Various Badges
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徽章・記念章

OBVERSE: A Japanese soldier with his horse. Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2601
[1941], East Asia Horse [Racing?] Tournament Participation Badge.'
REVERSE: plain
I think this is aluminum.
The box has gilt kanji that read 'East Asia Horse [Racing?] Tournament
Participation Badge.'

SIZE OF MEDAL (vertical, including suspension device): 5.2 cm long.
'Showa 15 [1940], 14th Asahigawa Cavalry Skills Tournament.'
'National Foundation Festival Badge.'
'Prize, Showa 12 [1937], Osaka Mainichi Newspaper Company,Asia/Europe Connection,
Airflight Time Record Honorable Mention Commemorative.'
Pure silver.
'Autumn [?] Tournament, [Imperial Year] 2589 [1929].'
Unknown badge but the gold kanji on obverse means 'judo.'
'Merit Badge, Taisho 14 [1925], January 1st.'
Unknown flags; unknown group.
I was told this is a pin from the 104th Division, but I am not sure. No markings except for 'pure silver.'
'Japan/Manchuria Commercial Airlines Commemorative Badge.'
General Nogi medal
Compass badge. Russo-Japanese War era?
'China Incident War Dispatch Commemorative Badge, Shitaya Ward
Home Front Donation Association.'
Pure silver cooperation medal from the 1975
International Exposition.
1928 Showa Enthronement commemorative Cavalry badge?
Inscribed 'Victorious Return, Taisho 3 to 9 [1914-1920]  War Service Dispatch
Commemorative, Haga District Welcoming Association.'
It is rare to see a badge inscribed to the 1914-1920 War, which included WW1
and the Siberia Expedition.
This is from a group named 'Army to Protect the Family Association.' I have never heard of this
group before. This name is engraved on the reverse along with 'Saga Prefecture.' There is also
another phrase that I cannot read.

The obverse is quite striking: The top has crossed battle flags, and below are two rifles and two
swords. Inscribed 'Meiji 27 [1894] July [??].'
14th Annual Kansai Students Spring Shooting Tournament, Imperial Year 2595 [1935]
Saibi [Gifu Prefecture] Associated Air Defense Group Participation
Commemorative, Showa 11 [1936]
South China Dispatch, 8114th Unit, Matsumoto Unit

(From the collection of Brenton W.)
Great East Asia War Dispatch Commemorative, North China
Dispatch, Oshima Unit, Imperial Year 2603 [1943]

(From the collection of Brenton W.)
Long Public Service, 11th Army

(From the collection of Brenton W.)
Nicely detailed Navy badge. Enameled Z
flag on the obverse. This flag was made
famous as it signalled the beginning of the
Battle of Tsushima.
Inscribed 'Showa 10 [1934] May 27,
Japan/Russia, Battle of Tsushima Great
Victory 30th Anniversary Commemorative.'
Small badge made by the Japan Mint.

Inscribed 'Shining Japan Exposition.
Hanshin-hama Koushien [place name], Showa 12
[1937], Osaka Mainichi Newspaper Company,
Tokyo Nichinichi Newspaper Company.'
Showa 15 [1940] October.
East Asia Health Association.
Osaka City.
'Banzai, Imperial Year 2575 [1915], Taisho 4 [1915] November, Imperial
Enthronement Ceremony, Attendance Commemorative Badge.'
The obverse has an Imperial princess (I think) and rayed flags.
Inscribed 'Meiji 37-8 [1904-5] Japan/Russia War Service, Award Badge, Imperial Soldiers
Association.'
Preservation of the Mikasa Association
Unknown soldier badge. I am a bit puzzled by the inscription, so I have to
investigate it more. I suspect it is a soldier relief organization, but I am not
sure.

The date I can read: 'Meiji 42 [1909] January.'

Diameter of main medal: about 3 cm.
A random listing of
badges I have found
here and there.
Some of the photos
are linked to themed
pages, so click on or
related badges.
A giveaway or award from the Yonen Gurakubu 幼年俱楽部, a
magazine that was founded in 1914. This is a pre-WW2 era
badge.
A giveaway or award from the Yonen Gurakubu 幼年俱楽部, a
magazine that was founded in 1914. This is a WW2 era badge.

Inscribed 'Japan Wives Abroad Association.'
Unknown age.
Small enamel badge.
Inscribed 'Welcome.'
Unknown age.

Inscribed 'Suikou-sha, 50th Anniversary.'
This group was founded in 1876, so this dates to 1926.
The Suikou-sha was a naval support group.
Korean Railways Association Member Badge. I am unsure of its age, but since it is
Japanese-made and inscribed, it is probably pre-WW2--made during the Japanese
occupation of Korea.

Korean Railways began in 1923.
Reverse reads '1st Class' but I cannot read obverse.
Great Empire of Japan, Army and Navy.
Looks like a photo would have been in the
opening.
Birth of Crown Prince Commemorative.
Daiichi Soldier Insurance Corporation.
Miyagi Prefecture Athletic Association Full
Member Badge
The medal measures about 4.5 cm long.