Welcome to Fortunes of War Militaria

! 7-01-16 ! Our most recent update was made to the "One-Thousand Stitch Belt/Senninbari Belts" section. A very nice Tiger Senninbari or "Tiger Belt" was just added. In Japan, modern reproductions of these are being sold to the re-enactment market and are now being seen in the United States and elsewhere. Authentic tiger senninbari are already quite desirable and will continue to be much sought after by collectors.
In addition, in Celebration of the 4th of July, we have updated our "Feature Photo-Image Gallery". Thank you again to all who have contacted me with inquiries and who have made purchases; You are much appreciated!

!! 6-22-16 !! We have made an update to our website. Under the "Miscellaneous Flags" Section, we have added a beautiful Japanese Navy Ship's Duty Flag in a very desirable size! Along with that we have a number of rare senninbari and good luck flags listed. Please have a look as there is something here for the new as well as the advanced collector. Enjoy!

!!! 6-5-16 !!! An update has been posted to our "Featured Photo- Image Gallery": A seldom seen photograph of a mounted horse soldier with good luck flag surrounded by friends providing a send-off celebration.

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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