|In addition to inscriptions, which often detail things such as unit numbers, soldier's name,
place names, etc., there are also kanji that function as part of the design. On this page I'll
introduce you to the most basic Design Kanji and translate them for you.
See also my Soldier's Virtues page for more kanji designs.
|A few examples of the ubiquitous GLORY OF THE COUNTRY phrase. This
seems to have been popular in the 1920s-30s.
|Two examples of the common LOYALTY & BRAVERY phrase.
|The kanji for ENGINEER used as decoration.
|The base has two kanji that
mean 'The Glory of the Country.'
|Russo-Japan War cup. Inscribed
'Victorious Return [in blue],
|The kanji WAR VICTORY in gold gilt.
|Lacquered wood cup with gold gilt Army star and
classical-style kanji that say 'Commemorative'.
|Excellent and uncommon pair of cups with two large kanji that, when placed side
by side, read 'Victorious Return'.
Also inscribed 'Conquer Russia Commemorative, Kasahara Shigetoro keihyaku
[an honorific phrase]'.