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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:52 am    Post subject: Translation Japanese text on metal box Reply with quote
Dear All,

Can anybody please help me with the translation of the Japanese text on this metal box ?



Thank you in advance!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Maybe 芳幸作 Yoshiyuki saku. These sosho forms are tough. John
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Looking at the larger picture, the first character appears to be 美. The last character is clearly 作.

Given that's how "Made in/by XXXX" was written on smithed/manufactured items, it appears to me to be similar. Also given that many artists/smiths were given titles from the Bizen, Bitchu, Mimasaka, or Bingo provinces (all originally part of the Kibi proto-province), I'm guessing it's one of 備前、備中、美作、備後 (those 4, in order).

However, there's CLEARLY an issue with that, as only Mimasaka (美作) has the 美 and the 作 portion is part of the province name, not "made by" as it's kanji definition means.

My guess, which could be completely wrong, is that the middle character is a very stylized 中, and it's a 備中作 "made in Bitchu" or "Made by Bitcu (no kami)"[as in an artist with the title of "Bitchu no kami"], except the first character "Bi" 備 was mistakenly (or intentionally) substituted out for "Bi" 美, meaning "beautiful". Therefore, it's 美中作.

Again, could be way off.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I contacted a Japanese friend who is very good at sosho. He helps a group of us frequently with these kinds of puzzles. He says it is "YoshiToyo saku"(美 豊 作), Made by Yoshitoyo. We were close enough to the answer. John


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Works for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The older form of is [豐], with a line in the center of the crown, which is where the central line comes from.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you all very, very much ! I can now find information on the Internet!
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