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Requesting Help Translating Kanji


16 Jun 2014

I would like to request help translating the kanji on the tang from a Japanese sword. There are kanji on both sides of the tang. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.




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The writing on picture #6 is 於浪華囗囗 ← the last one may be 正 or 柾. It should be the smith's name, but its too obscure for me to make out. I was thinking maybe 村正 or even 古村正, but neither of these are viable candidates.

The other side is a dedication to the person who ordered the sword, who appears to be Kojima Masamichi (小島政道) but the rest of the dedication is a bit cryptic for me. There is a date of 元治元年之秋 (Autumn 1864).
Thanks very much for your insight! This is very helpful and I appreciate your taking the time to reply. I will keep researching it and am grateful for any additional findings you might have.
I forgot to say, 於浪華 (oite naniwa) means the sword was made "in Naniwa", which is another name for Ōsaka. So the smith will be an Ōsaka-based swordsmith.
In addition to Majestic-san's reply.

大府保衣賜銀為之 小島政道
大府保衣 would be the name of a person or class. It says he gave money for this (sword).
(Another possibility is that 保衣 is a miswriting of 褒, i.e., 大府褒賜銀為之, meaning "大府 gave money as a prize for this (sward)".)

The kanji after 元 are 甲子 Kinoe-ne, but the year is 1864, anyway.

I, too, think the kanji after 華 would be 古.
Hello Toritoribe,

Thanks for the extra information and taking the time to weigh in. This is very helpful.

Would you know what the last characters are after 古 ?

Thanks for your continued help.
Those are illegible to me, too. The last three characters seem like hantaigana rather than kanji to me. (It's uncommon in inscriptions of swords, though.)
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