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Old 03.05.2011, 10:47
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Japanese Medal/Award Identification

I have a WW2 Japanese medal/award left to me by my Grandfather that I would like to identify. I've been googling all over the place and have yet to find the same medal.
I have contacted a few War memorabilia shops but haven't heard back from them yet.

It would be great to know what it says in the item.

I thought I'd stick some picks on here, you never know, someone may be an expert...


This is a pic of the front:


And the rear:
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Old 03.05.2011, 17:30
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Re: Japanese Medal/Award Identification

For sure, on the front, the single word (赏) is "Shang" - means award in Mandarin. But the medal is written in Kanji - very similar to Mandarin.

At the back, top line:

As this is rather old, we read the words from right to left, rather than the usual left to right these days.

(from right to left) 山口县立 - this is a place in Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaguchi_Prefecture

(from right to left) 岩国中学校 - a quick search on Google tells me that this is a secondary/high school there:
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B2%...AD%A6%E6%A0%A1

So based on my amateur reading of Kanji, this is an award from that school which was started only in 1947. So this medal is post WW2 then? I might be wrong, get it verified by experts. How did your grandfather get it? My curiousity is all piqued!!
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Old 03.05.2011, 17:40
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Re: Japanese Medal/Award Identification

Thanks so much for your help.

Well, my grandad told me it was given to him by a captured Japanese Captain during WW2. Although now that you mentioned it possibly comes from a school, it seems my grandad was winding me up. Now I am more confused than before.

I'm not sure what went on over there but a couple of Japanese ladies turned up at his house in the '50's or '60's claiming to be his daughters or something. It was all hush hush.
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Thanks so much for your help.

Well, my grandad told me it was given to him by a captured Japanese Captain during WW2. Although now that you mentioned it possibly comes from a school, it seems my grandad was winding me up. Now I am more confused than before.

I'm not sure what went on over there but a couple of Japanese ladies turned up at his house in the '50's or '60's claiming to be his daughters or something. It was all hush hush.
Sorry to have confused you even further.

I might be wrong since my native tongue isnt Japanese. Its best to get it verified by experts in WW2, historians or even fellow EFers who are native Japanese. Good luck!
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