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Interesting WWII portrait of Japanese Soldier with inscription

Discussion in 'Translations' started by Bunkerhill, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Bunkerhill

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    This is a portrait I picked up recently. The composition is a bit different than I normally see with soldiers portraits. I probably mentioned it before but a huge number of vintage photos haven't the least bit of identification or caption. It's frustrating.

    But not is this portrait unusual but it is captioned both back and front. If one of the forum members has the time a translation would be so appreciated.

    As always, my sincere thanks for your help. Japanese Soldier ob.jpg
     
  2. Bunkerhill

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    - and the reverse. Japanese Soldier rv.jpg
     
  3. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    They both seem to be quotations from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
     
  4. Bunkerhill

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    wow - not what I expected at all. Thank you as always, Mike.
     
  5. Toritoribe

    Toritoribe 松葉解禁
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    眠れ!!
    祖国の為に
    ボルトス*
    唯一の信条だ
    Go to sleep!! for our homeland
    This is Porthos's only principle.


    back
    「罪深き者 汝の名は
    ロメオなり」**
    村上君よ、ジュリエットの良き
    ロメオたれ、
    俺はボルトス、幻影の恋を、
    追うボルトス、将に此の世の喜劇?
    "Sinfulness, thy name is Romeo."
    Murakami, be good Romeo for Juliet.
    I'm Porthos, Porthos who follows illusional love.
    Is this exactly a comedy in this world?


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    ボルトス is a typical typo of ポルトス Porthos in The d'Artagnan Romances by Alexandre Dumas.

    **
    This is a variation of 弱き者よ、汝の名は女なり Frailty, thy name is woman. from Hamlet by Shakespeare.
     
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  6. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    I knew it was something old and impenetrable.
     
  7. Bunkerhill

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    A very interesting man, Toritoribe. Really - not at all what I expected...

    I'm going to root out a WWII Japanese forum and see if anyone can decipher the ' 30 ' unit number.
     
  8. Toritoribe

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  9. Bunkerhill

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    Toritoribe, a simple digging around on the net I found that the ' collar flash ' or metal type number insignia was discontinued in 1938. However, some members of the military still used it until late in the war.
     

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