What is a Yosegaki Hinomaru 


                                                       It is about Family.

   Everybody has a family. Everyone has a mother and father — grandparents and relatives.


Every young man drafted into the military was sent off to war with a special memento from their parents and friends. A common Japanese flag was purchased and then filled with handwritten poems, slogans and prayers.

four flags

  The flags measure approximately two by three feet and are made of cotton, rayon and silk.


Sometimes the young man's mother, wife and children would dip their hands in ink and place their handprint on the flag.

The young soldiers folded these flags and carried them securely beneath their clothing for safe keeping.   Their family and loved ones traveled with them wherever they went.  



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