Imperial Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag-00103
This large Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag is made from a coarse type of silk. It measures approximately 31.00″ high X 42.75″ long. The fly and hoist side edges are hem re-enforced for added strength in those high stress areas. The red sun is screen printed within the white field. Both gold foil corner tabs are sewn into place and each has its tie strings present. The reverse side of the flag has its original wartime price control tag partially remaining.
The large vertical black kanji characters on the right-hand side of the flag say Ki Buun Chokyu or “I Pray Your Military Fortunes Are Long Lasting”. The large corresponding vertical characters on the left-hand side give the name of the flag’s former owner, “Presented to Mr. Oomae Hiroshi“. There is also a visible date in the upper right-hand corner that says, “August, 1943”. A few battle stains are visible (see photos) and a few small holes are present from age.
Interestingly, the latter part of 1943 (after this soldier would have been inducted and been serving), witnessed many important land battles of the Pacific: the Allies completed the occupation of New Georgia and re-occupied New Guinea. Also the Battle of Bougainville took place, as did the Battle of Makin Island and Tarawa. Finally, the Battle of New Britain took place. Overall, this is a nice example of a Japanese Good Luck flag- becoming tougher to find.