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This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.
1. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.
2. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.
忠 is the simplest way to write the word loyalty in Chinese and Japanese.
A single character like this leaves the meaning open. But alone, a Chinese or Japanese person would think of loyalty to duty or loyalty to one's master (in ancient times). I suppose that it could be loyalty to your boss or company in this day in age.
忠 can also mean fidelity or faithfulness.
This can also be romanized as "chung".
忠義 is another form of loyalty or devotion.
In Chinese, this is more specifically about being loyal and devoted to your friends.
In Japanese, this is more often used to mean loyalty to your country or nation.
Except for the slight difference noted above between Japanese and Chinese, this word is understood universally in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also be used to describe devotion or fidelity.
It should be noted that this Kanji combination is being used less and less in modern Japan (this is a better choice if your audience is Chinese, though any Japanese person will clearly understand it).
忠実 is a Japanese way to write "Loyalty" - it also contains the ideas of being faithful, devoted, true, and obedient.
The second character is a modified form only used in the Japanese lexicon, however, Chinese speakers can easily guess the meaning.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
The most famous tattoo in Chinese history
This proverb is the tattoo worn on the back of Yue Fei, a famous Chinese warrior who lived until 1142 A.D.
The tattoo can be translated as "Serve the country with the utmost loyalty". More literally, it means, "[The] Ultimate Loyalty [is too] Duty [of] Country".
Legend has it that this tattoo once saved his life when he was accused of treason.
The first two characters have come to create a word that means "serve the country faithfully" or "die for the country". Note: It's more a willingness to die for one's country than the actual act of dying.
The last two characters have come to mean, "Dedicate oneself to the service of one's country".
Both of these words are probably only in the Chinese lexicon because of this famous tattoo.
If you break it down, character-by-character, here is what you get:
1. To the utmost, to the limit of something, the ultimate.
2. Loyalty or duty (a sense of duty to one's master, lord, country, job).
3. Report, recompense, give back to (in this case, you are giving yourself to your country as payback).
4. Country, state, nation, kingdom.
信義 is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation.
To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).
In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".
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永遠忠誠 is the clearest and most natural way to translate "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" into Mandarin Chinese. 永遠忠誠 is specifically meant for U.S. Marines who often use the shortened term "Semper Fi".
The first two characters are a word that means always, forever, and/or eternally.
The last two characters are a word that means fidelity, loyal, and/or devoted.
I spent 10 years in the Marines, so it was a no-brainer to add this to our calligraphy database.
The first two characters mean resolute with firm determination.
The second two characters mean reliable.
Together, this creates a 4-character expression that clearly means dependable.
常に忠誠を is "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese. 常に忠誠を is specifically meant for U.S. Marines who often use the shortened term "Semper Fi".
The first two Kanji mean "always" or "constantly". The last three Kanji mean "faithful", "loyal", "devoted", and/or "diligent". It's most often read as "faithful".
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
信 is another character that expresses the idea of honesty.
It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.
Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.
Note: In some context, this character can mean letter, news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.
In short, 佛義 is the Principles of Buddhism, but there is more (especially for the second character):
佛 is the character for the Buddha and Buddhism.
義 has deeper meanings including: Justice, righteousness, morality, honour/honor, teachings, doctrine, right, proper, righteous, loyalty, significance object, purpose, and/or meaning. So the single word "principles" is often used to encompass all of these ideas.
(obligation or duty in Japanese)
This term means an obligation or a sense of duty that one may have to their employer, country or culture.
義理 is a specifically Japanese term, as in Chinese, these two characters form a word that means "religious doctrine" or refers to the argument presented in an essay.
This term has a similar meaning in Korean where is can be translated as justice, sense of duty, loyalty, integrity or obligation.
義理 is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll. So this entry is intended more for educational purposes.
關羽 is the name Guan Yu, Army General for the Kingdom of Shu.
He is also known as Guan Gong (like saying Duke Guan or Sir Guan)
He was immortalized in the novel, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms".
He was a fearsome fighter, also famous for his virtue and loyalty. He is worshiped by some modern-day soldiers and has the title "Warrior Saint" in China. Some believe he offers safety and protection for military servicemen.
Guan Yu lived until 219 A.D.
Respect / Loyalty / Honesty
These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just contact me).
尊重忠誠誠實 is actually a "word list" consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.
If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).
Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.
武士道 is the title for "The Code of the Samurai".
Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai", "The Bushido Code", or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry".
This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior", "The Warrior's Way", or "The Warrior's Code".
It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan and thought of as being of Japanese origin.
The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Rectitude 義, Courage 勇, Benevolence 仁, Respect 礼(禮), Honour 名誉, Honesty 誠, and Loyalty 忠実. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|chuu sei / chuusei / chu sei||zhōng chéng|
|Loyalty to Duty or Master||忠||chuu / chu||zhōng / zhong1 / zhong||chung|
|chuu gi / chuugi / chu gi||zhōng yì / zhong1 yi4 / zhong yi / zhongyi||chung i / chungi|
|Love Loyalty Respect||真愛忠誠尊敬||zhēn ài zhōng chéng zū jìng|
zhen1 ai4 zhong1 cheng2 zu1 jing4
zhen ai zhong cheng zu jing
|chen ai chung ch`eng tsu ching
chen ai chung cheng tsu ching
|Respect and Loyalty||尊敬忠誠|
|son kei chu sei|
|zūn jìng zhōng chéng|
zun1 jing4 zhong1 cheng2
zun jing zhong cheng
|tsun ching chung ch`eng
tsun ching chung cheng
|chuujitsu / chuugi|
chujitsu / chugi
|Love Loyalty Respect||愛忠敬||ài zhōng jìng|
ai4 zhong1 jing4
ai zhong jing
|ai chung ching
|Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country||盡忠報國|
|jìn zhōng bào guó|
jin4 zhong1 bao4 guo2
jin zhong bao guo
|chin chung pao kuo
|shingi||xìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyi||hsin i / hsini|
|常に忠実な||tsune ni chuu jitsu na|
tsune ni chu jitsu na
|yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng|
yong3 yuan3 zhong1 cheng2
yong yuan zhong cheng
|yung yüan chung ch`eng
yung yüan chung cheng
|jiān yì kě kào|
jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4
jian yi ke kao
|chien i k`o k`ao
chien i ko kao
|常に忠誠を||tsune ni chuu sei wo|
tsune ni chu sei wo
|信||shin||xìn / xin4 / xin||hsin|
|Hoes Before Bros||見色忘義|
|jiàn sè wàng yì|
jian4 se4 wang4 yi4
jian se wang yi
|chien se wang i
|Integrity: Sincere Honest and Faithful||誠實|
|sei jitsu / seijitsu|
|The Principles of Buddhism||佛義|
|butsu gi / butsugi||fó yì / fo2 yi4 / fo yi / foyi||fo i / foi|
|giri||yì lǐ / yi4 li3 / yi li / yili||i li / ili|
|guān yǔ / guan1 yu3 / guan yu / guanyu||kuan yü / kuanyü|
|Pillars of Marriage||尊重忠誠誠實|
|zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí|
zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
|tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih
The Way of the Samurai
|武士道||bu shi do / bushido||wǔ shì dào|
wu3 shi4 dao4
wu shi dao
|wu shih tao
|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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