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This WWII Japanese “meatball” flag was acquired directly from the 306th Infantry, 77th Division veteran who liberated it on the Japanese occupied island of Cebu during the last days of conflict in WWII.
Many Japanese soldiers carried flags adorned with poems, words of encouragement, and patriotic phrases from family and peers. Some were even decorated with artwork. This flag has not only meaninful writings, but also a stylized depiction of Mount Fuji and a cartoon of an Imperial Japanese soldier.