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Money Scroll

錢 is the simplest way to say "money" in Chinese.

It can also mean cash, coins, or currency. It's also a surname, Qian, in China.

銭 This also means coins in old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji (though they use a slightly alternate form in Japan as seen to the right). In both Japan and Korea, this can simply mean "one cent".

金 On the left side of this character is a radical which means "gold" (or metal depending on context).

戋 戔 On the right are two repeated radicals which currently mean "small" or "narrow" but used to kind of mean "tools" or "weapon".

It's a bit of a stretch but you could suggest that money = "gold weapons" or "gold tools" in Chinese. Many Chinese people would argue otherwise depending on what they know of or the way they understand the etymology of the right side radical. I've seen some who say it means "industrialized gold" but I take that to mean "raw gold turned into coins".

Money / Wealth

jīn qián
kin sen
Money / Wealth Scroll

金錢 / 金銭 means money, cash, currency or wealth in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Literally, it means "gold coins" but has come to be used to mean money in general, as well as the idea of wealth.

銭The second character of this word is written in a variant form in Japan. The more common version in Japan is shown to the right. Click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above if you want this Japanese variant in your calligraphy.

Time is Money

toki wa kane nari
Time is Money Scroll

時は金なり is the Japanese phrase meaning, "Time is Money".

It matches the use and meaning of the same idiom as used in English.

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


cái bǎo
Treasure Scroll

財寶 is the Japanese word meaning "treasure" or "money and valuables".

The first character means "property", "money", "wealth" or "assets". The second character means "treasure", "wealth" or "valuables" in Japanese. Together these two characters reinforce each other into a word that clearly means treasure in Japanese.

財寶 is also a word meaning "money and valuables" in Chinese but more of a daily use word - not as appropriate for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese.

宝The second character shown to the left is the ancient/traditional Japanese version. In modern Japan, this character has been simplified. This simplified version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese/simplified version, just click the Kanji on the right, instead of the button above.


Japanese Currency
Yen Scroll

円 / 圓 is Yen, the Japanese currency.

円 / 圓 is actually the Japanese variant of the original Chinese 圓 or 圆. It means circle, entirety, whole, full, or complete. It was actually the slang usage that became money, dough, or moola.

Occasionally, this is used as a given name, or other interesting uses. This version of the character is almost never used in Chinese, unless referring to Japanese money.

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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
Money錢 / 銭
senqián / qian2 / qianch`ien / chien
金錢 / 金銭
kin sen / kinsenjīn qián / jin1 qian2 / jin qian / jinqianchin ch`ien / chinchien / chin chien
Time is Money時は金なりtoki wa kane nari
zaihou / zaihocái bǎo / cai2 bao3 / cai bao / caibaots`ai pao / tsaipao / tsai pao
Yen円 / 圓
円 / 圆
yenyuán / yuan2 / yuanyüan
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

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dāo / dao1
 katana(p);tou / katana(p);to / かたな(P);とう
Yen Scroll
knife; blade; single-edged sword; cutlass; CL:把[ba3]; (slang) dollar (loanword); classifier for sets of one hundred sheets (of paper); classifier for knife cuts or stabs
(1) sword (esp. Japanese single-edged); katana; (2) (とう only) scalpel; (3) (とう only) (See 彫刻刀・ちょうこくとう) chisel; burin; graver; (4) (とう only) (See 刀銭) knife money (knife-shaped commodity money used in ancient China); (personal name) Tou

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huā / hua1
 ke / りりか
Yen Scroll
flower; blossom; CL:朵[duo3],支[zhi1],束[shu4],把[ba3],盆[pen2],簇[cu4]; fancy pattern; florid; to spend (money, time); (coll.) lecherous; lustful
(1) flower; blossom; bloom; petal; (2) cherry blossom; (3) beauty; (4) blooming (esp. of cherry blossoms); (5) ikebana; (6) (abbreviation) Japanese playing cards; (7) (the) best; (female given name) Ririka
華 puṣpa, a flower, flowers; especially the lotus, and celestial flowers. 花座 The lotus throne on which buddhas and bodhisattvas sit.

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jīn / jin1
 kin / きん
Yen Scroll
gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight categories of ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]
(1) gold (Au); golden (color); gold (medal, cup); (adj-no,n) (2) valuable; of highest value; (3) money; gold coin; (4) (abbreviation) (See 金曜) Friday; (5) (See 五行・1) metal (fourth of the five elements); (6) Jin dynasty (China, 1115-1234); Chin dynasty; Jurchen dynasty; (n,n-suf) (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 金将) gold general; (8) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) (See 金玉・きんたま) testicles; (suf,ctr) (9) karat; carat; (surname) Kimu; Kim
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.

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yín / yin2
 gin / ぎんじ
Yen Scroll
silver; silver-colored; relating to money or currency
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) silver (Ag); (2) silver coin; money; (3) silver medal; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) silver colour; silver color; (5) (shogi) (abbreviation) silver general; (out-dated kanji) (1) money; (2) metal; (personal name) Ginji
rūpya. Silver; money; silver



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hóng bāo / hong2 bao1
hung pao
Yen Scroll
money wrapped in red as a gift; bonus payment; kickback; bribe



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cái bǎo / cai2 bao3
ts`ai pao / tsai pao
Yen Scroll
money and valuables


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yī kè qiān jīn / yi1 ke4 qian1 jin1
i k`o ch`ien chin / i ko chien chin
 ikkokusenkin / いっこくせんきん
Yen Scroll
time is gold; every minute counts
(expression) (yoji) every moment is precious; time is money; precious time


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 tokihakanenari / ときはかねなり
Yen Scroll
(expression) time is money

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/ ye3
 nari / なり
also; too; (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation
(aux-v,vr) (1) (kana only) (archaism) (affirmative; meaning 〜だ、〜である) to be; (aux-v,vr) (2) (kana only) (archaism) (meaning 〜にある、〜にいる; usu. なる) (See なる・1) to be (location); (n,suf) (3) (indicates exact sum on a receipt, envelope, etc.) sum of money; (personal name) Mata

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jiāo / jiao1
 kou / ko / こう
to hand over; to deliver; to pay (money); to turn over; to make friends; to intersect (lines); variant of 跤[jiao1]
(1) association; fellowship; (2) change (of season, year, etc.); (personal name) Yoshimi
Interlock, intersect; crossed; mutual; friendship; to hand over, pay; to intersect

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yuán / yuan2
 meguru / めぐる
yen (Japanese currency); Japanese variant of 圓|圆
(1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (female given name) Meguru

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kǒu / kou3
k`ou / kou
 kuchi / くち
mouth; classifier for things with mouths (people, domestic animals, cannons, wells etc); classifier for bites or mouthfuls
(1) mouth; (2) opening; hole; gap; orifice; (3) mouth (of a bottle); spout; nozzle; mouthpiece; (4) gate; door; entrance; exit; (5) (See 口を利く・1) speaking; speech; talk (i.e. gossip); (6) (See 口に合う) taste; palate; (7) mouth (to feed); (8) (See 働き口) opening (i.e. vacancy); available position; (9) (See 口がかかる・1) invitation; summons; (10) kind; sort; type; (11) opening (i.e. beginning); (suf,ctr) (12) counter for mouthfuls, shares (of money), and swords; (surname) Hamanoguchi
mukha, the mouth, especially as the organ of speech. 身, 口, 意 are the three media of corruption, body or deed , mouth or word, and mind or thought.

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náng / nang2
sack; purse; pocket (for money)
A bag, sack, purse; translit. na; a bag

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kuài / kuai4
k`uai / kuai
 gi / さいかち
lump (of earth); chunk; piece; classifier for pieces of cloth, cake, soap etc; (coll.) classifier for money and currency units
(1) lump; mass; bundle; clump; clod; cluster; (2) group; crowd; (3) embodiment (of an idea, quality, feeling etc.); personification; (surname) Saikachi
a clod

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diàn / dian4
pad; cushion; mat; to pad out; to fill a gap; to pay for sb; to advance (money)

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/ bi4
 mai / まい
money; coins; currency; silk
(archaism) reward; present; gift; offering to the gods; (personal name) Minematsu

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xuán / xuan2
 ken / かける
to hang or suspend; to worry; public announcement; unresolved; baseless; without foundation
(suf,adj-no) (1) -clad; (2) (kana only) in the midst of; (3) tenths (e.g. wholesale price, as tenths of retail price); (4) times (i.e. multiplied by); (5) able-to-seat (of a chair, etc.); (1) (abbreviation) credit; (2) money owed on an account; bill; (3) (abbreviation) (kana only) hot noodles in broth; (n,n-suf) (4) proportion (of wholesale price, as tenths of list price); (suffix) (5) in the midst of; (6) rest; rack; hanger; (personal name) Kakeru
Suspend, hang; to hang; to attach to

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jiè / jie4
 kai;ingoto(ok) / かい;いんごと(ok)
to guard against; to exhort; to admonish or warn; to give up or stop doing something; Buddhist monastic discipline; ring (for a finger)
(1) (かい only) {Buddh} admonition; commandment; (2) sila (precept)
śīla, 尸羅. Precept, command, prohibition, discipline, rule; morality. It is applied to the five, eight, ten, 250, and other commandments. The five are: (1) not to kill; (2 ) not to steal; (3) not to commit adultery; (4) not to speak falsely; (5) not to drink wine. These are the commands for lay disciples; those who observe them will be reborn in the human realm. The Sarvāstivādins did not sanction the observance of a limited selection from them as did the 成實宗 Satyasiddhi school. Each of the five precepts has five guardian spirits, in all twenty-five, 五戒二十五神. The eight for lay disciples are the above five together with Nos. 7, 8, and 9 of the following; the ten commands for the ordained, monks and nuns, are the above five with the following: (6) not to use adornments of flowers, nor perfumes; (7) not to perform as an actor, juggler, acrobat, or go to watch and hear them; (8) not to sit on elevated, broad, and large divans (or beds); (9) not to eat except in regulation hours; (10) not to possess money, gold or silver, or precious things. The 具足戒full commands for a monk number 250, those for a nun are 348, commonly called 500. Śīla is also the first of the 五分法身, i.e. a condition above all moral error. The Sutra of Brahma's Net has the following after the first five: (6) not to speak of the sins of those in orders; (7) not to vaunt self and depreciate others; (8) not to be avaricious; (9) not to be angry; (10) not to slander the triratna.

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děng / deng3
small steelyard for weighing money

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kòu / kou4
k`ou / kou
to fasten; to button; button; buckle; knot; to arrest; to confiscate; to deduct (money); discount; to knock; to smash, spike or dunk (a ball); to cover (with a bowl etc); (fig.) to tag a label on sb; (Tw) (loanword) code

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zhèng / zheng4
to struggle to get free; to strive to acquire; to make (money)

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guà / gua4
 ke / かけ
to hang or suspend (from a hook etc); to hang up (the phone); (of a line) to be dead; to be worried or concerned; to make a phone call (dialect); to register or record; classifier for sets or clusters of objects; (slang) to kill; to die; to be finished; to fail (an exam)
(suf,adj-no) (1) -clad; (2) (kana only) in the midst of; (3) tenths (e.g. wholesale price, as tenths of retail price); (4) times (i.e. multiplied by); (5) able-to-seat (of a chair, etc.); (suffix) charge; duty; person in charge; official; clerk; (1) (abbreviation) credit; (2) money owed on an account; bill; (3) (abbreviation) (kana only) hot noodles in broth; (n,n-suf) (4) proportion (of wholesale price, as tenths of list price); (suffix) (5) in the midst of; (6) rest; rack; hanger; (surname) Kake
To hang, suspend; to hang

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/ bo1
 hatsu / ばち
to push aside with the hand, foot, a stick etc; to dial; to allocate; to set aside (money); to poke (the fire); to pluck (a string instrument); to turn round; classifier: group, batch
(1) plectrum; pick; (2) drumstick for Japanese drums (e.g. taiko)
To spread, open out, scatter, disseminate, detach, uproot; to deny

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zhī / zhi1
 shi / し
to support; to sustain; to erect; to raise; branch; division; to draw money; classifier for rods such as pens and guns, for army divisions and for songs or compositions
(abbreviation) (obsolete) (See 支那) China; (surname) Shi
A branch; to branch, put off, pay, advance; branch off

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zhù / zhu4
 chū / ちゅう
to inject; to pour into; to concentrate; to pay attention; stake (gambling); classifier for sums of money; variant of 註|注[zhu4]
(noun/participle) annotation; explanatory note; comment; (given name) Chuu
Fix, record; flow; to write a commentary

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yuán / yuan2
 koko / ここ
therefore; consequently; thus; hence; thereupon; it follows that; where?; to change (into); ancient unit of weight and money
(1) (kana only) here (place physically close to the speaker, place pointed by the speaker while explaining); this place; (2) these last (followed by a duration noun and a past sentence: time period before the present time of the speaker); (3) these next ... (followed by a duration noun and a non past sentence: time period after the present time of the speaker); the next ...

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/ fa1
 hatsu / はつ
to send out; to show (one's feeling); to issue; to develop; to make a bundle of money; classifier for gunshots (rounds)
(surname) Hatsu
To shoot forth, send, issue; start, initiate; expound; prosper; arise

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/ bi3
 fude(p);hitsu / ふで(P);ひつ
pen; pencil; writing brush; to write or compose; the strokes of Chinese characters; classifier for sums of money, deals; CL:支[zhi1],枝[zhi1]
(1) writing brush; paintbrush; pen; (2) writing with a brush; drawing with a brush; penmanship; something drawn with a brush; (3) (ふで only) writing (composing text); the written word; (counter) (4) (ひつ only) (land) lot; plot; (female given name) Fumi
A pen; apen

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/ mi2
rice gruel; rotten; to waste (money)
rice gruel

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jǐn / jin3
tight; strict; close at hand; near; urgent; tense; hard up; short of money; to tighten
Tight; to bind tight; press tight; pressing, urgent; translit. kin.

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