Japanese Imperial Navy Watch Fob (Graduation Badge) Part 2

Continuing my short series on Navy watch fobs, here is the second piece. (See my previous post for a little background.)

Japanese navy engineer watch fob badge medal ww2

Photo courtesy of Brenton W

This badge, too, has a hawk in an aggressive pose. It is perched on a circular device that encloses a gold gilt cherry blossom. The edge has gilt branches, probably laurel. We can see the anchor in the background along with a few waves here and there. The two kanji here are kou (高), which means ‘high,’ and ren (練), which means ‘practice.’ One may imagine that this could translate into something like ‘high level of practice,’ but the ‘high’ probably means ‘senior,’ as in senior student, or a student at the higher levels.

The reverse has kanji that show this was awarded to a renshuusei (練習生), i.e., a cadet. So the two kanji on the obverse could be translated as senior cadet, I suppose. Anyway, they refer to the student.

Here is the reverse:

Japanese navy engineer watch fob badge medal ww2

Photo courtesy of Brenton W.

The inscription reads ‘Naval Engineer Academy, Engineering Cadet Graduation Commemorative, 4th Graduating Class.’ I have translated this as ‘Navy Engineer Academy,’ but this is a bit misleading. Tomorrow I will discuss this academy a little bit.


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