This morning I woke up to an email with some new information surrounding the yosegaki hinomaru. Lots of interesting information, which you can see for yourself in the photo below. But lots of room to speculate as well. Was the man carrying this flag a wonderful man with a big heart? Was this merely a movie/character reference that was popular at the time? Or was it something else? So many questions and clues, including the thought that a simple movie reference could be the clue to unlocking the date when Japan drafted Mr. Ueda/sent him to war.
In case you can't read the words on the image, here's what it says:
This is the name of a famous actor named Kenichi Enomoto, but known as Enoken. (you can find a wiki- page on him.) He was very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s as an entertainer. Probably some goofy kid wrote the name there which would be like a high schooler today in America signing a yearbook with the name “Tom Cruise” as a joke.
“Isshin Tasuke” is a fictional Japanese character that has appeared in novels and theater since the 16th century as the type of person who does good, thinks good and is honorable, although poor. He is what we call a “good samaritan.” He always tries to help. This actor, ENOKEN played this character in a film that was released in 1945. (perhaps we now have a date for this flag....all we need is a release date for the film.)
- It was assumed this was a schoolthe owner of flag attended, but our scholars think differently. There exists other school names on the flag that are incomplete, which probably indicate HIS school. More to come about this later.......