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  1. Akita Dog / Akitainu / Akita Inu

  2. Lone Wolf

  3. Eight Black Horses

  4. Black Belt

  5. Black

  6. Black Belt

  7. Rank Holder

  8. Black Dragon

  9. Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen

10. Black Raven

11. Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

12. Black Eagle / Condor

13. Home of the Black Dragon

14. Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,...

15. Lone Wolf

16. Scops Owl / Black Kite

17. Wolf

18. Wolf Spirit...

19. Wolf

20. Black Wolf


Akita Dog / Akitainu / Akita Inu

Japan aki ta inu
Akita Dog / Akitainu / Akita Inu Vertical Wall Scroll

鞦田犬 is the Japanese title of the breed of dog known as an Akita.

Technically, the title above means "Akita hound" or "Akita Dog." The literal translation of these characters is "autumn field dog."


Note: This title is Japanese only. In China, this breed of dog is referred to as "The Japanese breed" (literally: Japanese hound).

Chinese title: 日本犬

Lone Wolf

Japan ippiki ookami
Lone Wolf Vertical Wall Scroll

一匹狼 is literally "lone wolf."

It suggests you are a "loner" or a "self-reliant person." It can be taken with both positive and negative aspects.

Eight Black Horses

China hēi bā mǎ
Eight Black Horses Vertical Wall Scroll

黑八馬 means "eight black horses" in Chinese.

黑八馬 is an unusual title for calligraphy, but several people have searched for it, so we added it.
Eight horses is a sign of success in business in Chinese culture.

Black Belt

China hēi dài
Black Belt Vertical Wall Scroll

Many will argue whether rank systems that include a "black belt" are used in pure Chinese martial arts systems. The argument goes that it's more a Japanese idea that's merged into the western versions of Chinese martial arts. However, in Wushu (often referred to as Kung Fu), it's said that all students started with white belts. Over the years of training, the white belt would get dirty, until finally appearing black with filth. Thus, more advanced students had darker belts.

If you want this title in Chinese, this would be the form.


带 Often, the second character is written like the image to the right. If you like this version, click on this character instead of the button above.

Black

China hēi
Japan kuro
Black Vertical Wall Scroll

黑 is the color black in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context, this can mean "dark" or "evil."


黒There is an alternate form of this character which is commonly used in modern Japan (shown to the right). If you want this alternate/Japanese form, just click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Black Belt

Japan kuroobi
Black Belt Vertical Wall Scroll

These are the Kanji for "Black Belt" in Japanese.

This would be the gift to buy someone who is about to achieve the rank of black belt, or perhaps for yourself, like a certificate on the wall to subtly show your accomplishment.

It should be mentioned that the title, "black belt" is not a common selection for a calligraphy wall scroll.


Note: with a tiny stroke difference on the second character, this also means black belt in Korean Hanja. Let me know if you need the exact Korean version (though any Korean who can read Hanja will know this is black belt).

Rank Holder

The one who has achieved rank in martial arts
China yǒu duàn zhě
Japan yuu dan sha
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll

有段者 is a Japanese term for someone who holds rank in karate, judo, etc.
This term theoretically applies to anyone with rank (above a white belt). However, some schools or dojos may reserve this title for a holder of a black belt.

I'd suggest that you only order this phrase if you have honestly reached this level.

This title does kind of make sense in Chinese but only to those Chinese who practice "kong shou dao" (karate) or when used in the context of martial arts.

Black Dragon

China hēi lóng
Japan koku ryuu
Black Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

黑龍 is a generic title for "Black Dragon."

The first character is black color.
The second means dragon.

Black Dragon

China xuān lóng
Black Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

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

The first character means black or mysterious.

The second character means dragon.

This black dragon represents a king dwelling in the depths of the mystic waters.

Black Dragon

China mò lóng
Black Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

墨龍 is a cool way to say "Black Dragon."

墨龍 is literally "Ink Dragon." The ink part is black Chinese ink, the deepest, darkest ink available for thousands of years.

Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen

China hēi qí mén
HK hak ki mun
Black Flag Gate / Hek Ki Boen Vertical Wall Scroll

Often romanized as "Hek Ki Boen" from Cantonese, this is the title for a certain branch school of Wing Chun or Eng Chun martial arts.

Black Raven

China
Japan karasu
Black Raven Vertical Wall Scroll

烏 can mean raven or crow but is also used as an alternate way to write the color black.

Therefore, this is a symbol of the black raven (with emphasis on black). This can also mean rook or dark.


Notes: This can be the Japanese surname Karasu, or Chinese surname Wu.

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks
China bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, "I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice" when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, "It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works."

This Chinese proverb can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.


Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China's economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

Black Eagle / Condor

China jiù
Japan washi
Black Eagle / Condor Vertical Wall Scroll

鷲 is the way to write black eagle, or condor in Chinese.

It means eagle (sometimes vulture) in Japanese Kanji. 鷲 hasn't been in common use in Korean for hundreds of years, so it's hard to say what bird it represented in old Korean Hanja.

There are other multi-character words which express different specific species of birds of prey (bald eagle, osprey, golden eagle, etc).


If you need a more specific title, just contact me.

Home of the Black Dragon

China hēi lóng zhī jiā
Home of the Black Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

Added by special request of a customer. This phase is natural in Chinese but it is not a common or ancient title.

The first character is black.
The second is dragon.
The third is a possessive modifier (like making "dragon" into "dragon's").
The fourth character means home (but in some context can mean "family" - however, here it would generally be understood as "home").

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 Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Lone Wolf

China dú láng
Lone Wolf Vertical Wall Scroll

獨狼 is literally "lone wolf" in Chinese.

Scops Owl / Black Kite

China chī
Japan tonbi / tobi
Scops Owl / Black Kite Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this is the Scops Owl. In Japanese, this is the black kite (Milvus migrans).

Colloquially in Japanese, this can refer to a construction worker who walks on or erects scaffolding. It can also be a firefighter up high on a ladder or building.

Wolf

China láng
Japan okami
Wolf Vertical Wall Scroll

狼 is the character used to represent the elusive animal known as the wolf in both Chinese and Japanese.

If you are a fan of the wolf or the wolf means something special to you, this could make a great addition to your wall.

Do keep in mind, that much like our perception of wolves in the history of western culture, eastern cultures do not have a very positive view of wolves (save the scientific community and animal lovers). The wolf is clearly an animal that is misunderstood or feared the world over.

狼 is seldom used alone in Korean Hanja, but is used in a compound word that means utter failure (as in a wolf getting into your chicken pen - or an otherwise ferocious failure). Not a good choice if your audience is Korean.

Wolf Spirit
Soul of a Wolf

China láng hún
Japan routama / ookami tamashii
Wolf Spirit / Soul of a Wolf Vertical Wall Scroll

狼魂 means wolf spirit, but is kind of an unusual title in Chinese and Japanese.

Many people have searched for this title so I added it. The wolf is not usually seen in a positive light in Asian culture, so this may not be the best title to label yourself.

Wolf

China wò ěr fū
Wolf Vertical Wall Scroll

沃爾夫 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Wolf.

沃爾夫 is meant to sound like the English name wolf using Chinese sounds, but it does not mean wolf. I suggest using the meaning of wolf instead if this is your name.

Black Wolf

China hēi láng
Black Wolf Vertical Wall Scroll

黑狼 is how the title Black Wolf is written in Chinese.

黑狼 is not a common term in Chinese but will be understood.




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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
Akita Dog
Akitainu
Akita Inu
鞦田犬
秋田犬
aki ta inu / akitainu
Lone Wolf一匹狼ippiki ookami
ippikiookami
ipiki okami
ipikiokami
Eight Black Horses黑八馬
黑八马
hēi bā mǎ
hei1 ba1 ma3
hei ba ma
heibama
hei pa ma
heipama
Black Belt黑帶
黑带
hēi dài / hei1 dai4 / hei dai / heidaihei tai / heitai
Black
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
Black Belt黒帯
黑帯
kuroobi / kurobi
Rank Holder有段者yuu dan sha
yuudansha
yu dan sha
yudansha
yǒu duàn zhě
you3 duan4 zhe3
you duan zhe
youduanzhe
yu tuan che
yutuanche
Black Dragon黑龍
黑龙
koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryuhēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilonghei lung / heilung
Black Dragon玄龍
玄龙
xuān lóng
xuan1 long2
xuan long
xuanlong
hsüan lung
hsüanlung
Black Dragon墨龍
墨龙
mò lóng / mo4 long2 / mo long / molongmo lung / molung
Black Flag Gate
Hek Ki Boen
黑旗門
黑旗门
hēi qí mén
hei1 qi2 men2
hei qi men
heiqimen
hei ch`i men
heichimen
hei chi men
Black Raven
karasuwū / wu1 / wu
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice不管黑貓白貓能捉著老鼠的就是好貓
不管黑猫白猫能捉着老鼠的就是好猫
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
Black Eagle
Condor

washijiù / jiu4 / jiuchiu
Home of the Black Dragon黑龍之家
黑龙之家
hēi lóng zhī jiā
hei1 long2 zhi1 jia1
hei long zhi jia
heilongzhijia
hei lung chih chia
heilungchihchia
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
Lone Wolf獨狼
独狼
dú láng / du2 lang2 / du lang / dulangtu lang / tulang
Scops Owl
Black Kite

tonbi / tobichī / chi1 / chich`ih / chih
Wolfokamiláng / lang2 / lang
Wolf Spirit
Soul of a Wolf
狼魂routama / ookami tamashii
routama / ookamitamashii
rotama / okami tamashi
rotama/okamitamashi
láng hún / lang2 hun2 / lang hun / langhun
Wolf沃爾夫
沃尔夫
wò ěr fū
wo4 er3 fu1
wo er fu
woerfu
wo erh fu
woerhfu
Black Wolf黑狼hēi láng / hei1 lang2 / hei lang / heilang
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.