Japanese Good Luck Flags

The World War Two era Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flag, or hinomaru yosegaki was a gift given to a departing soldier, sailor, or airman. When a man enlisted or was drafted into the armed forces, his friends, family and/or co-workers would celebrate his entry into the military. Prior to his departure, a party would be given in his honor.

At that time, an unsigned Japanese national flag would normally be placed on a table so that the group in attendance could sign, with ink and brush, their names and add their admonishments to the white field. Good Luck Flags were often highly personalized, and served to remind the soldier stationed far from home, to uphold his family's honor by doing his duty to the fullest extent.

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Welcome to Fortunes of War Militaria
FortunesOfWarMilitaria.com presents Japanese good luck signed flags, one-thousand stitch/good luck articles, off-to-war banners, and other items that pertained to military send-off celebrations.  click for full text

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

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