Japanese translation services?

japanese in japaneseJesse emails:

My grandfather returned home from WWII with various pieces that he'd traded for, one of them being a Japanese flag with various messages written on it. We have always wondered what the messages read. I was wondering if AOA or its readers had any ideas where I could get a good Japanese to English translation done locally.

From what we understand, a few of the local colleges have Japanese departments (or, at least, instructors who teach Japanese) -- they might be a place to start. But we're kind of curious if there are local businesses that provide these sorts of services.

Anyone have suggestions for Jesse? Please share!

image via Wikipedia

Comments

My good friend translates Japanese...I'll forward her this post!

If you want a professional, proofread translation use an agency. There is a large one in cohoes: www.lingualinx.com

Well, I think you should definitely approach SUNY about it. I can speak Japanese just fine but I'm pretty sure your items are beyond my abilities. If you contacted the East Asian Studies Department at SUNY maybe they could even see about getting digital scans done and adding them to the library collection (you of course keeping the physical objects)

Why not contact the current chair of SUNY Albany's East Asian Studies department:

http://www.albany.edu/eas/

http://www.albany.edu/eas/deblasi.shtml
(department chair's profile)

The flag was likely removed from a fallen soldier. Before leaving for the front, friends and families wrote personal messages on a flag to be carried into battle by the departing soldier as keep-sake and protection. Translation can be a real challenge and a major undertaking due to archaic and illegible Japanese. No matter how stilted the patriotic language in those inscriptions, be sure that each one translates to a broken heart for a loved one who never made it back home again.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Speed bumps for Washington Park?

Alison emails with a question that's not exactly an Ask AOA question so much as an idea: Should there be speed bumps in Washington Park?... (more)

"First of all, nobody eats lunch anymore..."

NY Mag's Chris Smith talks with an unnamed lobbyist who works here in Albany about the lobbying life -- the seemingly endless lineup of fundraisers... (more)

UAlbany's Lyle Thompson wins college lacrosse's top trophy. Again.

UAlbany lacrosse star Lyle Thompson won the Tewaaraton Trophy Thursday night for the second year in a row. (The trophy is like the Heisman for... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Wait, what? It's the weekend? Already. Haven't made a plan yet? No worries. We've pulled together our weekly (weekend-ly?) list after the jump. Got something... (more)

Morning Blend

Kenneth White case Tiffany VanAlstyne -- accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin Kenneth White in December -- is described to police on video how she... (more)

Recent Comments

... I think for me and many in the community, there is a desire to go back to this point in time, were neighborhoods were rounder, more complete and effervescent, and not so square that they can't take any unique pegs coming its way. There is a lot of energy in this neighborhood, and potential, not unlike other industrial zones in other cities, that have scene remarkable change towards diverse economies. Some do it well, others not so much, so I think it will be important to take those lessons learned from our peers to make sure it is done right. ...

Speed bumps for Washington Park?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Jeff D

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jessica R W

UAlbany's Lyle Thompson wins college lacrosse's top trophy. Again.

...has 1 comment, most recently from Amelia

The Capital Region's theater district

...has 5 comments, most recently from Mary

The New Pornographers at Bearsville

...has 3 comments, most recently from Amelia