Our grandfather who passed away last year, is known to have an enthusiastic personality with a can do attitude. And his favorite saying is written in this framed calligraphy work.
(ima yaraneba, itsu dekiru? Washi ga yaraneba, dare ga yaru?)
To my best ability, a direct translation into English is
“if i dont do it now, then when. If i dont do it, who will?”
In other words; do what you want to do, only you can do it now. Now is your only chance to do it. If not now then that chance may disappear. Do it now or never!
(For those who are reading this, If you have a variation to this translation, I would love to hear it, so please post a comment below).
After doing a bit more research into this, we discovered that this was written by Hiragushi Denchu (平櫛田中), who lived to an old age of 107 years (百七歳) from 1872/2/23 to 1979/12/30. He must of wrote this when he was around 100 years old as the full version is written as:
Below is a picture of Hiragushi Denchu I found from here