These honor cords are not official awards.
I will write more when I confirm some information.
There was often a family crest in the center. The crest was usually metal, but
plastic and sewn pieces can also be found.
The case was most often wood. However, as you can see below, there were
plastic and cardboard boxes as well.
The reverse plastic piece usually records the prefecture or company where the
honor cord was made. Besides the family crest, though, there is no personal
To the right you can see how the cord was worn. This photo shows someone at a
entering the armed services celebration.
Thanks for this picture, Brenton!
Silk honor cord with a butterfly (?) family crest.
The inscription shows that this was made in Kyoto.
Silk honor cord with no family crest.
The inscription shows that this was made in Kanagawa.
Purple silk honor cord with metal enamel cherry blossom crest. Plain reverse.
The box here is small and square, which is rare.
No crest attached. Kyoto manufacture.
Very rare honor cord with metal enamel cherry blossom badge and metal
reverse. Also a metal fitting at the end.
On the edge of the cardboard box is the original price: 1 yen 40 sen.
Purple silk honor cord with cloth crest attached. There is an extra crest here too. Metal backing.
Purple silk honor cord for formal civilian dress.
This is an especially nice one with white enamel cherry
blossom family crest and gold reverse pin. (The reverse
inscription is just a trademark.) In addition, there is a nice
decorated metal fitting at the end.
The case reads 'Hakkou Ichiu. Civilian Wear.
Cherry Blossom Formal Wear Badge.'
The case reads 'National Formal Wear Badge.'
The katakana probably means 'national flag [国旗].'