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michael ross

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I was told that this was the place to find help in transitions. About a year ago I acquired this flag and just thought it was cool from a collection stand point. I never really put any thought into the human side of this flag and what it meant to the person who owed it and carried it with him . is it possible to get its owners name from the pictures and anything else that is readable or written. and have you ever heard of actually finding the persons family years later?

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The name of the person to whom the flag was presented is on the right side, Ōbayashi Yasuo. It was presented on behalf of the place he worked: Ōbayashi Trading (so, most likely a family business).

See the link below for an organization that helps to repatriate war flags.
Obon Society | Family to Family
 

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Another company name is written on the lower left corner; ????製造株式会社 "???? Manufacturing Co., Ltd". We need a close-up to read it.
 

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Majestic thank you! can you see any thing else write or sayings ? or are they just signatures with good lucks?
 

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Yes, there are a typical patriotic slogan 祈武運長久 "Hope your eternal good luck in battle" on the top and the two company names Majestic-san and I wrote above on the flag, but the rest are all just signatures of the senders.
 

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遠州楽器製造株式会社
Enshū Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

It was a company located in Wada village, Hamana district, Shizuoka prefecture (the present Higashi ward, Hamamatsu city), so the recipient might be from there or at least nearby there.
 

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Wow . its very sobering to think that a GI of the time would take a battlefield trophy and maybe have it in his closet his whole life and never know it held so much meaning or was so personal to another human being. I cant imagine how close i would keep it to my heart if i was sent away to a foreign land and this was the only thing that reminded me of my friends and family
 
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