Not what you want?

Try searching again using:
1. Other similar-meaning words.
2. Fewer words or just one word.

If all else fails, email me and
tell me what you need.

Water in Chinese / Japanese...

Buy a Water calligraphy wall scroll here!

Start your custom “Water” project by clicking the button next to your favorite “Water” title below...

  1. Water

  2. Ultimate Goodness of Water

  3. Be Like Water

  4. Water Polo

  5. Be Like Water

  6. Mind Like Water

  7. Water Tiger

  8. Fire and Water Have No Mercy

  9. Put out a burning wood cart...

10. Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

11. Drinking the water of a well,...

12. Water Dragon / Rain Dragon

13. Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon


Water

(One of the five elements)
China shuǐ
Japan mizu / sui
Water Vertical Wall Scroll

水 is the symbol for water in Japanese and Chinese.


Water is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

Ultimate Goodness of Water

Quote from Lao Tzu
China shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
Ultimate Goodness of Water Vertical Wall Scroll

This quote is sometimes presented as, "Be like water."

However, this is an ancient quote from the great philosopher Lao Tzu. It basically suggests that the ultimate goodness and purity (in the world) is water. Many take this as a suggestion to be like pure/good water.

Be Like Water

Quote from Lao Tzu
China ruò shuǐ
Be Like Water Vertical Wall Scroll

若水 is part of a very old saying from Lao Tzu.

It these two characters, there is a suggestion to be like water. The full phrase is about the goodness and purity of water. So, when this suggests being like water, it is actually a suggestion to be a good person (one who does not dishonor himself/herself etc).

Water Polo

China shuǐ qiú
Japan sui kyuu
Water Polo Vertical Wall Scroll

水球 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title for water polo.

The literal meaning of the characters is "water ball".

Be Like Water

China xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
Be Like Water Vertical Wall Scroll

象水一樣 is a short quote from a much longer statement by Bruce Lee.

He was summarizing how people should be flexible to all circumstances, attacks, or situations. At the end, he exclaims, "Be like water my friend." 象水一樣 is the, "Be like water" part alone, since that seems to be what most people want.

Mind Like Water

Mizu No Kokoro
Japan mizu no kokoro
Mind Like Water Vertical Wall Scroll

水の心 is the Japanese Buddhist and martial arts phrase, "mizu no kokoro," which means, "mind like water" or "heart of water."

The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it's surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

Water Tiger

China shuǐ hǔ
Japan sui ko
Water Tiger Vertical Wall Scroll

水虎 means "water tiger" in Chinese and Japanese.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

China shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
Fire and Water Have No Mercy Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy." This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate."

Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water

An utterly inadequate measure
China bēi shuǐ chē xīn
Put out a burning wood cart / with a cup of water Vertical Wall Scroll

杯水車薪 is a warning against a futile effort.

This proverb literally refers to one who is "trying to put out a burning cart of wood with a cup of water," or "throw a cup of water on a cartload of wood." The lesson to be learned is about using the right measure or tool for the job, and not to waste your effort if you are inadequately equipped for the task at hand - in other words the postscript should be "go get a bucket or a fire hose."

Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

China shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Vertical Wall Scroll

Many things have opposite properties. The water you drink can also drown you. Pork may nourish you and keep you alive but under-cook it and it could kill you. Potassium nitrate is often used as a fertilizer to grow the food that sustains us but it's also been used as an explosive to topple buildings and destroy us.

This concept is easily associated with "yin yang" where an element has two opposite properties that are as different as night and day.

This proverb's meaning can be summed up this way: "Anything that can lead you to success may also contain great risks."

This phrase is known in literary circles by Korean people (scholars or literature). It is therefore also a valid proverb in Korean Hanja, though most Koreans would not be able to make sense of it.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

Drinking the water of a well,
one should never forget who dug it

China chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
Drinking the water of a well, / one should never forget who dug it Vertical Wall Scroll

This proverb suggests that one should always be grateful to those who helped you succeed.

And remember your ancestors and those that came before you whose sacrifices made your present life better.

Some Chinese will separate the intended meaning from this proverb and translate this as "Don't forget the people who once helped you." In Modern China, this idiom is virtually never used to refer to an actual well.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used phrase.

Water Dragon / Rain Dragon

China jiāo
Japan kou ryuu
Water Dragon / Rain Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

This title for water dragon is the hornless or scaled dragon. 蛟龍 is the king of all aquatic animals with the ability to control rain and floods.

In Japanese, the rain dragon can represent hidden genius. This dragon's domain is the deep murky water, thus with hidden potential. This can also be the Japanese given name Kouryuu.

Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon

China pān lóng
Japan han ryuu
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

蟠龍 is sometimes seen as a lower level of dragon, or a dragon that has not-yet-reached its potential.

蟠龍 is often defined as a "lake dragon" that has not ascended to heaven.
Another way to put that is a dragon coiled on the earth, which has not yet ascended to the sky.

Many custom options...


Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll


And formats...

Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Portrait
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Horizontal Wall Scroll
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon Vertical Portrait
Dictionary

Lookup Water in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary




This in-stock artwork might be what you are looking for, and ships right away...

Gallery Price: $240.00

Your Price: $98.88

Gallery Price: $195.00

Your Price: $107.88

Gallery Price: $70.00

Your Price: $38.88

Gallery Price: $70.00

Your Price: $38.88

Gallery Price: $106.00

Your Price: $58.88

Gallery Price: $448.00

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $448.00

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $142.00

Your Price: $78.88

Gallery Price: $448.00

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $448.00

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $472.20

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $472.20

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $65.00

Your Price: $28.88

Gallery Price: $472.20

Your Price: $248.88

Gallery Price: $472.20

Your Price: $248.88


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Watermizu / suishuǐ / shui3 / shui
Ultimate Goodness of Water上善若水shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
shang4 shan4 ruo4 shui3
shang shan ruo shui
shangshanruoshui
shang shan jo shui
shangshanjoshui
Be Like Water若水ruò shuǐ / ruo4 shui3 / ruo shui / ruoshuijo shui / joshui
Water Polo水球sui kyuu / suikyuu / sui kyu / suikyushuǐ qiú / shui3 qiu2 / shui qiu / shuiqiushui ch`iu / shuichiu / shui chiu
Be Like Water象水一樣
象水一样
xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4
xiang shui yi yang
xiangshuiyiyang
hsiang shui i yang
hsiangshuiiyang
Mind Like Water水の心mizu no kokoro
mizunokokoro
Water Tiger水虎sui ko / suikoshuǐ hǔ / shui3 hu3 / shui hu / shuihu
Fire and Water Have No Mercy水火無情
水火无情
shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu qing
shuihuowuqing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Put out a burning wood cart
with a cup of water
杯水車薪
杯水车薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
beishuichexin
pei shui ch`e hsin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also水能載舟亦能覆舟
水能载舟亦能覆舟
shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
shui3 neng2 zai4 zhou1 yi4 neng2 fu4 zhou1
shui neng zai zhou yi neng fu zhou
shui neng tsai chou i neng fu chou
Drinking the water of a well, one should never forget who dug it吃水不忘掘井人chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
chi1 shui3 bu2 wang4 jue2 jing3 ren2
chi shui bu wang jue jing ren
chishuibuwangjuejingren
ch`ih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
chih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
Water Dragon
Rain Dragon
蛟龍
蛟龙
kou ryuu / kouryuu / ko ryu / koryujiāo
jiao1 long2
jiao long
jiaolong
chiao lung
chiaolung
Water Dragon
Coiled Dragon
蟠龍
蟠龙
han ryuu / hanryuu / han ryu / hanryupān lóng / pan1 long2 / pan long / panlongp`an lung / panlung / pan lung
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.



Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Aaliyah
Aidan
Aiden
Aikido
Alex
Alexander
Alyssa
Aman
Army
Ayden
Blair
Brenda
Brittany
Bruce
Bryan
Bushido
Caleb
Chelsea
Cheyenne
Chloe
Christopher
Conny
Courage
Courageous
Crane
Danielle
Danny
Debbie
Dragon
Drake
Emerson
Enlightenment
Ericka
Eternal
Fearless
Finn
Gautham
Gino
Goddess of Compassion
Goju Ryu Karate Do
Gold
Gomez
Goutham
Grandmother
Gutierrez
Hapkido
Harley
Harry
Heather
Hello
Honor
Horse
Indomitable
Jason
Jeet Kune Do
Jesus
Joao
Jose
Julian
Karate
Kaye
Linda
Logan
Love
Love Forever
Mckenzie
Miguel
Mohammad
Monique
Patience
Peace
Peaceful Warrior
Power
Randy
Rebel
Rene
Roxanne
Sanjay
Seasons
Shane
Shannon
Sonu
Spirit
Stephanie
Strength
Sword
Toby
Victor
Vijay
Wabi Sabi
Wealth
White
Will1
Wine
Zane

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as Water Kanji, Water Characters, Water in Mandarin Chinese, Water Characters, Water in Chinese Writing, Water in Japanese Writing, Water in Asian Writing, Water Ideograms, Chinese Water symbols, Water Hieroglyphics, Water Glyphs, Water in Chinese Letters, Water Hanzi, Water in Japanese Kanji, Water Pictograms, Water in the Chinese Written-Language, or Water in the Japanese Written-Language.

749 people have searched for Water in Chinese or Japanese in the past year.
Water was last searched for by someone else on Sep 16th, 2018