Vigorous in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic

  2. Old, But More Vigorous in Spirit

  3. Strong / Healthy

  4. Initiative / Proactive / Positive

  5. Strong / Healthy

  6. Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

  7. Good Health / Healthy / Vigor

  8. Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm

  9. Spirit

10. Stamina / Vigor

11. Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine

12. Strength / Vigor / Energy

13. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse

14. The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger

15. Healthy Living

16. Independent Spirit

17. Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit

18. Soul of a Warrior

19. Seishin Budo

20. Shitsujitsu Goken

21. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger

22. Five Reflections / Gosei


Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic

vīrya

jīng jìn
shoujin
Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic Scroll

精進 is a wide-ranging word that is used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

It can mean devotion, diligence, concentration, aggressive, enterprising, vigorous, energetic, purification, pushing, asceticism, assiduity, or virility. 精進 is deep, and these two characters can express ideas that take a full English phrase to describe such as, "concentration of mind", "to forge ahead vigorously", or "to dedicate oneself to progress".

Used in the context of Buddhism, it means, "making earnest efforts to cultivate virtue and get rid of evil", or "zeal in one's quest for enlightenment".

Old, But More Vigorous in Spirit

Age is just a number

lǎo dāng yì zhuàng
Old, But More Vigorous in Spirit Scroll

老當益壯 is a Chinese proverb that means "old but vigorous" or "hale and hearty despite the years".

Said of someone who is more spirited when he/she grows older.

The story behind this Chinese proverb:

In the Eastern Han Dynasty, there was a man named Ma Yuan. He had been planning to herd animals on the frontier since he was young. When he grew up, Ma became a minor official of a county.

Once he was sending some prisoners to another location. He felt pity for them so he set them free, and then he himself fled to another county in the north. He herded animals there and thus his dream came true. He always said: "If you want to be a great man, the poorer you are, the firmer in spirit you have to be; the older you are, the more spirited you should be."

Later when he was even older, Ma Yuan became a famous general of the Eastern Han Dynasty and contributed to many battles.

Strong / Healthy

jiàn
ken
Strong / Healthy Scroll

This "strong" character is the more "healthy" version of strong. 健 is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.

Beyond "healthy", it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.

Initiative / Proactive / Positive

jī jí
sekkyoku
Initiative / Proactive / Positive Scroll

積極 closely matches the way initiative is often used in English. 積極 can also mean active, energetic, vigorous, positive (outlook), or proactive in Chinese.

The meaning also includes positive and progressive in Japanese and Korean.

Strong / Healthy

sukoyaka
Strong / Healthy Scroll

健やか is a verbose way to say strong and healthy in Japanese. 健やか is the "strong" that is appropriate for an athlete.

Beyond "healthy", it can also mean strength, persistence, vigorous or invigorated.

Japanese also use the first Kanji to mean the same thing. This version just adds two hiragana which serve to emphasize or amplify the word and clarify the meaning.


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

Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui

ei ko sei sui
Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs Scroll

This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish", "life is full of fortune and misfortune", or simply "vicissitudes of life".

This is about the rise and fall of human affairs or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:

栄 = prosper; thrive; flourish; boom.
枯 = wither; die.
盛 = prosperous; flourishing; thriving; successful; energetic; vigorous; enthusiastic.
衰 = become weaker; decline; get weak; die down; subside; abate; fail.


榮 Notes: The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it’s used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean.

Good Health / Healthy / Vigor

Also suggests being at peace

kāng
kou
Good Health / Healthy / Vigor Scroll

康 is a single character that means good health or vigor in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

康 can also mean peaceful, at ease, or abundant in some contexts.

Please note that this is rarely seen alone in Japanese Kanji. In Japanese, it is used both for health-related compound words and to denote the kouhou through koushou eras of Japan.

In Korean, this can also be the family name "Kang" (caution: not the only family name romanized as Kang in Korean).


See Also:  Health | Vitality | Wellness

Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm

huó lì
katsuryoku
Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word can be defined as energy, vitality, vigor, vital force, enthusiasm, energetic, or dynamism.

jīng shén
sei shin
Spirit Scroll

精神 is the kind of spirit that you have if you perform well in sports or competition. It is the idea of having a good attitude, and putting your all into something - so much so that others can see or feel your spirit. It is the essence of your being that can only be subjectively described because there are no words that can fully explain what "spirit" really is.

For your information:
My Japanese dictionary further tries to explain this word by comparing it to mind, soul, heart or intention.
My Chinese dictionary compares these characters to meanings like vigor, vitality, drive and mentality.
My Korean dictionary defines this as mind, spirit and soul.


See Also:  Vitality | Heart | Soul

Stamina / Vigor

genki
Stamina / Vigor Scroll

This Japanese word has a broad range of meanings. It can mean healthy, robust, vigor, vitality, stamina, spirit, or pep.

元気 is also used in part of a Japanese greeting, similar to "How you doing?" but more like "How's your health?".

Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine

jīng qì shén
Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine Scroll

These are the characters jing, qi, and shen.

As a set, these three characters are known in English as the treasures of traditional Chinese medicine, the treasures of Qi Gong, or the three treasures of Taoism / Daoism.

Sometimes this set is titled as 三寶 (sānbǎo) or "three treasures" but here, we're writing each treasure out.

Here's how these characters are perceived in this context...
Jing: nutritive essence; refined; perfected; pure
Qi: vitality; energy; force; breath; vigor
Shen: spirit; soul; mind; being

To keep it simple, you can use, "essence, vitality and spirit", to define these.

Strength / Vigor / Energy

Physical Strength

qì lì
kiryoku
Strength / Vigor / Energy Scroll

氣力 can mean any of the words in the title above, and in some context, can also mean, effort, will-power, or talent.

氣力 refers mostly to physical strength (as opposed to mental or spiritual).


気In modern Japan, they use a simplified first character for this word. If you want to order this title with that special Japanese version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse

lóng mǎ jīng shén
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse Scroll

龍馬精神 is an old proverb that is used to wish someone good health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse". These four characters are often accompanied by four more which mean, "...and the power and prestige of the tiger". Here we are just offering the first part which is considered the short version.

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have an amazing quality. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.


Note: In Japanese, this would be read as the spirit of 坂本龍馬 (Sakamoto_Ryōma), a beloved rebel who help abolish the old Japanese feudal system. This can be confusing, so I am declaring this proverb to be Chinese only.

The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger

lóng hǔ jīng shén
ryu ko sei shin
The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger Scroll

龍虎精神 means the spirit of the dragon and tiger.

It speaks to the vitality and vigor that is the nature of these two creatures.

Beyond "spirit", the second two characters can also mean mind, soul, or heart. Therefore, you can also say this means "Heart of the Dragon and Tiger", etc.

龍虎精神 is often titled as "Ryukoseishin" in many Japanese martial arts.

Healthy Living

jiàn kāng shēng huó
kenkou seikatsu
Healthy Living Scroll

If you are into healthy living, this might be an excellent selection for a wall scroll to hang in your home.

The first two characters speak of health, vitality, vigor, and being of sound body. The second two characters mean living or life (daily existence).


See Also:  Strength | Vitality | Health

Independent Spirit

dú lì jīng shén
Independent Spirit Scroll

獨立精神 means independent spirit in Chinese.

The first two characters mean independent, independence, or to stand alone.

The last two characters can mean spirit, spiritual, vigor, vitality, drive, mind, consciousness, thought, essence, heart or soul.

With this information, you can make your own translation combination such as "independent heart", "stand alone spirit", or more creatively, "the drive to stand alone" in English. There are a lot of ways to interpret 獨立精神.

Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit

yǒng shì jīng shén
Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit Scroll

This can be translated as the warrior's spirit or warrior's soul. The first two characters can be translated as "warrior" or literally "brave soldier/man" although some will translate this word as "hero". Therefore, this is also how to say "heroic spirit".

The second two characters mean vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence and psychological component. Basically "your soul".


We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior. The other version suggests that you are the warrior or hero.

Soul of a Warrior

jīng shén yǒng shì
Soul of a Warrior Scroll

This can be translated as the spirit or soul of a warrior. The first two characters can be translated as vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence and psychological component. Basically "your soul".

The second two characters mean "warrior" or literally "brave soldier/man" although some will translate this word as "hero". Therefore, this is also how to say "soul of a hero".

Note: This title is best for Chinese and old Korean. It does make sense in Japanese but is not a common or natural Kanji combination in Japanese.


We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you are the warrior or hero. The other version suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior.

Seishin Budo

seishin budou
Seishin Budo Scroll

精神武道 is the Japanese martial arts title, Seishin Budo.

The first two characters, 精神, can mean vigor, vitality, drive, spiritual, mind, spirit, soul, heart, ethos, attitude, mentality, will, intention, essence, fundamental significance.

The last two characters, 武道, are the Japanese word for martial arts (literally the Martial Way). This title can also be romanized as Seshin Budou or Seishin Budō.

Shitsujitsu Goken

shitsu jitsu gou ken
Shitsujitsu Goken Scroll

質実剛健 is a Japanese word that can mean, "unaffected and sincere, with fortitude and vigor" or "simplicity and fortitude".

The first two characters, 質実 mean, simplicity or the "essence of something".
The last two, 剛健, mean strength, fortitude, or strong composure.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger

lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger Scroll

This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger".

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.

Five Reflections / Gosei

shi se i ni moto ru na ka ri shi ka? gen kou ni ha zu ru na ka ri shi ka?
ki ryo ku ni ka ku ru na ka ri shi ka? do ryo ku ni u ra mi na ka ri shi ka?
bu sho u ni wa ta ru na ka ri shi ka?
Five Reflections / Gosei Scroll

These are the "Five Reflections" of Vice Admiral Hajime Matsushita of the Japanese Imperial Navy.

These days, the Five Reflections are recited or contemplated daily by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force recruits in training. This long proverb is popularly translated into English this way:

Hast thou not gone against sincerity?
Hast thou not felt ashamed of thy words and deeds?
Hast thou not lacked vigor?
Hast thou not exerted all possible efforts?
Hast thou not become slothful?


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 CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Devotion
Diligence
Vigorous
Energetic
精進
精进
shoujin / shojinjīng jìn / jing1 jin4 / jing jin / jingjinching chin / chingchin
Old, But More Vigorous in Spirit老當益壯
老当益壮
lǎo dāng yì zhuàng
lao3 dang1 yi4 zhuang4
lao dang yi zhuang
laodangyizhuang
lao tang i chuang
laotangichuang
Strong
Healthy
kenjiàn / jian4 / jianchien
Initiative
Proactive
Positive
積極
积极
sekkyoku / sekyokujī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Strong
Healthy
健やかsukoyaka
Rise and Fall
Ups and Downs
栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
荣枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
Good Health
Healthy
Vigor
kou / kokāng / kang1 / kangk`ang / kang
Dynamic Energy
Enthusiasm
活力katsuryokuhuó lì / huo2 li4 / huo li / huoli
Spirit精神sei shin / seishinjīng shén
jing1 shen2
jing shen
jingshen
ching shen
chingshen
Stamina
Vigor
元気genki
Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine精氣神
精气神
jīng qì shén
jing1 qi4 shen2
jing qi shen
jingqishen
ching ch`i shen
chingchishen
ching chi shen
Strength
Vigor
Energy
氣力
气力 / 気力
kiryokuqì lì / qi4 li4 / qi li / qilich`i li / chili / chi li
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse龍馬精神
龙马精神
lóng mǎ jīng shén
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2
long ma jing shen
longmajingshen
lung ma ching shen
lungmachingshen
The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger龍虎精神
龙虎精神
ryu ko sei shin
ryukoseishin
lóng hǔ jīng shén
long2 hu3 jing1 shen2
long hu jing shen
longhujingshen
lung hu ching shen
lunghuchingshen
Healthy Living健康生活kenkou seikatsu
kenkouseikatsu
kenko seikatsu
jiàn kāng shēng huó
jian4 kang1 sheng1 huo2
jian kang sheng huo
jiankangshenghuo
chien k`ang sheng huo
chienkangshenghuo
chien kang sheng huo
Independent Spirit獨立精神
独立精神
dú lì jīng shén
du2 li4 jing1 shen2
du li jing shen
dulijingshen
tu li ching shen
tulichingshen
Warrior Soul
Heroic Spirit
勇士精神yǒng shì jīng shén
yong3 shi4 jing1 shen2
yong shi jing shen
yongshijingshen
yung shih ching shen
yungshihchingshen
Soul of a Warrior精神勇士jīng shén yǒng shì
jing1 shen2 yong3 shi4
jing shen yong shi
jingshenyongshi
ching shen yung shih
chingshenyungshih
Seishin Budo精神武道seishin budou
seishinbudou
seishin budo
Shitsujitsu Goken質実剛健shitsu jitsu gou ken
shitsujitsugouken
shitsu jitsu go ken
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger龍馬精神虎虎生威
龙马精神虎虎生威
lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei
Five Reflections
Gosei
一至誠に悖るなかりしか一言行に恥づるなかりしか一氣力に缺くるなかりしか一努力に憾みなかりしか一不精に亘るなかりしかshi se i ni moto ru na ka ri shi ka? gen kou ni ha zu ru na ka ri shi ka?
ki ryo ku ni ka ku ru na ka ri shi ka? do ryo ku ni u ra mi na ka ri shi ka?
bu sho u ni wa ta ru na ka ri shi ka?
shi se i ni moto ru na ka ri shi ka? gen ko ni ha zu ru na ka ri shi ka?
ki ryo ku ni ka ku ru na ka ri shi ka? do ryo ku ni u ra mi na ka ri shi ka?
bu sho u ni wa ta ru na ka ri shi ka?
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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