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JapanKhan23

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Hi,
My very first post on these forums :)
I am processing photos from a very recent trip to Japan (our first one!...What an a-m-a-z-i-n-g country...) and would like to know what the 2 red Kanji symbols on a particular one mean:
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I think I've identified the first one as "East"...Is this correct?...How about the second one?
"arigatou gozaimasu"!
 

Mike Cash

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That is a company name, "Touhatsu". The second kanji means roughly "leave", "depart", "originate (from xx)". It is almost certainly a contraction of a longer name they had in the past, but I couldn't confirm that on their home page.

The company specializes in fresh/refrigerated food distribution from markets such as Tsukiji, where you took the photo.
 

Toritoribe

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東発
Tōhatsu

That's the name of a transport company. Tōhatsu is an abbreviation of 京魚市場送株式会社 kyō Uoichiba Hassō Kabushikigaisha "Tokyo Fish Market Shipping Company".

EDIT:
Their HP contains their history.;-)

東京魚市場発送株式会社から平成2年に現在の社名に改称。
http://www.tohatu1082.co.jp/company.html
 

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That page wouldn't show on my iPhone for some reason.
 

JapanKhan23

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Thank you guys.

Your kind, prompt and "to-the-point" reply is an extension of the way I felt Japan.

Most appreciated.

JK
 

JapanKhan23

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So sorry...I need further help.

What do these mean?

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They were in a "forest" of vertical banners in the Hata-age Benzaiten Shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura.

Again, thank you for any help.

JK
 

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奉納
旗上辨戝天
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Hataage Benzaiten
Dedication
Hataage Benzaiten


The dedicator's prayers are listed in the left side, such like 家内安全[kanai anzen] "safety of my family" or 心願成就[shingan jōju] "realization of my wishes".
 

JapanKhan23

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Thank you, Toritoribe.

I understand then that the banners are put there with the pre-printed symbols and then the prayers/wishes are added by hand by the visitors, correct?
 

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Those who have wishes dedicate the banners (= pay the shrine), then the shrine writes their names, prayers and the date on the banners, and plants them there.
 
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