! 05-23-17 !
We will be away from the website from 5-24-17 until 5-30-17. Any orders that come in between those dates will be processed on a first come, first served basis once we return. I hope that you are all well and enjoying the Spring! MB
! 05-01-17 !
Greetings! We made a couple of additions to our site today; thank you for taking a look. In the "Senninbari/Senninbari Belts" Category, we added a wonderful, and well-made senninbari belt with large custom tiger artwork. In addition, to the "Flags/Good Luck Flags" Category, we placed a very clean Good Luck Signed Flag with prominent, and interesting dedication. I will be away for a few days beginning tomorrow, returning late on 05-03. Any orders placed during my absence will be filled based upon the time that they were received. FOWM
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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.