Welcome to Fortunes of War Militaria


! 04-21-17 ! Greetings! This has been a busy month so far, and that "busy-ness" continues. Vintage Productions is sponsoring its West Coast Historical Militaria Collectors Show on May 12-13 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA. We will travel down that way, and hope to see old friends, and make new ones. See you there! In the meantime, our listing of rare and unusual items continues. Today I am listing a rarely seen Senninbari Hinomaru Yosegaki or One-Thousand Stitch Good Luck Flag. Senninbari good luck flags of any kind are hard to find. This example would certainly elevate anyone's collection. Take a look in the "Senninbari"/Senninbari Flag" category of the website to find this nice example. Thank you as always for taking a look! FOWM

! 04-13-17 ! Today's update offers some truly amazing pieces of Japanese World War Two Send-Off items! In the "Senninbari"/"Senninbari Flag"/"Senninbari Vest" categories we have listed a difficult to upgrade One-Thousand Stitch Vest that includes a 16 ray Senninbari knotted battle flag on the reverse and a soldier's presentation on the front. Also listed is an amazing and quite large Senninbari Flag with green over sized stitched kanji characters. The flag is also stamped with the name of the sake company that initially made the un-stitched item available. Finally, we offer a beautifully done, and colorful Off-To-War Tiger Dedicated art piece in silk to a soldier leaving home for his second enlistment near War's end. The vintage framed piece is exceptional. I want to again thank everyone who continue to message me with questions and suggestions with regard to our website and its offerings. It is a pleasure to be able to stimulate so much interest in this topic, and to meet you all. Thank you again. Michael

! 04-11-17 ! Please take notice of today's added item: a rare and profusely signed Japanese "Triumphant Return" Battle Flag! Listed in the "Flags"/"Japanese Battle Flag" category, this large signed battle flag has been written across nearly every red and white ray. There are many, many patriotic slogans and signatures on this very difficult to find flag. Thank you for looking and for your support!

! 03-24-17 ! Items were added to the website today, including a colorful Hachimaki or headband. Decorated with a red sun in the center, and large black kanji characters for "Heroism-Loyalty and Bravery", this iconic piece of World War Two personal gear is also shrine stamped, and includes 2 additional red stamps. You can see this item in the "Militaria Consigned" section of the site. Thank you for looking!

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

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