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Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui
ei ko sei sui
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This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish," "life is full of fortune and misfortune," or simply "vicissitudes of life."

This is about the rise and fall of human affairs or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:

栄 = prosper; thrive; flourish; boom.
枯 = wither; die.
盛 = prosperous; flourishing; thriving; successful; energetic; vigorous; enthusiastic.
衰 = become weaker; decline; get weak; die down; subside; abate; fail.


榮 Notes: The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it's used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean.




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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)
Rise and Fall
Ups and Downs
栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
荣枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

沉浮

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chén fú / chen2 fu2
ch`en fu / chen fu
lit. sinking and floating; to bob up and down on water; ebb and flow; fig. rise and fall; ups and downs of fortune; vicissitudes

浮沈

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 fuchin / ふちん (noun/participle) floating and sinking; rise and fall; ebb and flow; ups and downs

消長


消长

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xiāo zhǎng / xiao1 zhang3
hsiao chang
 shouchou / shocho / しょうちょう
to ebb and rise; to decrease and then grow
(noun/participle) prosperity and decay; prosperity and decline; rise and fall; ups and downs; ebb and flow; waxing and waning

盛衰

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shèng shuāi / sheng4 shuai1
sheng shuai
 seisui / sesui / せいすい
to flourish then decline; rise and fall
rise and fall; ups and downs; welfare; vicissitudes
prosperity and adversity

興亡


兴亡

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xīng wáng / xing1 wang2
hsing wang
 koubou / kobo / こうぼう
to flourish and decay; rise and fall
rise and fall; ups and downs

起落

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qǐ luò / qi3 luo4
ch`i lo / chi lo
to rise and fall; takeoff and landing; ups and downs

騰落

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 touraku / toraku / とうらく rise and fall; fluctuations; ups and downs

高低

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gāo dī / gao1 di1
kao ti
 koutei(p);takahiku / kote(p);takahiku / こうてい(P);たかひく
height; altitude (aviation); pitch (music); ups and downs (success or failure); whether something is right or wrong; comparative strength, weight, depth, stature; (spoken interjection) anyway, whatever; eventually, in the end
(noun/participle) high and low; rise and fall

光と影

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 hikaritokage / ひかりとかげ (exp,n) (idiom) rise and fall; ups and downs; shame and glory; bright side and dark side; light and shadow

盛衰興亡

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 seisuikoubou / sesuikobo / せいすいこうぼう (yoji) rise and fall; ups and downs; waxing and waning; prosperity and decline; vicissitudes

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