A color lithograph patriotic fan sample print, likely created between 1937 and 1941 during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), with a depiction of a young girl wearing a vest bearing a design of the Imperial Army flag supplicating herself (or kneeling in amazement) before the appearance of Ametarasu, the Shinto Sun Goddess, mythical progenitor of the Imperial Family. Ametarasu is shown with the necklace (yasakani-no-magtama) given to her by the god Izanagi when he entrusted her with the rule of heaven and from which her brother, Susanoo, created five male deities. Most interestingly, she is depicted as the guardian angel (an entity not normally associated with Shintoism) of Japan with two crimson red suns adorning each wing. In the background rises Mount Fuji while two Japanese warships ply the waters protecting the homeland.
Above Ametrasu appears the first stanza of the "Patriotic March" (愛国行進曲 Aikoku Kōshinkyoku).
This military song (gunka) was composed by Tōkichi Setoguchi 瀬戸口藤吉 (1868-1941) with lyrics by Yukio Morikawa 森川幸雄 (?-2003), in response to a government sponsored public competition for a "national song that the people will forever love to sing" in September 1937. Immensely popular, "Patriotic March" was released in December 1937 on six record labels and sold over a million copies within a year.