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|Re: Can anyone tell me what this Japanese writing says?|
Posted By: Guy
Posted Date: May 04, 2017 (02:05 PM)
IMO, the decoration is a Japanese scene depicting a (Japanese) dragon (with only three claws) fighting a giant catfish or a giant eel. Could be Ryûjin, a dragon god who symbolizes the power of the ocean, fighting a namazu (catfish). In Japanese mythology, namazu were held responsible for causing earthquakes. Can we see an image of the head of this beast?
The inscription on the right reads, in Japanese, 水林堂, Mizubyashidô or Suirindô. The meaning is not clear to me. The signature reads 清山刀 Seizan tô (cut by Seizan). This craftsman could eventually be a certain Nakamura Seizan (中村清山) but I'm not sure of that. I add some pictures of his work in bamboo and wood.