This is a Japanese wooden shop sign from the Shiga area of Japan. That was probably for a yakuza group there. Only it isn’t called “Shiga” (the prefecture next to Kyoto) but “Oumi” (This is the kanji at the top, the reading goes right to left) This is the old name from the Edo era (1603 – 1867) of Shiga. Down the left side it says “Shacho” (president). Down the right side the. First two characters are D. Wind” (Kamikaze) the second two characters roughly translate to “group” or “organization. The middle reading says “Gamou gumi” which translates to “The Gamou group” A group of individuals based around an individual with the family name of “Gamou” This is similar to the “Yamaguchi gumi” a famous Yakuza group in Japan. In fact we think this was a sign from a small yakuza group. The Yakuza are known as being very. Traditionalist such as keeping the old reading / writing direction from right to left, using the older names of prefectures and then there’s “Kamikaze” in the organization name. For the Yakuza t. Were the essence of true spirit of Japan. Because of all these indications of yakuza influence that makes this is a very unusual and rare sign. With Japan’s economic downturn in the last decades the yakuza also have had difficulties maintaining their businesses. This may have been a group that went out of business or lost their lease / building. It’s 24 1/2 inches high 62 cm, 12 7/8 inches wide and 3/4 inches thick. It weighs just over 4 1/4 pounds pounds. The item “RARE JAPANESE SHOP SIGN KANBAN / Hand Carved Solid Wood / Yakuza Building Sign” is in sale since Monday, June 24, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques”. The seller is “lsjapanstuff” and is located in Alhambra, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Age: Unknown
- Primary Material: Wood
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Type: Carving