lunch on ge

Charles C. Ebbets     Lunch Atop a Skyscraper: Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam, the GE Building Under Construction, Rockefeller Center, New York City     1932

[#Kanji of the Day] Tuesday October 3, 2017 (Heisei 29):箪笥/簞

Japanese Romaji: tansu
Japanese Meaning: tansu / chest of drawers / bureau / cabinet / dresser​ / wardrobe / commode

Japanese to Chinese Translation: see note 2; 衣櫃 (yīguì), 五斗櫃 (wǔdǒuguì), 多屜櫃 (duōtìguì), 衣櫥 (yīchú)

tan(dan) - bamboo rice basket

su(ke, ge) - lunch box / clothes chest

Chinese Pinyin: dānsì
Chinese Meaning: bamboo box / vessels for holding food

Chinese to Japanese Translation: see note 2

dān - a kind of round bamboo ware for holding cooked rice / small round bamboo basket (for holding cooked rice)

sì - square bamboo container for food or clothing / a bamboo box or chest / hamper / wicker basket

*Note 1: another variant of the first character is 簟

*Note 2: there is no direct translation of this word between Japanese and Chinese. In Japanese, “tansu” can specifically refer to a traditional Japanese style of mobile storage, or used as a suffix “dansu” to refer to other styles. Chinese usage of this word often refers to Japanese tansu.

*Note 3: the picture is based on 仙台箪笥料理 (Sendai Tansu Ryouri), a meal in a tansu.

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