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Jkalani

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Can anyone help me identify the one kanji character that is visible on this old bottle?
 

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The era and context are important. Starting from the 20th century B.C., there is proto-writing:
Archaic Chinese Characters
For archaic and middle Chinese, hard to beat is Karlgren's classic Grammata Serica Recensa.
 

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Give it a day or two and someone might log in who can recognize it and hopefully give you info on it.
 

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This might be an old sake or whiskey bottle. The two characters that preceded this one were the characters for "san" and "toshi", "three year". Thanks for the replies!
 

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It looks like 浦. 三年浦 would be the name of a location in Kyushu. Maybe it is a sake/nihonshu bottle from that region?

My first thought when you said "sake" was that it might be 三年,(sannnenzake, or sannnenshū), but it looks more like 浦 than 酒 to me.
 

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I can't help but wonder if it isn't 涷. I frequently see 東 written that way in handwriting.
 

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I also thought the right side was 东 which is the simplified Chinese form of 東. Couldn't tell what the left side was though.

edit: a chance it could be 炼? "distill"?
炼 - Wiktionary
 
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I also thought the right side was 东 which is the simplified Chinese form of 東. Couldn't tell what the left side was though.

edit: a chance it could be 炼? "distill"?
炼 - Wiktionary
I think you may be right. At any rate, I certainly get the impression the bottle is of Chinese origin and not Japanese.
 

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I think you are on to something. If I search for 三年涷 or 三年炼, nothing really leaps out, but if I search for 三年陳 I get a bunch of plausible hits. I guess this is Chinese for "aged 3 years".
三年陳 - Google 検索
 

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In an alternate universe, there must be a Chinese reference forum that gets as many inquiries about what some Japanese text says as we do about what some Chinese text says. I don't think the cosmos could stand the imbalance otherwise.
 

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Show the rest of the bottle with its label. If it's Chinese, you're only going to get guesses here.
 

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Geez guys he just asked for that one character to be identified, why are you asking so many questions about the rest of the bottle? ;)

The radical definitely looks like 阝, now I can't unsee it. The character looks like to me, which is the simplified form of

三年陳/陈 gets about a million hits on google, and is often accompanied by 和酒. However, there are a lot of images and not many of the packaging in the photos seems to have that phrase on it, but it's hard to tell. I'm seeing a lot of images of what looks like moxibustion products, and this one also has the phrase on the package: 三年陈艾条哪家好??-搜狐
 

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My initial thought was that the right component of the kanji (tsukuri) was 本 or 東 in cursive script, as already pointed out, but in that case it's odd that the regular script 年 is used there. Majestic-san's opinion "陳 or other simplified Chinese characters" is a good idea to solve this problem.
 
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