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  Was wondering what this painting that was given to me says. I asked someone who is in art dealing who couldn't tell me what the painting states, but they believe the language on the painting is Japanese. I could be wrong, but could you help me or let me know what it reads. I would greatly appreciate it.

Hi Tiffany!

Sorry for the late response.

Yes, it is in fact Japanese.  However, a lot of the characters are archaic, by which I mean they are no longer in use, so I'm not sure, but basically I believe it says:

(in large characters): Ureshi Neko En
(in small letters): Mori Tanjoubi Kinen, 1986nen, 7 gatsu

This is not an accurate translation, but it basically comes to:
Happy Cat Garden/Park
In celebration of Mr. Mori's birthday, July 1986

Hope that helps!

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