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

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

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

Ikigai is the reason you get up in the morning, the thing that brings meaning to your life, and pursuing your Ikigai makes life worthwhile.

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


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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


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


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


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


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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)


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

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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