Decorate your home with custom drink coasters! Simple, yet substantial, these
coasters will look great in any room in your house. Made to keep your tables
scratch-free, our custom sandstone coasters have a cork backing, so you can use
them on any surface. These coasters have a matte finish and work best with
vintage illustrations, black-and-white photos and personal text messages.
Calligraphy for the Japanese Word Samurai in Kanji Beverage Coasters
Samurai (侍) is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan. According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany a person in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility," the pronunciation in Japanese changing to saburai. According to Wilson, an early reference to the word "samurai" appears in the Kokin Wakashū (905–914), the first imperial anthology of poems, completed in the first part of the 10th century.
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