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ON4501

Original Japanese WWII Hand Painted Good Luck Cloth Flag - (42" x 29")

Regular price $325.00

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Purchased directly from a WW2 veterans family. This flag is hand painted with multiple signatures and phrases in Japanese. Translated phrases include many Patriotic Sayings as well as lot of names of friends, family, and company colleagues! The flag measures approximately 42" x 29". Flag shows a bit of damage with some small tears and minor staining, but is in great condition for its age and use. This is the real deal, a genuine USGI "bring back"!

The Good Luck Flag, known as hinomaru yosegaki in the Japanese language, was a traditional gift for Japanese servicemen deployed during the military campaigns of the Empire of Japan, though most notably during World War II. The flag given to a soldier was a national flag signed by friends and family, often with short messages wishing the soldier victory, safety, and good luck.

The Japanese call their country's flag hinomaru, which translates literally to "sun-round", referencing the red circle on a white field. When the hinomaru was signed, the Japanese characters were usually written vertically, and radiated outward from the edge of the red circle. This practice is referenced in the second term, yosegaki, meaning "sideways-writing". The phrase hinomaru-yosegaki can be interpreted as "To write sideways around the red sun", describing the appearance of the signed flag. This particular example completely unique is written in old KANJI the writing are mainly Japanese names of this soldier's family and friends with quotes and phrases.

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