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A Bright Future

Incredible 10,000-Mile Flight of the Peng
China péng chéng wàn lǐ
A Bright Future

鵬程萬里 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to wish someone a long and successful career.

It's really about the 10,000 Flight of the Peng (Peng, also known as Roc is a mythical fish that can turn into a bird and take flight).

Zhuangzi

庄子 - Zhuangzi

Breaking down each character:
1. Peng or Roc (a kind of bird).
2. Journey (in this case, a flight).
3. 10,000 (Ten Thousand).
4. Li is a unit of distance often referred to as a "Chinese Mile," though the real distance is about half a kilometer.

Direct Translation: "Peng's Journey [of] 10,000 Li."
Literal meaning: "The 10,000-Li Flying Range Of The Roc."
Perceived meaning: "To have a bright future" or "To go far."

This proverb/idiom comes from the book of Zhuangzi. It tells the tale of a huge fish which could turn into a gigantic bird. This bird was called "peng" and was many miles long. This legendary size allowed the Peng to fly from the Northern Sea to the Southern Sea in a single bound.

Wishing someone "a Peng's Journey of 10,000 Li," will imply that they will be able to travel far without stopping, and will have great success, a long career, and a prosperous future.

Bright and Promising Future

Japan akarui mirai
Bright and Promising Future

This Japanese proverb means, "Bright Future." It suggests a lot of possibility and potential awaits in your future. A great gift for a graduate.

The first part of this proverb literally means bright or light. The second part means future but can also be translated as, "the world to come."


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

Light / Bright and Promising Future

China guāng míng
Japan kou mei / mitsu haru
Light / Bright and Promising Future

光明 is a nice way to say "light" in Chinese, and old Korean Hanja. 光明 is because the word also suggests a bright future or refers so someone who is very promising (great future potential).

The first character means light or bright.

The second character means bright and clear (in this context).

光明 appears in most Japanese dictionaries but it not the most common Japanese Kanji word for light (more commonly used for the name Mitsuharu).

In old Korean Hanja, this can have a meaning of brightness or brilliancy.

In the context of Buddhism, this means, "Light emanating from a Buddha or Bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion"


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

光明

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Mandarin guāng míng / guang1 ming2
Taiwan kuang ming
Japanese koumyou(p);koumei / komyo(p);kome / こうみょう(P);こうめい
Light / Bright and Promising Future
Chinese light; radiance; (fig.) bright (prospects etc); openhearted
Japanese (1) bright light; (2) hope; bright future; (3) {Buddh} light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion; (personal name) Mitsuharu; (given name) Mitsuaki; (given name) Teruaki; (g,p) Koumei; (p,s,g) Koumyou
v. last entry; radiance

前景可期

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Mandarin qián jǐng kě qī / qian2 jing3 ke3 qi1
Taiwan ch`ien ching k`o ch`i / chien ching ko chi
Chinese to have a promising future; to have bright prospects

前程万里

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Japanese zenteibanri / zentebanri / ぜんていばんり Japanese (yoji) a bright (rosy) future awaiting one; having the world before one

前途多望

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Japanese zentotabou / zentotabo / ぜんとたぼう Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (yoji) promising (rosy, bright) future; offering promising prospects

耀かしい

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Japanese kagayakashii / kagayakashi / かがやかしい Japanese (adjective) brilliant; glorious; glittering; bright; splendid (e.g. achievement, success); promising (e.g. future)

赫かしい

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Japanese kagayakashii / kagayakashi / かがやかしい Japanese (adjective) brilliant; glorious; glittering; bright; splendid (e.g. achievement, success); promising (e.g. future)

輝かしい

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Japanese kagayakashii / kagayakashi / かがやかしい Japanese (adjective) brilliant; glorious; glittering; bright; splendid (e.g. achievement, success); promising (e.g. future)

錦繡前程

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Mandarin jǐn xiù qián chéng / jin3 xiu4 qian2 cheng2
Taiwan chin hsiu ch`ien ch`eng / chin hsiu chien cheng
Chinese bright future; bright prospects

陽關大道

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Mandarin yáng guān dà dào / yang2 guan1 da4 dao4
Taiwan yang kuan ta tao
Chinese (lit.) the road through Yangguan 陽關|阳关[Yang2 guan1]; (fig.) wide open road; bright future

輝やかしい

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Japanese kagayakashii / kagayakashi / かがやかしい Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (adjective) brilliant; glorious; glittering; bright; splendid (e.g. achievement, success); promising (e.g. future)

輝かしい(P);耀かしい;赫かしい;輝やかしい(io)

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Japanese kagayakashii / kagayakashi / かがやかしい Japanese (adjective) brilliant; glorious; glittering; bright; splendid (e.g. achievement, success); promising (e.g. future)

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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
A Bright Future鵬程萬里
鹏程万里
péng chéng wàn lǐ
peng2 cheng2 wan4 li3
peng cheng wan li
pengchengwanli
p`eng ch`eng wan li
pengchengwanli
peng cheng wan li
Bright and Promising Future明るい未来akarui mirai
akaruimirai
Light
Bright and Promising Future
光明kou mei / mitsu haru
koumei / mitsuharu
ko mei / mitsu haru
komei/mitsuharu
guāng míng
guang1 ming2
guang ming
guangming
kuang ming
kuangming
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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