“Original Fake” Yosegaki Hinomaru Flag

A Japanese “good luck” flag from World War 2. Looks a bit strange? Yes it does! If you think fake Japanese flags are a recent trend on eBay then think again! πŸ˜‰ The above flag is an original flag from World War 2, but it was “just” a national flag (Hinomaru) before someone “upgraded” it to a Japanese good luck flag (Yosegaki Hinomaru).This is not a recent fake but this was done during WW2. Many soldiers wanted to bring home impressive captured “Jap” items and so good luck flags where in high demand. Soldiers who did not acquire one in the field often bought one from other soldiers, obviously a great looking good luck flag brought more money that a regular “meatball” flag. So someone added Japanese characters to the flag in order to be able to sell it at a higher price (or trade it for valuable things). Of course the Japanese characters on this flag are complete nonsense! But it seemed to be good enough to fool a poor fellow soldier.
Allegedly SeaBees were especially active in faking and selling flags. Of course no Yosegaki Hinomaru collection is complete without a nice and crappy looking SeaBee fake πŸ˜€

~ by m1pencil on January 13, 2011.

3 Responses to ““Original Fake” Yosegaki Hinomaru Flag”

  1. I just saw what I believe to be a authentic Yosegaki Hinomaru flag . My father-in-law showed me a flag he said told me was brought back by his father during the tail end of WWII in 1946. He picked it up after action from a dead Japenese soldier on a Philipine island. He was not sure which one. He has done a little reasearch and has try to translate some of the charachters . He told me it is difficult because the charachters used back then are not always used today. A lot of them are not used at all anymore. He was thinking of trying to return it to thr family of the soldier . It really was a solem artifact to see. Thanks for your page.

  2. Hi,

    Yes it is true that translating the characters on those kind of flags can be very difficult. If you want to get it professionally translated you might want to contact Dr. Michael A. Bortner of “Get History Today”: http://www.gethistorytoday.com/store/store.html

  3. These kanji look more like Hangul and Kannada… wow…

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