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Eli Smith
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I was under the impression that it was the character for "Samurai", but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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Yes, the character means "Samurai", but it's rather poorly written, in my humble Western opinion.
 
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It is one of several characters associated with Samurai. (And I agree with Silent Dibs that the calligraphy on the game tiles is rather poor.) This character when written alone is read as "samurai" and is a composite character of two others: Man/Person and Temple. Perhaps this hearkens to the samurai's code, ideal and ethic more than the military service they provided.

Other characters/words associated with the samurai are not read as "samurai" but nonetheless apply. One such is "BUSHI" (boo-shee) which means an educated man in the military (in other words, warrior). You may know it from the word "bushido" which is the code, ethic or way of the warrior.

At any rate that's a bit of a tangent, eh?

 
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quixotequest wrote:
It is one of several characters associated with Samurai. (And I agree with Silent Dibs that the calligraphy on the game tiles is rather poor.) This character when written alone is read as "samurai" and is a composite character of two others: Man/Person and Temple. Perhaps this hearkens to the samurai's code, ideal and ethic more than the military service they provided.


Most etymologies based on graphemes are apocryphal, usually because the characters were Chinese to begin with. They are interesting, nevertheless.

The word samurai comes from the nominalized form saburahi of the verb saburahu, "to serve" -- hence, a samurai is "one who serves" (in the sense of a loyal retainer, not a butler).
 
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sdiberar wrote:
Most etymologies based on graphemes are apocryphal, usually because the characters were Chinese to begin with. They are interesting, nevertheless.


True, true. Breaking down kanji into their radicals and sub-graphemes does in some instances provide a mnemonic device for remembering them. For example remembering "medicine" as "fun grass". When I would point out some of these interesting combinations most Japanese would not see the point. They just learned certain characters mean certain things regardless of the graphemes. While I might question the Japanese lack of creativity in this regard I may have been doing the equivalent of pointing out sub words that may be found in english words apart from true etymological meaning. In those cases any English speaker would say, "What's your point?"
 
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It doesn't make much sense that the ronin (without someone to serve) has the samurai sign on it. Especially when the actual samurais doesn't have the symbol...

Does anyone have a translation of the rest that is written on the box cover? One part has an exclamation mark after it so it must be important.
 
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Top left corner: ライナー・クニツィーア "Reiner Knizia"
beneath that: このゲームは最高! "Kono geemu wa saikou!" [This game is the best!]
above the samurai's head: 幸せなハンス "Shiawasena Hansu" [Happy/Fortunate Hans, i.e. Hans im Glueck]
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Thanks for the translation.
 
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I love how the cho-ons are drawn horizontal for his vertical signature.
 
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