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    Writing is upside down..
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Looking at it the right way, my wife thinks the kanji on the right (closest to the edge) it is 18th year, tenth month and tenth day. The other is a name. Not much help I know, best wait for those who can translate better.

    She is not sure of the 18th year as it is partially covered by the black paper.

    Nice picture btw. I think the rank is private but would need to double check.

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    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

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    I think that is sometime in Oct 1943. Maybe Oct 4th?

    Once again. Wait for the experts...

    Edit: I think I'm way off on the month and day.

    And the rank is "Leading Private/Lance Corporal"
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    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Looking at it the right way, my wife thinks the kanji on the right (closest to the edge) it is 18th year, tenth month and tenth day.
    Buy the lady a nice dinner! She's right.

    昭和十八年十月十日
    Shōwa Jūhachi-Nen, Jū-Gatsu, Tō-Ka
    1943, October 10th

    Because of the way Japanese count items/animals/things/days, etc .... the 10th of the month, 十日, is pronounced Tō-Ka instead of Ju-Nichi.
    1st - Tsuitachi
    2nd - Futsu-ka
    3rd - Mi-ka
    4th - Yo-ka
    5th - Itsu-ka
    6th - Mui-ka
    7th - Nano-ka
    8th - Yō-ka [extended vowel, we "furriners" often mispronounce the 4th and 8th!]
    9th - Kokono-ka [my favorite ... it sounds so cooool]
    10th - Tō- ka
    20th - Hatsu-ka

    竹川豊一
    Takekawa Toyokazu

    二十才
    Hatachi
    Twenty years old
    [again with the Japanese numbering system ... this time for ages. 20 is "hatachi" whereas 21 is "nijui'ssai" ... don't bother for an explanation; I don't recall there being one.]


    --Guy

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    I wonder if he survived the war? Probably not, since his photo ended up in somebody's scrapbook, it looks like.
    William

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    Thanks Guy. And she even read it upside down...LoL.

    She knows the basic Kanji being Chinese. Dates and simple phrases are simple but has a hard time translating names.

    Given Hirohito came to the throne on the 25th of December I wasn't sure if all days were pushed back 6 days. Thus my guess of Oct 4th.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Given Hirohito came to the throne on the 25th of December I wasn't sure if all days were pushed back 6 days. Thus my guess of Oct 4th.
    It's only the year that becomes "abbreviated." 25-31 December are Showa Gan'nen -- so the whole "first year" lasted but 7 days; Jan 1 would be Showa 2-nen.

    Cheers,
    --Guy

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    Thanks Guy...good to know for the future. And it makes sense.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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