Be Water My Friend

tomo yo mizu ni nare

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


Be Water My Friend in Japanese is 友よ水になれ which is read tomo yo mizu ni nare

This is the Japanese form of Bruce Lee’s famous quote “Be water, my friend”. It is composed of 友よ (read tomo yo) meaning friend with “yo” added for emphasis, (read mizu) meaning “water”, the grammatical element に (read ni) and 成れ (read nare) meaning “become!” and is a command form of the verb 成る (read naru) meaning “to become”. To give it some context:

Empty your mind.
Be formless, Shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle.
You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot.
Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend
Bruce Lee

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.