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parasol, wood & paper, Made in Occupied Japan, colorful, vintage

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Colorful paper and wood parasol, made in Occupied Japan, late 1940s


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This colorful vintage parasol was made in Japan during the time after World War II (1945-1951) when the country was occupied by Allied military forces, hence the term “Made in Occupied Japan” (MIOJ).  ** ©nasa21 – do not copy ** MOIJ pieces, usually ornamental porcelain figurines, are more sought-after than later “Made in Japan” items.


This parasol is clearly marked “OCCUPIED JAPAN” on the metal top cap, not simply “JAPAN”.  No matter what an antique dealer may tell you, a piece marked only “JAPAN” or “MADE IN JAPAN” is NOT considered to have been made in OCCUPIED Japan.


This is a SUPER UNIQUE collectible.


dimensions (approximate) -

21 inches – overall length

30 inches – diameter when fully opened

1 3/4 inches – diameter when closed


Thirty-tree (33) thin wood ribs provide support for the colorful paper canopy.  A thin metal wire stop holds the canopy in the open position.  ** ©nasa21 – do not copy ** The bamboo shaft has a 3 1/2 inch long wood handle.


The floral-pattern canopy is brightly colored with red, orange, yellow, pink, and white, nicely offset by the black ribs.


This parasol has NOT been stored outdoors in a lean-to shed that fell over on it. It has been stored indoors for 60+ years.  No musty odor.


VERY GOOD condition.  There are several small holes and thin spots in the paper canopy. The bamboo shaft is split in two places near the handle, one being part of a natural depression in the bamboo.


Not an “estate sale” find, this parasol has had …

ONE OWNER since new


This parasol was brought home from the Orient after World War II by my mother’s uncle, a merchant ship captain, as a present for her.  He died in 1949, so this parasol dates from the late 1940s. My mother has kept it all these years.


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