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Japanese Good Luck Flag
Item #: AA581
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During World War II it was common practice for Japanese military men to receive "Good Luck Flags" prior to deploying outside the homeland. The flags, made of silk, were national flags the Japanese called Hinomaru, meaning "Sun's Circle". The soldiers' friends and family would sign the flag, along with messages of good luck and encouragement around the center of the flag. This type of writing was called Yosegaki, meaning "sideways writing". These flags were meant to give the Japanese soldier hope, inspiration and peace while he was away from home. They became highly sought after souvenirs by US servicemen during the war. This one was brought home by a serviceman. It has been professionally framed. The frame measures 43 1/2" tall and 33 1/2" wide. The flag itself measures 35 1/2" inches tall and 25" wide. This one has two red chop, or shrine marks on it. The first is the Katori Shrine (Harvest), the second is the Kashima Shrine (Military Martial Arts). The large lettering is the soldiers name, Hiraoka Chiyomatsu. The smaller lettering are the names of family and friends of the soldier. Messages written to him are "Good luck forever in joining Army" and "Keep shooting". If you are a collector of WWII memorabilia this one belongs on your wall. The pictures just don't do it justice!
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Your Price $975.00 USD