Original Japanese WWII Named Hand Painted Cloth Good Luck Flag - 29" x 36"
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Just purchased from a large military auction. This hand painted cloth flag is marked with battle quotes such as "Banzai", and "Good Luck for Bravery". As with many good luck flags, the flag is marked on across the the top with the Japanese phrase 久 長 運 武, which reads Bu un Chou kyu ("May your military fortunes be long lasting.").
The flag came in a bag with a partial translation, and looks to be named to a "Mr. Shimizu Jisaburo". Other writing includes "100 Battles, 100 Victories", as well as signatures of four men who visited Yasaka Shrine. It is also signed with the names of many friends and family. The flag measures approximately 29" x 36", and is made of what appears to be standard cotton cloth or something similar, with the red "sun" dyed into the middle. Flag is in very good condition and is the real deal: a genuine USGI "bring back"!
The flag itself has a few small stains, but is otherwise in excellent condition, showing signs of only light use. The writing is still clearly legible, and this would make a fine display piece for a wall or glass table, or even a translation project. The flag still has the original corner ties fully intact, along with brown leather corner reinforcements.
Ready to display!
The Good Luck Flag, known as hinomaru yosegaki (日の丸 寄せ書き) 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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