Medals and Badges
Beautiful WW2 medallion celebrating Kusunoki Masashige. Thick and heavy.
Inscribed 'Showa 10  Dainan-kou [Kusunoki Masashige's nickname since the Meiji era], 600th
Anniversary Festival, Donation for the Stone Gate Commemorative.' The stone gate, shown in part on
the obverse and in full on the reverse, is at the entrance of every holy shrine in Japan.
Kusunoki Masashige Birthplace
Preservation Association Member badge.
Kusunoki is the epitome of the Japanese samurai and the Japanese fighting spirit.
'During the Edo period, scholars and samurai who were influenced by the Neo-Confucian
theories created the legend of Kusunoki and enshrined him as a patriotic hero, called Nankō
(楠公) or Dai-Nankō (大楠公), who epitomized loyalty, courage, and devotion to the Emperor.
Kusunoki later became a patron saint of sorts to the World War II kamikaze, who saw
themselves as his spiritual heirs in sacrificing their lives for the Emperor.'
The obverse shows the famous samurai Kusunoki Masashige.
Inscribed '[Imperial Year] 2591 , Health, Sakai City Youth
Health Inspection Association.'
Niitaka was a candy maker. This is some
sort of giveaway. Very small.
Dai-nanko [Kusunoki Masashige] 650 Year Festival Commemorative, Showa 60 .
Bronze medal. Hallmarked by Suzuki K. Kogei.
This is the main medal from the Japanese Mint. Only issued in bronze. About 5.5 cm diameter.
Inscribed 'Dai-nanko [Kusunoki Masashige] 600 Year Festival Commemorative, Showa 10 .'
With original circular cardboard case. These cases are quite rare and often missing.
Minatogawa Shrine badge dated 1934. This shrine supposedly has the spirit of Masashige Kusunoki.
There appears to be two case variants, though there may be more I have not
found. There are no medal variants as far as I know.
The inscription on both is exactly the same, but the case on the right is
missing Kusunoki's emblem at the top. The color is also different.
Smaller pocket-version of the main medal.
This is also hallmarked by the Japanese Mint.
Glico was a candy maker. This is some sort of giveaway. Very small and thin.
Some more examples of the main medal.
Rare Kusunoki Masashige paperweight.
The obverse has the famous samurai and, to the right, the Imperial palace.
Below that is an imperial chrysanthemum.
The reverse has his war banners and Dai-Nankō (大楠公), one of his names.