Japanese flag my Great Grandpa took from WWII
By - Elkky
Are you sure he brought it back as a battle souvenir and not just from beeing stationed in japan after the war? Any flag used by the Japanese military would have been the imperial war flag.
You’re probably right
If you haven’t heard it already, you might be interested in the latest episode (#446) of the podcast 99% invisible. This doesn’t look like a good luck flag like they talk about in the episode but it still feels topical.
IIRC the "rising sun" flag was the flag of Japan's military. Japanese soldiers where often given the normal "civilian" version of the flag by friends and family as a good luck charm before deployment during WW2.
[Episode 446](https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/flag-days-good-luck-true-south/) of 99% Invisible is partially about Good Luck Flags: the flags Japanese soldiers took with them to WWII.
Said flags were distinct for their inscriptions: family, friends, and colleagues of the soldiers wrote messages on them, to inspire hope in the outgoing soldier.
There's an example of what such a flag looks like on the linked page.
I'm saying this as a person whose grandmother is Japanese and was living in Japan during WWII; they were the bad guys, every bit as bad as the Nazis. Don't glorify them.
And yes, I understand that banzai (and the whole phrase) are not inherently referring to Hirohito or WWII, but in the context of a WWII flag post, it's a bad look.
Agree, I have a grandfather who was in China during the war, the stories I’ve heard about his life caused by the Japanese invasion still haunt me, imperial japan was not epic
When the liberal is sus
disliking women and their kids being used as living shooting targets and then fed to pigs is not one bit liberal, it's humane. donkey.