1000 Stitch Belt-0089-Tiger Senninbari-plus!
This is a terrific, cotton 1000 Stitch Belt that measures approximately 6.00″ high X 30.50″ long, not including the tie strings. It is relatively clean on the outside, other than some age darkening, and spots from wear in the field/battle. This amazing One Thousand Stitch Belt is actually two Senninbari in one package. Opened across the top for inner viewing, the first panel displays a nicely stitched, growling tiger, made from red knotted threads. Written in black ink to the front and rear of the tiger’s paws are the characters, Buun Chokyu or “May Your Military Fortunes Be Long Lasting”. There is a 5-sen good luck coin, stitched over the tiger’s eye. Just below that first Senninbari, is a second 1000 Stitch Belt, made from white silk or rayon cloth. Constructed more in the earlier traditional style of square cloth, and knotted panel, it contains 1000 knots made from white silk thread and also has a 5-sen coin sewn to to it. A black inked stamp on the upper left corner of the second Senninbari appears to say, Samuhara, which is a mantra that protects the bearer from harm caused by bullets in battle! Along the right-hand side of this same Senninbari are three red inked seals. They are difficult to read, but one appears to say, Kinkazan, a shrine island in Miyagi prefecture.
Kinkazan, a small island in Miyagi prefecture, is located in north-eastern Japan. It lies in the Pacific Ocean approximately one kilometer off the Oshika Peninsula. There is a Shinto shrine on the island, called Koganeyama-jinja, which dates from the 8th century. This particular holy place claims to have been built on the site of the first gold mine in Japan.
I keep my eyes open for tiger belts and this one is exceptional! They are, however, becoming tougher to find and prices will only go up!