One-Thousand Stitch Belt

The Japanese Senninbari, or One-Thousand stitch amulet of protection, evolved in its form over time. During the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), the practice of making one-thousand stitch items as belts became a popular fad.

According to custom and lore, only women were allowed to make the senninbari, and they devoted much time and effort acquiring the stitches in order to insure that their relative in the military was protected by it. It was understood that as each knot was added to the cloth there would be a resultant compounding of good luck imparted to the wearer.

In addition, some believed that by wearing it, the owner could be protected from harm in battle. At the time of World War Two, the most common form of senninbari was the one-thousand stitch belt.

Worn tucked into the waistband or tied around the waist, the senninbari belt was seen in other forms as well including: simple square pieces of cloth covered with 1000 knots, stitch caps, vests, shirts, and flags.

More About Japanese Militaria

Welcome to Fortunes of War Militaria 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

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

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