This postcard is post marked from the Kochi Post Office, addressed (could be) to MORIYAMA, Akira (can be also read as Hirkari, Mitsuru, Rei, Hikaru, Kou, or Mitsu). The postcard is printed with the words “Notice of Issuance of a Payment Order.” Under the printed words, “One (monetary amount),” are the words, “320,000 One time lump sum benefit” in handwriting. The rest of the print reads, “Amount on the right funds transfer today (from) Kochi Prefectural Main Depository”, “? Order?…and notification”, “26th of September 1936”, and from the “Kochi Prefectural Governor”. There is an official stamp from Kochi (either the Governor’s office or from the prefectural government). The postal address characters are unknown.


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4 May 2020


  1. We received a comment from a student at Tsukuba University:

    The yen in the early Showa period was about 600 times the current yen. So if this sum mentioned in this document is converted to the current yen, it is about 200 million yen, which seems a rather large sum for a teacher at a public school, and wondered if this may be a unit called “rin” instead of yen, which is one-hundredth of that. Needs further research.



  2. We received a comment from a student at Tsukuba University:

    This appears to be a notice of payment order from the creditor to the debtor. The Governor of Kochi Prefecture has ordered Mitsuru (?) Moriyama to pay 32,000 yen. The address is on the left, and Mr. Moriyama appears to have lived in Yusuhara in Kochi Prefecture. On the right is the payment order notification.


  3. We received a comment from a student at Tsukuba University (different student who commented below on this post):
    This is a payment order is definitely to Mitsuru (?) Moriyama, Yusuhara Village in Kochi Prefecture. This is a payment order from the Governor of Kochi Prefecture addressed to Mr Mitsuru Moriyama at Yusuhara Village in Kochi Prefecture. The amount written is 320,000 yen.

    宛先の住所は『高知県檮原村森山光』で間違い無いかと思います。これは森山光氏へ宛てられた高知県知事からの支払命令書です。金額は 320000 円と書いてあります。


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