Too Many Accomplishments Make No Accomplishments

tagei wa mugei

12 1/4″ W x 43″ H Japanese Scroll
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


Too Many Accomplishments Make No Accomplishments in Japanese is 多芸は無芸 which is read tagei wa mugei

The Japanese proverb tagei wa mugei meaning “Too Many Accomplishments Make No Accomplishments” is composed of the words 多芸 (read tagei) meaning “versatility” (literally “many techniques, many arts, many skills”), the grammatical element (read wa) which indicates the previous word is the subject, and 無芸 (read mugei) meaning “no accomplishments”.

Daniel Crump Buchanan on page 180 of his book JAPANESE PROVERBS AND SAYINGS style= writes “If you have too many hobbies you will be master of none. English parallel: Jack of all trades and master of none.” This is repeated by David Galef on page 50 of Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs (Vol 1) style= and by Edward Trimnell on page 138 of his book Tigers, Devils, and Fools: A Guide to Japanese Proverbs style= writes “This proverb encourages people to focus on one thing …”.

Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase’s beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on Too Many Accomplishments Make No Accomplishments (tagei wa mugei) which links to the independent Jeffrey’s Japanese English Dictionary.

This beautiful calligraphy is the perfect gift for the person that may be easily sidetracked. This is an elegant reminder to keep focused on what is truly important.

About The Art: This beautiful hand brushed scroll by Master Takase is personally created at the time of your order and proudly bears her seal and signature. We exclusively import this high-quality scroll with brown silk borders and fine Japanese paper from one of the finest scroll makers in Nara Japan. This is not a print but is hand brushed to match the sample as closely as possible. This is a personal work of art that is designed to last generations.

Delivery: The scroll is completed and shipped within 1-3 business days and arrives ready to display.