the state of being lucky.

Also used in conversation to hope that all is well with someone. 吉 is more often seen as part of a compound word with a lucky association (especially in Korean).


Not as often used in Japanese but still means "good luck" but can also mean "joy" in Japanese.

Bat Scroll

蝠 is the simplest way to write bat in Chinese and old Korean Hanja.

This also means bat in Japanese but is almost never written alone like this (it's often part of other titles for vampire bats or fruit bats).

In Chinese culture, the bat is a good luck charm, as the pronunciation is very similar to the word for "good luck" or "good fortune". The character for bat even looks like the good luck character.

Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

xìng
saki / sachi / rei / rē
Happiness / Fortune / Lucky Scroll

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.

Five Red Bats

hóng wǔ fú
Five Red Bats Scroll

紅五蝠 is a play on words in Chinese because of some homophones.

The first thing you need to know is that the word for bat, 蝠, sounds exactly like the word for good fortune, 福. Thus, bats are often associated with good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.

Five bats (五福 / 五蝠) means "five fortunes" referring to luck, prosperity, wealth, happiness, and longevity.

The word red, 红, has the same sound as 宏 meaning vast, great, or magnificent. Therefore, a red bat means "vast fortune".

Altogether, five red bats represent vast reaches of the five fortunes.

Word of God / The Gospel

fú yīn
fukuin
Word of God / The Gospel Scroll

福音 is the Chinese, Korean and Japanese word for "Gospel" or "Word of God".

福音 is a specifically Christian word in Asia (not used for any other religion).

The first character means "blessing", "good fortune" or "good luck". This first character is a special character used throughout China to bring good tidings and fortune - especially during Chinese New Year. The second character means "sound", "noise" or "news".

Together, these characters create a word that means "The Good News" or "The Sound of Good Fortune".

When read by a Chinese or Japanese person, this word is always perceived as "The Christian Gospel", "Word of God", or even "The Voice of God".


See Also:  Christianity | Jesus Christ | God of Abraham

Boar / Pig

Year of the Pig / Zodiac Sign

zhū
inoshishi
Boar / Pig Scroll

豬 is the character for boar, pig, or swine in Chinese and old Korean.

If you were born in the year of the boar / year of the pig, you...

Are optimistic.
Have good luck with wealth and money.
Are honest, generous, and warm-hearted.


猪The character shown to the right is the Japanese Kanji for "wild boar."
it’s an alternate/simplified form of pig/boar in Chinese (can be read by both Chinese and Japanese people). Click on that character instead of the button above if you want this version.

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Serendipity / Happy Coincidence

shiawa se na guu zen
Serendipity / Happy Coincidence Scroll

幸せな偶然 is one of many ways to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean happiness, good fortune, luck, or blessing.

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.


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

Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence

kou un na guu zen
Serendipity / Lucky Coincidence Scroll

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.

hóng
hung
beni
Red Color Scroll

紅 is a single character that means red in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The perceived meaning of this character can be ambiguous. Most will see it as the color red but it can also mean Communist (just like it can in English). In Japanese, it can be a female given name "Rena", or refer to red silk lining. In Chinese, red is a good luck color, and can refer to a bonus or revolutionary.

Smooth Sailing

yī fán fēng shùn
Smooth Sailing Scroll

一帆風順 is just what you think it means. It suggests that you are on a trouble-free voyage through life, or literally on a sailing ship or sail boat. It is often used in China as a wish for good luck on a voyage or as you set out on a new quest or career in your life. Some may use this in lieu of "bon voyage".

The literal meaning is roughly, "Once you raise your sail, you will get the wind you need, and it will take you where you want to go". Another way to translate it is "Your sail and the wind follow your will".

一帆風順 is a great gift for a mariner, sailor, adventurer, or someone starting a new career.

Note: Can be understood in Korean Hanja but rarely used.


See Also:  Bon Voyage | Adventure | Travel

Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon

jīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon Scroll

This "home golden auspicious dragon" title was added by special request of a customer.

The first character means gold or golden.
The second and third characters hold the meaning of auspiciousness and good luck.
The fourth character is dragon.
The fifth is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The last character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

Note: The word order is different than the English title, because of grammar differences between English and Chinese. This phrase sounds very natural in Chinese in this character order. If written in the English word order, it would sound very strange and lose its impact in Chinese.


Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, but this has not been reviewed by a Korean translator.

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)

Double Happiness Scroll

囍 is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.

囍 is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

Double Happiness Portrait Red If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding

Double Happiness Guest Book Scroll

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The paper panel length can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm (27" to 53").

If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (40").

How many signatures fit

The medium size scroll with a 33cm x 100cm (13" x 40") paper panel can usually handle up to 89 signatures. That breaks down to 37 signatures per empty square and 15 signatures around the 囍 character. If you switch to a 135cm paper panel, add another 37 potential signatures.

We can splice two 135cm papers together, but that would be a crazy-long scroll. These are only estimates, your mileage may vary.


With silk panels this will yield a wall scroll about 155cm (61") long. That's enough for up to 89 signatures. Of course, that depends on if your guests just sign a brief salutation and name, or more verbose good wishes. Customer feedback is that 126 people can sign the 135cm long paper on a medium-sized scroll. If we go bigger than that, there will be a minor paper seam and an extra charge. Email me with your specifications if you need something special.

Most customers pick the festive red paper with gold flecks and white or ivory silk. Red is a good luck color in Chinese culture, thus the most popular choice. But, you can do any color combination that you want.

There is a long history of Chinese-character-use outside of mainland China. This Double Happiness character is also seen at weddings in Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as Chinese communities in Thailand, Indonesia, and elsewhere. While Japan borrowed Chinese characters into their language, you won't see 囍 as often at Japanese weddings.




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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幸運
幸运
kou un / kouun / ko un / kounxìng yùn / xing4 yun4 / xing yun / xingyunhsing yün / hsingyün
Opportunity
Good Luck
機遇
机遇
jī yù / ji1 yu4 / ji yu / jiyuchi yü / chiyü
Good Luck
Good Fortune
fukufú / fu2 / fu
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龍鳳呈祥
龙凤呈祥
lóng fèng chéng xiáng
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
long feng cheng xiang
longfengchengxiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
lungfengchenghsiang
lung feng cheng hsiang
House of Good Fortune福宅fú zhái / fu2 zhai2 / fu zhai / fuzhaifu chai / fuchai
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea千慮一得
千虑一得
senryonoittokuqiān lǜ yī dé
qian1 lv4 yi1 de2
qian lv yi de
qianlvyide
ch`ien lü i te
chienlüite
chien lü i te
Destiny
Fate
運命
运命
un mei / unmeiyùn mìng / yun4 ming4 / yun ming / yunmingyün ming / yünming
Lucky
Auspicious
kichijí / ji2 / jichi
Batfú / fu2 / fu
Happiness
Fortune
Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng / xing4 / xinghsing
Five Red Bats紅五蝠
红五蝠
hóng wǔ fú
hong2 wu3 fu2
hong wu fu
hongwufu
hung wu fu
hungwufu
Word of God
The Gospel
福音fukuinfú yīn / fu2 yin1 / fu yin / fuyin
Boar
Pig

inoshishizhū / zhu1 / zhuchu
Serendipity
Happy Coincidence
幸せな偶然shiawa se na guu zen
shiawasenaguuzen
shiawa se na gu zen
shiawasenaguzen
Serendipity
Lucky Coincidence
幸運な偶然kou un na guu zen
kouunnaguuzen
ko un na gu zen
kounnaguzen
Red Color
benihóng / hong2 / honghung
Smooth Sailing一帆風順
一帆风顺
yī fán fēng shùn
yi1 fan2 feng1 shun4
yi fan feng shun
yifanfengshun
i fan feng shun
ifanfengshun
Home of the Auspicious Golden Dragon金瑞祥龍之家
金瑞祥龙之家
jīn ruì xiáng lóng zhī jiā
jin1 rui4 xiang2 long2 zhi1 jia1
jin rui xiang long zhi jia
jinruixianglongzhijia
chin jui hsiang lung chih chia
Double Happiness
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Double Happiness Guest Book
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
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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Double Happiness Guest Book Scroll
Double Happiness Guest Book Scroll
Double Happiness Guest Book Scroll
Double Happiness Guest Book Scroll


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Double Happiness Guest Book Vertical Portrait
Double Happiness Guest Book Horizontal Wall Scroll
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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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