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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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

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