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27th-Nov-2015 11:03 am
Hi! Could anyone tell me exactly what this says? I think it has something to do with birthday/turning 70, but I'm not sure.

Thank you!
27th-Nov-2015 09:30 am (UTC) - Hope this can help
Well,I'm not sure, I'm a Chinese actually, but these two characters means "happiness" and "long life" literally.
27th-Nov-2015 09:58 pm (UTC) - Re: Hope this can help
Thank you! That seems to be it in Japanese too.
27th-Nov-2015 10:02 am (UTC)
Calligraphy paintings are usually awarded in the New Year of Asians.
27th-Nov-2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this was a bit special case I guess, this time of the year...
27th-Nov-2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
The small characters on the right say "70 years old" (七十才) and the larger ones on the left are the characters for happiness and long life (喜寿, きじゅ).
27th-Nov-2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
27th-Nov-2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
According to my J-E dictionary 喜寿 just means 77th birthday (and google says it can also be used as an expression of congrats for that),

But the characters on the side of your picture definitely say 70 years old, not 77!

28th-Nov-2015 07:53 am (UTC)
Well hello! Imagine meeting you here. 😏 Yeah, there is something odd about this. *pointing down at the anonymous comment* I still think that the literal meanings in this are much nicer than for what people would actually use for 70, though. Hmm. I wish I could ask the one who draw this why she used that word... but that was at a Japan event a couple of months ago, where they had a calligraphy show and you could ask them afterward to draw something for you... so kind of late to be asking anything. I just find it kind of weird that a professional calligrapher who seemed to approaching seventy herself would make such a mistake.
29th-Nov-2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I was kind of confused for a second when I saw you here! :D

Well, maybe she just forgot the extra 7 in 77. When I'm that age I expect I'll be forgetting a lot more than that! Or maybe there's a deeper message here or some cultural/academic thing we're not understanding.

The calligraphy itself looks quite nice, at least to my untrained eyes!
28th-Nov-2015 04:46 am (UTC)
It's read as Kiju, celebrating people who reach 77 years old. For 70 years old actually should be Koki (古希/古稀).
28th-Nov-2015 07:47 am (UTC)
That's funny, I wonder if it's deliberate or a honest mistake. I mean, it was drawn by a professional Japanese calligrapher, so you'd imagine she'd know. There was a bit communication trouble, I just understood she was talking something about decades or something... I wonder if she could have used that for the whole time one is in the 70's? I was mainly thinking about the meanings - I think many would prefer happiness and long life over ancient and rare... xD
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