Anyone know Japanese / Chinese / any oriental language?

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  1. R.Youden macrumors 68020

    R.Youden

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    Hi.

    Quick request for help here...

    I am selling some antique plates and one has an oriental inscription on the base. I have attached a photo. Does anyone know what it means?

    Thanks for your help.
     

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  2. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Kinsei Eiwa.

    Basically an overtly polite way of saying "Made in Japan".

    By the looks of it, doesn't seem very... antique.



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  3. R.Youden thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. It was valued at around £50 so it is worth a bit, but I agree it doesn't look very 'Antique' but I don't like it so that is why I am selling it!

    Thanks for you help.
     
  4. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Haha, OK.

    Glad I could be of some help!



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  5. gikku macrumors regular

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    Nearly. That may be close enough for your purposes but while Eiwa maybe in Japan it is not Japan itself.
    Sorry to spoil the party, but it doesn't say "Made in Japan". :confused:
    Reading the Chinese characters (Kanji) in Japanese it does say "Kinsei Eiwa", the "Wa' can mean Japan but not with "Ei" on top. I'd suggest it says "Respectfully Made by Eiwa..." but I don't know the name, Eiwa. :)

    character top left, is polite or Respectfully.
    character bottom left, is Made by
    Characters on the right side "Ei" and "wa" are a name I don't know, but it's not Japan.

    Google other other Japanese internet searches return "Eiwa" as the name of a city in Saitama, a bakery, a chinese restaurant, ...
     
  6. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    You're right. :eek:
    I looked into it further and it seems in Chinese the "Eiwa" is read as "Ron" or "ron-hou", so it could mean "Made by Ron".

    So this means it's actually probably Chinese, not Japanese. Sorry about my earlier post.



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  7. gikku macrumors regular

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    Agreed, while it can be read in Japanese, it's more likely to be Chinese.
     
  8. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    My mom, fluent in Chinese says that it says, "Rong Heh Jing Jtze" where rong heh is most likely a company name, jing is like "worthy of respect," and jtze means manufactured.

    So no, not terribly romantic at all. :p
     
  9. cleanup macrumors 68030

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    You typed that out the way it sounds, right? Not pinyin? Because I don't think "heh" and "jtze" are proper pinyin :confused:
     
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    Well obviously not, but even the official ways of writing it aren't so "official". If the only people who contributed to its invention are old white dudes teaching languages at universities, then meh.
     

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