Japanese Navy T90 Helmet with Kanji and western numerals
Article about: Hello Gents, My first post and my first Japanese helmet. On the rear skirt is written in Kanji numerals the number 36?223. Would anyone know if the 3rd digit is a dividing stroke or the rema
Yes, it is a divider:
by Heer 17
san roku -no- ni ni san
ノ is read as の [no].
Tatoeba (for instance), when citing numbers like a telephone number, the possessive particle の (or katakana ノ) "no" is pronounced as a divider: 123-4567 would be said as "ichi ni san -no- yon go roku nana".
Thank you for your time and clarification. Would this number have been a 'unit' ID number?
by Heer 17
No, not a unit number. However, it might indicate helmet #223 in position/location/etc. #36. But I'm just making a guess. Perhaps another reader has some accurate knowledge.
Nobody has figured out what hand painted numbers mean on interior dome of navy helmets. Lots of theories. As for your rim numbers that is equally still a mystery. Could be sailors personal number or as suggested a coded location/ position aboard ship
Being pre-1945, could it be read like this? 三二二ノ六三 ... 322ノ63
Yes that is also a possibility. That is not the case with arabic numbers, though -- so I was just defaulting to that direction.
I tend toward seeing war-time writing going from right to left if it isn't top to bottom.