Subject:Re: Japanese cane - please help with inscription
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, May 12, 2021
日本国神戸楠前 - Nihon-koku, Kōbe, Kusunoki-mae
Kusunoki is an old town name, now integrated to Kōbe City）
曽奉乾命 - Katsute tatematsuru kenmei - Formerly
given (trigram) kenmei
乾 "ken" is one of the eight divinatory trigrams 八卦 "hakke" symbolizing "Heaven" as a male principle.
These trigrams are determined by the time of birth of a person, and are valid only for 60 years. When somebody reaches the age of 60, he returns his trigram (symbolically).This might have given a good opportunity to someone to get a nice cane carved to express his gratitude for his good luck during the previous 60 years.
Marking of the carver,
岩本建春刀 - Carved by Iwamoto Kenshun