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Any woman with affection for Asian art will love a gift of this Chinese proverb calligraphy on a wall scroll.
She will melt in your arms as you tell her the meaning of these characters.
Contained in this phrase is a reference to the most beautiful woman in Chinese history. Her name was Xi Shi, and she was known to have good looks that need not have fine robes or makeup. Her charms were so powerful that she brought down an entire kingdom (in a successful effort to bring honor and pride back to her people).
情人眼里出西施 is a great way to express that the woman in your life is your one love.
美しさは見る人の目の中にある means “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” in Japanese.
Japanese grammar and word order are different than English, but I will partially break this down for you:
美しさ = Beauty
は = is/relates
見る = to look/see
人の = person's
目の = eye's
中にあ = inside
る = !
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
姻緣 means “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).
This speaks to 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.
戀人 means lover, sweetheart, or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This term is gender-neutral, so that anyone can use it.
In modern Japan and China, the first character has been simplified. We suggest the traditional version, as shown above if your audience is Chinese or Korean. However, this generation of Japanese are more likely to recognize the simplified version. If you want this simple (modern Japanese) version, please click on the image shown to the right, instead of the button above.
愛人 means lover, sweetheart, spouse, husband, wife, or beloved in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first character means “love,” and the second means “person.”
This title can be used in many different ways, depending on the context. Husbands and wives may use this term for each other. But, if you change the context, this title could be used to mean “mistress.” It's pretty similar to the way we can use “lover” in many different ways in English.
In modern Japan, this lover title has slipped into the definition of mistress and is not good for a wall scroll.
情人 means lover, sweetheart, or beloved in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.
This term is gender-neutral so anyone can use it.
Please note that this term can easily be read or used to mean “mistress” or the kind of lover you have an affair with (especially in Japanese). The context in which this word is used affects the actual meaning. Husbands and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends can also use this term for each other with no ill meaning.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Romaji (Romanized Japanese)
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese
|You are always a beauty in your lover’s eyes
|qíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī
qing2 ren2 yan3 li3 chu1 xi1 shi1
qing ren yan li chu xi shi
|ch`ing jen yen li ch`u hsi shih
ching jen yen li chu hsi shih
|Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
|utsukushi-sa wa miru hito no me no naka ni aru
|ai jou / aijou / ai jo
|manago / aiko / yoshiko
|ài zǐ / ai4 zi3 / ai zi / aizi
|ai tzu / aitzu
|The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together
|yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuan
|yin yüan / yinyüan
|Longing for Lover
|sī liàn / si1 lian4 / si lian / silian
|ssu lien / ssulien
|koi bito / koibito
|liàn rén / lian4 ren2 / lian ren / lianren
|lien jen / lienjen
|ai jin / aijin
|ài ren / ai4 ren / ai ren / airen
|ai jen / aijen
|jou nin / jou jin
jounin / joujin
jo nin / jo jin
|qíng rén / qing2 ren2 / qing ren / qingren
|ch`ing jen / chingjen / ching jen
|Pearl in the Palm
|zhǎng shàng míng zhū
zhang3 shang4 ming2 zhu1
zhang shang ming zhu
|chang shang ming chu
|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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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