Yamada Diary Collection 1943-1944


Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of a Japanese World War II diary (1943-1944), two small pocket calendars/notebooks, a Japanese soldier thousand-stitch belly band (senninbari), and two Japanese Hinomaru flags, with individually written family names and prayers for luck in the war that the soldiers would wear into combat. Museum volunteers, Mr. Koji Hayama and Mr. Tom Momiyama, translated parts of the diary and they believe that the diary was written by a Mr. Yamada, who was probably part of an aircraft ground crew with occasional flight duties, and served in Manchuria, Korea, Burma, and the Philippines. The diary includes color pencil drawings, dried flowers, and a few photographs. It is still unclear whether all of these pieces are connected, as the flags and belt belonged to different soldiers. All of the material was brought to the United States at the end of the war by a Marine as souvenirs and sold to the donor's father in 1958.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • 1943
  • 1943-1944

Local number


Cite as

Yamada Diary Collection, Acc. 2003-0063, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Aeronautics
  • World War, 1939-1945

Physical description

0.19 cubic feet (1 box)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


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