This painting hung over my office door at the Senshido school from mid 1994 until the day I closed shop in mid 2006. It looked allot cleaner back then of course, but it's since followed me through 2 divorces and 4 moves and is sharing its experiences with the stains and creases found on it.
This painting was given to me by a friend's wife who was a Japanese artist. He told her about me and the school as he and I shared many similar views, at least then as I've only seen him twice since and met him one day when he simply came into Senshido to chat, and trained and sparred together several times that summer.
So one day he comes in and gives me this painting and tells me it says Senshido in Japanese Kanji, it was painted and given to me as a gift for luck and prosperity and if there is such a thing, the painting worked miracles.
I have used the Kanji in several of our past advertisements, a run of T-shirts, as well as have it tattooed on my back. 2 other Senshido instructors and a few of our students also got it tattooed on themselves... today, it sits above my home office, temporarily as I get ready to leave the country for a few years.
Be prepared to see more of it in the future as it is in the process of making a come back ;`)