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"Bright Colors" Vintage Japanese Banner
vintage Japanese boy's day banner nobori

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Jingu - Empress Samurai
Our Price: $199.00
Material: Cotton
Length (inches): 36"
Width (inches): 11yds
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0820MISC1

This loooong vintage Japanese banner is hand painted, with the design colors nearly the same on both sides. It features three characters from a traditional Japanese story - the Empress Jingu, her son, and Takenouchi-no-Sukume, a court minister. The scene associated with this story depicts Takenouchi as an old man holding Jingu's son Ojin, with Jingu riding off in samurai gear atop a grand steed. Takenouchi was said to have cared for Ojin when his mother was off to war.

This banner is a sturdy cotton (but not as heavy as canvas) with cotton loops/tabs spaced along the top and down one side, since the banner is meant to be hung vertically. The colors are bright, which suggests it may have been made in the 1970s or 80s when synthetic dyes were more commonly used.

Banners like these are flown outside of homes and in town squares in Japan for Children's Day and other holidays. Dye houses that make these banners use a technique and process much like the one featured in the video below, except that the banner in this listing was drawn by hand - a dying craft - whereas more contemporary banners are made with stencils.
Kawai Hata Dye House in Kyoto

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