The name Survivor in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Survivor

  2. Return From Death’s Door

  3. Survival

  4. Survival of the Fittest

  5. The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat

 xìng cún zhě
Survivor Scroll

倖存者 is the most common way to express “survivor” in Chinese. It literally means “lucky/fortunate surviving person.”

倖存者 is kind of an odd selection for a wall scroll, but there is no better way to say survivor in Chinese calligraphy.

 sei zon sha
Survivor Scroll

生存者 is how survivor is written in Japanese.

生存者 is a strange selection for a wall scroll in Japanese culture, so consider that before you choose this for your calligraphy artwork.

Return From Death’s Door

 jué chǔ féng shēng
Return From Death’s Door Scroll

絕處逢生 is a Chinese proverb/idiom that talks of coming back from death's door or an unexpected rescue from danger.

Figuratively, this can be to recover from a seemingly impossible situation or to find a way out of a predicament.

If you have survived a near-death experience or severe illness, this might be an appropriate wall scroll for you.

 xìng cún
Survival Scroll

幸存 is the most common way to express “survival” in Chinese. This can also refer to a survivor of a disaster.

However, this is not a common title for a wall scroll. But if you like the idea of survival, this is how to write it.

Survival of the Fittest

 shì zhě shēng cún
 teki sha sei zon
Survival of the Fittest Scroll

適者生存 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for “survival of the fittest.”

The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat

Meaning: Survival of the fittest

 ruò ròu qiáng shí
 jaku niku kyoo shoku
The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat Scroll

弱肉強食 is a Japanese and Chinese proverb that literally means “The weak are meat; the strong eat” or “The weak are prey to the strong.”

The closest English version is, “Survival of the fittest.” It also fits with the ideas of, “predatory behavior,” or “The law of the jungle.”

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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shēng huán zhě
    sheng1 huan2 zhe3
sheng huan che
 seikansha / sekansha


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 jishiizoku / jishizoku
suicide survivor (i.e. family member of someone who has committed suicide); survivor of suicide


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 sabaibaazugiruto; sabaibaazu giruto / sabaibazugiruto; sabaibazu giruto
    サバイバーズギルト; サバイバーズ・ギルト
survivor's guilt; survivor guilt


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 seizonsha / sezonsha

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dú shēng
    du2 sheng1
tu sheng
only (child); to be the sole survivor



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xìng cún zhě
    xing4 cun2 zhe3
hsing ts`un che
    hsing tsun che

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 zansonsha; zanzonsha
    ざんそんしゃ; ざんぞんしゃ
survivor; holdover


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 seizansha / sezansha
(rare) (See 生存者) survivor


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person affected by a disaster; afflicted person; victim; sufferer; survivor


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bèi bào zhě
    bei4 bao4 zhe3
pei pao che
survivor of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
atomic bomb victim (esp. of Hiroshima and Nagasaki); hibakusha



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jié hòu yú shēng
    jie2 hou4 yu2 sheng1
chieh hou yü sheng
(idiom) to be a survivor of a calamity


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(1) survival; (2) survivor; relic


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survivor's pension or annuity


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survivor's benefit


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 izokukyuufu / izokukyufu
survivor's benefit


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shēng cún
    sheng1 cun2
sheng ts`un
    sheng tsun
 seizon / sezon

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to exist; to survive
(1) existence; being; survival; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (2) to exist; to live; to survive



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ruò ròu qiáng shí
    ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
jo jou ch`iang shih
    jo jou chiang shih
 jakunikukyoushoku / jakunikukyoshoku

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The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat
lit. the weak are prey to the strong (idiom); fig. the law of the jungle
(yoji) survival of the fittest; the law of the jungle; the weak are meat the strong do eat



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shì zhě shēng cún
    shi4 zhe3 sheng1 cun2
shih che sheng ts`un
    shih che sheng tsun
 tekishaseizon / tekishasezon

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Survival of the Fittest
survival of the fittest
(yoji) survival of the fittest


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cún huó
    cun2 huo2
ts`un huo
    tsun huo
to survive (a serious accident); survival


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(n,vs,vt,vi) continuance; survival; persistence; retention; duration


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(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) survival after defeat; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) decline (of a person, business, etc.); ruin


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 zanzon(p); zanson
    ざんぞん(P); ざんそん
(n,vs,vi) survival; remaining; being extant; being left


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qiú cún
    qiu2 cun2
ch`iu ts`un
    chiu tsun
survival; the struggle to eke out a living; to seek for continued existence


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qiú shēng
    qiu2 sheng1
ch`iu sheng
    chiu sheng
to seek survival; to possess the will to live
(male given name) Hideo
seeking [re-]birth


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huó lu
    huo2 lu5
huo lu
labor; physical work
means of survival; means of escape; way out of a difficulty
living path


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 seizan / sezan


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 seichaku / sechaku
(noun/participle) {med} graft survival; survival of a transplant; engraftment



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yú shēng
    yu2 sheng1
yü sheng
the remaining years of one's life; survival (after a disaster)
another life[time]


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cún huó lǜ
    cun2 huo2 lu:4
ts`un huo lü
    tsun huo lü
(med.) survival rate; (med.) recovery rate


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chéng huó lǜ
    cheng2 huo2 lu:4
ch`eng huo lü
    cheng huo lü
survival rate; rate of success

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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
xìng cún zhě
xing4 cun2 zhe3
xing cun zhe
hsing ts`un che
hsing tsun che
Survivor生存者sei zon sha
Return From Death’s Door絕處逢生
jué chǔ féng shēng
jue2 chu3 feng2 sheng1
jue chu feng sheng
chüeh ch`u feng sheng
chüeh chu feng sheng
Survival幸存xìng cún / xing4 cun2 / xing cun / xingcunhsing ts`un / hsingtsun / hsing tsun
Survival of the Fittest適者生存
teki sha sei zon
shì zhě shēng cún
shi4 zhe3 sheng1 cun2
shi zhe sheng cun
shih che sheng ts`un
shih che sheng tsun
The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat弱肉強食jaku niku kyoo shoku
jaku niku kyo shoku
ruò ròu qiáng shí
ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
ruo rou qiang shi
jo jou ch`iang shih
jo jou chiang shih
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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