Back around 1992 or so, I was visiting my grandmother in Austin, TX. Their next-door neighbor, Mr. Zahner, gave me this nice Japanese calligraphy in a rolled up poster tube. Along with the calligraphy was a translation, including a bit of history of the original meaning of the words.
Unfortunately, when my wife or my mother took it to get it framed as a Christmas present, the original translation slip was lost forever. There's no telling what happened to it. >:(
So, does anybody out there know:
- if it's upside down or right side up? (I hope it's right side up. Although I took Japanese for 2 years, I don't really recognize any of the characters, and they never taught me how to read the cursive Kanji).
- What the meaning of this?
- Do you have any history about it? Like who originally said it?
I'd really appreciate anybody with anything to say about this.