Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vintage Japanese Hiragana Blocks by vintagefromjapan on Etsy


These are called いろは かるた "iroha karuta" which are basically like ABC blocks for Japanese children. They use these to learn "Hiragana" which is one of the 3 written languages which makes up Japanese.

These are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are probably from the 1950's or so. The interesting thing about these is how the "romaji" is written. "Romaji" means romanized Japanese. Most people know that Mount Fuji is spelled "Fuji" but on the block shown in the 2nd picture it is spelled "huzi" so these are quite old.

They measure 6x6x1.5 cm. There are 50 in the set. These are quite heavy which is why the shipping charges are higher.

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