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àn mó
an ma
Massage Scroll

按摩 is a very common word for massage in China, Japan, and Korea.

In many cases, and perhaps traditionally, this is massage performed by a blind person. However, in modern times, this is a very generic term for any kind of massage. This can range from a massage for health from a blind masseur or masseuse, a proper deep tissue massage by a professional masseuse, or an illicit massage that includes a "happy ending".

Therapeutic Massage

tuī ná
Therapeutic Massage Scroll

推拿 is "Tui Na", a Chinese version of therapeutic massage.

The title suggest a pushing and pulling motion.

In reality, this is the most legitimate form of massage in China. Seeing this on a sign in front of a building tells you it's a place for health improvement via massage. No mistaking this for any illicit version of massage.

Beauty Shop / Beauty Salon

měi róng diàn
Beauty Shop / Beauty Salon Scroll

美容店 is how to write "Beauty Shop" or "Beauty Salon".

If you own such a business, this would make a nice wall scroll to hang up - and many of your Asian customers will be able to read and appreciate it.

When traveling in China, you will see signs like this in the window of any place that offers full services of hair styling, manicures, pedicures, and often shampoo with head and back massage.

However, as a handmade wall scroll, this becomes a very fancy piece of artwork that shows the high class of your business (a great sign for your window, if you don't get direct sunlight).

líng qì
Reiki Scroll

靈氣 is the title of a healing practice that is now found throughout the world but with origins in Japan.

Special note: Outside of the context of the healing practice of Reiki, this means "aura" or "spiritual essence that surrounds all living things". A Japanese person not familiar with the practice will take the "aura" meaning.

Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also heals. It can be compared to massage but is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If your life force energy is low, you'll be more likely to get sick or feel stress. If your life force energy is abundant and flowing well, you become more capable of being happy and healthy.

There is a lot of information available if you want to Google this term - my job is to offer the calligraphy, while you can decide if it is right for you.

Note: We are showing the ancient (traditional) form of the Reiki Kanji. I have seen Reiki written with both the slightly simplified version and this more classic form. If you want the form of Reiki with the two strokes in the shape of an X on the second character and the modern first character, simply click on the Kanji characters to the right.

Note: 靈氣 is also a Chinese word but in Chinese, these characters create a word that refers to a smart person or someone with high aspirations. It is not read as a healing method in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, this can be read as "mysterious atmosphere" by a Korean who is not familiar with the practice of Reiki (still has a cool meaning in Korean).

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Massage按摩an ma / anmaàn mó / an4 mo2 / an mo / anmo
Therapeutic Massage推拿tuī ná / tui1 na2 / tui na / tuinat`ui na / tuina / tui na
Beauty Shop
Beauty Salon
美容店měi róng diàn
mei3 rong2 dian4
mei rong dian
mei jung tien
灵气 霊気
reikilíng qì / ling2 qi4 / ling qi / lingqiling ch`i / lingchi / ling chi
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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àn mó / an4 mo2
an mo
 anma / あんま
Reiki Scroll
massage; to massage
(noun/participle) (1) massage, esp. the Anma Japanese type of massage; (2) (sensitive word) masseur; masseuse; massager; (3) (archaism) (colloquialism) blind person (as many were traditionally massagers)
massaging [the body with oil]

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tuī / tui1
t`ui / tui
to push; to cut; to refuse; to reject; to decline; to shirk (responsibility); to put off; to delay; to push forward; to nominate; to elect; massage
To push away, recede from, decline, resign, push, put, put of; investigate; to push

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róu / rou2
to knead; to massage; to rub



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dǎo yǐn / dao3 yin3
tao yin
 douin / doin / どういん
same as 引導|引导[yin3 dao3]; Dao Yin, Daoist exercises involving breathing, stretching and self-massage
(1) guidance; showing the way; (2) (See あん摩・あんま・1) massage; (3) tao yin; Taoist Neigong; Taoist exercises
To lead; to lead


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zhé zhī / zhe2 zhi1
che chih
 orie / おりえ
massage; snapped-off branch; sprig; to snap a twig (i.e. something that requires very little effort)
(female given name) Orie


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 anpuku / あんぷく (noun/participle) ventral massage



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àn qiāo / an4 qiao1
an ch`iao / an chiao
(old) massage


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niē jǐ / nie1 ji3
nieh chi
form of therapeutic massage, mainly for children, in which a roll of skin is squeezed, working from the base of the spine to the neck (TCM)


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chuí bèi / chui2 bei4
ch`ui pei / chui pei
to massage sb's back by pounding it lightly with one's fists


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tuī yóu / tui1 you2
t`ui yu / tui yu
oil massage


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 momu / もむ (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to rub; to crumple; (2) (kana only) to massage; (3) (kana only) to argue; to have a heated discussion; (4) (kana only) to train; to coach; (5) (kana only) to jostle; to crowd; to shake; to rock; (6) (kana only) (as もまれる) to have various experiences (out in the world)


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qiāo bèi / qiao1 bei4
ch`iao pei / chiao pei
back-knocking massage


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 seitai / setai / せいたい (noun - becomes adjective with の) seitai; manipulative therapy based on Chinese and Japanese traditions, and encompassing osteopathy, massage and chiropractic


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tài shì / tai4 shi4
t`ai shih / tai shih
Thai-style (of food, massage etc)



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sī zú / si1 zu2
ssu tsu
feet and legs in silk stockings (especially in the massage context)


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xiōng tuī / xiong1 tui1
hsiung t`ui / hsiung tui
massage using one's breasts


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tún tuī / tun2 tui1
t`un t`ui / tun tui
massage using one's buttocks



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zú liáo / zu2 liao2
tsu liao
pedicure; foot massage


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 anma / あんま (noun/participle) (1) massage, esp. the Anma Japanese type of massage; (2) (sensitive word) masseur; masseuse; massager; (3) (archaism) (colloquialism) blind person (as many were traditionally massagers)


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 oiru / オイル (1) oil; petroleum; (2) oil; lubricant; grease; (3) (cooking) oil; (4) (massage) oil; ointment; (5) kerosene; (6) engine oil; (personal name) Oyle


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 herusu / ヘルス (1) health; (2) (abbreviation) (See ファッションヘルス) type of brothel-massage parlor (parlour)


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 rifure / リフレ (1) (abbreviation) (See リフレーション) reflation; (2) (abbreviation) (See リフレクソロジー) reflexology (type of massage; often used as a cover for illicit sexual services); (3) (abbreviation) (See リフレッシュ) refresh


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 anmaki / あんまき massage machine


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 momiryouji / momiryoji / もみりょうじ (irregular okurigana usage) (noun/participle) (therapeutic) massage


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 momihogusu / もみほぐす (transitive verb) to massage


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lǐ róng yuàn / li3 rong2 yuan4
li jung yüan
 riyouin / riyoin / りよういん
hairdresser and beauty parlor; barbershop; massage parlor
(See 理容室・りようしつ) barbershop; barber shop


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 katamomi / かたもみ shoulder rub; shoulder massage


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 katatataki / かたたたき (noun/participle) (1) shoulder massage (performed by tapotement); (2) tap on the shoulder (request to resign)


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 katamomi / かたもみ shoulder rub; shoulder massage



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mǎ shā jī / ma3 sha1 ji1
ma sha chi
massage (loanword)

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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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