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On the edge of the top of the GI right above the manufactures lable are two characters in Japanese. I assume. Can anyone tell me what this says in English? Thanks.

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On the edge of the top of the GI right above the manufactures lable are two characters in Japanese. I assume. Can anyone tell me what this says in English? Thanks.

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I put it through Google Translate (take the result with a HUGE!!!! boulder of salt) and got: 甇西 = warrior.
 

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I put it through Google Translate (take the result with a HUGE!!!! boulder of salt) and got: 甇西 = warrior.

I looked at the kanji for "warrior" and it does match up.
 

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It says Musha which means martial person or warrior.

Meaning of 甇西 () in Japanese

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甇西

Kana Reading


Romaji
musha
 
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Thanks. I posted it on a Japanese language site. Yhey told me they generally dont do "Translations" but it does translate as "Musha." but did not tell me what that meant. But, Warrior makes sense as it was on a GI top. Thanks.
 

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Honestly, it's not a great phrase... the more common translation wouldn't be "musha" (甇西), and that more means "military person", but "bushi" (甇血ㄚ). You'll note that the first kanji is the same ("bu/mu"), meaning "military/martial", but the second is changed from "sha" (person/thing/object) to "shi" (knight/scholar/gentlemanly person). This term (bushi) is more literally warrior, and is a synonym for samurai 靘, which you'll note has the "shi" character incorporated in the upper right side. Musha would more likely be used to refer to non-samurai peasant conscripts on a battlefield, somewhere around the ashigaru concept, hence below what would be referred to as a warrior (professionally).
 

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The second kanji is in my name 暹郎 Hyakutake. A name given by the Lord Ryuzoji of Saga domain it reads as 100 bamboo or as strong as one hundred warriors! Then of course there is onyomi and kunyomi. So we go to China and the hotel check in clerk is having a good laugh. He has translated it as Mu (nothingness) So it looks like the name means "You are nothing"!
 
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