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On 03/11/2016 at 06:20, JapanX said:


By the way, it`s interesting how they tried to translate his name Fournon in japanese.

In document we see 

佛蘭西國人 (France / France people )

and his name in katakana 


Not very close :)

I would expect something like  




Hello Nick,

With respect, the katakana is accurate: フールノン [fuurunon].  ヲ is the katakana for the particle "wo"; today the hiragana for the particle を is used.

I really appreciate reading this entire page.  I recently bought a 4th class tamatebukuro, but it is in poor condition without the insert and the ties have been replaced.  Now I know what it is.  I suppose it will make a good jewelry box!  (^__^)


-- Guy Power




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Still a nice and pretty rare case for the 4th class of rising sun order.

Guy, are these kanji in silver?


From this angle they look like a gold ones.


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Hi Nick, and thanks for the response.  The kanji are so faded -- it looks like someone tried to polish them and the original color is mostly gone.  I think I see traces of gold, though.  If they were silver, what would that indicate; a more precise date of manufacture?

I'm giving this to a friend who collects Japanese medals .... will it be a good present?  It cost me $20 as I recall.


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39 minutes ago, ghp95134 said:

 If they were silver, what would that indicate; a more precise date of manufacture?

That would be very strange since all cases that I`ve seen (or own) have gold kanji.

39 minutes ago, ghp95134 said:

I'm giving this to a friend who collects Japanese medals .... will it be a good present?  It cost me $20 as I recall.


No doubt about it ;)



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