Wedding in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Wedding

  2. Wedding / Getting Married

  3. 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary

  4. Double Happiness Guest Book

  5. Pillars of Marriage

  6. Double Happiness

  7. The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together

  8. Partnership: Marriage

  9. True Love

10. 100 Years of Happy Marriage

11. Happy Marriage

12. Soul Mates

13. Spiritual Soul Mates


hūn
Wedding Scroll

婚 is related to the ideas of getting married, being in a marriage, or taking a wife (could also mean take a husband, as "take a wife" is a western term, and this is just a general Chinese term regarding a wedding).


See Also:  Double Happiness

Wedding / Getting Married

jié hūn
kettukon / kekkon
Wedding / Getting Married Scroll

These two characters create a word that means wedding, or getting married.

In some context, it can just be read as "marriage".


See Also:  Double Happiness | Partnership: Marriage

50th Golden Wedding Anniversary

xìng fú jīn hūn
kou fuku kin kon
50th Golden Wedding Anniversary Scroll

幸福金婚 / 倖福金婚 means "Happy Golden Anniversary" and is a great gift for a couple who is celebrating 50 years together.

The first two characters mean happy, blessed, or happiness.

The last two characters mean, "couple's golden anniversary". It literally means "golden wedding" or "golden marriage" but this is only used for the 50-year-mark of a marriage (the same way we use gold to represent 50 years in the west).

幸福金婚 is a nice title to use with an inscription. You could request something like, "Happy 50th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Smith", to be written down the side of this title, in smaller Chinese characters.


Please note: This can be pronounced and understood in Japanese but not as commonly used in Japan. Japanese people who read this will understand it but might tend to feel it’s of Chinese origin.

Double Happiness Guest Book

Customize a special Asian guest book for your wedding

Double Happiness Guest Book Scroll

Start customizing a "Double Happiness Guest Book Wall Scroll" Here!

The paper panel length can be whatever you choose from 68cm to 135cm (27" to 53").

If you don't mention what paper length you want in the special instructions tab (on the next page), we'll make it about 100cm (40").

How many signatures fit

The medium size scroll with a 33cm x 100cm (13" x 40") paper panel can usually handle up to 89 signatures. That breaks down to 37 signatures per empty square and 15 signatures around the 囍 character. If you switch to a 135cm paper panel, add another 37 potential signatures.

We can splice two 135cm papers together, but that would be a crazy-long scroll. These are only estimates, your mileage may vary.


With silk panels this will yield a wall scroll about 155cm (61") long. That's enough for up to 89 signatures. Of course, that depends on if your guests just sign a brief salutation and name, or more verbose good wishes. Customer feedback is that 126 people can sign the 135cm long paper on a medium-sized scroll. If we go bigger than that, there will be a minor paper seam and an extra charge. Email me with your specifications if you need something special.

Most customers pick the festive red paper with gold flecks and white or ivory silk. Red is a good luck color in Chinese culture, thus the most popular choice. But, you can do any color combination that you want.

There is a long history of Chinese-character-use outside of mainland China. This Double Happiness character is also seen at weddings in Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as Chinese communities in Thailand, Indonesia, and elsewhere. While Japan borrowed Chinese characters into their language, you won't see 囍 as often at Japanese weddings.

Pillars of Marriage

Respect / Loyalty / Honesty

zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
Pillars of Marriage Scroll

These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just contact me).

尊重忠誠誠實 is actually a "word list" consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.

If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).

Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.

Double Happiness

(Happy wedding and marriage)

Double Happiness Scroll

囍 is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

Some will suggest this is a symbol of two happinesses coming together. Others see it as a multiplication of happiness because of the union or marriage.

囍 is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

Double Happiness Portrait Red If you select this character, I strongly suggest the festive bright red paper for your calligraphy. Part of my suggestion comes from the fact that red is a good luck color in China, and this will add to the sentiment that you wish to convey with this scroll to the happy couple.

The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together

yīn yuán
The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together Scroll

These two characters mean, "Destiny that brings lovers together". It can also be translated technically as, "Predestined matrimonial affinity" (wow, talk about taking the romance out of this word - that was from the Oxford C-E dictionary).

Basically, this is talking about the fate (or karma) that brings a husband and wife together. I would translate this as "Together by fate" or "Joined by destiny" but in the context of marriage. You could use this for non-married lovers but the first character has a suggestion that this refers to those that are married.

Partnership: Marriage

bàn lǚ
hanryo
Partnership: Marriage Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word expresses the kind of partnership in which a good marriage is founded.

伴侶 could also be translated as mates or companionship, or as a noun, to refer to a partner or companion.

This does not have to include a marriage but at least refers to a partnership with a deep relationship or bond.


Note that this is not the same as a business partner. Different words are used for various types business partnerships.


See Also:  Friendship

zhēn ài
shinai
True Love Scroll

真愛 is literally "True Love" in Chinese.

The first character means "real", "true" and "genuine". The second character means "love" and "affection".

During the customization of your calligraphy wall scroll, there is a place to add an inscription. You might want that inscription to be your names in Chinese down the side of your wall scroll, or perhaps just below these two main characters (just $9 extra). A nice gift to celebrate an anniversary or marriage!

100 Years of Happy Marriage

bǎi nián hǎo hé
100 Years of Happy Marriage Scroll

百年好合 is a wish or greeting, often heard at Chinese weddings, for a couple to have 100 good years together.

Some will translate this more naturally into English as: "May you live a long and happy life together".

The character breakdown:
百 = 100
年 = Years
好 = Good (Happy)
合 = Together

Happy Marriage

fuufuenman
Happy Marriage Scroll

夫婦円満 is a Japanese title that means matrimonial happiness or happy marriage.

If you translate this literally, you get, "Husband wife circle complete".

tiān shēng yí duì
Soul Mates Scroll

It was tough to find the best way to say "soul mates" in Chinese. We settled on this old way to say "A couple selected by heaven".

The first two characters together mean "natural" or "innate". Separated, they mean "heaven" and "born". The last two characters mean "couple". So this can be translated as "A couple that is together by nature", or "A couple brought together by heaven's decree", with a slight stretch, you could say "A couple born together from heaven".

It's a struggle to find the best way to describe this idea in English but trust me, it is pretty cool and it is a great way to say "soulmates".

If you're in a happy relationship or marriage and think you have found your soul mate, this would be a wonderful wall scroll to hang in your home.

líng hún bàn lǚ
reikon hanryo
Soul Mates Scroll

靈魂伴侶 is the literal translation of "Soul Mates".

靈魂伴侶 is kind of the western way to express "soul mates" but translated into Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first two characters mean "soul" or "spirit".
The second two characters mean "mate", "companion" or "partner".

Although not the most common title, these characters have good meaning and will be received well in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It's a universal title!

Spiritual Soul Mates

jīng shén bàn lǚ
sei shin han ryo
Spiritual Soul Mates Scroll

精神伴侶 is title means "Spiritual Soul Mates". The first two characters mean "spiritual" or "soul". The second two characters mean "mates", "companions" or "partners".

精神伴侶 is more about the spiritual connection between partners rather than a "fate-brought-us-together" kind of soul mates.

Both halves of this title have meaning in Japanese but I've not yet confirmed that this is a commonly used title in Japan.

Spiritual Soul Mates

tamashii no han ryo
Spiritual Soul Mates Scroll

魂の伴侶 is a Japanese-only title for soulmates.

魂 means soul, spirit, immortal soul (the part of you that lives beyond your physical body), or the conscious mind. In the Buddhist context, this is vijñāna or viññāṇa (consciousness, life force, or mind).

の is a possessive article that connects everything together here.

伴侶 means mates, companions, partners, spouses.




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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
Weddinghūn / hun1 / hun
Wedding
Getting Married
結婚
结婚
kettukon / kekkon
kettukon / kekon
jié hūn / jie2 hun1 / jie hun / jiehunchieh hun / chiehhun
50th Golden Wedding Anniversary幸福金婚 / 倖福金婚
幸福金婚
kou fuku kin kon
koufukukinkon
ko fuku kin kon
xìng fú jīn hūn
xing4 fu2 jin1 hun1
xing fu jin hun
xingfujinhun
hsing fu chin hun
hsingfuchinhun
Double Happiness Guest Book
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
Pillars of Marriage尊重忠誠誠實
尊重忠诚诚实
zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih
Double Happiness
喜喜
xǐ / xi3 / xihsi
The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together姻緣
姻缘
yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuanyin yüan / yinyüan
Partnership: Marriage伴侶
伴侣
hanryobàn lǚ / ban4 lv3 / ban lv / banlvpan lü / panlü
True Love真愛
真爱
shinaizhēn ài / zhen1 ai4 / zhen ai / zhenaichen ai / chenai
100 Years of Happy Marriage百年好合bǎi nián hǎo hé
bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
bai nian hao he
bainianhaohe
pai nien hao ho
painienhaoho
Happy Marriage夫婦円満fuufuenman / fufuenman
Soul Mates天生一對
天生一对
tiān shēng yí duì
tian1 sheng1 yi2 dui4
tian sheng yi dui
tianshengyidui
t`ien sheng i tui
tienshengitui
tien sheng i tui
Soul Mates靈魂伴侶
灵魂伴侣
reikon hanryo
reikonhanryo
líng hún bàn lǚ
ling2 hun2 ban4 lv3
ling hun ban lv
linghunbanlv
ling hun pan lü
linghunpanlü
Spiritual Soul Mates精神伴侶
精神伴侣
sei shin han ryo
seishinhanryo
jīng shén bàn lǚ
jing1 shen2 ban4 lv3
jing shen ban lv
jingshenbanlv
ching shen pan lü
chingshenpanlü
Spiritual Soul Mates魂の伴侶tamashii no han ryo
tamashiinohanryo
tamashi no han ryo
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
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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.

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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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