This photo from Japan was shot around 1910. I was unable to find any information about the photographer, J. Chikuni.
Sounds like you need a like-minded reader in Japan to help with these parts of your collection. If you knew how to type in the Japanese characters I suppose you might get somewhere.
Indeed your are right. I have seen a shop assistant typing on a Japanese keyboard in Tokyo. She used a western keyboard to ype in the sound of the word which brought up the hiragana syllabary and then chose from the kanji options that used those sounds to get it into formal Japanese. It was fascinating. I can recognise about 100 individual kanji but only know a few of the ways to combine that limited number into whole words.
Ha! A peek into the unknown depths of Katherine. Did you make any Japanese friends while over there? Maybe they could help you. Also, google translate generates characters that you can search with, though I don’t know if they are a good translation or not. The google features in Chrome for translating a site do a pretty poor job of Japanese, but it might get you into the right area of the web. Probably you know all this already.
No, I didn’t know any of that. I do have a Japanese friend who I met when I lived in Annecy in France! I was only in Japan for 2 weeks in 2004 and then became obsessed with all things Japanese, including the written language. (Can’t speak much, but always willing to have a go.) I thinkt hat if I wasn’t so unwell, I would be living and working in Japan. They have a lot of (digital) photobooths over there.
Thanks Matt. It is one of many that I have from Japan. I am hoping to post more of them soon.
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