US Soldier's Signed Bring Back Japanese Soldiers Personal Rising Sun Battle Flag

US Soldier's Signed Bring Back Japanese Soldiers Personal Rising Sun Battle Flag

425.00

Size: 28.5 x 26.5 inches

Each white stipe in the rising sun flag is adorned with signatures of 16 navy - fire control man operators 1st, 2nd, 3rd class, seaman 1st, 2nd class, airship rigger 2nd class and many more. Many of the US soldiers that signed this captured flag also included their personal nicknames below their signed signatures.

The Good Luck Flag, known as yosegaki hinomaru (寄せ書き日の丸) in the Japanese language, was a traditional gift for Japanese servicemen deployed during the military campaigns of the Empire of Japan, though most notably during World War II. The flag given to a soldier was a national flag signed by friends and family, often with short messages wishing the soldier victory, safety, and good luck. Today, it is used for events such as charities and sports.

The Japanese call their country's flag hinomaru, which translates literally to "sun's circle", referencing the red circle on a white field. When the hinomaru was signed, the Japanese characters were usually written vertically, and radiated outward from the edge of the red circle. This practice is referenced in the second term, yosegaki, meaning "collection of writing". The phrase hinomaru-yosegaki can be interpreted as "Collection of writing around the red sun", describing the appearance of the signed flag.

The hinomaru yosegaki was traditionally presented to a man prior to his induction into the Japanese armed forces or before deployment. Generally, relatives, neighbors, friends, and co-workers of the person receiving the flag would write their names, good luck messages, exhortations, or other personal messages on the field of the flag. The writing usually flowed out sideways in a rayed pattern away from the red sun. However, if the messages became crowded, well-wishers improvised and wrote wherever they could squeeze in a message.

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