Weighted Silk Japanese Meatball Flag

Condition: Excellent

Pattern: Meatball

SKU: JW4559 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This weighted silk Japanese Meatball Flag is a deluxe, high quality piece. It’s made of a fine silk fabric, with a printed central red disk. The size of this flag is 31″ x 36,” a very appealing and displayable size. The seams at the edges of this flag are pillowed, with weights inserted so that this flag will drape as desired even in stiff wind. The hoist end features typical triangular reinforcements on the corners, and both of the original ties for hanging this flag are still intact. This weighted silk Japanese Meatball Flag shows some light traces of age and use, with age toning to the white fibers and some light soiling in some areas, but no holes or damage. The red printed disk is nice and bright. This flag looks great on display, and remains in excellent condition.



Historical Description: The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner with a red disk at the center, representing the sun. It is most commonly known in Japan as “Hinomaru,” the Circle of the Sun. The first historical reference to this flag was in the year 701; the oldest surviving example predates the 16th century. Starting with the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the Hinomaru flag became an important patriotic symbol, and in 1870 it became the national flag used by the Imperial Navy and by merchant ships. The Navy also used, as its ensign and war flag, a version of the sun flag, called the Rising Sun flag, that featured 16 red rays emanating from the central disk. Both the Hinomaru sun flag, and the Rising Sun flag, were very important in Imperial Japan and during World War 2. Soldiers were traditionally given signed examples of the Hinomaru flag bearing the signatures of friends and family, along with short patriotic messages wishing them luck. After WWII, use of the traditional Japanese flags was restricted, though these restrictions were later eased. Japanese flags were eagerly collected souvenirs for American servicemen in the Pacific, and genuine wartime examples remain very collectible today.


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