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Length in Chinese / Japanese...

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Only the sleepless know the length of night

bù mián zhī yè cháng jiǔ jiāo zhī rén xīn
Only the sleepless know the length of night Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: [Only one who does] not sleep, learns how long the night is; [Only by] long acquaintance [does one] learn a person ['s true] character.

Basically, this proverb suggests that we really need to experience something intimately and for a long time to really know everything about it.

This can also be translated as, "Spending years with someone is the only way to know them".

Note: Sometimes this proverb is split into just the first or second idea alone (first 5 or last 5 characters only).

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 2)

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 2) Vertical Wall Scroll

A customer asked me to split these Wing Chun maxims into two parts, so he could order a couplet.

It thought this was a good idea, so it's been added here.

Chinese text of Part 2:
6 步步追形, 點點朝午
7 以形補手, 敗形不敗馬
8 腰馬一致, 心意合一
9 拳由心發, 動法無形
10 活人練活死功夫

Be sure to order both part 1 and part 2 together. They need to be a matched set. It will be incomplete as a single wall scroll. Also, each wall scroll is handmade, so if you order them separately, weeks or months apart, they will vary a little by length, shade of paper, etc.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding
Double Happiness Guest Book Vertical Wall Scroll

Start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll" Here!

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.

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

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Only the sleepless know the length of night不眠之夜長久交知人心
bù mián zhī yè cháng jiǔ jiāo zhī rén xīn
bu4 mian2 zhi1 ye4 chang2 jiu3 jiao1 zhi1 ren2 xin1
bu mian zhi ye chang jiu jiao zhi ren xin
pu mien chih yeh ch`ang chiu chiao chih jen hsin
pu mien chih yeh chang chiu chiao chih jen hsin
Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 2)步步追形點點朝午以形補手敗形不敗馬腰馬一致心意合一拳由心發動法無形活人練活死功夫
Double Happiness Guest Book
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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mìng / ming4
 mei / me / めい
Double Happiness Guest Book Vertical Wall Scroll
life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc
(1) (See 命令・1) order; command; decree; (2) (See 生命) life; (3) (See 運命) destiny; fate; (female given name) Mei
jīvita . Life, vital, length of life, fate, decree.

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fāng / fang1
 hou / ho / ほう
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square; power or involution (math.); upright; honest; fair and square; direction; side; party (to a contract, dispute etc); place; method; prescription (medicine); just when; only or just; classifier for square things; abbr. for square or cubic meter
(1) direction; way; side; area (in a particular direction); (2) (often 私の方, あなたの方, etc.) side (of an argument, etc.); one's part; (3) type; category; (4) field (of study, etc.); (5) indicates one side of a comparison; (6) way; method; manner; means; (7) length (of each side of a square); (given name) Michi
Square; place; correct; a means, plan, prescription; then, now, just; to make even


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 eru / エル
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ell (unit of length, approx. 45 inches); (given name) Eru

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zhàng / zhang4
 dake / だけ
measure of length, ten Chinese feet (3.3 m); to measure; husband; polite appellation for an older male
(particle) (1) (kana only) only; just; merely; simply; no more than; nothing but; alone; (2) (kana only) as much as; to the extent of; enough to; (given name) Masuo
Ten feet; an elder; a wife's parents; a husband; ten feet

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chǐ / chi3
ch`ih / chih
foot (unit of length equal to 0.3048 m); old form of modern 英尺[ying1 chi3]

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zhǐ / zhi3
 ata / あた
8 in. length unit of Zhou dynasty
(n,n-suf,ctr) (archaism) distance between outstretched thumb and middle finger (approx. 18 cm)

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cùn / cun4
ts`un / tsun
 sun / すん
a unit of length; inch; thumb
(1) sun (approx. 3.03 cm); (2) length; measurement; (3) (See 寸が足りない・すんがたりない) shortness; tininess
An inch.

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chǐ / chi3
ch`ih / chih
 shaku / しゃく
a Chinese foot; one-third of a meter; a ruler; a tape-measure; one of the three acupoints for measuring pulse in Chinese medicine; CL:支[zhi1],把[ba3]
(1) shaku (unit of distance approximately equal to 30.3 cm); (2) rule; measure; scale; (3) length; (surname) Seki

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tuǒ / tuo3
t`o / to
length of 2 outstretched arms

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gōng / gong1
 yumi(p);yu;kyuu / yumi(p);yu;kyu / ゆみ(P);ゆ;きゅう
a bow (weapon); CL:張|张[zhang1]; to bend; to arch (one's back etc)
(1) (ゆ is usu. a prefix) bow (weapon); (2) (ゆみ only) archery; (3) (ゆみ only) bow (for a violin, etc.); (surname, female given name) Yumi
Dhanus. A bow; a bow's length, i. e. the 4, 000th part of a yojana. Seven grains of wheat 麥 make 1 finger-joint 指節; 24 finger-joints make 1 elbow or cubit 肘; 4 cubits make 1 bow; or 1 foot 5 inches make 1 elbow or cubit: 4 cubits make 1 bow; 300 bows make 1 li; but the measures are variously given.

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jié / jie2
to cut off (a length); to stop; to intercept; section; chunk; length
To cut off, intercept; to cut off

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zhǎ / zha3
span (unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand); to span (measure with one's hand)

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tiáo / tiao2
t`iao / tiao
 jō / じょうじ
strip; item; article; clause (of law or treaty); classifier for long thin things (ribbon, river, road, trousers etc)
(personal name) Jouji
A length (of anything); a law, order; reason

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chān / chan1
ch`an / chan
length (of a tree or beam); long

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ǎi / ai3
low; short (in length)

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/ ma3
 yaado / yado / ヤード
weight; number; code; to pile; to stack; classifier for length or distance (yard), happenings etc
(kana only) yard (unit of distance)

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shù / shu4
 ju / たて
variant of 豎|竖[shu4]
(1) the vertical; height; (2) front-to-back; length; (3) north-to-south; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) vertical (relationship); hierarchy; (5) (weaving) warp; (surname) Tate
To stand, erect, upright; to cause

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zòng / zong4
 muneo / むねお
old variant of 縱|纵[zong4]
(adverb) (kana only) even if; (adjectival noun) (kana only) selfish; self-indulgent; arbitrary; (1) the vertical; height; (2) front-to-back; length; (3) north-to-south; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) vertical (relationship); hierarchy; (5) (weaving) warp; (personal name) Muneo

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zhǒu / zhou3
 chū / ひじ
elbow; pork shoulder
hasta, forearm, the 16,000th part of a yojana; it varies from 1ft. 4in. to 1ft. 8in. in length; (Skt. hasta)

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mào / mao4
length; distance from north to south

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lán / lan2
 ran / らん    susotsuki / すそつき
full length gown (old)
horizontally-wrapped fabric forming the bottom part of some traditional Japanese clothing

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/ li3
 ri / り
li, ancient measure of length, approx. 500 m; neighborhood; ancient administrative unit of 25 families; (Tw) borough, administrative unit between the township 鎮|镇[zhen4] and neighborhood 鄰|邻[lin2] levels
(1) Japanese league; ri; old Japanese unit of distance, approx. 3.927km or 2.44 miles; (2) (See 郷里制,国郡里制) neighbourhood (under the ritsuryo system; orig. of 50 homes); (3) (See 条里制) unit of area (approx. 654m by 654m); (personal name) Ria
A village, neighbourhood, third of an English mile; translit. r and ṛ; perhaps also for l and lṛ.

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liàng / liang4
 ryou / ryo / りょう
capacity; quantity; amount; to estimate; abbr. for 量詞|量词[liang4 ci2], classifier (in Chinese grammar); measure word
(n,n-suf) (1) quantity; amount; volume; capacity; portion (of food); (2) (See 度量・1) generosity; magnanimity; tolerance; (3) {Buddh} pramana; (in Indian philosophy) means by which one gains accurate and valid knowledge; (surname, female given name) Ryou
pramāṇa. Measure, capacity, length, ability; to measure, deliberate; a syllogism in logic, v. 比量. A syllogism, consisting of 宗 pratijñā, proposition; 因 hetu, reason; 喩 udāharaṇa, example; but the syllogism varies in the number of its avayava, or members. There are other divisions from 2 to 6, e.g. 現量 and 比量 direct or sense inferences, and comparative or logical inferences; to these are added 聖教量 arguments based on authority; 譬喩量 analogy; 義准 postulation, or general assent; and 無體 negation, or non-existence.

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liàn / lian4
 kusari / くさり
chain; cable (unit of length: 100 fathoms, about 185 m); chain (unit of length: 66 feet, about 20 m); to chain; to enchain
chain; chains

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 seigo;seigo / sego;sego / せいご;セイゴ (kana only) (See 鱸) juvenile Japanese sea perch (under two years of age and 25 cm in length)

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líng / ling2
age; length of experience, membership etc


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qī fēn / qi1 fen1
ch`i fen / chi fen
 shichibun / しちぶん
(See 川崎七分) type of baggy tobi trousers with the baggy part taking up seven-tenths of the full length of the trouser leg; (surname) Shichibu
seven parts


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shàng xià / shang4 xia4
shang hsia
 jouge / joge / じょうげ
up and down; top and bottom; old and new; length; about
(1) top and bottom; high and low; above and below; upper and lower ends; up and down; (noun/participle) (2) going up and down; rising and falling; fluctuating; (3) going and coming back; (4) upper and lower classes; ruler and ruled; the government and the people; (5) first and second volumes; (place-name, surname) Jouge
above and below


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 nakajiki / なかじき (1) intermediate layer; (2) insole; whole length sock; sock liner; (3) carpet; (surname) Nakajiki


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 chuuhen / chuhen / ちゅうへん (1) second part (of three); second volume; middle part; (2) (abbreviation) novelette; novella; short novel; long short story; medium-length story

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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.

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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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