Thirty-some years ago I was browsing in an antique store with a lady friend and came across this heavy steel box. The Store tag said "WWII Japanese Rifle Cleaning Kit". I was interested but didn't have five bucks to spend on such a thing so I passed. On my next birthday she presented it to me! Well always the savy collector I knew right away this was too heavy for a soldier to carry around for cleaning his rifle. Obviously went with a heavy machine gun.
At the time, I was working with a man who's parents had immigrated from Japan, so I asked him to have his mom translate what it says on the box. Simple right? Two weeks later she finally sent me the box back with this note;
So I have a really nice CHINESE Sewing Machine Hand Tool Kit!
(and I know an old Jap lady who does what she says she's gonna do, even if it's not so simple!)