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Self-Improvement in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

  2. Kai Zen / Kaizen

  3. Kyokushin

  4. Resilience / Restoration / Recovery

  5. Self-Improvement

  6. Always Striving for Inner Strength

  7. Therapeutic Massage


Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

 zì qiáng
Inner Strength / Self-Improvement Scroll

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.

Kai Zen / Kaizen

 gǎi shàn
 kai zen
Kai Zen / Kaizen Scroll

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

 kyoku shin
Kyokushin Scroll

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.

Resilience / Restoration / Recovery

 huī fù lì
Resilience / Restoration / Recovery Scroll

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.


See Also:  Tenacity | Perseverance

Self-Improvement

 xiū yǎng
 shuuyou / shuyo
Self-Improvement Scroll

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.

Always Striving for Inner Strength

 zì qiáng bú xī
Always Striving for Inner Strength Scroll

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.”

Therapeutic Massage

 tuī ná
Therapeutic Massage Scroll

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...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

修養


修养

see styles
xiū yǎng
    xiu1 yang3
hsiu yang
 shuuyou / shuyo
    しゅうよう

More info & calligraphy:

Self-Improvement
accomplishment; training; self-cultivation
(n,vs,vi) self-improvement; (mental) training; self-discipline; cultivation
cultivating moral character

自強


自强

see styles
zì qiáng
    zi4 qiang2
tzu ch`iang
    tzu chiang
 jikyou / jikyo
    じきょう

More info & calligraphy:

Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
to strive for self-improvement
(noun/participle) strenuous effort

自強不息


自强不息

see styles
zì qiáng bù xī
    zi4 qiang2 bu4 xi1
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
    tzu chiang pu hsi

More info & calligraphy:

Always Striving for Inner Strength
to strive unremittingly; self-improvement

要好

see styles
yào hǎo
    yao4 hao3
yao hao
to be on good terms; to be close friends; striving for self-improvement

自利行

see styles
zì lì xíng
    zi4 li4 xing2
tzu li hsing
 jiri no gyō
to practice of self-improvement

吳下阿蒙


吴下阿蒙

see styles
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)

聯合自強


联合自强

see styles
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

自分磨き

see styles
 jibunmigaki
    じぶんみがき
self-improvement

自利行滿


自利行满

see styles
zì lì xíng mǎn
    zi4 li4 xing2 man3
tzu li hsing man
 jiri gyōman
completion of practices for self-improvement

自己研鑽

see styles
 jikokensan
    じこけんさん
self-improvement

自己鍛錬

see styles
 jikotanren
    じこたんれん
self-discipline; self-improvement

自強自立


自强自立

see styles
zì qiáng zì lì
    zi4 qiang2 zi4 li4
tzu ch`iang tzu li
    tzu chiang tzu li
to strive for self-improvement

自己啓発本

see styles
 jikokeihatsubon / jikokehatsubon
    じこけいはつぼん
self-improvement book

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Inner Strength
Self-Improvement
自強
自强
zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2 / zi qiang / ziqiangtzu ch`iang / tzuchiang / tzu chiang
Kai Zen
Kaizen
改善kai zen / kaizengǎi shàn / gai3 shan4 / gai shan / gaishankai shan / kaishan
Kyokushin極真kyoku shin / kyokushin
Resilience
Restoration
Recovery
恢復力
恢复力
huī fù lì
hui1 fu4 li4
hui fu li
huifuli
Self-Improvement修養
修养
shuuyou / shuyo
shuyo / shuyo
xiū yǎng / xiu1 yang3 / xiu yang / xiuyanghsiu yang / hsiuyang
Always Striving for Inner Strength自強不息
自强不息
zì qiáng bú xī
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
zi qiang bu xi
ziqiangbuxi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
tzuchiangpuhsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
Therapeutic Massage推拿tuī ná / tui1 na2 / tui na / tuinat`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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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