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inscription; established name; to engrave on one's mind
Kanji 1847

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Synopsis

This kanji often gives items a stamp of approval. Inscriptions on metal vases, pottery, or swords convey authenticity. The prefix 銘- deems products (e.g., cakes and sakés) “exclusively made” and “of high quality." The term for "brand name" includes 銘, drawing on the connection between 銘 and reputation. And a great product engraves itself on your mind—again involving 銘!

Revision History:

June 29, 2017: p. 11: Altered the definition of 銘醸 and added an explanatory sentence after that.

Originally published: Feb. 24, 2017

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Cover of essay 1847 on 銘, titled "The Real Deal"
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