Zuiko - Name Meaning / History

Started Jan 13, 2004 | Discussions thread
OldDigiman Senior Member • Posts: 1,960
Re: Seppuku..dont' be hasty

Higuma wrote:

Time for ritual suicide...

Unless that story is just something made up by the Oly marketing guys . . . .

Dug a lot more and found this tidbit buried in another Olympus site...

http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/news/2003a/nr030624e1dt3e.cfm

2nd Paragraph of this site states the "LONG" version of the
explanation as follows...

"It was in 1936 that the Takachiho corporation, forerunner of today's Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., introduced its first camera, the Semi-Olympus I. The camera's lens was given the name Zuiko, a Japanese word that means "light of the gods." It was an auspicious name, chosen partially because the lens had been developed at the Mizuho Optical Research Laboratory (in Japanese, the first character of the name " Mizuho " can also be read " zui " ), and partially because the corporate name, Takachiho, is a Japanese word that means " mountain of the gods. " But more than the name, it was the extremely high quality of the lens that sparked comment at the time. And ever since, Zuiko lenses have been featured on succeeding generations of Olympus cameras. The Zuiko lenses for our OM SLR system 35mm film cameras, for example, were widely acclaimed for their remarkable resolving and imaging power, and became one of the world's most respected high-performance lens brands."

My wife still feels that this must be a rather OLD translation of a
no longer used Shinto word but regardless I stand corrected...

Off to get my wakasashi and get on with it....

Regardless the above is the "latest" explanation I have found and
validates what others have said...

Cheers...

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