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紅五蝠 is a play on words in Chinese because of some homophones.
The first thing you need to know is that the word for bat, 蝠, sounds exactly like the word for good fortune, 福. Thus, bats are often associated with good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.
Five bats (五福 / 五蝠) means "five fortunes" referring to luck, prosperity, wealth, happiness, and longevity.
The word red, 红, has the same sound as 宏 meaning vast, great, or magnificent. Therefore, a red bat means "vast fortune".
Altogether, five red bats represent vast reaches of the five fortunes.
年年有餘 is a common proverb or wish of prosperity you'll hear around the time of Chinese New Years.
Directly translated character by character it means, "Year Year Have Surplus". A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be "Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life".
On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. 年年有餘 is because the last character "yu" which means surplus or abundance has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for "fish".
年年有餘 is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.
In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked especially for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.
See Also: Good Fortune
繁榮富裕 is a proverb about "Prosperity and Abundance".
繁榮富裕 present and reinforce the ideas of being prosperous, a booming economy, well-to-do, well-off, wealth, riches, and opulence.
繁榮富裕 is the ancient/traditional Chinese way to write this but most Japanese can fully read and understand it. It's also the correct form of old Korean Hanja (though few Koreans of the current generation will be able to read this).
See Also: Good Fortune
福 is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.
The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).
One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.
福 literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.
See Also: Lucky
自他共榮 can be translated a few different ways. Here are some possibilities:
Benefit mutually and prosper together.
Mutual welfare and benefit.
A learning concept of mutual benefit and welfare (that applies to all fields of society).
The first two characters are easy to explain. They are "self" and "others". Together, these two characters create a word which means "mutual" (literally "me and them").
The third character can have different meanings depending on context. Here, it means "in common" or "to share".
The fourth character suggests the idea of "prosperity", "flourishing" or becoming "glorious".
It should be noted that these Kanji are used almost exclusively in the context of Judo martial arts. 自他共榮 is not a common or recognized Japanese proverb outside of Judo.
In modern Japanese Kanji, the last character looks like instead of . If you want this slightly-simplified version, please let us know when you place your order.
家內安全 is kind of the Japanese way of saying, "Family First". It's really a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family, and/or, peace and prosperity in the household.
Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji on it. The purpose being to keep your family safe from harm.
According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep members of the family free from harm.
We were actually looking for a way to say "family first" in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't literally say "family first", it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.
This means, "live in prosperity". It's kind of a suggestion to be prosperity the center of your world.
This is the way some people want to live (and you should always live for what you love). However, this phrase does not suggest a peaceful life - rather one that is always busy. It's not for everyone but it might be for you.
南山之壽 is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan", which literally means "south mountain". This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.
The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.
I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall".
繁榮 means "prosperous", "flourishing", or "thriving" when used in regards to a person.
However, when used in reference to a whole country, it can mean "booming economy".
繁榮 is the traditional Chinese, ancient Japanese Kanji, and ancient Korean Hanja version of prosperity.
Note: If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the second character may look more like the Kanji shown to the right. If you want a different form, please note that in the special instructions for your order.
This four-character proverb is used in Chinese to mean "realize your ambitions" or "exhibit your ambition and success".
It's used to talk about someone with great career ambitions. Almost literally, it expresses the idea of someone unfolding a great career like a map or a set of blueprint plans.
Very literally translated, these four characters mean, "Great unfolding of a huge map" or "Great exhibition of a colossal plan".
富樂 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a title meaning prosperity and happiness.
If you have a desire to live in prosperity and happiness, this is for you.
Note: This title is often used in a Buddhist context.
繁栄 is the same "prosperity" as the Traditional Chinese version, except for a slight change in the way the second character is written (it's the Japanese Kanji deviation from the original/ancient Chinese form).
Chinese people will still be able to read this, though you should consider this to be the Japanese form (better if your audience is Japanese).
Sometimes the Kanji form shown to the right is used in Japanese. It will depend on the mood of the calligrapher, as to which form you may receive. If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of your order.
(also means salary)
祿 is occasionally used in China to mean prosperity or good fortune.
祿 once meant the "official's salary" in old feudal China and Korea (obviously, the officials lived well, so you can imagine how this was associated with the idea of being prosperous).
祿 is only used in Korean historical documents for "salary". In old Japanese, this means fief, allowance, stipend, reward, pension, grant and sometimes happiness depending on context. It's very obscure in modern Japanese.
We have other entries that are better-suited for a prosperity wall scroll. This entry just addresses "the coffee cup issue" where this character has been used on coffee cups and tee-shirts. However, without context, the meaning is ambiguous to some.
This kind of prosperity applies to a business. Something great to hang behind your desk if you are a small or large business owner. Doing so says that you either are a successful business, or you wish success and prosperity for your business.
Can also be translated as thriving, flourishing, brisk business, and other words related to prosperity in business.
A good meaning in China but a little antiquated in Japanese.
This Chinese and Japanese word for "success" is often used to refer to "career success" but is also used for other successes in life.
It matches the western dictionary definition of "The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted". And it's also used it this old Chinese proverb: which means Failure is the Mother of Success.
Sometimes this word is translated as prosperity but success, succeed, or successfully are more correct definitions.
This means "To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era)".
It's really a wish that a new door leading to peace and prosperity could be opened to mankind.
Character and word breakdown:
啟 to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken.
盛世 a flourishing period; period of prosperity; a golden age.
開 to open; to start; to turn on.
太平 peace and security; peace and tranquility; peace; tranquility.
I don't really like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their own unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above). Please take that into consideration.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Five Red Bats||紅五蝠|
|hóng wǔ fú|
hong2 wu3 fu2
hong wu fu
|hung wu fu
|Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance||年年有餘|
|nián nián yǒu yú|
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
nian nian you yu
|nien nien yu yü
|富裕||fu yuu / fuyuu / fu yu / fuyu||fù yù / fu4 yu4 / fu yu / fuyu||fu yü / fuyü|
|Abundance and Prosperity||繁榮富裕|
|fán róng fù yù|
fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4
fan rong fu yu
|fan jung fu yü
|福||fuku||fú / fu2 / fu|
|Mutual Welfare and Benefit||自他共榮|
自他共荣 / 自他共栄
|ji ta kyou ei |
ji ta kyo ei
|Safety and Well-Being of the Family||家內安全|
|ka nai an zen|
|Live Together and Help Each Other||共存共栄||kyou son kyou ei|
kyo son kyo ei
|A Life of Happiness and Prosperity||幸福成功的一生||xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng|
xing4 fu2 cheng2 gong1 de yi4 sheng1
xing fu cheng gong de yi sheng
|hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
|A Life of Happiness and Prosperity||幸福と繁栄の人生||kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei|
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
|Live in Prosperity||生活于繁榮中|
|shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng|
sheng1 huo2 yu2 fan2 rong2 zhong1
sheng huo yu fan rong zhong
|sheng huo yü fan jung chung
Long Life Wishes
|nan zan no jyu|
|han ei / hanei||fán róng / fan2 rong2 / fan rong / fanrong||fan jung / fanjung|
|Realize Your Ambitions|
Ride on the Crest of Success
|dà jiǎn hóng tú|
da4 jian3 hong2 tu2
da jian hong tu
|ta chien hung t`u
ta chien hung tu
|Prosperity and Happiness||富樂|
|furaku||fù lè / fu4 le4 / fu le / fule|
|hanei||fán róng / fan2 rong2 / fan rong / fanrong||fan jung / fanjung|
|fuchi||lù / lu4 / lu|
|kou ryuu / kouryuu / ko ryu / koryu||xīng lóng|
|Success||成功||seikou / seiko||chéng gōng|
|Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity||啟盛世開太平|
|qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng|
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
|ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
|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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