Book 2 - New!

A Second Book by Michael A. Bortner

Battle Carried: Imperial Japanese Tiger Art Good Luck Flags of World War Two

This book is the second in a series that examines the subject of World War Two era Imperial Japanese good luck signed flags.

While the premier volume introduced the reader to not only
hinomaru yosegaki (good luck flags), and senninbari (one-thousand stitch amulets), this publication covers the specific history, meaning, and cultural context of tiger imagery as it was used to decorate good luck flags. Through an extensive use of color images; woodblock prints; and rare vintage photographs, the book provides illustrations along with their English translations of some of the rarest, and most highly sought specimens of tiger art flags. From the aspect of human interest, numerous examples have been identified to their soldier, sailor, or airmen owners. As an iconic image, practically no other animal served to inspire, motivate, or galvanize the World War Two era Japanese populace behind the Asian ideal of what it meant to be a warrior, than the tiger.

Size: 8.5” x 11”, 196 pp., Hard Cover Edition
Over 210 Color and Black and White Images

List price for Standard Editions $69.99 + Domestic and International Shipping.

Deluxe Signed and Numbered (#1-50) Copies Available $85.00 + Domestic and International Shipping. (Special features include a custom designed Tiger Art Book Plate, Signed and Numbered by the author, as well as a Custom Book Cover, not available on the standard editions.)

Contact the author here for your autographed and/or personalized copy.

The Author:
Michael A. Bortner

Michael Bortner has been a collector of imperial Japanese good luck flags and one-thousand stitch belts for more than fifty years. His initial desire to write a book developed from his curiosity to find historical and cultural information on the subject. That interest led to the successful release of his first volume, Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One-Thousand Stitch Belts. As his passion for and exposure to the subject of good luck flags grew, Mike began to research and write his second book, Battle Carried: Imperial Japanese Tiger Art Good Luck Flags of World War Two. This work focuses solely on the iconographic tiger art, sometimes found painted on hinomaru yosegaki. Drawing upon an extensive collection of tiger-painted good luck flags and amulets, gathered from fellow collectors worldwide, the author has assembled the first work of its kind in English on the subject.

The author earned his B.A. Degree in History from the University of California, Irvine and his M.A. Degree in Anthropology from the California State University, Hayward. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He is a member of The Company of Military Historians, The North American Vexillological Association, Textile Society of America, The American Historical Association, The Society For Military History, The Ohio Valley Military Society and the MAX Certified Dealer Program.

To purchase an autographed and/or personalized copy of the book, please contact us here.

Reviews

Ron WernethAuthor of 'The Fall of the Japanese Empire' and 'Beyond Pearl Harbor'
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"Never before has the significance of the tiger and the role that it played within the psyches of the Japanese military men of the Pacific War been studied. An essential read..."
Gregory A. BabichCo-Author of 'Imperial Japanese Grenade Rifles and Launchers'
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"Dr. Bortner’s broad and thorough examination and well-organized presentation places the artifacts in context, allowing the reader to better understand them and the warriors who carried them… This treatise advances our understanding of Japanese history, culture, language, textiles and art."
John EggerJapanese Headgear Authority and Long Time Collector
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"With his newest book, 'Battle Carried: Imperial Japanese Tiger Art Good Luck Flags of World War Two', Michael Bortner presents new information, never before assembled in one place… Dr. Bortner’s books are critical to understanding and/or collecting hinomaru yosegaki flags and every collector should educate themselves with them, before they start their search. …His research will aid enthusiasts in other areas of Japanese military collectibles as well as those in the fields of textiles, religion and Asian art studies. With his books, the next time you see a hinomaru yosegaki flag you won’t have to ask what it is. You’ll know."
Marc W.
Marc W.
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"I've always considered myself a connoisseur of fine books, and your new book certainly, at the very least, rates in that very fine book category. The subject matter certainly fills a need in the collectors' community. The graphics are fantastic. It's a book I will certainly read cover to cover and I'll circle back once I've done so.....Very glad I opted for the Deluxe Edition."
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Table of Contents

Foreward

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 — Tigers and Japan’s Ancient People

Chapter 2 —  The Chinese Painting Style and Its Influences Upon Japanese Art

Chapter 3 — Tiger Zen

Chapter 4 — Epic Tiger Legends and Battles

Chapter 5 — Good Luck Flags- Bobbing Head Tigers

Chapter 6 — Good Luck Flags- Tiger Head Portraits

Chapter 7 — Good Luck Flags- Tigers in Profile

Chapter 8 — Good Luck Flags- Tigers Descending

Chapter 9 — Good Luck Flags-Tigers Standing on Rock Ledges

Chapter 10 — Good Luck Flags- Tigers on the Attack

Chapter 11 — Good Luck Flags- The Empire’s Victorious Tigers

Chapter 12 — Good Luck Flags- Tiger Associated Flags

Chapter 13 — Tiger and Miscellaneous Good Luck Cloth Amulets

Glossary

Bibliography

Bibliography  —  Conservation and Preservation of Textiles

Appendix

Size: 8.5” x 11”, 196 pp., Hard Cover Edition
Over 210 Color and Black and White Images