The Name Happiness Good Fortune in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Five Red Bats

  2. Good Luck / Good Fortune

  3. Good Luck

  4. Happiness / Fortune / Lucky

  5. Love and Happiness

  6. Prosperity

  7. Serendipity / Happy Coincidence


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.

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

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.

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.

Love and Happiness

xìng fú yǔ ài
Love and Happiness Scroll

幸福與愛 is "happiness and love" in Chinese.

There is a suggestion of "good fortune" in the version of happiness used here.

Prosperity

(also means salary)

fuchi
Prosperity Scroll

祿 is occasionally used in China to mean prosperity or good fortune.
祿 once meant the "official's salary" in old feudal China and Korea (obviously, the officials lived well, so you can imagine how this was associated with the idea of being prosperous).

祿 is only used in Korean historical documents for "salary". In old Japanese, this means fief, allowance, stipend, reward, pension, grant and sometimes happiness depending on context. It's very obscure in modern Japanese.

We have other entries that are better-suited for a prosperity wall scroll. This entry just addresses "the coffee cup issue" where this character has been used on coffee cups and tee-shirts. However, without context, the meaning is ambiguous to some.

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.




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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
Five Red Bats紅五蝠
红五蝠
hóng wǔ fú
hong2 wu3 fu2
hong wu fu
hongwufu
hung wu fu
hungwufu
Good Luck
Good Fortune
fukufú / fu2 / fu
Good Luck幸運
幸运
kou un / kouun / ko un / kounxìng yùn / xing4 yun4 / xing yun / xingyunhsing yün / hsingyün
Happiness
Fortune
Lucky
saki / sachi / rei / rēxìng / xing4 / xinghsing
Love and Happiness幸福與愛
幸福与爱
xìng fú yǔ ài
xing4 fu2 yu3 ai4
xing fu yu ai
xingfuyuai
hsing fu yü ai
hsingfuyüai
Prosperity祿
fuchilù / lu4 / lu
Serendipity
Happy Coincidence
幸せな偶然shiawa se na guu zen
shiawasenaguuzen
shiawa se na gu zen
shiawasenaguzen
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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