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jeeplover

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opinions i will pm and explane why i think it is one way or the other.
 

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i have posted a review of the flag book. one person who bought it said he would like more historical context on slogans. I agree with this. there are some sayings in other countrys that only they can understand a culture thing. for that reason this flag was strange it has the slogan "DRAGON and TIGER: TWO MIGHTY RIVALS". I know both animals are significant in Japanese culture. why rivals? i personally have never heard this saying does it have cultural significance. assuming the flag is real.
 

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It literally only says "dragon & tiger" (龍虎). The two mighty rivals thing comes from a dictionary (I see it in the EDICT entry). In other words, it could be translated that way depending on the context. In this context I would guess it's just a phrase telling the soldier to be strong and to persevere like the two strongest animals in mythology.
Here are some notes about the meaning of dragon/tiger in Chinese mythology. I imagine the Japanese meaning is more or less the same. There's a wikipedia page on it but it doesn't really say much.

The section on the lower right is from some "11th" Imperial Military group in Asahikawa city (Hokkaido).
 

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thank you for the links very good info i will put the links in my draft file to reference later
 

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The organization written at the lower right corner is 帝国在郷軍人会旭川市中央分会第十一班 the 11th Group of the Imperial Military Reservist Association Asahikawa Central Branch.
 

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check out the tabs on this flag just noticed them
 

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better pictures
 

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君が代
Kimigayo (the title of the Japanese national anthem)

が is written in hentaigana there. Dakuten is often not used in classical Japanese.
 
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