Gunbai, or “war fan” was a device used by samurai commanders to direct troops during battle maneuvers, and also a symbol of rank.

Nowadays, the gunbai is quite familiar to fans of Sumo wrestling as the referee’s device for conducting matches.

For this reason, the gunbai motif is used for boys’ kimono, demonstrating the wish that the wearer will be a leader, full of intelligence and determination.

Also, this motif is used for ladies’ kimono and obi to wish for guidance during the ordeals and turning points of life.

May the wearers be successful and achieve their aspirations.