Original Japanese WWII Named Hand Painted Silk Good Luck Flag with Battle Poem (41" x 28")
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Purchased directly from collector in Europe. This hand painted silk flag is marked with multiple phrases, which include the soldier's full name: Mr Akui. Other things written include "Good Luck for Bravery", "Welcome to Barracks", "2600 Anniversary 1940" with other battle quotes, plus many names of friends and family. There is also a Battle Poem, which explains the large amount of writing on this flag. The flag measures approximately 41" x 28". The fabric used is silk, with the red sun dyed onto the center. Corner reinforcements are present and made of leather, and the original corner ties are all present. Flag is in very good condition, with some staining and tears to the fabric, common with silk good luck flags. 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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