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  1. Loyalty

  2. Loyalty to Duty or Master

  3. Loyalty / Devotion

  4. Respect and Loyalty

  5. Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted

  6. Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country

  7. Faithful / Honorable...

  8. Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

  9. Dependable

10. Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

11. Hoes Before Bros

12. Pillars of Marriage


China zhōng chéng
Japan chuu sei
Loyalty Vertical Wall Scroll

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. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

2. 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.

3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.

See Also:  Honor | Trust | Integrity | Sincerity

Loyalty to Duty or Master

China zhōng
Japan chuu
Loyalty to Duty or Master Vertical Wall Scroll

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."

Loyalty / Devotion

China zhōng yì
Japan chuu gi
Loyalty / Devotion Vertical Wall Scroll

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).

Respect and Loyalty

China zūn jìng zhōng chéng
Japan son kei chu sei
Respect and Loyalty Vertical Wall Scroll

尊敬忠誠 means respect and loyalty in Chinese.

尊敬忠誠 is a word list (not a normal Chinese or Japanese phrase).

Word lists like this are not very common or natural in Chinese, so try to look for a better phrase to match your idea before you settle on this.

Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted

Japan chuujitsu
Loyalty / Faithful / Devoted Vertical Wall Scroll

忠實 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

Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country

The most famous tattoo in Chinese history
China jìn zhōng bào guó
Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

More about the famous warrior and army general, Yue Fei

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty Vertical Wall Scroll

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."

Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

Japan tsune ni chuu jitsu na
Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful Vertical Wall Scroll

常に忠実な is an alternate way to write "Semper Fidelis" or "Always Faithful" in Japanese.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


China jiān yì kě kào
Dependable Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

U.S. Marines Slogan
China yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng
Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful

Japan tsune ni chuu sei wo
Semper Fidelis / Always Faithful Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Hoes Before Bros

China jiàn sè wàng yì
Hoes Before Bros Vertical Wall Scroll

This modern Chinese idiom means to put love before loyalty, or to forget loyalty when in love.

This would be roughly equivalent to the English, "Hoes before bros."

Pillars of Marriage

Respect / Loyalty / Honesty
China zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
Pillars of Marriage Vertical Wall Scroll

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).

This 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.

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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
chuu sei / chuusei / chu sei / chuseizhōng chéng
zhong1 cheng2
zhong cheng
chung ch`eng
chung cheng
Loyalty to Duty or Masterchuu / chuzhōng / zhong1 / zhongchung
chuu gi / chuugi / chu gi / chugizhōng yì / zhong1 yi4 / zhong yi / zhongyichung i / chungi
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 / chujitsu
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
shingixìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyihsin i / hsini
Semper Fidelis
Always Faithful
常に忠実なtsune ni chuu jitsu na
tsune ni chu jitsu na
jiān yì kě kào
jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4
jian yi ke kao
chien i k`o k`ao
chien i ko kao
Semper Fidelis
Always Faithful
yǒng yuǎn zhōng chéng
yong3 yuan3 zhong1 cheng2
yong yuan zhong cheng
yung yüan chung ch`eng
yung yüan chung cheng
Semper Fidelis
Always Faithful
常に忠誠をtsune ni chuu sei wo
tsune ni chu sei wo
Hoes Before Bros見色忘義
jiàn sè wàng yì
jian4 se4 wang4 yi4
jian se wang yi
chien se wang i
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
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