Sailing in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Smooth Sailing

  2. Pleasant Journey

  3. Smooth and Steady

  4. Brave the Waves

  5. Seafarer / Sailor


Smooth Sailing

jun puu man pan
Smooth Sailing Scroll

順風満帆 means "smooth sailing" in Japanese.

The Kanji literally mean, "Favorable wind, full sail".

This title can also suggest having great ambitions.

Smooth Sailing

yī fán fēng shùn
Smooth Sailing Scroll

一帆風順 is just what you think it means. It suggests that you are on a trouble-free voyage through life, or literally on a sailing ship or sail boat. It is often used in China as a wish for good luck on a voyage or as you set out on a new quest or career in your life. Some may use this in lieu of "bon voyage".

The literal meaning is roughly, "Once you raise your sail, you will get the wind you need, and it will take you where you want to go". Another way to translate it is "Your sail and the wind follow your will".

一帆風順 is a great gift for a mariner, sailor, adventurer, or someone starting a new career.

Note: Can be understood in Korean Hanja but rarely used.


See Also:  Bon Voyage | Adventure | Travel

Pleasant Journey

yī lù shùn fēng
ichirojunpuu
Pleasant Journey Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese proverb means, "to have a pleasant journey", "sailing with the wind at your back", or as an expression to say, "everything is going well".

Smooth and Steady

píng wěn
heion
Smooth and Steady Scroll

平穩 can also be translated as calmness, quietness, quietude and is used in Chinese and Korean.

The version shown here, would be considered the ancient Japanese form. The second character has been simplified in Japan (the same simplified form is used in mainland China, except for calligraphy). Please include a special instruction with your order if you want the simplified form of that second character. Both forms can be universally read.

Brave the Waves

pò làng
ha rou
Brave the Waves Scroll

破浪 can be translated from Chinese as "braving the waves" or "bravely setting sail".

It literally means: "break/cleave/cut [the] waves".

破浪 is a great title to encourage yourself or someone else not to be afraid of problems or troubles.

Because of the context, this is especially good for sailors or yachtsmen and surfers too.

Note: While this can be understood in Japanese, it's not commonly used in Japan. Therefore, please consider this to be primarily a Chinese proverb.

Seafarer / Sailor

hǎi yuán
kaiin / kain
Seafarer / Sailor Scroll

海員 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for sailor, mariner, seafarer, or seaman.

If you sail the seas and brave the waves, this may be the title for you.

The literal meanings: 海 is "Sea" and 員 is "Person".




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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
Smooth Sailing順風満帆jun puu man pan
junpuumanpan
jun pu man pan
Smooth Sailing一帆風順
一帆风顺
yī fán fēng shùn
yi1 fan2 feng1 shun4
yi fan feng shun
yifanfengshun
i fan feng shun
ifanfengshun
Pleasant Journey一路順風
一路顺风
ichirojunpuu
ichirojunpu
yī lù shùn fēng
yi1 lu4 shun4 feng1
yi lu shun feng
yilushunfeng
i lu shun feng
ilushunfeng
Smooth and Steady平穩
平稳
heionpíng wěn / ping2 wen3 / ping wen / pingwenp`ing wen / pingwen / ping wen
Brave the Waves破浪ha rou / harou / ha ropò làng / po4 lang4 / po lang / polangp`o lang / polang / po lang
Seafarer
Sailor
海員
海员
kaiin / kain
kain / kain
hǎi yuán / hai3 yuan2 / hai yuan / haiyuanhai yüan / haiyüan
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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