Many custom options...

Tan Paper and Copper Silk Love Wall Scroll
Red Paper and Ivory Silk Love Wall Scroll
Orange Paper Love Scroll
Crazy Blue and Gold Silk Love Scroll


And formats...

Love Vertical Portrait
Love Horizontal Wall Scroll
Love Vertical Portrait

Okinawa in Chinese / Japanese...

Buy an Okinawa calligraphy wall scroll here!

Personalize your custom “Okinawa” project by clicking the button next to your favorite “Okinawa” title below...


  1. Isshin Ryu Karate Do

  2. Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa

  3. Okinawa

  4. Ryukyu

  5. Saifa

  6. Shorin Ji Ryu

  7. Shorin-Ryu

  8. Taido

  9. Okinawa Karate

10. Okinawan Kobudo

11. Don't Worry, Be Happy

12. Okinawa Kenpo

13. Okinawan Goju-Kan


Isshin Ryu Karate Do

 i sshin ryuu kara te dou
Isshin Ryu Karate Do Scroll

一心流空手道 is the full title for Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The literal meaning is “one heart method empty hand way.”

There are other ways to translate this, but if you are looking for this title, you already know that.

This would make a great wall scroll for your dojo or private studio if you study this form of Japanese (technically from Okinawa) Karate.

Because this is a specifically-Japanese title, I strongly recommend that you select our Japanese Master Calligrapher to create this artwork.

Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa

 quán fǎ
 kenpou
Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa Scroll

拳法 is a form of martial arts that can be translated in several ways.

Some will call it “fist principles,” “the way of the fist,” or even “law of the fist.” The first character literally means fist. The second can mean law, method, way, principle, or Buddhist teaching.

Kempo is really a potluck of martial arts. Often a combination of Chinese martial arts such as Shaolin Kung Fu with Japanese martial arts such as Karate, Jujutsu (Jujitsu), Aikido, and others. You may see the term “Kempo Karate,” which basically means Karate with other disciplines added. In this way, Kempo becomes an adjective rather than a title or school of martial arts.

These facts will long be argued by various masters and students of Kempo. Even the argument as to whether it should be spelled “kenpo” or “Kempo” ensues at dojos around the world (the correct Romaji should actually be “kenpou” if you precisely follow the rules).

The benefit of Kempo is that the techniques are easier to learn and master than pure Kung Fu (wu shu). Students are often taught basic Karate moves, kicks, and punches before augmenting the basic skills with complex Kung Fu techniques. This allows students of Kempo to achieve a level where they can defend themselves or fight in a relatively short amount of time (a few years rather than a decade or more).

Because the definition of this word is so fluid, I should make some notes here:

1. Purists in Okinawa will claim that “Okinawa Kenpo” or “Ryukyu Hon Kenpo” is the original and true version of this martial art from the old kingdom. It is actually little or no connection between Okinawa Kenpo and the way the word is used elsewhere.

2. In Chinese, where these characters are pronounced “quan fa” (sometimes Romanized as “chuan fa” because the Chinese-pinyin “q” actually sounds like an English “ch” sound), these characters do not hold the connotation of being a mixed martial art. It is simply defined as “the law of the fist.”

3. My Japanese dictionary oddly defines Kenpo as the “Chinese art of self-defense.” I personally don't feel this is the most common way that people perceive the word but just something you should know.

 chōng shéng
 okinawa
Okinawa Scroll

沖縄/沖繩 is the title for Okinawa prefecture of Japan.


繩 Note: The second Japanese Kanji is a variant of the original Chinese character which looks like the image shown to the right. Other than that, this is how to write Okinawa in Chinese as well.

 liú qiú
 ryuukyuu
Ryukyu Scroll

琉球 refers to the Ryukyu (Ryūkyū) Islands which include Okinawa and are located between Japan and Taiwan.

This can also refer to the Ryukyu kingdom of old Okinawa. Ryukyu is also used in martial arts terms for styles with origins in Okinawa.

 sai fa
Saifa Scroll

砕破 is the title “Saifa” written in Japanese Kanji. This literally means “smash and tear.” Like most styles of martial arts, Saifa has origins in China. It was Higashionna that brought Saifa to Okinawa.

Saifa is generally associated with Gōjū-ryū as a title for a kata.


Notes: While Saifa is often written as 砕破, it can also be written 碎破 (just a variation on the first Kanji). Sometimes written in Japanese Katakana as サイハ.

Shorin Ji Ryu

Shaolin Temple Style

 shou rin ji ryuu
Shorin Ji Ryu Scroll

少林寺流 is the Japanese martial arts title “Shorin-ji-ryu.”

Though the first part of the title comes from the Shaolin temple in China. In Japan, this refers to an Okinawa school of karate.

Note: Sometimes, this title is written without the “ji” or “temple” Kanji.

Shorin-Ryu

Shaolin Style

 shou rin ryuu
Shorin-Ryu Scroll

少林流 is the Japanese martial arts title “Shorin-ryu.”

Though the first part of the title comes from the Shaolin (small forest) monks of China.
In Japan, this refers to the Okinawa School of Karate.


小Note that often in Japanese, the first Kanji of this title was changed to the version shown to the right. If you prefer this version, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

 tai dou
Taido Scroll

Taidō (The Way of the Body) is a style of Karate practiced in Japan and popular worldwide.

Taidō or 躰道 traces a lineage from Genseiryū (玄制流), which came from Shuri-te (首里手), one of the original martial arts schools of ancient Okinawa.

The first character 躰 is a variant of the original Chinese character 體. In modern Japan, they tend to use 体, a more simple character form. 体 is also the modern Simplified Chinese form of 體.
The 躰 character is correct for this 躰道 martial arts title. But it can be confusing with so many variants out there, not to mention other homophonic Japanese words that also romanize as Taidō or Taidou.

To have a bit more fun with this 躰 character, it has a 身 radical on the left, which sets it apart. The meaning doubles up on the “body” as 身 (shin) is a character that also means body in Japanese and Chinese. On the right is 本, which often means root, stem, origin, source, or fundamental (but can also mean “book” in some contexts). This has deviated from the original 體 which was 骨 (bone) + 豊 (vessel). Hence, the body was your “bone vessel” in ancient Asia.

The meaning of 躰, as well as 體 and 体, is usually translated as the body. When related to the physical body, it can also refer to the torso, trunk, build, physique, or the constitution of a person. As an extension of this, it can also refer to someone's health (good body = good health).
However, depending on the context, it can encompass other meanings such as form, style, system, experience, aspect, corpus, corporeal, substance, or essentials.

The second character, 道, is recognized and well-known as the “Way” and is the same “do” as in Karate-do or Aikido.

Okinawa Karate

 chōng shéng kōng shǒu
 oki nawa kara te
Okinawa Karate Scroll

沖縄空手 is the title for Okinawa Karate.

Okinawan Kobudo

 oki nawa ko bu dou
Okinawan Kobudo Scroll

沖縄古武道 is the title for Okinawa Kobudō.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

 nan ku ru nai
Don't Worry, Be Happy Scroll

なんくるない or nankurunai is an Okinawan word, written in Japanese that means “Don't worry, be happy.”

沖縄/Okinawa and/or the 琉球/Ryūkyū Islands have a more laid-back “island style” approach to life. So the nankurunai idea is a perfect match for that lifestyle.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Hiragana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Okinawa Kenpo

 okinawa kenpou
Okinawa Kenpo Scroll

沖縄拳法 is the title for Okinawan Kenpo/Kempo in Japanese Kanji.

Okinawan Goju-Kan

 okinawa gou juu kan
Okinawan Goju-Kan Scroll

沖縄剛柔館 is the martial arts style Okinawan Gojukan or Okinawan Goju-Kan.

The meaning is “Okinawa hardness [and] softness hall.”

沖縄 = Okinawa.
剛 = Hard, firm, or strong.
柔 = Soft, softness, flexible, supple, yielding, gentleness, or pliant.
館 = Hall, building, school room, or an alternate word for a dojo.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Isshin Ryu Karate Do一心流空手道i sshin ryuu kara te dou
isshinryuukaratedou
i shin ryu kara te do
Kenpo
Kempo
Quan Fa
Chuan Fa
拳法kenpou / kenpoquán fǎ / quan2 fa3 / quan fa / quanfach`üan fa / chüanfa / chüan fa
Okinawa沖縄 / 沖繩
沖縄 / 冲绳
okinawachōng shéng
chong1 sheng2
chong sheng
chongsheng
ch`ung sheng
chungsheng
chung sheng
Ryukyu琉球ryuukyuu / ryukyuliú qiú / liu2 qiu2 / liu qiu / liuqiuliu ch`iu / liuchiu / liu chiu
Saifa砕破sai fa / saifa
Shorin Ji Ryu少林寺流shou rin ji ryuu
shourinjiryuu
sho rin ji ryu
Shorin-Ryu少林流shou rin ryuu
shourinryuu
sho rin ryu
Taido躰道tai dou / taidou / tai do
Okinawa Karate沖縄空手oki nawa kara te
okinawakarate
chōng shéng kōng shǒu
chong1 sheng2 kong1 shou3
chong sheng kong shou
chongshengkongshou
ch`ung sheng k`ung shou
chungshengkungshou
chung sheng kung shou
Okinawan Kobudo沖縄古武道oki nawa ko bu dou
okinawakobudou
oki nawa ko bu do
Don't Worry, Be Happyなんくるないnan ku ru nai
nankurunai
Okinawa Kenpo沖縄拳法okinawa kenpou
okinawakenpou
okinawa kenpo
Okinawan Goju-Kan沖縄剛柔館
沖縄刚柔馆
okinawa gou juu kan
okinawagoujuukan
okinawa go ju kan
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.


Dictionary

Lookup Okinawa in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

1 Corinthians 13:4-8100 Years of Happy Marriage1000 Good Moves Ruined by 1 Bad2 Truths4 Noble Truths5 Horses5 Points of War5 Tenets of Taekwondo50 Years50 Years Old50th Anniversary50th Golden Wedding Anniversary6 Foot7 Heavenly Virtues7 Virtues of Bushido7 Virtues Off Bushido9 KoiA Journey of 1000 Miles Feels Like OneA Journey of a Thousand MilesA Life of Serenity Yields UnderstandingA Miss is as Good as a MileA Moment of Time is as Precious as GoldA RisaA Simple LifeA Soldier of GodA TaoistA Vast Sky Full of StarsA Warm WelcomeA Wise Man Changes His MindAadenAadilAadilahAadonAaftanAaliyahAalyshaAamaAamirAanandAaroAaronAartiAaryanAasaAashirAbadAbaddAbaddoAbadiAbadieAbakaAbaraAbataAbbaAbbasAbbasiAbbeAbberleyAbbeyAbbiAbbieAbbotAbbottAbbyAbdallahAbdalrahmanAbdelAbdelfettahAbdelhakAbderrahimAbdielAbdirahmanAbdonAbdouAbdulAbdulazizAbdulkarimAbdullaAbdullahAbdulrahmanAbeerAbelAbelaAbelardAbellAbellaAbgailAbhinandanAbhishekAbianAbidaAbieAbiegailAbielAbigaelAbigaiAbigailAbigaileAbilioAbilityAbility to AdaptAbiolaAbirAbisAbishekAblachimAblazeAbnerAbraAbrahamAbrahanAbramAbrhamAbrilAbsalomAbsalonAbsolute ZeroAbubakarAbundaAbundanceAbundance and ProsperityAbundance and WellnessAbundant HappinessAbundant HealthAbyssiniaAcalaAccept the Situation and Move OnAcceptanceAcceptance of FateAccomplishmentAccountantAccueilAcedoAceroAces DojoAcevedoAcherAchiAchieveAchieve Inner PeaceAchievementAchilleAchilleasAchillesAchrafAcleActualizationAcupunctureAcupuncture and MoxibustionAdabertoAdahAdairAdalAdalbertoAdalenaAdaluzAdamAdamaAdamsAdanAdanaAdananAdaoAdapt and OvercomeAdaraAdariAddaAddahAddamAddiAddieAddisonAddyAdeedAdeelAdejahAdelAdelaAdelaidaAdelaideAdelardoAdeleAdeliaAdelieAdelinAdelinaAdelineAdelitaAdellAdelleAdemAdemarAdenAderAdewaleAdhemarAdhiAdhil

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as Okinawa Kanji, Okinawa Characters, Okinawa in Mandarin Chinese, Okinawa Characters, Okinawa in Chinese Writing, Okinawa in Japanese Writing, Okinawa in Asian Writing, Okinawa Ideograms, Chinese Okinawa symbols, Okinawa Hieroglyphics, Okinawa Glyphs, Okinawa in Chinese Letters, Okinawa Hanzi, Okinawa in Japanese Kanji, Okinawa Pictograms, Okinawa in the Chinese Written-Language, or Okinawa in the Japanese Written-Language.

115 people have searched for Okinawa in Chinese or Japanese in the past year.
Okinawa was last searched for by someone else on Feb 28th, 2024