Table of Contents

  Introduction 6
Chapter 1 History and Evolution of the Japanese Written Language 13
Chapter 2 Good Luck Flags - History and Meaning 16
Chapter 3 Good Luck Flags - Construction and Sizes 23
Chapter 4 Good Luck Flags - Standard Type 39
Chapter 5 Good Luck Flags - Characters that Fill the Entire White Background 48
Chapter 6 Good Luck Flags - Shrine or Temple Seals 52
Chapter 7 Good Luck Flags - Kanji Across the Red Center 63
Chapter 8 Good Luck Flags - Artwork 69
Chapter 9 Good Luck Flags - Battle Records, Maps, Unit Flags 95
Chapter 10 Good Luck Flags - Battle Damage 106
Chapter 11 Good Luck Flags - Military Intelligence Stamps and Capture Papers 114
Chapter 12 Good Luck Flags - Blood Oath Flags and Blood Flags 123
Chapter 13 Good Luck Flags - Navy and Naval Related Flags 127
Chapter 14 Good Luck Flags - Amulets of Protection 134
Chapter 15 Riki or Chikara Flags 138
Chapter 16 Japanese Signed Battle Flags 142
Chapter 17 Miscellaneous Signed Flags 147
Chapter 18 Souvenir of Service Flags 155
Chapter 19 Good Luck Flags - Translation and Authentication 162
Chapter 20 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - History and Meaning 169
Chapter 21 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - Sizes and Construction 190
Chapter 22 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - Coins, Amulets, Charms and Shrine/Temple Seals 198
Chapter 23 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - With Messages 215
Chapter 24 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - Artwork 228
Chapter 25 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - Colors 245
Chapter 26 Miscellaneous Senninbari and Good Luck Items 251
Chapter 27 One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) - Reproductions 278
Chapter 28 Good Luck Flags, One Thousand Stitch Belts (Senninbari) -
Proper Care, Display, and Storage of Your Collection
279
  Glossary 282
  Bibliography and Resources 285