Headband (Hachimaki) with Red Sun and Kanji Characters for Certain Victory!
This Headband (Hachimaki) is made from a cotton material and measures approximately 3.25″ high X 38.’ long. Similar to the often seen hachimaki with the kanji characters for “Divine Wind” (kamikaze), headbands were utilized by nearly everyone in Japan during the War. Pre-made or homemade examples were worn during physical exercise, military training; even factory workers wore them to absorb perspiration and show their patriotic spirit. This particular example says Hissho or “Certain Victory!”, a popular wartime slogan often seen written on good luck flags and 1000 stitch belts.
The cotton is in good shape, although slightly age darkened. There is a small stain near the kanji character on the lower-left bottom (see image).