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    Hi, these are my new purchases.
    Nothing spectacular but with significant historical value.
    Letters are still in the envelopes and according to seller they are pre war.
    They are coming from the US, so will take a bit to get here.
    Enjoy.
    Cheers
    Nuno
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    I had never seen Japanese envelopes before. Thanks for sharing!

    Best,

    Jan

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    I had never seen Japanese envelopes before. Thanks for sharing!

    Best,

    Jan
    You are welcome Jan.
    Cant wait for them to arrive.
    Cheers
    Nuno

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    Very interesting. Have they previously been opened or are they sealed? I'd hate to be in the dilemma of having unopened mail and deciding whether to open them or leave them in original condition

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    Very nice Nuno , i'd like to see some close ups of the post office frankings if possible , when you receive them
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Very nice Nuno , i'd like to see some close ups of the post office frankings if possible , when you receive them
    Will do Alan.
    Cheers
    Nuno

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    Very cool. It looks like one of the letters came from a sailor on the IJN cruiser Asama. That cruiser was used as a trainer and barracks in its later life, but it looks like it participated in a lot of historical actions soon after it was launched. Thanks for sharing!


    Tom

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    Mostly to the Kanzaki 神崎 family, though I see one for Mukai Rintaro 向井林太郎. One envelope addresses Mr. Kanzaki as 参事会員 "sanshi kai-in" [Association Secretary].

    Address is:
    岡山県吉備郡新本村
    神崎様


    Okayama-ken, Kibi-gun, Shin Motomachi
    Kanzaki sama

    Mr. Kanzaki
    Okayama Province, Kibi-District, New-Motomura town

    Another Okayama location is
    下道郡
    Kadou-gun

    That's about all I'm good for, please don't ask for a translation of the actual letters!!

    Cheers!
    --Guy

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    ... It looks like one of the letters came from a sailor on the IJN cruiser Asama....
    Bottom left envelope, return address:

    横濱郵便局気付
    軍艦浅間
    鎌田 亀太郎


    Yokohama Yubinkyoku Kiotsuke
    Gunkan Asama
    Kamata Kametaro

    Mr. Kametaro Kamata
    Battleship Asama
    C/O Yokohama Post Office
    =========
    Obverse Address:

    岡山県吉備郡新本村
    神崎様
    軍事郵便

    Okayama-ken, Kibi-gun, Shin Motomachi
    Kanzaki sama
    [Gunji Youbin]

    Mr. Kanzaki
    Okayama Province, Kibi-District, New-Motomura town

    [Military Post]
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    Yokohama uses the old kanji ; today you only see .

    気付 = Kiotsuke = be careful/attention/ care of. Most often heard nowadays as ki-o-tsukete! meaning "Be careful!"; or KIOTSUKE! "Attention" [command form, much like the German achtung! or US "Atten--TION!]

    Cheers--
    Guy

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    Hi, the letters arrived yesterday and they look fantastic.
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