Help with translation from pictures
Thread poster: kieblera5

United States
May 30, 2013


I recently bought a Japanese vase; however, I have no clue what it says on it. It is gray with blue writing and also has a red bead chain with a gold Japanese symbol that goes around the vase. Does anyone know what this is or can provide a translation of the images?



Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Chinese May 30, 2013

Are you sure the text is Japanese?
The text on the bottom of the vase says Made in China.


United States
Sorry May 30, 2013

I agree. My mistake. Thanks for your time.


Michael79  Identity Verified
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I know what these symbols all about Jun 3, 2013


I think I know these stuff well.

Most of the symbols on the vase is part of a poem from Tang Dynasty (A.D.618 –907) of China.

The author is called Han Wo. The name of the poem is 《已凉》

The entire poem in Traditional Chinese characters which were used by Han almost 1,200 years ago as follows:


All Chinese characters with * are on your vase already.

Hope that helps.

So the bottom line:these are I think Chinese antiques and have nothing to do Japan.


Michael79  Identity Verified
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the translation I found from the Web Jun 3, 2013

Witter Bynner :


Han Wu


Her jade-green alcove curtained thick with silk,

Her vermilion screen with its pattern of flowers,

Her eight-foot dragon-beard mat and her quilt brocaded in squares

Are ready now for nights that are neither warm nor cold.


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