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Japanese POW artwork drawings

Article about: Hi All, I am helping out a small local museum with military related items that they aquire, (you wont believe what walks in the door) these two drawings were brought in recently by a G.I who

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    Hi All,
    I am helping out a small local museum with military related items that they aquire, (you wont believe what walks in the door) these two drawings were brought in recently by a G.I who said he served at Pearl Harbor and said they were Japanese POW drawings from there, he said the POW'S didnt really have much to draw with and sometimes they used the bottoms of thier shoes, these look like they were done on some kind of brownish cloth material such as a grain bag or sack, the detail is alot better in person then the photo's show, I need help with translating the kanji/writing that is on them. I see one of them is dated 1946, I will post the photo's seperate as Geisha 1 and Geisha 2. Please help if you can and as always thank you!!!!!!!

    Here is Geisha 1
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    Here is Geisha 2
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    昭和二十一年十一月
    Shōwa nijūichinen jūichigatsu
    November 1946


    Kiyoshi [male given name]


    Kaku or shō
    Written/drawn [by]

    --Guy

    P.S. This image is of a woman, I think dancing with wisteria branches.

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    富士の白雪
    Fuji no Shirayuki [or "Fuji no hakusetsu"]
    White snows of [mt.] Fuji

    朝日で溶ける
    Asahi de tokeru
    Melt in the morning sun

    Poem:
    "The white snows of Fuji / melt in the morning sun"

    Annotation:
    娘島田は ? で解ける
    Musume Shimada wa [?] de tokeru
    Shimada's daughter will [?] understand/explain

    Sign on bridge: 日本橋
    "Nihonbashi" [famous bridge in Tokyo]


    昭和二十一年十一月於ケル
    Shōwa nijūichinen jūichigatsu Okeru
    At/In November 1946


    Kiyoshi [male given name]


    Kaku or shō
    Written/drawn [by]

    --Guy

    EDIT: This image is of a samurai, I think -- note the sword. I've seen other prints where the male looks very feminine:

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    Thank you very much guy, this information is great news!!! I asked taka to take a look also but you beat him to it!! I will pass this information on to the museum so they can be properly displayed and explained to those who visit.

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    Taka-san or Nick can give a more accurate translation and correct any mistakes I've made.

    --Guy

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    Great Artwork. Just the way i like it.
    Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.

    "Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"

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    [QUOTE=ghp95134;1177207]
    昭和二十一年十一月於ケル
    Shōwa nijūichinen jūichigatsu Okeru
    At/In November 1946

    --Guy

    Hi John-san, Guy-san,

    Sorry, I just woke up and didn't respond until now.

    Great translation work, Guy-san !

    Here I can contribute one information, underneath the "okeru" wrote グアム (Guam).

    Hope that solve part of your mystery.

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    Taka-san,

    Thanks, friend! By the way, what is the missing kanji here:

    娘島田は ? で解ける


    It begins with a "standing heart" radical:

    Thanks,
    --Guy

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    Quote by shindenkai View Post

    Here i can contribute one information, underneath the "okeru" wrote グアム (guam).

    Hope that solve part of your mystery.
    Maximus,

    So that full line should be:
    昭和二十一年十一月グアム
    November 1946 at Guam

    Thanks, Taka-san! Now, have a well-deserved first cup of coffee! (^__^)

    --Guy

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