Michael Rainey, AA1TJ, Poet Laureate of QRP and Wizard of the Vermont Hobbit Hole found this drawing and put it on his face book page. It is clearly supportive of the "International Brotherhood of Electronic Wizards" theme of this blog, so I have shamelessly expropriated it. All for the cause Michael! I hope this indicates that OM AA1TJ is emerging from a too-long spate of radio-inactivity.
Michael says the drawing is from the 1920's children’s magazine, "Kodomo No Kuni" by Kiichi Okamoto. David Cowhig, WA1LBP, provides this translation:
Title "Ni-chan, I can hear it!"
The radio kid is saying something like:
-- Wait, no I lost it.
-- I can hear it, I can hear it, I've got it!
David notes: Sometimes Japanese use the katakana syllabary to add emphasis like we might with italics or exclamation points.