Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

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Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by frazefarm » 26 Dec 2021 22:34

Hello Everyone,
Here are two photos I recently found Ebay. The first one is a carte de visite of a Japanese soldier. Do any of
you know how early this gentleman's uniform is? Is it from the 1880s? Any ideas as to his rank?
The second image was taken in 1915. Can anyone identify the patch on the sleeve of his naval uniform that
is visible below the two chevrons? And speaking of the chevrons, are those for good conduct or do they signify
a rank? I'm wondering what that patch is for..Port Arthur? Tsingtao?
Thank You!
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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 27 Dec 2021 03:10

frazefarm wrote:
26 Dec 2021 22:34
Can anyone identify the patch on the sleeve of his naval uniform that is visible below the two chevrons? And speaking of the chevrons, are those for good conduct or do they signify a rank?
The patch below the chevrons is the rank of Engineering Petty Officer 2nd Class. This style of rank insignia was phased out in 1942. The Chevrons above indicate a double award for Excellent Conduct, kind of like the current U.S. Navy has gold chevrons for Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers who have not had any court martial convictions or non-judicial punishments for twelve years.
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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by frazefarm » 28 Dec 2021 07:02

Thanks for your reply. Can you zoom in on the image and take another look at the patch below the chevrons? There appears to be a soldier on it. It looks like some sort of commemorative patch. The patch on his opposite sleeve looks like it could be an engineering rank patch. At any rate, thanks for taking the time to reply!

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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 28 Dec 2021 15:14

Doesn’t appear to be to be anything other than a rank patch.
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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by frazefarm » 28 Dec 2021 18:14

Got it! Thanks!

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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by frazefarm » 05 Jan 2022 07:14

Update: The badge on the soldier's uniform in the first photo is a marksmanship badge, introduced in 1888.
Here's a link to an article about it:
https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/japanese ... -a-706788/

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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by frazefarm » 05 Jan 2022 07:36

Here's a photo showing how much the Army uniform had changed in a short time. This was taken at Genrokukan Studio, Kyoto,
in 1900. This is a portrait of two brothers. Their family name was Uemura.
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Re: Photos of a Japanese Soldier and Sailor

Post by frazefarm » 05 Jan 2022 07:47

Let's not forget the Navy...here are two crew members of the Imperial Japanese Navy Battleship "Mikasa,"
taken during the time of the Russo-Japanese War by Asakura Photo Studio in Niigata.
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