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    I picked this up at an estate sale years ago. Having always wanted one, I was more than happy to take it home, even if the condition was less than desirable. I tried my hand at translating it once, but all I was able to make out was the kanji for village, I think. So any help would be great.

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    [Note: your image is upside down]

    Enlistment Congratulations to Mr. Masaki Kuniichi

    Top:
    星風満里
    Sei-Fu Ban-ri
    I'm not certain I selected the correct pronunciation of "Sei" for "Star" which is the second kanji in "Tenno" [Heaven Star, i.e.: Emperor]
    Ban-ri means ten-thousand ri [miles]. The Great Wall of China is called Ban-ri no Chou-jo [10,000 mile castle]

    I think it means something like Imperial Wind [for] 10,000 Miles

    祝入営
    Shuku Nyūei
    Congratulations Camp-Entry [enlistment into the military]

    柾木 国市君
    Masaki Kuniichi-kun

    Bottom:

    Tamashii
    Soul/Spirit


    --Guy

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    To the right side of Tamashii:

    Chikara
    Strength/Power

    To the left of Tamashii:

    大和魂
    Yamato-damashī
    Japanese Spirit!

    忠勇
    Chūyū
    Loyalty & Bravery

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    Many thanks Guy! It has always bugged me that I couldn't figure out what any of it said. The flag has had a rough life before I acquired it. I had hoped to frame and display it with some bayo's, but worry that it will fade even more than it already has. I'll figure something out, it's a shame to have it folded and stored wher no one can see it.

    Thanks again,
    Jim

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    You can buy glass that will help to keep it from being faded by sunlight or phosphoresce (it is spelled incorrectly but you know what I mean). Richard Really nice to see a real one.

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