Happy 77th Birthday to Suganuma Sensei

Suganuma Sensei turned 77 today. Ga no iwai or toshi iwai are rights of passage marked upon certain birthdays. The 77th birthday is known as kiju (喜寿),  meaning “happy age”, “joyous year”, or literally “joy + long life”, because the kanji 喜 is written in a way similar to seven-ten-seven or seven-seven-seven in the sōsho calligraphic style. It is considered very fortunate to live until this age.