Samurai Warriors Noboribata
Tsutsugaki Kamon (family crest)
100% Cotton
The translation of the kanji text as seen in photo 4......
Yone Yama, child's name
From Haki Town on Kyushu Island
Late 1900s
Condition Good Condition. Very bright colors.
Displayed over the years numerous times resulting in some soiling.
27 inches X 18.3 feet, 70 X 560 cm
Thick Fabric, Heavy 2.0 lbs, 922g
Comment Tradition calls for families to place noboribata banners in front of their houses along with carp-shaped koinobori flags, one for each son, the month before the Boy's Day, May 5. (Wiki)
As typical of most legends, the samurai characters appearing on this noboribata, were largely historically true but over time became embellished with greater heroic feats. Their warrior stories were recounted and their images painted on the traditional
Boy's Day noboribata for inspiration and to encourage nobility and honor in the young male children of Japan. Boy's Day was originally called Tango no Sekku, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon of the Chinese calendar. After Japan's switch to the Gregorian calendar, the date was moved to May 5. Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated but probably during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). Tango no Sekku was originally assigned to the fifth day of the fifth month after the Japanese Nara period.