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! 02-06-17 ! Today additions were made to the "Flags/Good Luck Flags" category. A large, and nicely signed Japanese Good Luck Flag was listed. This flag is in wonderful condition!

! 02-01-17 ! Additions were just completed for today's update. Added to the "Flags/Good Luck Flags" category was a very nice Signed Good Luck Flag with numerous signatures and multiple slogans. Along with this newest post, an image of Japanese soldiers in "Banzai!" pose was downloaded to our "Feature Photo Image" study section. To each and every person who have made purchases, or who have written us with helpful suggestions and comments I want to extend my warmest, "Thank You"!

! 01-31-17 ! Today an update was made to the "Flags/Good Luck Flags" category and to the "One-Thousand Stitches/Senninbari Belts" section. An attractive Japanese Signed Good Luck Flag with large, round seal, numerous signatures, and slogan will be noted. In the Senninbari section, a new belt may be viewed. This particular example has 10 very interesting red shrine or temple seals on the front and an additional seal on the backside. The combination of knots spell out the characters for Buun Chokyu or "May Your Military Fortunes Be Long Lasting"! I hope to make additional posts over the next few days, so continue to check back.

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 original photograph shows between 40 and 50 Japanese soldiers pictured with their arms up stretched in a "Banzai!" pose. Virtually every man is shown with a Good Luck Signed Flag attached to a  click for full text


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