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自強 is the kind of inner strength that applies to a person who has will-power and can inspire themselves to do great things.
自強 can also be the creed of a person that always pursues self-improvement.
Other translations: self-strengthening, striving for improvement, self-improvement, striving to become stronger, and self-renewal.
改善 means betterment, improvement, to make better, or to improve - specifically incremental and continuous improvement.
改善 became very important in post-war Japan when Edwards Deming came to Japan to teach concepts of incremental and continuous improvement (for which the big 3 auto-makers did not want to hear about at the time - even kicking Deming out of their offices). The Japanese workforce absorbed this concept when their culture was in flux and primed for change.
This kaizen term is closely associated with the western title “Total Quality Management.” Perhaps dear to my heart since I spent years studying this at university before I moved to China where TQM did not seem to exist. Slowly, this concept has entered China as well (I've actually given lectures on the subject in Beijing).
If you are trying to improve processes at your business or need to remind yourself of your continuous TQM goals, this would be a great wall scroll to hang behind your desk or in your workplace.
See Also: Kansei
極真 is the Japanese title Kyokushin.
The literal meaning is “great truth” or “ultimate truth.” However, 極真 is usually associated with the style of stand-up, full-contact karate, founded in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達).
Practitioners of the Kyokushinkai Karate follow a philosophy of discipline and self-improvement.
恢復力 suggests having the power to recover, restore, and rehabilitate. This can refer to yourself, someone else, or even to something, like rehabilitating a burned forest. 恢復力 is the essence of resilience in life.
The first two characters are a word that means to reinstate, resume, restore, recover, regain, or rehabilitate, restoration, rehabilitation, recovery, return, improvement, recovery (from an illness), recuperation, or convalescence.
The last character means strength or power.
修養 means self-improvement in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Other translations for this word include accomplishment, training, self-cultivation, (mental) training, self-discipline, cultivation, or cultivating moral character.
自強不息 is a proverb or idiom that suggests that the pursuit of self-improvement is eternal. It can also be a suggestion to strive unremittingly in life.
The first two characters mean inner strength with the idea of self-improvement. The last two characters mean “never rest” or “striving without giving up.”
Some will translate these four characters as “Exert and strive hard without any let-up.”
推拿 is “Tui Na,” a Chinese version of therapeutic massage.
The title suggests a pushing and pulling motion.
In reality, this is the most legitimate form of massage in China. Seeing this on a sign in front of a building tells you it's a place for health improvement via massage. No mistaking this for any illicit version of massage.
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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your self-improvement search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition
| xiū yǎng
shuuyou / shuyo
accomplishment; training; self-cultivation
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(n,vs,vi) self-improvement; (mental) training; self-discipline; cultivation
cultivating moral character
| zì qiáng
jikyou / jikyo
to strive for self-improvement
More info & calligraphy:Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
(noun/participle) strenuous effort
| zì qiáng bù xī
zi4 qiang2 bu4 xi1
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
to strive unremittingly; self-improvement
More info & calligraphy:Always Striving for Inner Strength
| yào hǎo
to be on good terms; to be close friends; striving for self-improvement
| zì lì xíng
zi4 li4 xing2
tzu li hsing
jiri no gyō
to practice of self-improvement
| wú xià ā méng
wu2 xia4 a1 meng2
wu hsia a meng
General Lü Meng 呂蒙|吕蒙 of the southern state of Wu (idiom); model of self-improvement by diligent study (from unlettered soldier to top strategist of Wu)
| lián hé zì qiáng
lian2 he2 zi4 qiang2
lien ho tzu ch`iang
lien ho tzu chiang
to combine together for self-improvement; joint movement for self-strengthening
| zì lì xíng mǎn
zi4 li4 xing2 man3
tzu li hsing man
completion of practices for self-improvement
| zì qiáng zì lì
zi4 qiang2 zi4 li4
tzu ch`iang tzu li
tzu chiang tzu li
to strive for self-improvement
| jikokeihatsubon / jikokehatsubon
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Romaji (Romanized Japanese)
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese
|zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2 / zi qiang / ziqiang
|tzu ch`iang / tzuchiang / tzu chiang
|kai zen / kaizen
|gǎi shàn / gai3 shan4 / gai shan / gaishan
|kai shan / kaishan
|kyoku shin / kyokushin
|huī fù lì
hui1 fu4 li4
hui fu li
|shuuyou / shuyo
shuyo / shuyo
|xiū yǎng / xiu1 yang3 / xiu yang / xiuyang
|hsiu yang / hsiuyang
|Always Striving for Inner Strength
|zì qiáng bú xī
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
zi qiang bu xi
|tzu ch`iang pu hsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
|tuī ná / tui1 na2 / tui na / tuina
|t`ui na / tuina / tui na
|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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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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