What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

Two Senninbari

Boongie

Kouhai
Joined
11 Feb 2020
Messages
73
Reaction score
2
Hello. I found these two Senninbari. Do they appear to be authentic? Is the one with the helmet and rifle with bayonet unusual to find?

I note that four of the characters are the same on both of them. Can any assistance be provided with translations of the characters on both Senninbari? Thank you.
 

Attachments

  • Belt With Tiger and Coins.jpeg
    Belt With Tiger and Coins.jpeg
    25.1 KB · Views: 64
  • Belt With Tiger And Coins Closeup 1.jpeg
    Belt With Tiger And Coins Closeup 1.jpeg
    103.3 KB · Views: 53
  • Belt With Tiger And Coins Closeup 2.jpeg
    Belt With Tiger And Coins Closeup 2.jpeg
    114.6 KB · Views: 52
  • Belt With Helmet And Rifle.jpeg
    Belt With Helmet And Rifle.jpeg
    31.3 KB · Views: 52
  • Belt With Helmet And Rifle Closeup.jpeg
    Belt With Helmet And Rifle Closeup.jpeg
    140.5 KB · Views: 48

mdchachi

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
6 Mar 2003
Messages
3,972
Reaction score
1,338
武運長久 【ぶうんちょうきゅう】 continued luck in the fortunes of war
忠君愛国 【ちゅうくんあいこく】 loyalty and patriotism

It does appear to be an authentic (old) 10 sen coin on there.
 

Boongie

Kouhai
Joined
11 Feb 2020
Messages
73
Reaction score
2
Hello. I was able to view, in person, these two Senninbari today. While I may be going a bit off topic of this forum, it was interesting to note that the materials of each appeared and felt different from each other. The one with the tiger and coins felt almost like a synthetic material. Not silk. I was informed that it may be made of rayon. I did a bit of reseach and was surprised to find out that in the 1930's Japan was one of the world's largest rayon producers. The one with the helmet and rifle had a gauze-like appearance. I am posting closeup pictures of each that shows the material in better detail.
 

Attachments

  • 20201009_164741.jpg
    20201009_164741.jpg
    419.2 KB · Views: 40
  • 20201009_164752.jpg
    20201009_164752.jpg
    320.8 KB · Views: 54
  • 20201009_164623.jpg
    20201009_164623.jpg
    516.8 KB · Views: 41
  • 20201009_164620.jpg
    20201009_164620.jpg
    499.8 KB · Views: 50

Toritoribe

松葉解禁
Moderator
Joined
22 Feb 2008
Messages
17,186
Reaction score
3,379
The right coin (the one in the simple red square) is 5 sen. These are typical symbols used on senninbari, as same as tiger. 5 sen is over 4 sen, which can be read "shisen", and "shisen" is the same pronunciation as 死線 "life‐or‐death crisis". Similarly, 10 sen is over 9 sen, which can be read "kusen", and "kusen" is the same pronunciation as 苦戦 "hard fight". Thus, 5 sen coin is for overcoming life‐or‐death crises, and 10 sen is for surviving hard fights/situations.

また、穴の開いていない五銭硬貨や十銭硬貨を縫いこむことも行われた。これは「五銭」は「死線(しせん=四銭)」を越え、「十銭」は「苦戦(くせん=九銭)」を越えるという事に由来している。

Tigers as stitched or painted artwork were popularly portrayed on senninbari since they were known to be able to roam far away from home and then return safely.
 

Boongie

Kouhai
Joined
11 Feb 2020
Messages
73
Reaction score
2
The right coin (the one in the simple red square) is 5 sen. These are typical symbols used on senninbari, as same as tiger. 5 sen is over 4 sen, which can be read "shisen", and "shisen" is the same pronunciation as 死線 "life‐or‐death crisis". Similarly, 10 sen is over 9 sen, which can be read "kusen", and "kusen" is the same pronunciation as 苦戦 "hard fight". Thus, 5 sen coin is for overcoming life‐or‐death crises, and 10 sen is for surviving hard fights/situations.

また、穴の開いていない五銭硬貨や十銭硬貨を縫いこむことも行われた。これは「五銭」は「死線(しせん=四銭)」を越え、「十銭」は「苦戦(くせん=九銭)」を越えるという事に由来している。

Tigers as stitched or painted artwork were popularly portrayed on senninbari since they were known to be able to roam far away from home and then return safely.
Thank you for the information!
 
Top Bottom