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Houseflags of Japanese shipping companies

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These flags are based upon a booklet called Fune to Hata (Ships and Flags) published by the Nihon Maru Memorial Foundation in 1994 following an exhibit at the Yokahama Maritime Museum by the same name and during the same year. Photocopies of the flags were provided by Nozomi Kariyasu for these images.

The photocopies show actual flags, not artistic images. Several different sizes are shown. The flags, particularly from 1916, are weathered and torn, but allow for some degree in accuracy in representation.
Phil Nelson, 04 February 2002

See also:


Amagasaki-Isaburo (1916)

[Amagasaki-Isaburo (1916)]
by Phil Nelson


Chuetsu Kisen (1916)

[Chuetsu Kisen]
by Phil Nelson


Hamane Kisen

[Hamane Kisen]
by Phil Nelson

Hamane Kisen K.K. traded until c.1960
Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2003


Hamaguchi Kisen (1916)

[Hamaguchi Kisen (1916)]
by Phil Nelson


Harada Kisen (1916)

[Harada Kisen (1916)]
by Phil Nelson

Harada Kisen K.K. had its pre war fleet of 3 sunk in World War 2 and presumably folded as a result or it may have been incorporated into Osaka Shosen K.K. with whom they has became associated in 1938.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2003


Inugami Kisen (1916)

[Inugami Kisen (1916)]
by Phil Nelson


Kagoshima Yusen (1916)

[Kagoshima Yusen (1916)]
by Phil Nelson

Kagoshima Yusen. This flag is also shown for Kagoshima Kisen K.K. in 1902. Presumably this is the selfsame company having changed, in English equivalent, from Kagoshima Steamship Co. Ltd. to Kagoshima Mail Steamship Co. Ltd.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2003