Commemorative Medals
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Large bronze table medal.
Some kind of exhibition award. Dated Meiji 32 [1899] April.
Large gold-colored medal.
Shrine festival medal? Dated Meiji 45 [1912] April.
6 cm diameter.
'Award, 2nd Place, Nara Exhibition Meiji 22 [1889].'
The center square looks like it is inscribed withe
the name of the recipient: '[????] Kyoto, Honjou

4.5 cm diameter.
'Award, Textile Exhibition, Meiji 33 [1900] April,
Imperial Japan Textile Association.'
5 cm diameter.
Bronze medal.
'4th Japan Industrial Exhibition.'
Dated Meiji 45 [1912] June.
4.8 cm diameter.
Bronze medal. The design has a tower or monument with the wartime phrase '8 Corners of the World Under 1 Roof.'
Strange, but someone exerted a good deal of energy to scratch out the top part of the inscription. I can only make out the
final 4: 'Completion of Factory Commemorative.' So the factory is question may have been controversial. Also inscribed
'Imperial Year 2600 [1940] Miyazaki Prefecture Celebration Association.'

6.5 cm diameter.
Inscribed 'Forest Cultural Exhibition Commemorative, Showa 9 [1934],
Great Japan Forestry Association.'
Handwritten date on the back of the box: 'Showa 9 [1934] October 13.'
Large silver-colored table medal.
Inscribed '2nd National Paulownia Seedlings Exhibition Commemorative,
Sponsored by the Great Japan Forestry Association, Showa 13 [1938] March.'

The angel is both holding and flying above paulownia leaves, which are also a
symbol of the imperial household.
Large, well-made merit medal. 'Merit Commemorative, Prevention of Crime.
Heisei 3 [1991], Osaka Prevention of Crime Association.'
Large, well-made bronze medal. 'Semboku Rapid Railway, Opening of all the
Lines Commemorative.'
'Sapporo City War Dead Memorial, Showa 27 [1952] June 10.'
Large bronze medal. Inscribed  'Showa 8 [1933]
Navy Special Large Maneuvers Warship Parade
Large, well-made bronze medal. '5th Anniversary of the Completion of the
Settsu City Welfare Center Commemorative.'
Settsu is in Osaka.
Commemorative medal.
Inscribed 'Construction of Maizuru Port Commemorative, National Products Exhibition,
Taisho 2 [1913], Prize.'
The red stamp in the box shows the maker. The gold gilt inscription reads 'Silver Prize,'
which probably means 2nd Prize. I don't think the medal itself is made of silver. Also the
name of the recipient is hand-written on the box lid: 'Sakabe Unosuke.'
It looks like the fitted interior of the case was lost, so someone cut a hole in a piece of
wood to hold the medal snugly.
Bronze award medal from the Central Indoctrination Group Federation. This was the large, central organizing body that
supervised the various national groups that were in charge of the spiritual mobilization of the citizenry. The central group
was established in 1928 to bring some order to the large number of similarly-minded associations, and the Central
Indoctrination Group Federation met every year with representatives from the various groups, giving speeches,
indoctrination advice and handing out awards, of which this present item is one.

This medal is dated 'Imperial Year 2594' as well as 'Showa 9,' both of which mean 1934.
It is marked '
senshou,' which translates as 'recommended.' These were given to members who distinguished
themselves and were recommended as exemplary leaders.

Thick and heavy. Made by Ando Badges. I am not familiar with that company.
Enthronement Celebration Commemorative, Saga Prefecture
Products Exhibition, Taisho 4 [1915] November.'
In addition to the medals made at the Japan Mint, there is a large variety of
privately-made medals, awards, commemorations, etc. These are usually
large and heavy but some are smaller pieces.

Here are a few examples.