Red-Crested Crane by dosankodebbie

This etegami is from my Japanese Proverbs series. It depicts a red-crested crane (tanchou-zuru), an elegant, graceful bird that winters in my region of Japan. The accompanying words are the second half of a saying that translates to: “A thousand voices of the sparrow; one voice of the crane.” It means: One word from a person of character has more value than volumes of words from an inferior person.

This image is included in my ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL calendar: LINK TO CALENDAR HERE

I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsover 4 years ago

    i totally love your work….full of life and lovely designed!!

  • Thank you Shylie! You are very kind.

    – dosankodebbie

  • Marianna Tankelevich
    Marianna Tanke...over 4 years ago

    i agree with Shylie :)

  • I’m so glad you like it. (dancing the happy dance)

    – dosankodebbie

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful- joyful work!

  • Thank you!!

    – dosankodebbie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    oh! this is such a beautiful, meaningful work of art dosankodebbie

  • It means a lot to me that you find it meaningful. I is to me, but I didn’t expect others to quite grasp it.

    – dosankodebbie

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much. : )

    – dosankodebbie

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanabout 4 years ago

    Oh Debbie this is fabulous. Im so happy you left me a lovely comment about my work because it led me to yours, which I love

  • I’m honored that you like my work!

    – dosankodebbie

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyabout 4 years ago

    I love this! I love birds and this wonderful creation you made here! fantastic

  • Thank you. You are very kind.

    – dosankodebbie

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 4 years ago

    always inspired by tour words and imagery!

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayeralmost 4 years ago

    Very lovely work!

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