I have these symbols, what do they mean?

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I have these symbols, what do they mean?

Postby meistrenton » 2011-05-16, 0:17

i bought this plaque at a yard sale because i liked the eagle on it and want to know what the symbols mean. any takers?
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Re: I have these symbols, what do they mean?

Postby Śrāmaṇera » 2011-05-17, 14:17

OK, let's say it's my guess...

噴煙賞 : literally "spitting out smoke prize"

合同忌大会 1973 : "big meeting/gathering to commemorate somebody's death?" I'm not exactly sure about the meaning of the character 忌 here. It can also mean, when pronounced as "i(mu)" something taboo, forbidden...

川柳噴煙吟社 : the first two characters are "senryuu", a Japanese type of short sarcastic/cynical piece of poetry. Then again "fun'en" (spitting out smoke). "gin" (吟) means something like "to sing out loud" and the very last character could be both a shinto shrine or any kind of association where this kind of poetry contest would be held. I can't really figure it out without knowing the context.

To summarize a bit : it seems to be a sign used for some kind of big senryuu tournament. "Spitting out smoke" must be a metaphore for "senryuu" (to spit sarcastic/cynical words out loud).


The character on the second picture has to be the name of this bird, but I can't find it. I thought it was a phoenix first (凰) but apparently it's not.


Hope it helps.

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Re: I have these symbols, what do they mean?

Postby meistrenton » 2011-05-21, 18:01

Thanks, that's better then anything I could have found


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