sorry to revive such an old thread, but i just unknowingly bought a Japanese flag from the current owner of manions, Jody Tucker. He sells on e-bay under the name," allthingsmilitary". Here is a link:
Signed National Flag WW2 Unresearched | eBay
he currently has hundreds of items for sale, including a $4,750 dagger and a $3,999 Japanese sword, so maybe someone can use this to recover some of their money? I thought it was weird that the flag I purchased off e-bay came in a Manions tagged bag. It was recieved into Manions inventory Dec. 2013 and promptly sold on E-bay in Jan. 2014, which I found as odd. I did a little check and found manions owes a lot of people a lot of money!