Ikigai in Chinese / Japanese...

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生き甲斐 is a Japanese word that means something one lives for, a reason for being, a purpose in life, or French, raison d'etre.

Everyone has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search for self. Finding your Ikigai is the way to also find satisfaction and meaning in life.

Your Ikigai could be almost anything. For some, it is running for president. For others, satisfaction is found in raising children.

Ikigai is why you get up in the morning; bringing meaning to your life and pursuing your Ikigai makes life worthwhile.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

生き甲斐

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 ikigai
    いきがい

More info & calligraphy:

Ikigai
something one lives for; purpose in life; raison d'etre

域外

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yù wài
    yu4 wai4
yü wai
 ikigai
    いきがい
outside the country; abroad; foreign; extraterritorial
(noun - becomes adjective with の) outside the area

生甲斐

see styles
 ikigai
    いきがい
something one lives for; purpose in life; raison d'etre

生きがい

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 ikigai
    いきがい
something one lives for; purpose in life; raison d'etre

イキがいい

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 ikigaii / ikigai
    イキがいい
(exp,adj-ix) (kana only) fresh (e.g. fish)

生きがいい

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 ikigaii; ikigaii / ikigai; ikigai
    いきがいい; イキがいい
(exp,adj-ix) (kana only) (See 生きのいい・いきのいい) fresh (e.g. fish)

Variations:
生き甲斐(P)
生きがい
生甲斐

see styles
 ikigai
    いきがい
reason for living; something one lives for; purpose in life; raison d'être

Variations:
生きがいい
生きが良い
イキが良い
いきが良い
生きがよい

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 ikigaii(生kigaii, 生kiga良i, ikiga良i); ikigayoi(生kiga良i, ikiga良i, 生kigayoi); ikigayoi(ikiga良i); ikigaii / ikigai(生kigai, 生kiga良i, ikiga良i); ikigayoi(生kiga良i, ikiga良i, 生kigayoi); ikigayoi(ikiga良i); ikigai
    いきがいい(生きがいい, 生きが良い, いきが良い); いきがよい(生きが良い, いきが良い, 生きがよい); イキがよい(イキが良い); イキがいい
(exp,adj-ix) (1) (kana only) fresh (e.g. fish); (exp,adj-ix) (2) (kana only) lively; spirited; animated; full of energy

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)
Ikigai生き甲斐ikigai


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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.

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

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