! 09-17-18 !
This is a brief update to let everyone know that I will be leaving for the MAX Show in Pittsburgh. The event runs from Wednesday (19th) thru Saturday (22nd). Any orders placed while we are away, will be filled in the order received, once we return. Thank you again and see you soon! FOWM
! 09-02-18 !
There was an addition today to the "Senninbari Belt" category of the website. There you can find a colorful red and white amulet, knotted with a terrific slogan, along with additional stitching in black cotton thread. See the description for a more complete explanation. Thanks for having a look!
! 08-28-18 !
We made an addition to the website today under the "Senninbari Belts" section, adding a beautifully made red and white One-Thousand Stitch Tiger Belt or Senninbari. This example is colorful and nicely knotted. Thanks for having a look. I would like to again thank all of my amazing customers and please, keep the comments and emails coming this way!
! 06-19-18 !
I am pleased to announce that Elm Grove Publishing of San Antonio, Texas has agreed to publish my latest book, Battle Carried: Imperial Japanese Tiger Art Good Luck Flags of World War Two
. This book is the second in a series that examines the subject of World War Two era Imperial Japanese good luck signed flags. While the premier volume introduced the reader to not only hinomaru yosegaki (good luck flags), and senninbari (one-thousand stitch amulets), this publication covers the specific history, meaning, and cultural context of tiger imagery as it was used to decorate good luck flags. Through an extensive use of color pictures; woodblock prints; and rare vintage photographs, the book provides illustrations along with their English translations of some of the rarest, and most highly sought specimens of tiger art flags. From the aspect of human interest, numerous examples have been identified to their soldier, sailor, or airmen owners. As an iconic concept, practically no other animal served to inspire, motivate, or galvanize the World War Two era Japanese populace behind the Asian ideal of what it meant to be a warrior, than the tiger. More details to follow; stay tuned!
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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.