Posted by Alec W. (184.108.40.206) on April 07, 2020 at 02:53:23:
In Reply to: Signature of Yoshimaru II posted by Boyko Skole on April 06, 2020 at 22:38:46:
The kanji in question, 「円」 is a "new-style" ("shinjitai") form of the "old-style" ("kyūjitai") kanji「圓」. You can see that the kyūjitai form is much closer to what you see in the signature.
There was once considerable variation in kanji forms more generally, and even 「圓」 had variations that are not represented in modern character encodings -- for some examples from a Taiwanese resource, see:
(hopefully that link works!)
To my eye, some of the variant forms on that page, like the ones containing 「厶」, are even closer to what is seen in that signature.
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