May 01, 2014

OK

I'm drawing a blank.

What the HELL does this damned blimp say?



It is allegedly the Sapporro Beer Blimp of 1909...but that Katakana has me stumped. "Ru-bi ro bo sa su bi a ?"


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:43 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 "bi a" is beer.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu May 1 09:38:09 2014 (+rSRq)

2 Right-to-left: ebisu sapporo beer.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Thu May 1 09:54:18 2014 (1CisS)

3 So that ã‚¢ looking thing is a Kanji (or an obsolete kana)?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu May 1 14:40:42 2014 (DnAJl)

4 OH WAIT...it IS an エ just with a turned down sort of flourish. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu May 1 14:42:11 2014 (DnAJl)

5 Actually, it's ヱ: an e-series equivalent of "wo". It's uncommon nowadays. The only time ever I saw it in anime was in spelling of name of Konoe of Hanakyou Maid Tai (so it's basically "Konowe" or "Konoue").

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu May 1 15:09:04 2014 (RqRa5)

6 And indeed Wikipedia's article on "wo" speciffically mentions (WO)Ebisu beer, which is still spelled with the obsolete kana.
Thanks guys! I might never have figured that out.


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu May 1 15:36:14 2014 (DnAJl)

7 Sapporo romanizes the beer name as Yebisu, adding to the fun; fortunately it isn't pronounced.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Thu May 1 15:36:33 2014 (1CisS)

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