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Japan has a national holiday called Children's Day. It falls in early May. At that time, homes with young boys display banners as shown below. These banners are huge reaching 10 yards in length. Each is hand painted with most featuring a combination of samurai or horses. At the top could be a castle or encampment. Others are renditions of story from Japanese history with the theme of Kato and the tiger, representing Korea, being one of these. Some have mons (family crests) and the name of the child in konji. We sell full banners ranging from $100 to $500. We also sell the individual mons which are at the top and yardage at $25 per yard. Take a peek at our page with SEWING PATTERNS to see what we have done with these banner pieces. The honten jacket was made up from yardage. They are also great for vests, wall hangings, etc.
Below are a number of banners we are currently offering for sale. Please note that some are very long so, some have more than one image. In some cases we have added more photos to show the detail or were so long that we overlapped the photos like a panorama shot. In almost all cases, the pictures are very poor, a combination of a cheap camera, windy day and poor photographer. Needless to say, these photos do not do justice to the beautiful banners. Should you not be fully satisfied, please return the banner and we will refund the purchase price and provide a discount on a different banner. Also, we have more banners which do not appear on our website.
If the description does not include the word "new", they have been used and have acquired what we refer to as a patina. This patina usually consists of a discoloration along one side where the ties were sew so that it could be flown in the wind. Others have slight stains but are visible mostly (only?) in the area at the top where the mon would be/is located. For those planning to hang these in a home, the stain will most probably be a non problem for that portion will be either cut off or doubled under so that it will not be seen.
WE ARE ELIMINATING STOCK AND WILL DEDUCT 30 PERCENT OFF THE LISTED PRICE FOR ALL BANNERS IN STOCK. FOR THOSE BUYING 10 OR MORE, WE WILL PROVIDE AN EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION.
Banner1 (below): 2 samurai, 2 horses, castle and mon. Length 8 yds, width 27 in. Price $350
Banner15 (below): 2 samurai, 2 horses, castle, new and empty mon. Length 8 yds, width 26.5 in. Price $350
Banner21 (below): 2 samurai, one horse, mon and encampment. Length 8 yds, width 27 in. Price SOLD
Banner6 (below): 2 samurai, 2 horses, new, castle and mon. Length 8.25 yd, width 26 in. Price SOLD
Banner7 (4 photos below): Ameritsu & retainer at bridge. Length 10 yds including 4 empty yards from top of colored area to top of banner, width 31.5 in. Price $500
Banner27 (below): 3 samurai, 2 horses and mon with 2 konji characters. Length 6.2 yds, width 26 in. Price SOLD
Banner12 (below right): NOREN. Length 44.5 in, width 33 in. Price $75
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