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    Just wondering if anyone could give their opinion on the authenticity of this? I am in a sticky position whereby I would really like a Hinomaru flag but I simply do not have the knowledge to buy one with confidence - I am that guy that is just waiting to be scammed!

    Any comments greatly appreciated!

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    From what I can see the flag looks to be authentic. If you go to this link you will find some of the large kanji slogans. The balance of the smaller ones will be names of well wishers and perhaps the recipient.

    Thread for the Compilation of Kanji Slogans and Translations - Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums

    Assuming the flag is undamaged and with both corner ties present it would probably come in around the 200 USD mark without the frame.

    Regards,
    Stu

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    Looks like a good one to me.

    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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    Many thanks for the opinions. Invaluable for a noob like me!

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    A nice original flag. I am moving this to the Japanese Militaria Forum where it will likely receive further comments.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Looks like an original one for me!!

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    I like it also , there looks to be a dedication plaque on the frame , any idea what it says ?
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Further to my last ... if you develop a real interest in yosegaki hinomaru (Good Luck flags) you might be interested to know that Dr. Mike Bortner has written an excellent book on them that can be purchased through his web site. Anyone having a look through his book will have a hard time putting it back down. Lots of great illustrations and more information that you will be able to remember. It goes into senninbari too as they were a companion piece to the Good Luck flags.

    Here is a quick snapshot and a link to his site.

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    Just wondering if anyone could give their opinion on the authenticity of this? I am in a sticky position whereby I would really like a Hinomaru flag but I simply do not have the knowledge to buy one with confidence - I am that guy that is just waiting to be scammed!

    Any comments greatly appreciated!
    TOP: Large horizontal lettering written from right to left:

    高山正次君
    (written in modern fashion from left to right)

    [To] Takayama Masatsugu kun


    Right Side: Large vertical letters:

    武運長久
    Buun Choukyuu [Everlasting Fortune in Battle]

    Next to the vertical, thinner vertical letters:
    忠義正
    chu-gi-sei

    Loyalty - Duty - Correct


    Left: At the 10 o'clock position, at an angle almost upside-down to the viewer:
    神国日本
    Shinkou Nippon
    [God's Country, Japan ... maybe freely translated as "Holy Land Japan"?

    --Guy

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    Yosegaki. 寄せ書き; 寄書き よせがき】 (n,vs) (1) write jointly; (2) collection of autographs


    Parse:
    a. Yose. 寄せ よせ】 (n) (1) last moves (in go, shogi, or chess); endgame; (n-suf) (2) gathering; collecting; coming together;

    b. Kaki. 書きがき】 (n) drawing or writing [verb form is 書く kaku]

    In a kanji-compound word all (oops ... "most") second components beginning with hard consonants (e.g. kaki) soften. Thus, "kaki" when alone changes to ~gaki (yosegaki) as the second-part of a kanji-compound.





    .... just in case you were wondering.

    --Guy

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