Comfort bag (慰問袋, imon-bukuro) was a gift packet prepared by civilians to be sent to Imperial Japanese Military soldiers for the purpose of encouraging them. An imonbukuro, or “comfort bag”, what we would now call a “care package”, was used to send small gifts to the troops. The bag contains comfort articles (慰問品, imon-hin) not issued by the Japanese Military, such as toiletries, dried fruits, canned foods, and letters of encouragement. Bags were prepared by schoolgirls or local patriotic women's societies. These activities were also made in Korea, which was then under Japanese rule, to encourage Korean soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Military. These appear to be of cotton construction with print. The theme here is that of a retired soldier with the insignia of a Retired Soldier printed front and center. Measuring approx 11"x8" these show some age and light wear.
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