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Maintain in Chinese / Japanese...

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Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour

yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour Scroll

Nothing could be more true. When I was in the Marine Corps, we trained for years for combat that often lasts only hours.

This Chinese proverb also reminds me of a common phrase used in the military to describe combat: "Weeks of total boredom, punctuated with five minutes of shear terror".

This may have some roots in Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Though I can not find this passage in his writings.

On the subject of the Art of War, if you have a favorite passage, we can create a custom calligraphy scroll with that phrase.

Stability / Calm and Orderly / Equilibrium

ān dìng
an tei
Stability / Calm and Orderly / Equilibrium Scroll

安定 means: quiet; settled; maintain; calm and orderly; stability; equilibrium.


Guo Scroll

虢 is a Chinese surname that romanizes as Guo.

The origin was a tribe or group within the Zhou Dynasty. Descendants of this group still maintain this surname.


bǎo hù zhě
Protector Scroll

保護者 is the universal word for protector in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means to defend, to protect, to insure or guarantee, to maintain, hold or keep, or to guard.

The second character means to protect.

Together the first and second characters create a word that means to defend, to protect, or to safeguard.

The last character means person.

Add all three characters together, and you have a word that means "protector", one who will protect, guard, and keep you safe.

Some will also translate this word as guardian or patron.

Note: Not a common selection for a wall scroll in Asia.

See Also:  Guardian Angel

Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi

jǐn lǐ
nishiki goi
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Scroll

If you like or collect and maintain koi fish, this is the wall scroll for you.

Technically, this is a certain and revered species of "koi fish" in Japan but it is the most normal selection for a wall scroll (more normal than the actual Kanji for "koi" or "fish" alone.

This literally means "brocade carp" or "embroidered carp". This term is also used to mean the same thing in China (which is the origin of koi fish breeding and cultivation, several generations before they became popular in Japan).

For those of you that don't know, the Kanji for "koi" (which is pronounced "goi" in this entry) really means "carp". If you want the word that means "koi fish", it would just be the generic word for "carp fish". That would include both colorful carp, and the more mundane gray carp (the ones people eat, if they don't mind lots of bones).

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour養兵千日用兵一時
yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 yang4 bing1 yi4 shi2
yang bing qian ri yang bing yi shi
yang ping ch`ien jih yang ping i shih
yang ping chien jih yang ping i shih
Calm and Orderly
安定an tei / anteiān dìng / an1 ding4 / an ding / andingan ting / anting
Guoguó / guo2 / guokuo
hogoshabǎo hù zhě
bao3 hu4 zhe3
bao hu zhe
pao hu che
Koi Fish
Nishiki Goi
nishiki goi
jǐn lǐ / jin3 li3 / jin li / jinlichin li / chinli
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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ān dìng / an1 ding4
an ting
 antei / ante / あんてい
stable; quiet; settled; stabilize; maintain; stabilized; calm and orderly
(n,vs,adj-na,adj-no) stability; steadiness; equilibrium; (surname, given name) Yasusada


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zì zhì / zi4 zhi4
tzu chih
 jisei / jise / じせい
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Scroll
to maintain self-control; self-control
(n,vs,adj-no) self control; self restraint

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zhí / zhi2
 shuu / shu / しゅう
to execute (a plan); to grasp
(archaism) attachment; obsession; persistence; (given name) Shuu
grah, grabh ; graha. To seize, grasp, hold on to, maintain; obstinate; to grasp

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cún / cun2
ts`un / tsun
 son / やすし
to exist; to deposit; to store; to keep; to survive
(given name) Yasushi
To keep, maintain, preserve; to exist

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chí / chi2
ch`ih / chih
 ji / じ
to hold; to grasp; to support; to maintain; to persevere; to manage; to run (i.e. administer); to control
draw (in go, poetry contest, etc.); tie; (surname) Mochitoku
dhṛ; dhara. Lay hold of, grasp, hold, maintain, keep; control; to verify

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chēng / cheng1
ch`eng / cheng
to support; to prop up; to push or move with a pole; to maintain; to open or unfurl; to fill to bursting point; brace; stay; support

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bǐng / bing3
 hei / へいてつ
to grasp; to hold; to maintain
(given name) Heitetsu
To lay hold of, grasp.

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wéi / wei2
 i / ゆき
to preserve; to maintain; to hold together; dimension; vitamin (abbr. for 維生素|维生素[wei2 sheng1 su4])
(pronoun) (1) (kana only) this (indicating an item near the speaker, the action of the speaker, or the current topic); (2) (humble language) this person (usu. indicating someone in one's in-group); (3) now; (4) (archaism) here; (5) (archaism) I (me); (6) (archaism) certainly; (female given name) Yuki
A carriage-curtain; a net; a corner, cardinal point; to tie or hold together, connect; a copula, also, but, whereas, now; a rope


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rén chí / ren2 chi2
jen ch`ih / jen chih
to maintain; to maintain


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zhù chí / zhu4 chi2
chu ch`ih / chu chih
 juuji / juji / じゅうじ
to administer a monastery Buddhist or Daoist; abbot; head monk
(noun/participle) chief priest of temple
To dwell and control; the abbot of a monastery; resident superintendent; to maintain, or firmly hold to (faith in the Buddha, etc.). For住持身 v. 佛具十身; to maintain


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 tamotsu(p);motsu(ik) / たもつ(P);もつ(ik) (transitive verb) (1) to keep; to preserve; to hold; to retain; to maintain; to sustain; (v5t,vi) (2) to last; to endure; to keep well (food term); to wear well; to be durable


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bǎo jiàn / bao3 jian4
pao chien
 hoken / ほけん
health protection; health care; to maintain in good health
preservation of health; hygiene; sanitation


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bǎo quán / bao3 quan2
pao ch`üan / pao chüan
 hozen / ほぜん
to save from damage; to preserve; to maintain; to keep in good repair; (Tw) security guard
(noun/participle) preservation; integrity; conservation; maintenance; (personal name) Hozen


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bǎo bā / bao3 ba1
pao pa
to maintain an 8% annual growth rate of the GDP (PRC policy)


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bǎo mì / bao3 mi4
pao mi
to keep something confidential; to maintain secrecy


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bǎo chí / bao3 chi2
pao ch`ih / pao chih
 hoji / ほじ
to keep; to maintain; to hold; to preserve
(noun/participle) retention; maintenance; preservation; (surname) Yasumochi



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bǎo yǎng / bao3 yang3
pao yang
 hoyou / hoyo / ほよう
to take good care of (or conserve) one's health; to keep in good repair; to maintain; maintenance
(noun/participle) health preservation; recuperation; recreation



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chuán chí / chuan2 chi2
ch`uan ch`ih / chuan chih
To maintain what has been transmitted; to transmit and maintain.



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dòng líng / dong4 ling2
tung ling
to maintain a youthful appearance


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lì bǎo / li4 bao3
li pao
to seek to protect; to ensure; to maintain; to guard


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shòu chí / shou4 chi2
shou ch`ih / shou chih
 juji / じゅじ
to accept and maintain faith (Buddhism)
remembering (and honoring) the teachings of Buddha
to uphold



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yán shǒu / yan2 shou3
yen shou
to strictly maintain



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jiān chí / jian1 chi2
chien ch`ih / chien chih
 kenji / けんじ
to persevere with; to persist in; to insist on
(noun/participle) holding on to; sticking to; (surname) Kenmochi
maintain firmly; maintain firmly


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 sonchi / そんち (noun/participle) maintain; retain; continue


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shǒu cháng / shou3 chang2
shou ch`ang / shou chang
 shujō / もりつね
(given name) Moritsune
to maintain eternal principles; to maintain eternal principles


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shǒu yì / shou3 yi4
shou i
to maintain awareness; to maintain awareness


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ān bǎo / an1 bao3
an pao
 anpo / あんぽ
to maintain security (abbr.)
(1) (abbreviation) (See 安全保障) security (e.g. national security); (2) (abbreviation) (See 日米安全保障条約) US-Japan Security Treaty; (3) (abbreviation) (See 安保闘争) campaign against the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty (1959-60, 1970); (surname) Yasuho



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yì chí / yi4 chi2
i ch`ih / i chih
To keep in mind, to remember and maintain; mindfulness


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bào chí / bao4 chi2
pao ch`ih / pao chih
to hold (expectations, hopes etc); to maintain (an attitude etc); to harbor (doubts etc); to clinch (boxing)


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 motsu / もつ (Godan verb with "tsu" ending) (1) to hold (in one's hand); to take; to carry; (Godan verb with "tsu" ending) (2) to possess; to have; to own; (Godan verb with "tsu" ending) (3) to maintain; to keep; (Godan verb with "tsu" ending) (4) to last; to be durable; to keep; to survive; (Godan verb with "tsu" ending) (5) to take charge of; to be in charge of

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Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Scroll
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Scroll
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Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Vertical Portrait
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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.

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.

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