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Author Topic: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!  (Read 1896 times)

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please help me solve this mystery.  i have a sake set and all around the main container and the little cups are writings.
i'd love to know what they say.  so many characters!!
i am assuming it's japanese but could be chinese -- correct me if i'm wrong!

DSC_5331s.jpgJapanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
DSC_5332s.jpgJapanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
DSC_5333s.jpgJapanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
DSC_5334s.jpgJapanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!

NOTE: I attached 4 images since the text is repeated 4 times around the containers, but i see the characters are just repeated 4 times.

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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2015, 08:01:53 PM »
you have an android device don't you?  You might try Google Translate.

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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2015, 04:02:16 AM »
you have an android device don't you?  You might try Google Translate.

It looks like an old Chinese script... I do not think Google Translate will be of any help.

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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2015, 10:50:59 AM »

It looks like an old Chinese script... I do not think Google Translate will be of any help.


Maybe.  Maybe not.  Just figured I'd suggest for a try.  It does some pretty amazing things.

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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 04:48:27 PM »
My ABBYY Screenshot Reader would not recognize it as Japanese, Chinese or Korean - simplified or traditional.

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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 05:39:06 PM »
you have an android device don't you?  You might try Google Translate.

I gave that a try. It didn't help.

It didn't recognize most of the text, though it did pick out a couple of words such as "multi" (which could also be translated as "many"). But without knowing if it's Japanese or Chinese, I wasn't sure what to trust.


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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 08:14:36 PM »
It is an ancient Chinese script, the direction is top to bottom; it looks like Xiaozhuan (小篆) style but I am not 100% sure about that.

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Re: Japanese (?) character readers - please tell me what my sake mug set says!
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2016, 06:03:42 PM »
For what it's worth, it's definitely Japanese.  The script is a mixture of Japanese cursive kanji characters (similar to Chinese characters) and Japanese hiragana phonetic characters.  I can read some snatches of the writing (poem?), but cursive characters defeat me.  The first column on the extreme right (the two characters) is probably the title of the work.  The first three characters of the of the third column from the right reads "fune-no-ho," meaning "the sail of a boat."  The writing is read from top to bottom, right to left.  Sorry I can't be of more help!