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Yellow in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Yellow
  2. Yellow Dragon
  3. Goldfish
  4. Equality
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  6. Daisy

Yellow

Yellow Color
China huáng
Japan hon / kou
Yellow

黃 is the single character for the color yellow in Chinese.

In China, yellow is traditionally the color of the emperor. In fact, there was a time when only the emperor could wear yellow clothing, or own yellow pet fish. Note: Goldfish were breed originally in China for the emperor. When the perfect yellow fish was breed, all but the emperor were banned from owning any. Thus a more orange-colored goldfish dominated the market.

黃 is not a common selection for a wall scroll. Even if your Chinese surname is Huang (Yellow) or your Korean surname is Hwang (yellow), it's still probably not appropriate.


黄This character is written with a slight variation in Simplified Chinese and modern Japanese. Click on the image to the right if you want this alternate version.

Yellow Dragon

China huáng lóng
Yellow Dragon

黃龍 is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Yellow Dragon." 黃龍 is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means yellow.

The second character means dragon.

The Yellow Dragon represents a king that favorably hears all petitions of his subjects.


Note: This title can be the name of Huanglong county in Yan'an, located in Shaanxi province of China.

Goldfish

China jīn yú
Japan kin gyo
Goldfish

金魚 is the title for goldfish in Chinese and Japanese.

There was a time in ancient China when only the Emperor could possess the true yellow-gold colored fish. 金魚 is why alternate coloration such as orange, black, red, and white were bred. Many believe this is why colors other than yellow-gold are more common for "goldfish" found in pet shops today.

Equality

China píng děng
Japan byou dou
Equality

In Chinese, this is the word used to describe equality among all humans.

Yes, this is the equality that means equality no matter of religion, whether you are rich or poor, gay or straight, black white or yellow.

In Japanese and Korean, this can be defined as equality, impartiality, evenness (basically the same as the Chinese meaning).

Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,
Gold Turns a Heart Black

China bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, / Gold Turns a Heart Black

Literally this says: [Just as] white liquor makes people's faces turn red, [So] yellow gold makes people's hearts turn black.

This is a warning about the nature of greed. The suggestion is that one who lusts for gold and riches, will eventually have a black heart (or become a heartless greedy bastard). As a wall scroll, this is a reminder and warning to keep yourself from following the greedy path.

Daisy

The yellow flower
China chú jú
Japan hinagiku
Daisy

雛菊 is how they write "daisy" in Chinese and Japanese. Great if you love daisies, or your name is Daisy. If you translated it directly, this means "chick flower" (as in baby chickens) or "baby chrysanthemum." Of course, when an Asian person reads this, they just think "daisy."

If you're into botany, this title represents "Bellis Perennis."

In Japanese, this can be the female given name, Hinagiku.

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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
Yellow
hon / kou / hon / ko / hon/kohuáng / huang2 / huang
Yellow Dragon黃龍
黄龙
huáng lóng
huang2 long2
huang long
huanglong
huang lung
huanglung
Goldfish金魚
金鱼
kin gyo / kingyojīn yú / jin1 yu2 / jin yu / jinyuchin yü / chinyü
Equality平等byou dou / byoudou / byo do / byodopíng děng
ping2 deng3
ping deng
pingdeng
p`ing teng
pingteng
ping teng
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black白酒紅人面黃金黑世心
白酒红人面黄金黑世心
bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
bai2 jiu3 hong2 ren2 mian4 huang2 jin1 hei1 shi4 xin1
bai jiu hong ren mian huang jin hei shi xin
pai chiu hung jen mien huang chin hei shih hsin
Daisy雛菊
雏菊
hinagikuchú jú / chu2 ju2 / chu ju / chujuch`u chü / chuchü / chu chü
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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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.

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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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