Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Japanese office banner from the 1930s

This is a screen capture from the 1966 Japanese film "Fighting Elegy," starring Hideki Takahashi.

The film is set in the mid-1930s, a time of rising militarism, and the scene above shows a banner on the wall with a typically patriotic phrase common to the times.


The first two characters (reading left to right) are "Shindou" (臣道), meaning "loyalty" or "obedience" (to the Emperor, presumably), but I can't make out the next two. If anyone has a clue, please let me know.


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