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Original Japanese WWII Hand Painted Good Luck Flag and Rising Sun Flag Set

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Fantastic double flag set comprised of an Imperial Japanese WWII Good Luck Flag and an Imperial Japanese Army Rising Sun Flag.

Good Luck flag is made of silk and is hand painted with a plethora of signatures and phrases in Japanese. The flag measures approximately 27 x 40 inches. Flag shows so minor holes, but is in otherwise excellent condition. 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.

Imperial Japanese Army Rising Sun Flag is a very nice but worn cotton single panel rising sun flag that measures a small 12" x 10" in good condition. These are always hard to find in good condition. There are some small holes, stains, and age toning, as well as some tearing and fraying on two corners. Certainly a USGI bring back from World War Two, with a great aged look.

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.

The Rising Sun Flag (旭日旗 Kyokujitsu-ki) design was originally used by feudal warlords in Japan during the Edo period. On May 15, 1870, as a policy of the Meiji government, it was adopted as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army, and on October 7, 1889, it was adopted as the naval ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy (Naval flags have the sun off center to the left). Neither of these flags are common on the market, but the Naval flag is especially rare.
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