Original Japanese WWII Hand Painted Good Luck Silk Flag - Town of Suwa 1944

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a hand painted silk flag with a printed red circle center, the flag is dated 1944 and measures 37.5 x 25. The Good Luck Flag, known as a 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, written in old KANJI the writing are mainly Japanese names of this soldier’s family and friends Japanese his name is ""Mr. Kitazaki"", and other phrases roughly translate to "7 lives for my emperor", "keep shooting" and lots of signatures from friends and loved ones.

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