I could be totally out of my league here, but I know in Western militaries the guidon evolved out of the spear, which is why it is important to pay attention to the spade when marching.
The head of this flag poll is absolutely gorgeous, so I wonder if it is from a garrison standing display or ceremonial flag. Where the cherry blossom is more symbolic, much like the eagle on a American flag.
Are there three toppers, or just two?
It is gorgeous.
Thanks, and appreciate your comment. The top is three sided with a different character on each side. Regards, hal