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! 06-27-17 ! Welcome to Fortunes Of War Militaria's update. Today we listed a very nice Good Luck Signed Parade Flag on its original collapsible pole and carrying bag. Signed parade flags are becoming difficult to find and this example is fully translated!
On another note: we will be away from the computer beginning June 29, returning July 17. All orders will be acknowledged and filled in the order in which they were received once we return. Wishing everyone continued best for the summer and a wonderful 4th of July for our American friends!!!

! 06-23-17 ! Fortunes Of War continues today with additions to the website. We have added 2 interesting Senninbari or One-Thousand Stitch Belts to the "Senninbari Belts" category. The first example is a nicely knotted tiger themed senninbari. The second addition is a rarer yellow belt with golden yellow knots/threads with religious notations, in a longer size. Both 1000 stitch belts would make fine choices to add to any collection. Thank you again for reviewing.

! 06-21-17 ! We made another update today: This time we listed a very colorful Japanese Signed Flag under the "Good Luck Signed Flag" category. Filled with prominent slogans and numerous signatures, this 2-piece flag is a bit rarer than the norm. Thank you for having a look! FOWM

! 06-20-17 ! Today's update includes an amazing long, long "hairy" fashioned Senninbari or One-Thousand Stitch Belt. Along with that we made an addition to the "Miscellaneous Flags" section by adding a named pair of Japanese red and white signal flags. More additions will be made within the next few days. Thank you for looking!

! 06-02-17 ! I have returned following a brief trip to the great state of Rhode Island! A number of orders came in while I was away and those will be processed over the next few days in the order in which they were received. Thank you as well for your interesting messages, questions and other inquiries. I try to answer each one and enjoy your feedback. As we are now in the Summer season, I will be away from the site from time to time. I will always post updates here to let you know, however, of my plans. ...And speaking of updates, we have a number of items that we will be posting to the site over the next few weeks. Please stay tuned......! MB/FOWM

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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