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 means “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 sailboat. 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 place of “bon voyage.”

The literal meaning is “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.”

This is a great gift for a mariner, sailor, adventurer, or someone starting a new career.

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

See Also:  Bon Voyage | Adventure | Travel

Pleasant Journey

 yī lù shùn fēng
Pleasant Journey Scroll

一路順風 is a Chinese and Japanese proverb that 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
Smooth and Steady Scroll

平穩 can also be translated as calmness, quietness, or 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 special instructions 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 a 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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sailing search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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yī fān fēng shùn
    yi1 fan1 feng1 shun4
i fan feng shun

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Smooth Sailing
propitious wind throughout the journey (idiom); plain sailing; to go smoothly; have a nice trip!



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yī lù shùn fēng
    yi1 lu4 shun4 feng1
i lu shun feng
 ichirojunpuu / ichirojunpu

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Pleasant Journey
to have a pleasant journey (idiom)
(yoji) sailing before the wind; everything is going well


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 junpuumanpan; junpuumanpo(ik) / junpumanpan; junpumanpo(ik)
    じゅんぷうまんぱん; じゅんぷうまんぽ(ik)

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Smooth Sailing
(yoji) smooth sailing


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tíng háng
    ting2 hang2
t`ing hang
    ting hang
to stop running (of flight of shipping service); to suspend service (flight, sailing); to interrupt schedule


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 hokkou / hokko
sailing north


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nán háng
    nan2 hang2
nan hang
 nankou / nanko
China Southern Airlines
sailing south; southbound


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night boat; ship sailing at night; (personal name) Yobune



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bǎo chuán
    bao3 chuan2
pao ch`uan
    pao chuan
Chinese treasure ship, a type of large sailing ship in the fleet of Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He 鄭和|郑和[Zheng4 He2]


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fān chuán
    fan1 chuan2
fan ch`uan
    fan chuan
 hansen(p); hobune
    はんせん(P); ほぶね
sailing ship; sailing boat; sailing vessel


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 hansou / hanso
(n,vs,vi,adj-no) sailing



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píng shùn
    ping2 shun4
p`ing shun
    ping shun
smooth; smooth-going; plain sailing


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 kaisou / kaiso
(n,vs,vi) fast moving; fast running; fast sailing


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(ateji / phonetic) (suffix noun) ideal weather (for some action, event, etc.); perfect day; (ateji / phonetic) (1) weather; climatic conditions; (2) fine weather; clear day; (3) situation; state of affairs; (4) sea conditions; good day for sailing; (female given name) Biwa


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 toukou / toko
(noun - becomes adjective with の) sailing east; eastbound


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 oudan / odan
(n,vs,vi) (1) crossing (a road, river, etc.); cutting through (e.g. of a river through a town); cutting across; intersecting (e.g. a railway track); (n,vs,vi) (2) (See 縦断・1) crossing (east-west); traversing; travelling across; flying across (e.g. the Pacific); sailing across; (noun, transitive verb) (3) (See 縦断・2) cutting horizontally; sectioning laterally


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full sail; sailing downwind; (female given name) Miho


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 sokou / soko
(noun/participle) going upstream; sailing against the current


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spread-out sail; full sail; (sailing) downwind; (female given name) Miho


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 shuukou / shuko
(n,vs,vi) boating; sailing


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 shuukou / shuko
(n,vs,vi) boating; sailing; navigation


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 kouhou / koho
sailing; navigation


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háng hǎi
    hang2 hai3
hang hai
 koukai / kokai
to sail the seas; maritime navigation; voyage
(n,vs,vi) (sea) voyage; navigation; sailing; passage; cruise


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háng bān
    hang2 ban1
hang pan
(scheduled) flight; (scheduled) sailing


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háng xíng
    hang2 xing2
hang hsing
 koukou / koko
to sail; to fly; to navigate
(n,vs,vi) cruise; navigation; sailing


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 kousou / koso
(noun/participle) sailing



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jiě lǎn
    jie3 lan3
chieh lan
to untie a mooring rope
(n,vs,vi) weighing anchor; unmooring; sailing off



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zhuǎn fān
    zhuan3 fan1
chuan fan
to tack (of sailing ship); to jibe; to go about


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tōng háng
    tong1 hang2
t`ung hang
    tung hang
 tsuukou / tsuko
connected by air, sea traffic or service
(n,vs,vi) navigation; sailing


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 shinkou / shinko
(n,vs,vi) sailing on


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 sokou / soko
(noun/participle) going upstream; sailing against the current

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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
jun pu man pan
Smooth Sailing一帆風順
yī fán fēng shùn
yi1 fan2 feng1 shun4
yi fan feng shun
i fan feng shun
Pleasant Journey一路順風
yī lù shùn fēng
yi1 lu4 shun4 feng1
yi lu shun feng
i lu shun feng
Smooth and Steady平穩
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
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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Seafarer / Sailor Scroll
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