Nicely Done and Rare Dragon Art Painted Imperial Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag-00136 "SOLD"
This impressive silk Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag with dragon head art measures approximately 26.” high X 40″ long. The bright red center sun is silk screened onto the age darkened and fluid stained field. The gold foil corner tabs are sewn into their respective corners (one tab has worn to an almost silver shade), and the white silk tie strings remain in place. The silk around the tabs exhibit some damage and there are scattered, mostly small holes in the red sun area. The fly and hoist side edges have been given added stitching for strength, as is the norm.
This wonderful flag was “Presented to Mr. Sasaki Yutaka [by his] Brother. The flag is filled with many names; there are literally hundreds of signatures and slogans across the front of this hinomaru yosegaki. A couple of slogans inked in the center of the sun say “7 Lives in Devotion to the Country”. Another next to it says “Certain Victory!” The flag has also been signed by the Akita Mining College Headmaster, Mr. Hiraoka Michiya (b. 1877. This would make for a great research project!) Akita Mining College was established in 1910 and was involved in engineering and metallurgy during the War. In 1949, it merged with Akita Normal School and Akita Youth Normal School to form Akita University. The Akita University is currently located in Akita City, Japan.
There is an additional impressive entry from the Gojyu-ryu (ryu=dragon) Karate School of sojutsu. Sojutsu is the ancient Japanese fighting technique utilizing the spear or yari (see ukiyo-e/woodcut print by Yoshitoshi in photos section showing a samurai with yari.) The weapon’s popularity reached its zenith in the 13th century following the Mongol invasions. If you recall, it was the kamikaze or “divine winds” that came along and destroyed the Mongol ships preparing to invade Japan. The Japanese ultimately modified the heads of their spears into a number of different variations, leading to the use of the spear both on foot and from horseback, and for slashing as well as the primary use of attacking with thrusts. The included Wikipedia link provides a historical perspective on gojyu-ryu, for those who would like to read about this martial arts system. (linked here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C5%8Dj%C5%AB-ry%C5%AB
The rare illustration that decorates this flag is the dragon head art, inked near the upper-center edge of the flag (11-12 o’clock position). The black-ink illustrated dragon head is pictured darting down from the sky, as if out of the clouds. It measures approximately 6″ long from chin to back of head/neck and approximately 3.5″ at the widest (top of the eye to the ruffle below the neck). Art illustrated flags are always so special because very few good luck flags in general have anything of consequence painted on them. In my many years of collecting Japanese good luck flags, I have only seen a handful of examples that were painted with a dragon. Here is your chance to own one….