Japan: The Mythical 3-Legged Crow part 2

The yatagarasu symbol was used extensively by the pre-war Imperial Japan Soldier Relief League, and I showed a membership badge yesterday. Today I’ll show two more yatagarasu items from that group. First is a set of lacquered wood sake cups.

ww2 japanese sake cups

And here is a close-up of the image. Note that the 6-pointed star has nothing to do with the yatagarasu. It was combined with the bird as an emblem of the group.

ww2 japanese sake cups

These cups are inscribed ‘Showa 11 [1936] January 5th, 40th Anniversary Commemorative, Imperial Soldier Relief League, Manchuria Branch.’

And here is a badge from the same group:

ww2 japanese sake cups

This is labeled ‘Commemorative Badge.’ The case for this badge says ‘Imperial Soldier Relief League, 40th Anniversary of Founding, Commemorative Badge.’


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