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« on: September 18, 2009 03:09:02 PM »

A friend cleaned out her sewing room and gave me a lot of fabric. I want to make her an apron for Christmas and do not want to offend her in any way.

Here is the problem, I have no idea what language this lettering is, what end is up or what it says.  If you can answer any of these questions, please do.

Thanks so much
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2009 03:33:51 PM »

It's Japanese...I know that much, but what it says....nope!

If you want you can pm me for my e-mail address and send me a copy of the picture.  I belong to an online stitch group on Flickr, and one of our members is from Saitama, Japan.

She may be able to give us an idea of what it says.

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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2009 04:17:58 PM »

Just to add, it's upside down in the image.
Are you sure it's Japanese? I would have said Chinese because I can't pick out any hiragana or katakana, but it being upside down may be messing with me.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2009 05:45:27 PM »

It's upside down on the left and right side up on the right.  I can pick out a few characters (moon, mountain, water), but not enough to read it.  I fairly certain that, as it's red (a lucky color) and she had it in her stash, it can't mean anything too awful!

I could also send the link to my mother (a fluent, native Chinese speaker) to translate it if no one on Craftster can, which I doubt.

Good Luck!

« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2009 05:48:28 PM »

The second picture is right side up, and it looks like traditional Chinese to me.  Japanese shares some of the same complicated characters I think, but they pronounce them differently.  I don't know those characters, so I can't help other than tell you that the second picture is upright Cheesy  I only know about 4 Wink
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