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    Translation Request

    I have these two scrolls my husband bought for me from Ebay a while back. Can anyone tell me what they say? I assume they're poems.

    Scroll1.jpg

    Scroll2.jpg

    Here they are in their entirety:

    Scrolls.jpg

    Thanks!

    Gassho

    Nenka

    ST

  2. #2
    Hi Nenka,

    Mina and I are not sure but think them Chinese. The writing in the first is a four character phrase 鳥語花香 which mean "bird speak flower scent" (i.e., "the bird's call, the scent of flowers"). Here is a idiom dictionary listing.

    https://translate.google.com/transla...ml&prev=search

    The source is apparently an old 12th Century Chinese text by a poet named in Japanese Ryohonchu and in Chinese L Ben-zhong 呂本中

    https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=...nzhong&f=false

    https://translate.google.com/transla...63&prev=search

    The second is a three character phrase 燕雙飛 that means "swallow pair flying" (i.e., "a pair of swallows flying"). It seems to be a hit book and tv show in Taiwan, and older songs seem to use the phrase. I don't know much more. Here is a song by the same name ...



    Perhaps this Han dynasty poem is the source ...

    https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=...ing%22&f=false

    The expression next to both is unclear, but seems to be 丙农春 or something like "Spring everywhere"? Not sure.

    The artist seems to sign his name "Grass Hermit" 草仙 or Caoxian in Chinese.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  3. #3
    Nenka,

    I think they say something like "More Doctors Smoke Camel than any other cigarette".

    I kid, I kid; they look really cool!

    Gassho

    Rish
    -lahst

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    Thank you, Jundo (and Mina!) for taking the time to check these out. I've been wondering about them for some time.

    Risho--as they're both a little bit grease (?) spattered, we figure they might have once hung in a restaurant. My husband suspected they said "Eat at Joe's."

    Gassho

    Nenka

    ST

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