What's new

Help with inked stamps on Yosegaki

Toritoribe

松葉解禁
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Feb 22, 2008
Messages
15,605
Reaction score
2,356
That's the recipient's name; 後藤亮二郎 Gotō Ryōjirō. However, I'm skeptical about the authenticity of the flag. The polite title right after his name seems like 寿, but I presume the writer actually wanted to write 君, and failed it.
Also,
  • The position of the red circle is not at the right center.
  • The writing right to the recipient's surname 後藤 looks like 大和心? 花櫻花, but this doesn't make much sense. I think this could be an incomplete copy of a famous waka (Japanese poem) 敷島の大和心を人問はば朝日に匂ふ山櫻花.
  • The right end one of the three signatures at the top of the flag is 後藤昇幹司, but this is very uncommon givnen name. In addition, the right component of 幹 is not correct.
 

LenR

Kouhai
Joined
Apr 25, 2018
Messages
18
Reaction score
0
That's the recipient's name; 後藤亮二郎 Gotō Ryōjirō. However, I'm skeptical about the authenticity of the flag. The polite title right after his name seems like 寿, but I presume the writer actually wanted to write 君, and failed it.
Also,
  • The position of the red circle is not at the right center.
  • The writing right to the recipient's surname 後藤 looks like 大和心? 花櫻花, but this doesn't make much sense. I think this could be an incomplete copy of a famous waka (Japanese poem) 敷島の大和心を人問はば朝日に匂ふ山櫻花.
  • The right end one of the three signatures at the top of the flag is 後藤昇幹司, but this is very uncommon givnen name. In addition, the right component of 幹 is not correct.
Hello Toritoribe, thank you for taking the time to look at the flag. I appreciate your expertise in deciphering the kanji.
The off centre Hinomaru is probably a manufacturing defect but the other errors you point out are cause for some concern.
Appreciate your kind assistance.
Len R
 

Toritoribe

松葉解禁
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Feb 22, 2008
Messages
15,605
Reaction score
2,356
The off centre Hinomaru is probably a manufacturing defect
If so, those kinds of flags wouldn't be sold since it's considered disrespectful.
 

LenR

Kouhai
Joined
Apr 25, 2018
Messages
18
Reaction score
0
That adds another wrinkle that I had not considered. This flag was acquired from the Heiwajima market some 20 years ago and I realize that is no guarantee of authenticity. The fabrics used to construct the flag have been tested and conform with materials in use in the 30's and 40's. Certainly a dilemma!
Thanks again.
 

Toritoribe

松葉解禁
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Feb 22, 2008
Messages
15,605
Reaction score
2,356
"The flag is genuine" doesn't always mean "the yosegaki written on it is also genuine". As I wrote repeatedly in this forum, anyone can write anything, even can print anything or put any seals(genuine or fake) on a blank genuine flag afterward. Unfortunately, there are so many those kinds of fake flags made for sale. Here's an example of it.

 
Top