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In simple terms, this means "from now on" but you can also interpret it as "Now is the beginning of the future" or "From this day forward.
The first two characters roughly mean "henceforth." The last two characters mean later, afterward, following, or "in the future."
活在今天 is not really an eastern concept, so it does not translate into a phrase that seems natural on a wall scroll. However, if this is your philosophy, the characters shown here do capture your idea of living for today or living in the moment. 活在今天 literally say "Live in today" and they are grammatically correct in Chinese.
Note: This kind of makes sense in Korean Hanja but the grammar is Chinese, so it's not that natural in Korean.
現世 is a very short way to write "live in the moment" or "live in the now" in Japanese.
This short word is open to interpretation. It's used in Japanese Buddhism to mean "the current epoch" or "the current age" (the current age is but a brief moment in the greater scope of existence). When used in that context, this is pronounced "utsushiyo" or "ustusiyo" in Japanese. Otherwise, it's pronounced "gensei" in Japanese.
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Note: This is also a word in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. While the meaning is more or less the same, this is not recommended for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese or Korean. This selection is best if your audience is Japanese.
This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja phrase suggests doing a good deed each day, or doing one good turn a day.
It literally reads, "One Day, One Good (Deed)".
This Japanese phrase can be translated as "live for the day," "live for the moment," "seize the day," or "make the most of the present." You can think of this as the Japanese version of "Carpe Diem."
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today||今日事今日畢|
|jīn rì shì jīn rì bì|
jin1 ri4 shi4 jin1 ri4 bi4
jin ri shi jin ri bi
|chin jih shih chin jih pi
|From this Moment Forward|
From this Day Forward
|cóng cǐ yǐ hòu|
cong2 ci3 yi3 hou4
cong ci yi hou
|ts`ung tz`u i hou
tsung tzu i hou
|Live For The Day||活在今天||huó zài jīn tiān|
huo2 zai4 jin1 tian1
huo zai jin tian
|huo tsai chin t`ien
huo tsai chin tien
|Progress Day by Day||日漸|
|rì jiàn / ri4 jian4 / ri jian / rijian||jih chien / jihchien|
|Live In The Moment|
Live In The Now
|gen sei / gensei||xiàn shì / xian4 shi4 / xian shi / xianshi||hsien shih / hsienshih|
Seize the Day
|把握今日||bǎ wò jīn rì|
ba3 wo4 jin1 ri4
ba wo jin ri
|pa wo chin jih
|One Good Deed Each Day||一日一善||ichinichichizen||yī rì yī shàn|
yi1 ri4 yi1 shan4
yi ri yi shan
|i jih i shan
|Live For The Day|
Seize The Day
|今を生きる||ima wo i ki ru|
|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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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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