Prosperity in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Prosperity

  2. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

  3. Live in Prosperity

  4. A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

  5. Prosperity and Happiness

  6. Abundance and Prosperity

  7. Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity

  8. Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

  9. Abundance / Prosperous

10. Good Luck / Good Fortune

11. Prosperous Business

12. Success

13. Safety and Well-Being of the Family

14. Live Together and Help Each Other

15. Mutual Welfare and Benefit

16. Flourish

17. Lucky Star

18. Fu Lu Shou

19. Longevity / Long Life Wishes

20. Five Red Bats

21. Realize Your Ambitions / Ride on the Crest of Success


fán róng
han ei
Prosperity Scroll

繁榮 means “prosperous,” “flourishing,” or “thriving” when used regarding a person.

However, when used about a whole country, it can mean a “booming economy.”

繁榮 is the traditional Chinese, ancient Japanese Kanji, and ancient Korean Hanja version of prosperity.


栄 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.

fán róng
hanei
Prosperity Scroll

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).

繁
荣

Sometimes, the Kanji form shown to the right is used in Japanese. It will depend on the calligrapher's mood as to which form you may receive. If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of your order.

Prosperity

(also means salary)

fuchi
Prosperity Scroll

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祿 is only used in Korean historical documents for “salary.”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.

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Scroll

幸福と繁栄の人生 is a Japanese proverb that means “A life of happiness and prosperity” or “A life of happiness and success.”


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

Live in Prosperity

shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng
Live in Prosperity Scroll

生活于繁榮中 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.

A Life of Happiness and Prosperity

xìng fú chéng gōng de yì shēng
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity Scroll

幸福成功的一生 means “A life of happiness and prosperity” or “A life of happiness and success.”

It's a very positive and inspirational wall scroll selection.

Prosperity and Happiness

fù lè
furaku
Prosperity and Happiness Scroll

富樂 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for a title meaning prosperity and happiness.

If you have the desire to live in prosperity and happiness, this is for you.

Note: This title is often used in a Buddhist context.

Abundance and Prosperity

fán róng fù yù
hanei yuuhuku
Abundance and Prosperity Scroll

繁榮富裕 is a proverb about “Prosperity and Abundance.”

This presents and reinforces the ideas of being prosperous, a booming economy, well-to-do, well-off, wealthy, riches, and opulence.

While this is the ancient/traditional Chinese way to write this, 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

Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity

qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity Scroll

啟盛世開太平 means “To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era).”

It's 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 like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above).

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

nián nián yǒu yú
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Scroll

年年有餘 is a common proverb or wish of prosperity you'll hear around the time of Chinese New Year.

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. This is because the last character, “yu” which means surplus or abundance, has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for “fish.”

This 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

Abundance / Prosperous

fù yù
fu yuu
Abundance / Prosperous Scroll

富裕 means prosperous, having an abundance, well-to-do, or well-off.

It's a simple word that suggests “you have made it” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.


See Also:  Good Fortune

Good Luck / Good Fortune

fuku
Good Luck / Good Fortune Scroll

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 Year).

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, blessedness, happiness, and fulfillment.

You'll also see this character in Vietnam (where Chinese characters were the written form until a romanization reform) where it is pronounced Phúc - a word commonly used in Vietnamese names because of its good meaning.


See Also:  Lucky

Prosperous Business

xīng lóng
kou ryuu
Prosperous Business Scroll

興隆 is a kind of prosperity that 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 booming 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 is a little antiquated in Japanese.

chéng gōng
seikou
Success Scroll

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 in this old Chinese proverb: Failure is the Mother of Success which means Failure is the Mother of Success.

Sometimes this word is translated as prosperity, but success, succeed, or successfully are more correct definitions.

Safety and Well-Being of the Family

Kanai Anzen

ka nai an zen
Safety and Well-Being of the Family Scroll

家內安全 is the Japanese way of saying “Family First.”

It's 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. The purpose is 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 family members free from harm.

We were looking for a way to say “family first” in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't 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.

Live Together and Help Each Other

kyou son kyou ei
Live Together and Help Each Other Scroll

共存共栄 is a Japanese proverb that means “live together and help each other,” “existing together, thriving together,” or “co-existence and co-prosperity.”

Mutual Welfare and Benefit

Jita-Kyoei

ji ta kyou ei
Mutual Welfare and Benefit Scroll

自他共榮 can be translated in 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).
Mutual prosperity.

The first two characters are easy to explain. They are “self” and “others.” Together, these two characters create a word that 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 栄 instead of 榮. If you want this slightly-simplified version, please let us know when you place your order.

xīng shèng
kou sei
Flourish Scroll

興盛 means to flourish and thrive.

This can also be translated as prosperity, flourishing, thriving, to blossom, prospering, being successful, or achieving success.

Can also be the given name Okimori in Japanese.

fú xīng
fukusei
Lucky Star Scroll

福星 is the lucky star, one of three Chinese deities (三星 or Three Stars) representing fortune/luck, prosperity, and longevity.

In Japanese, this can be the given name Fukusei - with the same “lucky star” or “star of good fortune” meaning.

fú lù shòu
fūk luhk sauh
Fu Lu Shou Scroll

These are the short titles for Sanxing or 三星 (Three Stars).

福祿壽 are the gods of Jupiter, Ursa Major, and Sirius. Fu, Lu, and Shou represent fortune (福), presiding over the planet Jupiter, prosperity (祿), presiding over Ursa Major, and longevity (壽), presiding over Sirius.

In old Chinese folk religion, they are often represented as three old bearded wise men.

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

nan zan no jyu
Longevity / Long Life Wishes Scroll

南山之壽 is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is “Nan Zan,” which means “south mountain.” This mountain is one of the 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.”

Five Red Bats

hóng wǔ fú
Five Red Bats Scroll

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.

Realize Your Ambitions / Ride on the Crest of Success

dà jiǎn hóng tú
Realize Your Ambitions / Ride on the Crest of Success Scroll

大展宏圖 is a four-character proverb 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.”




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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Prosperity繁榮
繁荣
han ei / haneifán róng / fan2 rong2 / fan rong / fanrongfan jung / fanjung
Prosperity繁栄
繁荣
haneifán róng / fan2 rong2 / fan rong / fanrongfan jung / fanjung
Prosperity祿
fuchilù / lu4 / lu
A Life of Happiness and Prosperity幸福と繁栄の人生kou fuku to ha nei no jin sei
koufukutohaneinojinsei
ko fuku to ha nei no jin sei
Live in Prosperity生活于繁榮中
生活于繁荣中
shēng huó yú fán róng zhōng
sheng1 huo2 yu2 fan2 rong2 zhong1
sheng huo yu fan rong zhong
shenghuoyufanrongzhong
sheng huo yü fan jung chung
shenghuoyüfanjungchung
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
xingfuchenggongdeyisheng
hsing fu ch`eng kung te i sheng
hsingfuchengkungteisheng
hsing fu cheng kung te i sheng
Prosperity and Happiness富樂
富乐
furakufù lè / fu4 le4 / fu le / fule
Abundance and Prosperity繁榮富裕
繁荣富裕
hanei yuuhuku
haneiyuuhuku
hanei yuhuku
fán róng fù yù
fan2 rong2 fu4 yu4
fan rong fu yu
fanrongfuyu
fan jung fu yü
fanjungfuyü
Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity啟盛世開太平
启盛世开太平
qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
qishengshikaitaiping
ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
chishengshihkaitaiping
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance年年有餘
年年有馀
nián nián yǒu yú
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
nian nian you yu
niannianyouyu
nien nien yu yü
niennienyuyü
Abundance
Prosperous
富裕fu yuu / fuyuu / fu yufù yù / fu4 yu4 / fu yu / fuyufu yü / fuyü
Good Luck
Good Fortune
fukufú / fu2 / fu
Prosperous Business興隆
兴隆
kou ryuu / kouryuu / ko ryuxīng lóng
xing1 long2
xing long
xinglong
hsing lung
hsinglung
Success成功seikou / seikochéng gōng
cheng2 gong1
cheng gong
chenggong
ch`eng kung
chengkung
cheng kung
Safety and Well-Being of the Family家內安全
家内安全
ka nai an zen
kanaianzen
Live Together and Help Each Other共存共栄kyou son kyou ei
kyousonkyouei
kyo son kyo ei
Mutual Welfare and Benefit自他共榮
自他共荣 / 自他共栄
ji ta kyou ei
jitakyouei
ji ta kyo ei
Flourish興盛
兴盛
kou sei / kousei / ko seixīng shèng
xing1 sheng4
xing sheng
xingsheng
hsing sheng
hsingsheng
Lucky Star福星fukuseifú xīng / fu2 xing1 / fu xing / fuxingfu hsing / fuhsing
Fu Lu Shou福祿壽fú lù shòu
fu2 lu4 shou4
fu lu shou
fulushou
Longevity
Long Life Wishes
南山之壽
南山之寿
nan zan no jyu
nanzannojyu
Five Red Bats紅五蝠
红五蝠
hóng wǔ fú
hong2 wu3 fu2
hong wu fu
hongwufu
hung wu fu
hungwufu
Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success
大展宏圖
大展宏图
dà jiǎn hóng tú
da4 jian3 hong2 tu2
da jian hong tu
dajianhongtu
ta chien hung t`u
tachienhungtu
ta chien hung tu
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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