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  1. Very nice Bob. Tie strings seem to be the most popular among collectors because they are easier to adjust on a mannequin display. Belts that fasten with buttons may be too tight or too loose to fit correctly around the waist of a mannequin. Senninbari without tie strings are also correct (many were made without them). These were simply wrapped around the waist and tucked inside the pants. Standard service belts or sword belts were then cinched up and held the 1000 stitch belt in place. Mike
  2. Hands down, nice flag. I don't see a dedication but has the slogan, Buun Chokyu or "May Your Military Fortunes Be Long-Lasting" written vertically down the left-hand side. There are a ton of names signed on the flag and the corner tab appears to have kanji characters printed on it. They normally give the name of a company that has provided the flag (donated or sold). Newspapers of the day often gave away flags as advertisements. You might also see shrine names sometimes printed there as well. Yasukuni Shrine sold or gave away many flags during the war. Mike
  3. Eric- Man, I'm sorry that I missed this posting earlier. At this point I'm just one of many to chime in with, "That's a beautiful helmet!" .....But it is!!! Thanks for sharing. Mike
  4. Wow, Bob! Very nice, custom inked tiger senninbari!! Does the belt have ties or buttons to close it? Many senninbari or 1000 stitch belts lack ties altogether. The red circles were normally made by kids with a round stamp and red ink (anyone could theoretically do that, however). Kids were often less skilled with making knots, so they were often tasked with counting out 1000 circles. Afterward, women would take the unfinished cloth belt to busy places (outside department stores, train depots, etc.) and have other women knot them up. According to custom, only women made the knots/stitches. Sometimes the belts lack the 1000 knots and sometimes they have more. My guess is that whomever made the circles, lost count. The key, of course, was to just have many, many knots. The more stitches/knots, the greater the compounding of good fortune. Mike
  5. Probably the best thing to do with German and German related items is to begin a thread or post over on the TR side of the website; this site is for Japanese items. The "Moderator" may move this over there anyway....... Mike
  6. Yes, exactly! The picture that comes to my mine would be the huge, long ones displayed at Nuremberg and elsewhere. Mike
  7. No worries; it is a little convoluted trying to piece together the terms and yet still get the overall meaning. Mike
  8. Tiger good luck cloth/amulet measures: 14.00” X 17.00” (35.56cm X 43.18cm) This beautiful tiger good luck amulet was fashioned from an un-hemmed piece of white silk cloth. In the upper right-hand corner, the 4 vertical characters for Buun Chokyu, or “May Your Military Fortunes Be Long Lasting” may be seen. To the left of that near the center, the characters for, “Win Japan!”, and “Justice” are seen. In the lower right-hand quadrant, in the 4 o'clock position are 4 bold ideograms that say, Jinchu Hokoku or “Serving The Nation With Utmost Loyalty”. Near the lower-center, the smaller vertical line of Japanese characters say, “For The Country”. A detailed tiger, crouching upon a rock amid a bamboo thicket was painted in the lower left-hand quadrant by the artist using black, white, gray, red, orange, yellow, and green ink or paint. At the tip of the tiger's tail, near the center of the cloth, a 5-sen good luck coin was stitched to the silk using white cotton thread. In an unusual format, a white paper ofuda was stitched near the center-front of the cloth above the tiger's head. Its red characters say, Nenpo Reigen, a prayer or slogan that was used by the (rather new at the time), Buddhist sect known as Nenpo Shinkyo. Established on August 3, 1925 by Reigen Ogura, and still active today, it has by its own account, over 1 million believers (511,000 adherents according to other sources), in Japan. According to the organization, “The spirit of Nenpou Shinkyou proclaims that all people throughout the world, regardless of religion, nationality or cultural background, should join hands in fellowship to build a world without conflict. Nenpou Shinkyou teaches the True Way in which we should live- the Goseikun”, or 5 precepts. Its main temple, known as Kongouji, is located in Osaka, Japan. Two small red seals may be seen near the edge of the material in the left-hand corner. The upper seal is quite blurry, while the characters of the lower example are too highly stylized to read.
  9. Garandrew- That is all really nice. I would love to have the room to display my long Japanese nobori. Some of them are over 40 feet long. A few years ago, the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts located at the Florida Institute of Technology did a display of a number of my flags and banners. I would guess that not since the War had those banners been hung; parts of the facility have really high ceilings. Along with the many, many good luck flags and other wartime related send-off items, it made quite a display. To ever have that kind of flag display room again would indicate that had died and gone to heaven! Mike
  10. Your understanding of the terms is correct. Mike
  11. Garandrew- Wow, another amazing looking flag! Where do you display all of these flags, especially the larger ones? I am jealous for whatever room that you have.........! Mike
  12. This flag is a Japanese national flag. The Japanese Diet (Congress or Parliament, if you will), formally adopted this as the national flag in August of 1999. Up until that time, laws concerning flag regulations had not been regulated. Officially, the Japanese national flag was not "the" flag until that time. The truth is that before that time, most people recognized the flag with white field and round, red center as the Japanese national flag (this is all a bit redundant sounding I know, sorry!) The word "hinomaru" (sun's circle) is the Japanese word for their national flag. The posted photograph is of the Japanese national flag or "hinomaru". The Japanese also call it the national "hata" or flag. A "hinomaru yosegaki" is a Japanese national flag (hinomaru), that has been signed with names or messages, etc. When there is writing on the flag that goes out from the red, sun in the center you have a "hinomaru yosegaki". Those words indicate a Japanese national flag (hinomaru) with sideways writing (yosegaki) that goes out from the sun. Mike
  13. You are welcome! Interesting discussion and a great flag collection! Mike
  14. This piece and many other similar examples will be featured in my upcoming book on tiger painted good luck flags and cloth amulets; it's a rather whimsical looking tiger figure. Tiger good luck cloth/amulet measures: 8.00” X 13.00” (20.32cm X 33.02cm). Amulet Courtesy of The John Egger Collection The previous image of a pouncing tiger was painted upon a remnant of cotton cloth using black, and red ink; it contains no kanji writing or ink stamp of any kind. It was found among a number of other wartime era belongings owned by someone who served in the Japanese military during the War.
  15. That definitely looks like fountain pen from here. More often than not, you see the signatures with that sort of, "spreading out" of the ink, due to wicking from the material. I forgot to include the insignia from the 124th F.A. earlier, so here it is. Mike
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