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    Sticky: Don't take it, if you don't want to waste money

    Don't take it, if you don't want to waste money
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    Sticky: No, not even close nor from wartime, in my...

    No, not even close nor from wartime, in my opinion. What did you buy them as? They look like strainer bags used by restaurants to make soup stock by filling it with dried fish or fish savings and...
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    Sticky: What she is wearing is a kappougi (cooking wear)...

    What she is wearing is a kappougi (cooking wear) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapp%C5%8Dgi
    The English version is poor, but if you translate the Japanese version, it has a lot of details about why...
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    Sticky: As explained those boxes were only for inland...

    As explained those boxes were only for inland mailing to the collection depot. From there they would go out in crates
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    Sticky: That box would have contained filled bags. Unless...

    That box would have contained filled bags. Unless you could join a large collection drive done by the municipality, one would pick up such a box from the local post office and fill it with bags. The...
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    Sticky: The navy version of the Houko Bukuro is called...

    The navy version of the Houko Bukuro is called Oushou Bukuro, meaning "bag for responding to call up", making its purpose even clearer as a readiness bag for reserve personnel.
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    Sticky: It appears that the Hoko Bukuro Service Bags were...

    It appears that the Hoko Bukuro Service Bags were not actually meant for use during active service, but rather to keep things together at home during one's reserve status, to be ready for call up....
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    Sticky: The "plain Jane" bag that Mike showed was...

    The "plain Jane" bag that Mike showed was actually the official type recommended by the army. Army instructions say that a tenugui towel should be folded in two and sewn into a bag for the purpose....
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    Sticky: Here are sets of bags and paybooks for two...

    Here are sets of bags and paybooks for two brothers.
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    Sticky: Hoko Bukuro

    Yes, they were official Army issue items, not civilian items like the comfort bags.

    They were originally meant as carry bags for the pay book. Pay books did not have hard protective covers when...
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