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    Eric Stahlhut

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    A commemorative of some sort, 25th anniversary of something? Not sure of what, but the bottom reads from right to left = Showa 8th year, 5th month, 20th day (May 5th, 1933) provided my eyeballs are working correctly. I will let a more versed in kanji member correct me if I'm wrong, and translate the top portion as my kanji ability is far to inferior to do so...... :o

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    First off, it is a paperweight. Second, Dieter3 got most of the kanji, and I'll supply the rest:

    "Teishin Association, 25th Foundation Anniversary, Celebration Commemorative, Showa 8 [1933] May 5."

    This group is still active. It is a government NPO under the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Here is the website:


    Cheers, Rich

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    • 13 years later...

    Dear Gentlemen,


    It's a  " 文鎮 /  bunchin / paperweight":


     "Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Tsushinbunka Association (Telecommunications)".


    通信文化協会 - Wikipedia :


    "Tsushin Bunka Kyokai was established in May 1908 (Meiji 41) as a telecommunications association by Shimpei Goto, Minister of Communications at the time. In May 1910 (Meiji 43), it was reorganized into the Telecommunications Association Foundation , and in July 1964 (Showa 39), it merged with the Foundation Maejimakai. In April 2012 , it became a public interest incorporated foundation Tsushin Bunka Association due to the reform of the public interest corporation system . Operate the Postal Museum, present the Maejima Hisoka Award, and conduct projects related to the spread and development of communication culture, thereby contributing to the improvement of Japanese letter communication culture and information communication/broadcast culture."




    Yours sincerely,

    No one

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