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Japanese Soldier’s Individual Flag
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Japanese Soldier’s Individual Flag

Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 24" H x 26" W

Physical Description

White silk flag based on the national flag of Japan which has a crimson disc, symbolizing the sun, in the center of a white field. It is popularly known as the Hinomaru. Surrounding the disk are names and prayers.

General History

During World War II, Japanese soldier were given flags by loved ones. The flags were often based on the Hinomura or the National Flag of Japanese. The soldiers name, the names of his family and loved ones, prayers and inpirational messages would be inscribed on the flag. The solidier kept the flag with him at all times.


Country: Japan
War: World War II
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