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Old 07-15-2019, 12:46 PM   #16
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These types of flags are commonly misidentified as "prayer flags", which may or may not be the case. In your case, It is. These are more often "good luck flags " as they often contain messages of encouragement and signatures of friends and family. Your flag has been blessed / stamped at several different shrines. As well, your flag has the character, Ki (praying or wishing) for your good fortune in battle , added to the bold vertical text on the left. The best answer to your question, why so many shrine stamps?, the more the stamps, the more the blessings

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Old 07-15-2019, 08:15 PM   #17
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For a first flag, it is a stellar choice. Rarely does one come across an example with so many shrine stamps, and a drawing to boot!


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Old 07-15-2019, 08:43 PM   #18
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Tom,
Yes, this flag I think is special. It came into my life on Friday at a local antique store with no province. Over the past couple of days, I have been looking at other examples online (since I have never owned one or even handled one). I could not find another example with 10 shrine stamps. And the silly cartoon is also highly unusual (and obviously done by someone to this Soldier that really cared about him because it is so playful).

If anyone can tell me more about the flag, I'd love to know more about it.
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Old 07-15-2019, 09:02 PM   #19
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The arrow probably points to that Japanese soldier.
Due to so many shrines' stamps on it, perhaps his family member worried a lots that bad thing may happen to him at the battlefield.
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The cartoon shows an American and an Englishman. The cartoonist writes:
米英を頑張
Ei-Bei wo Ganbare
Good Luck [more like persevere/hang in there] with the English & Americans


Signed
岡崎忠*
Okazaki Tada~


I cannot read that last kanji of his given name, but the signature is very playfully written. It looks like he's formed his name to make it look like it's walking?


I'll see if I can further decipher some of the stamps tomorrow when I've a bit more time.




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Old 07-15-2019, 09:26 PM   #21
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Old 07-15-2019, 09:34 PM   #22
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Yeah, that makes sense Mr. Chen, As you point out, it shows a dead Westerner and a Japanese soldier. I guess it was the "long nose" that led me to believe they both were Westerners.




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Most of what I can read are located in Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City. Note that many are "Hachiman Shrines." Hachiman is the Shinto god of war and archery.


Seals, from Left to Right:
1. 伊佐爾波神社
Isa Niwa Jinja
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City

2. 還熊八幡神社
Kaeriguma Hachiman Jinja
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City

3. 勝岡八幡神宮
Katsuoka Hachiman Jinja
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City

4. 朝日八幡神社
Asahi Hachiman Jinja
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City

5. 日招八幡大神社
Himanuki Hachiman Dai Jinja ("dai jinja" means Great Shrine)
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City

6. Cant read

7. 多賀八幡神社
Taga Hachiman Jinja
[possibly ... can't really see it]

8. 三島神社
Mishima Jinja
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City

9. 桑原八幡神社
Hagiwara Hachiman Jinja
Eihime Prefecture, Matsuyama City


10. **原八*神社社司三**石丸金五郎
I can't fully read this seal. It is the official seal of someone named Ishimaru Kanegoro who is (probably) a head priest. Google-fu:

社司Shashi: The old job title of the priesthood. He managed rituals and general affairs in the top position of the presidents of prefectures and villages Abolished in 1946 (1946).


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祝入営
Shuku Nyū'e
Congratulations on Enlistment

江戸 修一君
Edo Shuichi-kun
Mr. Edo Shu'ichi


Others with the surname Edo 江戸 have signed. Also, a few affirmations:


必勝
Hisshō
Certain victory


頑張れ
Ganbare
PERSEVERE!


武運を祈る
Bu'un wo Inoru
I pray for your fortunes of war.




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Wow!
Thank you!
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