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Posted 01/27/2022   9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Linus to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Tonight, I am sharing a postcard from my collection in hopes of finding out what is shown on the picture side. The Japanese writing leaves me baffled, but there is a flag on top of the building with the letters KKH on it, perhaps a clue? Is this a hotel or something else? Can anyone translate enough to tell me what this building is and where it is located? Thanks.

The address side shows a nice postmark struck May 29, 1935 onboard the Dollar Steamship Lines ocean liner S.S. President Hoover, eastbound from Japan to the United States. I recommend you read the Wikipedia link below, telling the fascinating story of this ship, subsidized to carry mail by the U.S. Post Office, bombed in the Shanghai River, was only in service about six and a half years before it ran aground east of Taiwan, damaged, salvaged, and sold for scrap.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_President_Hoover



Your comments are welcome,

Linus



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Posted 02/05/2022   03:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, it's a hotel. It finally clicked that that was the Great Buddha of Kamakura in the vignette. So the central part reads Kamakura Kaihin Hoteru. That explains "K.K.H." at least.

There is some kind of pun going on here, methinks. The common meaning of "Kaihin" is seashore/seaside/beach which is where this was, but the word used here has a different (obscure) second character.

EDIT:
https://www.oldtokyo.com/kaihin-in-...kura-c-1920/
Found online when I looked up the hotel name. The text in the English version does not match other than the name and the telephone numbers 4 and 331. The hotel appears to be gone today.

I have absolutely no idea what the writer wrote in his dateline.

A very nice card!
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There is some kind of pun going on here, methinks. The common meaning of "Kaihin" is seashore/seaside/beach which is where this was, but the word used here has a different (obscure) second character.

I looked up the character in Nelson's Japanese-English Character Dictionary, and (as I suspected) the character on the postcard is just an older, more complicated, and no longer standard form of the same character, #2567 in Nelson's second edition. You can see this old version of the character on vintage picture postcards of Yokohama, for instance. (The "hama" of Yokohama is written with the same character as the "hin" of Kaihin.)

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%BF%B1

I think the dateline is just a very sloppy "Kamakura Japan".
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Thank you very much, hy-brasil and erilaz, for taking time to help figure out this postcard. It all makes sense now. The handwriting of the writer was not good, but I can further research and write up an information tag to display with this card in my collection.

I appreciate your knowledge,

Linus
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