World War II Japanese souvenir flag


Title
World War II Japanese souvenir flag
Description
Item is believed to be a souvenir flag obtained by an American soldier from a Japanese soldier during World War II. The flag was presented to a drafted Japanese soldier, Nakamura (surname) Tomezoo (given name), upon his leaving for military duty. Along with the hand prints of a child are several wishes by friends and family members. These include: "Do your best and wait for answer from a supernatural power" (an old proverb from the soldier's father), "Take care, my Brother," "Congratulations for your draft," "Keep fighting and keep winning," "Take good care of this country," "God is on our side," "Sacrifice your body to the country," "Rapid stream," "Win, Triumph, Loyalty," "Don’t stop shooting," and "I wish you the best for your military success." Date approximated.
Date
1939-1945
Original Format
manuscripts
Extent
111cm x 69cm
Local Identifier
0677-082-fos1-i2
Subject(s)
Spatial
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Rights
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Comments

Daniel Atkins Apr 25 2014

My grandpa passed down one of these to me. It is in bad shape, but you can still see the handwriting and child's hand prints. How could I track down the family of this item?

Kell Arellano Jul 17 2013

Saw a newscast yesterday (Fox?). It was returned to the Japanese soldier's son. japandailypress.com/us-collector-to-return-wwii-japanese-flag-after-almost-70-years-1026698

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