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Confusion Over Origin of Poster

May 22, 1997

Re "Harking Back to a Simpler Time"( May 9): The poster in the picture is incorrectly identified as Chinese. This is a Japanese poster for Sapporo Beer. The Japanese have three different ways of writing--Kanji (Chinese characters) and two phonetic systems, Hiragana and Katakana. The large characters in the upper right corner of the poster are Katakana, which clearly makes this Japanese.

JIM SCHEEL

Glendale

Editor's Note: The Chinese poster, advertising Sapporo beer and Sensei sake, is from a series of richly colored posters that appeared in Japan-occupied Manchuria in the late 1930s promoting Japanese products.

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