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! 02-19-18 ! Hello, and thank you for looking at our newest update. Today I posted to the "Senninbari-One Thousand Stitch Belt" category, a colorful stitch belt with large Japanese rising sun motif across both the front, and rear. For added measure, it also has a good luck coin sewn inside it, and is name stamped with 2 red inkan. Along with that update, I placed a beautiful One-Thousand Stitch Vest to the "Senninbari Vest" category. The vest has a large red sun in the center of the back along with its 1000 prominent red cotton stitches. Near the bottom of the vest are a number of lines of red kanji that identify that the item was produced, and donated by one of the Japanese Patriotic Ladies Associations of Miyagi prefecture- A wonderful senninbari! Thank you again for all of your wonderful messages, and questions! They are appreciated... Michael Bortner

! 02-15-18 ! Greetings from Fortunes Of War Militaria! Today I have added a rare Senninriki or "Power Belt" to the "Amulets of Protection" category. This particular example has some most interesting writing on it but more importantly, it contains a large human hair amulet sewn in between the layers of cloth! I have never seen another example of this kind. Similarly, I added a nice 4 temple- stamped tenugui or cloth amulet of protection to the "Miscellaneous Amulet of Protection" category. I also added for sale an unusual Senninbari that has a really interesting prayer/mantra on the front, and that also contains a large sewn-in collection of good luck charms. In addition, I posted the bag for sale that this grouping of Senninriki and Senninbari were found stored inside. Other examples from this grouping will be posted within the next few days. Thank you for having a look at all of these terrific items....! Regards, Michael Bortner

! 02-10-18 ! We continue to expand our offerings of senninbari by adding a number of pieces to the "One-Thousand Stitch Belt" category of the site. An early senninbari has been listed today as well as other beautiful examples. Thank you for taking a look!

! 02-09-18 ! Today we made another addition to the "One-Thousand Stitch Belt" category of the website. A number of very unique and colorful senninbari belts are now available for you to view. Thank you for taking a look at these terrific Japanese World War Two era good luck items!

! 02-06-18 ! Today we updated the website by adding a colorful, One-Thousand Stitch Belt with presentation dedication. The Senninbari is made of cotton and contains 1000 red knotted cotton stitches. At the belt's center is a nice stitched Japanese National flag.

Further Website Details Please note: For those who want to offer their Good Luck Flags, One-Thousand Stitch items or related Japanese World War Two era militaria, please consider us when thinking about a consignment option. Fortunes Of War Militaria may provide exposure for your items to a broad range of collectors. It's a really process! If interested, please contact me here for further details. Regards, Dr. Mike

Welcome to Fortunes of War Militaria! This website is an outgrowth of my interest in the study of Japanese World War Two era military history, and of its material culture. More specifically, we present Japanese good luck signed flags, one-thousand stitch/good luck articles, off-to-war banners, and other items that pertain to Japanese World War Two era military send-off celebrations. In addition, we include post-war G. I. souvenir of service flags, and other flag related items of the period.

As my appreciation of and passion for Japanese good luck signed flags (hinomaru yosegaki) and one-thousand stitch belts (senninbari) grew, I was disappointed by the lack of primary research material available on the subject. That void led me to write the book, Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One-Thousand Stitch Belts released in 2008 by Schiffer Military Books. The publication's release caused a burgeoning of interest among a disparate group consisting mainly of military and art historians, textile aficionados, and militaria collectors. Following this, inquiries and/or the desire to obtain authentic items started to come to me from all over the world. This site developed as a natural progression in the search for genuine items. It is my intention that the goals of the novice as well as the advanced collector will be satisfied.

Michael Bortner

More About Japanese Militaria

The Book
This is the first book of its kind that focuses solely on IMPERIAL JAPANESE GOOD LUCK FLAGS AND ONE-THOUSAND STITCH BELTS and answers many of the questions collectors have.  click for full text

Japanese Good Luck Flags
The World War Two era Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flag was a gift given to a departing soldier, sailor, or airman.  click for full text

One-Thousand Stitch Belt
The Japanese Senninbari, or One-Thousand stitch amulet of protection, evolved in its form over time.  click for full text

Off-To-War Banners
World War Two era off-to-war banners, also known as shussei nobori in Japanese, are quite colorful and come in various sizes.  click for full text

Feature Photo Image Gallery
This vintage wartime photo shows a man posing outside, his "Good Luck Flag" or Hinomaru Yosegaki suspended from a wooden pole. Notice the thick and bold vertical kanji ideograms that characterize this  click for full text


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