Japan, Showa Period - c. 1940
ink on paper
H: 65 cm, W: 33.2 cm
This painting was done by seven different artists. It appears that they are all in their 60s doing this in what is referred to as Kanreki - the 60th year being an auspicious year.
Right top: woman standing with a bird tied from a pole by Eiji
Below: In morning and evening, serve the gods with vigor.
The celebrations of your sixtieth birthday.
by Asako (or Chôshi)
Middle top: Celebrate Mr. Takagi’s sixtieth birthday
High atop Mt. Fuji
Left top: On a snowy night (?), you have reached sixty,
You are comparable to a green pine green at eighty.
Left middle: Spring is still early
Until the sixtieth birthday
There are still five or six years left.
Seal: Shôkô (or Koharu?) (not clearly identifiable)
Right bottom: Môku, seal
Passing over sixty years, boyish-face is red
(with) a red hood.
Middle bottom: Surrouded in virtue of the sixtieth birthday in the garden of the gods.
seal: unidentifiable (Kinshuku Ukô)
Respectfully celebrate, [by] Ukô
Left bottom:Congratulations on your sixtieth birthday Mr. Takagi, [by] Akito
At an age close to that when old people are discarded
Your precious body is an offering to the gods.
Gathered writings (yosegaki): a collection of autographs with some drawings, poems and phrases by several people on a sheet of paper or fabric, or in a blank book. It is generally done to commemorate a wedding, major birthday, graduation or send off.