Its a beautiful grouping. Well done.
Great sword and flag, nice finds
That flag is a real nice find Ger , i love it mate
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...
Thank you all for the support and kind words!
Gents its highly appreciated
A little help for the proud new owner. The slogan at the top is VERY different than most yosegaki flags!! Not just that it reads from left to right .....
1. 良武館 Ryobukan
2. 小西康裕 Konishi Yasuhiro
3. 祝入営 celebrating entering military duty
4. 上松繁雄君 Uematsu Shigeo kun
6. 柔道 Judo
7. 剣士 Kenshi [Swordsman/men, fencer]
and the unusual slogan:
Itteki Hei Seikai -- One World in Harmony [or "One Peaceful World"]
Very different from the usual nationalistic slogans of the time
Regarding #6 & 7, I suspect there was a "judo" side and a "kendo" side of the flag for the dojo club members to sign. The Ryobukan conducted classes in Judo, Kendo, Jujutsu, and karate. Either that, or someone identified himself as a judo member and another as a fencer.
[EDIT: I initially reversed two kanji ... but fixed it to 一的平世界. I THINK it reads this way (Itteki HeiSeikai.)]
You very lucky fellah!!!!!!
more about Konishi sensei
Have you ever heard of Konishi Yasuhiro?
I bet you haven’t.
(If you have: Congratulations! You have now earned official Karate Nerd™ bragging rights for a full 1,5 minutes in your next Karate class!)
Konishi Yasuhiro (1893-1983), perhaps the most successful leading pioneer of Karate from the Japanese mainland, was by far one of the most important figures in contemporary Karate history.
It is safe to say this: Not only was he one of the driving forces behind getting Karate accepted in Japan as a “new” martial art from rural Okinawa, but he was also one of the main sponsors for Karate legends like Mabuni Kenwa (founder of Shito-ryu), Miyagi Chojun (founder of Goju-ryu), Funakoshi Gichin (founder of Shotokan), Motobu Choki (notorious Karate street-fighting expert and founder of Motobu-ryu), Ohtsuka Hironori (founder of Wado-ryu) and Taira Shinken (the grandfather of Ryukyu Kobudo) – even hosting these masters in his house, arranging for meetings/training camps, paying for trips and food – among other things.
Much more HERE
A bit more about Konishi sensei here: Shindo Jinen Ryu.