Imperial Japanese Good Luck Signed Flag-0096
This nicely signed silk, Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flag has age-toned to a slightly darker shade of white. Overall, the flag measures approximately 32.00″ wide X 26.50″ high. The deep red colored sun in the center was silk-screened onto the white field. The fly side of the flag was re-enforced with added stitching to prevent it from fraying, while blowing in the wind. In the lower right-hand corner is a 1.25″ square shrine seal, stamped in red. The stamp is fairly light and while I can see it, it is difficult to read. There are some light insect bites found, primarily in the red sun area. There are no corner tabs or tie strings on this flag, as it appears the right-hand silk margin or hoist portion of the flag has torn away.
The large black characters for the popular slogan Ki Buun Chokyu or “I Pray Your Military Fortunes Are Long Lasting”, are prominently displayed vertically along the right-hand side of the flag; that same slogan is seen down near the five o’clock position as well. The slogan Hissho or “Certain Victory!” can be seen written just below the nine o’clock position. While the name of the owner is missing I can determine, that based upon the well-wishes and other comments written on the flag, the owner of the flag was probably a student from Meiji University who was either drafted or joined up during the student mobilization there. It appears that his name was Aoyama.
This is an eye-catching example, with many nice elements, of the classic Japanese Good Luck Flag. These are becoming harder to find…