Custom Wall Scroll

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Custom Wall Scroll

Post by cmsheetz » Apr 5, 2012 12:51 pm

Can you make a wall scroll to represent something like:

Mentor, Teacher or someone you respect deeply and view as a Role Model; someone you look up to and regard very highly. This is a personal friend, not like a celebrity, I don't know if "Hero" would work very well.

I want to give this as a gift to someone who is fluent in japanese and I want to make sure the message is conveyed clearly and not awkward.

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Re: Custom Wall Scroll

Post by Gary » Apr 6, 2012 10:33 am

A few Chinese proverbs sprang to mind, but in Japanese, I can only think of the title, 指導者, which is a title for a leader/mentor/coach.

There's also a single character, 師, which can mean teacher/mentor/master. This can also be the Japanese surname Morosaki.

My concern is that a person, hanging this on their wall, might look a bit arrogant if it's not clear that this was a gift from someone to pay an honor. So let me suggest something different...

http://www.orientaloutpost.com/friendship.php

Friendship is universal, and will be well-received by your friend as a gift, and by everyone who sees it on his wall.

From that page, the single-character friendship is great. Also, the one marked "Japanese and Korean" would be good. Though the single character is totally universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Other ideas might include terms related to wisdom, or a proverb that matches his personal philosophy. I can help to guide you if you want to pursue that. Lots of possibilities can be found just by searching my calligraphy database:

http://www.orientaloutpost.com/shufa.php

Cheers,
-Gary.

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Re: Custom Wall Scroll

Post by cmsheetz » Oct 12, 2012 1:28 pm

After looking through the scrolls, I'm not really 100% sure if friendship is what I would use to describe our relationship. Yes, we are friends. But he is a mentor, my martial arts teacher and is probably the biggest male role model in my life. I have a great amount of respect for him and friendship doesn't really come close to describing that. We're not "best friends" as I am his student.

Though he is not japanese, he is fluent, and I want to give him something that reflects his instruction of discipline, wisdom and strength. If I were to give the scroll of "Discipline" (in japanese) how is that received? He preaches about discipline and he's very old school (work hard, don't give up, try 100%, always give your best), so I want to make sure it's not weird or awkward. How can I honor my teacher, mentor and role model and express my loyalty and respect for him? Is there anyrthing that comes to mind?

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Re: Custom Wall Scroll

Post by Gary » Oct 12, 2012 4:36 pm

OK, a couple ideas spring to mind...

Bushido - The way of the warrior. This is a set of virtues or tenets that warriors and martial arts practitioners follow to set their moral compass and maintain discipline.
Custom Bushido wall scrolls can be ordered here:
http://www.orientaloutpost.com/bushido- ... amurai.php

In-stock and ready-to-ship:
http://www.orientaloutpost.com/proddeta ... s-bushido2

I also like this for Japanese martial arts followers:
http://www.orientaloutpost.com/shufa.php?q=furinkazan

These can apply to any Japanese martial art, and are widely-known. This will be a great gift. If you get it custom made for someone fluent in Japanese, please consider using the Japanese master calligrapher. A native Japanese person will be able to appreciate the difference (while most westerners do not).

Cheers,
-Gary.

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