Welcome to Fortunes of War Militaria

! 9-08-16 ! Hello From California! We are in the process of moving from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Thank you to everyone who have placed orders and then waited patiently for the items to be boxed and shipped. Once we are fully situated in our new "digs" things will return to normal. In the meantime, please note that there have been price reductions to some of the One-Thousand Stitch Belts listed in our "Consignment" section. Senninbari listed as OTSBC-0006 thru OTSBC-0009 have all been reduced by $25.00 each. The current price shown on those items reflects the discount. Again, we would like to thank everyone for their support of this website, especially our new friends in England and the Netherlands. We look forward to expanding our offerings once our move is complete.

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

Featured Photo-Image Gallery
-Home Sweet Home- In this undated vintage photograph, 2 U.S. servicemen sit outside their tent shelter and pose along with their captured war trophy, a samurai sword, along with their own steel helmet  click for full text


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Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags, One-Thousand Stitch Belts, Banners, Amulets of Protection

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