Requesting small Japanese (maybe?) to English translation

TayrunTayrun Registered User regular
edited January 15 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey all,

A friend bought me a lovely piece of artwork that I'd like to hang in my house. Unfortunately this friend is the mischievous type, so I'd like to double-check what the Chinese writing on it says.

I'm not sure which of the family of Chinese languages this is - I'll be honest, I can't even be certain I'm looking at something from the Chinese family rather than Japanese. I apologise to anyone who is offended by my cluelessness.

Edit: Seems more likely this is Japanese.

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This writing is in the lower left of the work.

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This writing is in the lower right of the work.

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This mark is in the lower right of the work, near to the writing in the second image. I think perhaps it's more of a maker's mark than anything.

For context, the full image, a glorious historical depiction of Samus Aran kicking metroid ass:

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Many thanks! :)

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    I always have a hard time with painted characters, but I'm pretty sure that's a Japanese name with the kanji on the left and some hiragana (the phonetic language) on the right. I can't read any of it, I am just really bad at that kind of writing.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    I'm moderately sure those are japanese characters but that's all I can tell you

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  • TayrunTayrun Registered User regular
    Thanks you two. :)

    Updated thread title.

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  • SilverWindSilverWind Registered User regular
    edited January 15
    Artist's store is here: https://japanese-prints-by-ukiyo-e-heroes.myshopify.com/collections/handmade-woodblock-prints/products/infestation-woodblock-print
    The left cartouche reads "Wanderer of Skies - iron will, iron skin", and the right cartouche is inscribed with the phonetic reading "Sa-mu-su".

    Or at least that's what they are attempting to say-- I can't actually read it, and it could probably be a jumbled translation :P But at least it doesn't seem to be a prank on the part of your friend.

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  • TayrunTayrun Registered User regular
    Hella helpful! Thank you so much @SilverWind !! :)

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    SilverWind wrote: »
    Artist's store is here: https://japanese-prints-by-ukiyo-e-heroes.myshopify.com/collections/handmade-woodblock-prints/products/infestation-woodblock-print
    The left cartouche reads "Wanderer of Skies - iron will, iron skin", and the right cartouche is inscribed with the phonetic reading "Sa-mu-su".

    Or at least that's what they are attempting to say-- I can't actually read it, and it could probably be a jumbled translation :P But at least it doesn't seem to be a prank on the part of your friend.

    Just to be double-sure, I ran it past a native-speaker friend who looked at it, laughed, agreed with the translation, but called it 'creative Japanese.' :biggrin:

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    It's probably best I don't know how to write Japanese , I would just make the most pretty and stylish letterings saying the most , awful awful things.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    SilverWind wrote: »
    Artist's store is here: https://japanese-prints-by-ukiyo-e-heroes.myshopify.com/collections/handmade-woodblock-prints/products/infestation-woodblock-print
    The left cartouche reads "Wanderer of Skies - iron will, iron skin", and the right cartouche is inscribed with the phonetic reading "Sa-mu-su".

    Or at least that's what they are attempting to say-- I can't actually read it, and it could probably be a jumbled translation :P But at least it doesn't seem to be a prank on the part of your friend.

    Just to be double-sure, I ran it past a native-speaker friend who looked at it, laughed, agreed with the translation, but called it 'creative Japanese.' :biggrin:

    finally, revenge for all those engrish t-shirts

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    edited January 20
    I still wish I'd bought that big, glittery sparkle insect themed 'Buttfly' t-shirt when I had the chance.

    Although all those terrible 'Asian character' tattoos should be revenge enough. Especially when using whatever that Word font was that would give you Hanzi/Kanji/Hanja characters, and so people assumed 'if you write Gabe using that font, those characters mean Gabe, right?' was popular.

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