Imperial Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag-00117
This is a classic, silk Imperial Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag. It measures approximately 27.” high X 32.” long. The red orb, near the center of the field, is nicely screened over a darkened white background. The fly and hoist side edges have been stitched to provide added strength. The gold foil corner tabs, with some silver showing through, are firmly sewn in place. All tie strings are firmly attached to the corners.
Across the top of the flag, Ki Buun Chokyu or “I Pray Your Military Fortunes Are Long Lasting” is boldly displayed in a horizontal fashion. Large, vertical kanji characters on the left-hand side of the flag closest to the hoist say “Presented to: Mr. Morinaga Toshihisa”. Additional kanji reads “1st January, 1942 Niigata Prefecture, Ojiya City”. The flag has been signed by a number of people with the surname Nishida. Others signing are a school principal and some school kids. The flag also contains a poem, written by a student at Tokyo University.
The area of present-day Ojiya City was part of ancient Echigo Province. During the Edo period, the area was largely territory administered directly by the Tokugawa shogunate and developed as a river port on the Shinano River. The area was traditionally noted for its Ojiya chijimi, a type of linen fabric. After the Meiji restoration, the area was organized as part of Kitauonuma District, Niigata and the town of Ojiya was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889/
There are no holes in the fabric, however, there are battle stains on this “salty” flag that run horizontally from the 2-3 o’clock position, through the orb, ending around the 10 o’clock position.