I have an ornament, the picture, and I do not know what it means. I'm not even sure if it's Japanese but any help would be gladly taken.

  • I'm coming up with a near hit on 祿, but that doesn't quite hit the mark in my opinion. It's got 示 on the left and 水 on the bottom right. It's the top right that's throwing me off here... – Kaji Mar 20 '14 at 19:04
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    禄 roku is the salary for samurai warriors in the feudal era. – noel_lapin Mar 20 '14 at 21:08
  • There were 元禄 genroku years in the Edo Tokugawa shogunate. – noel_lapin Mar 20 '14 at 21:09
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    禄/祿 >>> en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E7%A5%BF Wiktionary says it also means blessing, prosperity, happiness... – user1016 Mar 21 '14 at 4:10

After looking at this and using rikaikun (Chrome Extension):

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Looking it up in Tagaini Jisho gives me the ろく entry, but the top-right radical is written differently, even though one of the listed components is "彑". (A variant of 彑 is 彐 or ⺕).

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It appears to be a kanji character that's used sparingly in Japanese, probably 人名用漢字 (JinmeiyouKanji) (Kanji used for names), but the image you gave shows an unsimplified version.

  • Ninja eyes! good job. I wonder why @chocolate didn't write an answer lol – user5083 Apr 8 '14 at 13:24

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