Various Badges
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Civil Air Defense badge with an excellent design.
Inscribed 'Showa 9 [1934] July, Kinki Air Defense Maneuvers, [??] Defense Unit.'
Excellent badge with a soldier standing atop a dragon, the latter probably a
symbol of China. Various figures in the distance. The buildings to the north
appear to be Russian. Perhaps the soldier is looking eagerly at Japan's new
target. (Thanks to my friend in Russia who pointed that out to me.)

Enamel Manchukuo and Japanese flags.

Inscribed 'Commemorative, Showa 6/7 [1931/1932], Imperial Military
Reservists Association [Yamata Village?] Branch, Shanghai & Manchuria
The obverse has an Army star and a
Manchuria Railroad Defense emblem.
Inscribed 'Manchuria Independent
Defense Unit Commemorative.'
Ishikawa Prefecture Conquer Russia Welcoming Soldier's Association member badge pin. The paper insert tells how to wear the badge.
It should be worn in the chest area by both men and women and should be worn at all official association functions.
Aichi Prefecture Protect the Nation Association
member badge pin. Paper sleeve with the badge
design at the top
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2598 [1938], National Foundation
Festival, Participation Badge.'
A small badge commemorating Crown Prince Hirohito's trip to Europe in 1921.
OBVERSE 'Imperial Crown Prince.'
REVERSE: 'Imperial Trip to Europe Commemorative, 1921.'
Samurai helmet shaped badge. A dragon is on top of the
helmet, which is interesting.
Inscribed 'Navy Large Maneuvers Participation
Commemorative, Showa 12 [1937], National Crisis Japan.'
Post-war pure silver badge. 'Kumamoto City Meritorious Person, Commendation Badge.'
Metal (steel?) commemorative knick-knack.
Inscribed 'Port Arthur' in two large kanji at the top. A variety of symbols, including a war dead monument in the center.
The reverse shows General Nogi and another general. The chart compares the military strength of Russia and Japan.
There is a compass in the bottom left corner of the obverse.
About 10.5 cm long and 5 cm high.
Metal (steel?) commemorative knick-knack.
Inscribed 'Manchuria Mongolia' in two large kanji at the top. A variety of symbols. The reverse has the lyrics of a
military march. There is a compass in the bottom left corner of the obverse.
About 10.5 cm long and 5 cm high.
Kanto Army, Tank Unit 3rd Battalion
Post-war Merit Medal from Shibuya Ward (Tokyo)
Gold Merit Medal from a shrine.

Inscribed 'Championship, Japan Pigeon Racing Association.'
Ise Shrine pure silver cased badge dated 1977.
Inscribed '[??] University, Shooting Club 1932.'
Inscribed 'Prize, Infantry 78th Regiment.'
'Army Special Inspection Ceremony Participation Badge, In Front of the Imperial Palace
Bridge, Showa 12 [1937] January 8.'
A random listing of badges I have found
here and there.
Some of the photos are linked to themed
pages, so click on them to see more info
or related badges.
Very small badge, about 2.5 cm long.
'War Service Commemorative.'
'Kwantung Army, 2-Year Anniversary of the Manchurian
Incident Commemorative, Imperial Year 2593 [1933]
September 18.'

The label on the case shows that this was made by a
Japanese badge company in Manchukuo: Nakaya Watch
Shop, with stores in Mukden and
Shinkyo (the
Japanese-determined capital of Manchukuo).
'Chief of Police Badge. Governor-General of Taiwan.'
3 Human Bombs commemorative. Giveaway
from the Scout Candy Company.
3 Human Bombs commemorative plaque
Man, horse, and dog--all wearing gas masks.
Air defense participation badge from Tokyo.
Dated Showa 11 [1936].
Extra rare Pacific War Medic Red Cross Unit badge. The obverse has a
medic / hospital insignia, palm trees, and waves. The reverse has an
inscription and a date: '2nd [? Brigade], Rabaul 2605 [1945].'

Rabaul was occupied by the Japanese from 1942 to August 1945.

The badge measures about 2.5 cm diameter and 0.3 cm thick.
Rare sterling silver, gold-plated soldier insurance badge dated 2597 [1937].
'Great Effort 2nd Class Award.' Looks like an award for a salesman who
sold a certain amount in policies. The amount is probably the number
written on the plane.

The suspension device is in the shape of a fighter plane.
Sterling silver award from the Japanese Ministry of
Communications (1885-1945).
Rare Imperial Oxygen Corporation Welding
Practice Academy  badge.
('W S' meaning welding school?)

Although I am not sure, a cursory online search
showed that this business started in 1931.
Since 'Imperial 帝国' prefaces the group name,
this is pre-1945.
Atsuta Shrine Festival Association.
'Award, Broadcasting Bureau. Children's text, award
badge.' The rest is a list of the local broadcasting
departments that sponsored what appears to have been a
broadcasting competition for children.

Most likely a pre-WW2 badge.
Inscribed 'Army Commemorative Day, Taisho 13 [1924].'
Unknown badge. I cannot read the kanji on the obverse, but the reverse
says '2nd Class.' Most likely a medal from a private organization. Looks
to be Meiji-era, but I am not sure.
WW1 victory badge. Nov. 11, 1918 is the date of the armistice with
Germany, and this marked the end of WW1.
Inscribed in English and Latin, except for the maker's label, which
reads, 'Yokohama Main Town,

The Latin phrase on the reverse means 'Let justice be done.'

Original paper case.
Soldier badge. Iron?
The inscription on the reverse has been
worn down a lot, but it says 'Manchurian
Incident Commemorative.'
'Great Japan Protect the Nation Monument, Pure Spirit [??] Association Member Badge.'
Beautiful Merit Medal from Mie Prefecture. The neck ribbon/sash seems to
be exactly the kind used for the Order of the Sacred Treasure.

The badge itself is very nicely made, finely detailed, and heavy. I see no
hallmark to indicate if it is silver or not.

Original lacquered wood case of issue.

I am unsure of the date of manufacture but the Mie Prefecture symbol
(seen on the reverse) was established in 1964.
Merit Medal from Mie Prefecture. The neck ribbon/sash is rather large for
such a small badge, but perhaps this was never intended to be worn
outside of the award ceremony.

Original kiri wood case of issue.

I am unsure of the date of manufacture, but this is almost certainly
Japanese Tradition Folk Ballad Association Merit Medal.
A large medal, both metal pieces marked '
jungin,' meaning 'sterling silver.'  
This is .925 silver at a minimum.

Beautifully made; very nice enamel work.
Small aluminum (plastic?) badge.
Inscribed 'East Asia [??],  Patriotic Association Badge.'
Nakajima Aircraft Co. Association Badge
Nakajima Aircraft Co. Association Badge
Taisho 8 [1919] ?? Garrison Commemorative.
Imperial Gift
Japan/China Trade Association Badge.
Dated 1955.
Unknown badge marked 'SILVER.' The kanji may be 'dark red.'
Diameter: about 3 cm. Weight: about 100 grams.
The same badge in bronze
'University Rooting Group, Imperial Year 2595 [1935]' on
The medal measures about 4 cm long.

'Rooting' as in rooting for a team to win.