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Unique

dú tè
dokutoku
Unique Vertical Wall Scroll

獨特 means unique, distinct, or "having special characteristics."


独Modern Japanese use a simplified version of the first character of "unique." It's the same simplified version currently used in mainland China, so understood by most Chinese and all Japanese people. Click on the character to the right if you want the simplified/Japanese version.

You Only Live Once

shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
You Only Live Once Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the translation to Chinese of the popular English phrase, "You only live once."

This is a more modern idea for Chinese people. The reason is, most Chinese people were taught quite the opposite idea from Buddhism.

You Only Live Once

ichi do da ke i ki ru
You Only Live Once Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the simplest Japanese phrase that means, "[you] only live once" or "only one [life] to live."

The first four characters create a word that means "only once."
The last three characters create a word that means, "to live" or "to exist."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Best / Number One

ichi ban
Best / Number One Vertical Wall Scroll

一番 is often used to mean "best" or "the best" in Japanese.

It actually means "number one" in Japanese.

Once in a Lifetime

yī qī yī huì
ichigoichie
Once in a Lifetime Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese title can be translated as "for this time only," "chance meeting," "one meeting, one opportunity," "never again," or "one chance in a lifetime."

The characters literally mean "one time one meeting" - of course, the Kanji characters have meaning far beyond a direct translation like this.

Some might use this proverb to talk of an opportunity that presents itself just once in your life. It could also be the single chance-meeting with your true soul mate. Basically an expression for any event that might happen once in a lifetime.


This is primarily a Japanese title, however, there is also a Traditional Chinese (and old Korean) version of this proverb. Just the last character is different.
會The traditional form was used in Japan before WWII and in Korea prior to 1900. This title is somewhat known in China.

If you want the older traditional form, just click on the character to the right.




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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
Unique獨特
独特
dokutokudú tè / du2 te4 / du te / dutetu t`e / tute / tu te
You Only Live Once生命隻有一次
生命只有一次
shēng mìng zhǐ yǒu yí cì
sheng1 ming4 zhi3 you3 yi2 ci4
sheng ming zhi you yi ci
shengmingzhiyouyici
sheng ming chih yu i tz`u
shengmingchihyuitzu
sheng ming chih yu i tzu
You Only Live Once一度だけ生きるichi do da ke i ki ru
ichidodakeikiru
Best
Number One
一番ichi ban / ichiban
Once in a Lifetime一期一會
一期一会
ichigoichieyī qī yī huì
yi1 qi1 yi1 hui4
yi qi yi hui
yiqiyihui
i ch`i i hui
ichiihui
i chi i hui
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

一流

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yī liú / yi1 liu2
i liu
 ichiryuu / ichiryu / いちりゅう
Once in a Lifetime Vertical Wall Scroll
top quality; front ranking
(adj-no,n) (1) first-class; top grade; foremost; top-notch; leading; (2) characteristic; peculiar; unique; (3) school (e.g. of a performance art); (4) (also written as 一旒) one flag; one banner; one streamer; (female given name) Itsuru
In one, or the same flow; of the same class.

独自

see styles
 dokuji / どくじ
Once in a Lifetime Vertical Wall Scroll
(adj-no,adj-na,n) (1) original; unique; distinctive; characteristic; peculiar; (2) independent; one's own; personal

獨特


独特

see styles
dú tè / du2 te4
tu t`e / tu te
Once in a Lifetime Vertical Wall Scroll
unique; distinct; having special characteristics
See: 独特

see styles
shū / shu1
shu
 shu / こと
different; unique; special; very; (classical) to behead; to die; to cut off; to separate; to surpass
(n,adj-na,n-pref) (1) (archaism) difference (from one another); different thing; other; (adjectival noun) (2) unusual; extraordinary; (adjectival noun) unusual; extraordinary
To kill, exterminate; different; very; to distinguish

see styles
/ te4
t`e / te
 toku
special; unique; distinguished; especially; unusual; very; abbr. for 特克斯[te4 ke4 si1], tex
A bull, stallion; outstanding, special, alone.

see styles
yān / yan1
yen
 suzu / すず
black bamboo
(1) (archaism) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); (2) shoots of this plant

一味

see styles
yī wèi / yi1 wei4
i wei
 hitoaji / ひとあじ
blindly; invariably
(1) unique flavor (flavour); (degree of) flavouring; (2) (See 一味違う) distinctive quality; special charm; (given name) Kazumi
One, or the same flavour, kind or character, i.e. the Buddha's teaching; single taste

一意

see styles
yī yì / yi1 yi4
i i
 ichii / ichi / いちい
focus; with complete devotion; stubbornly
(1) one meaning; one thought; (adverb) (2) (See 一意専心) wholeheartedly; single-mindedly; devotedly; (adj-no,adj-na) (3) {comp} unique; (personal name) Hitoi

三篶

see styles
 misuzu / みすず (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan)

冠絶

see styles
 kanzetsu / かんぜつ (noun/participle) unique; unsurpassed; ranking foremost

別緻


别致

see styles
bié zhì / bie2 zhi4
pieh chih
unusual; unique

唯一

see styles
wéi yī / wei2 yi1
wei i
 yuiitsu(p);yuitsu(p);yuuitsu(ik) / yuitsu(p);yuitsu(p);yuitsu(ik) / ゆいいつ(P);ゆいつ(P);ゆういつ(ik)
only; sole
(adj-no,n-adv) only; sole; unique; (given name) Yuuichi
only one

唯獨


唯独

see styles
wéi dú / wei2 du2
wei tu
 yuidoku
only; just (i.e. it is only that...); all except; unique
isolated

奇珍

see styles
qí zhēn / qi2 zhen1
ch`i chen / chi chen
a rare treasure; something priceless and unique

採番

see styles
 saiban / さいばん (noun/participle) data index; (unique) index number

水篶

see styles
 misuzu / みすず (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan)

無い

see styles
 nai / ない (adjective) (1) (kana only) nonexistent; not being (there); (2) unowned; not had; unpossessed; (3) (See またとない) unique; (4) (as ...ことがない, etc.; indicates negation, inexperience, unnecessariness or impossibility) not; impossible; won't happen; (auxiliary adjective) (5) (after the ren'youkei form of an adjective) (See ない・1) not; (6) (after the -te form of a verb) to not be; to have not

無雙


无双

see styles
wú shuāng / wu2 shuang1
wu shuang
incomparable; matchless; unique

特制

see styles
tè zhì / te4 zhi4
t`e chih / te chih
special; unique

特殊

see styles
tè shū / te4 shu1
t`e shu / te shu
 tokushu / とくしゅ
special; particular; unusual; extraordinary
(adj-na,n,adj-no) (ant: 一般・2,普遍) special; particular; peculiar; unique

特異


特异

see styles
tè yì / te4 yi4
t`e i / te i
 tokui / とくい
exceptionally good; excellent; clearly outstanding; distinctive; peculiar; unique
(noun or adjectival noun) unique; peculiar; singular

独歩

see styles
 doppo;dokuho(ok) / どっぽ;どくほ(ok) (noun/participle) (1) walking alone; walking without assistance; (can be adjective with の) (2) unique; matchless; unparalleled; unequaled; unrivaled; unchallenged; peerless; (given name) Doppo

獨一


独一

see styles
dú yī / du2 yi1
tu i
 dokuichi
only; unique
alone

獨具


独具

see styles
dú jù / du2 ju4
tu chü
to have unique (talent, insight etc)

獨有


独有

see styles
dú yǒu / du2 you3
tu yu
to own exclusively; unique to; specific; there is only

異本


异本

see styles
yì běn / yi4 ben3
i pen
 ihon / いほん
(1) variant edition (of a book); alternative version; different manuscript; (2) (See 珍本) strange book; rare book; unique book
variant edition

異色

see styles
 ishoku / いしょく (adj-no,adj-na,n) (1) unique; distinctive; novel; singular; unusual; special; (2) different color (colour)

穎異


颖异

see styles
yǐng yì / ying3 yi4
ying i
highly intelligent; original and unique

篠竹

see styles
 suzutake;suzutake / すずたけ;スズタケ (kana only) Sasamorpha borealis (species of bamboo grass unique to Japan); (surname) Shinodake

絕世


绝世

see styles
jué shì / jue2 shi4
chüeh shih
 zesse
unique; exceptional
matchless

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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