Thank you in advance for your help. My father brought this flag home from WWII. He was among the first Navy troops to arrive in Sasebo in September 1945. He did not get this from a Japanese soldier, but rather from a Japanese family. For the last 70 years he has wondered what it says.
I understand that generally these flags contain good wishes from family members to the soldier. But in this case it was not taken into battle by the soldier, but left at home.
Can you see anything on this flag that is unusual... or different than the typical well wishes? Also, are sketches like this eagle unusual?
In the close-up pictures I have numbered what I believe to be different phrases.
Thank you. I know my father will appreciate learning about this.