MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Personal Notebook
DIMENSIONS: 3 1/2 X 5 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: Includes: -a Code of Conduct (as a recruit); -a membership card for the Dai Nihon Butoku-kai, the Great Japan Warrior Morals Association with the name on the right, and on the left the year Showa 8 (May 1933); -Imperial Rescript for Soldiers and Sailors (dated 1882); -Imperial Rescript Soldiers and Sailors (dated 1912): -a personal record with the owner's handwritten addenda; -a record of salary payment with the seal of an official in charge, Mr. Ogino (荻野), dated to 1905; -a message of appreciation for parcels of gifts to soldiers, sent by their families, friends and neighbors at home; -and a handwritten draft for an address in reply at the farewell party for soldiers.
NOTES: Historic and original.
ITEM ID: 1947
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Japanese Soldier’s Personal Notebook (3)

DATE
Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Japanese Soldier’s Personal Notebook, the former property of Hattori Gi‘ichi of the 16th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, who saw action at the Battle of Nanjing (Nanking Massacre), the Battle of Xuzhou, the Battle of Wuhan (fighting against the forces of Chiang Kai-Shek), and the Battle of Shanghai, 1937-1938.

Scholar Sven Saaler commented, “This is a Guntai Techo, the companion (Record Book?) of every soldier in the imperial military. The page with the red characters is the Imperial Rescript (to Soldiers and Sailors) the basic document that made recruits “imperial soldiers.”

Further pages contain the records of a soldier‘s rank and stations. The family name of this soldier is Hattori, first name probably Giichi. (Gi‘ichi)”