Unique Russo Japanese War Port Arthur 203 Meter Hill Commemoration Army Sake Bottle
This is a very interesting and unique Japanese military sake bottle, decorated on the front with a picture of two commemorative memorials - both of them are memorials erected on top of the 203 Meter Hill, a strategic height located near the city of Port Arthur that was the location of a very fierce battle between the Russian defenders and the Japanese. General Nogi, the commanding general at the time, lost his son in the assault up the hill. The back of the bottle has two lines of the poem that General Nogi wrote after the war:
"The mountain has changed its shape, covered by iron and blood.
We all now equally look up in awe at Your Souls' Mountain."
I have also attached a photo of the actual memorials from a period postcard as comparison of what it looked like. The taller one is still standing today on the hill. They were made from melted Russian ordinance.
Size: The bottle is basically round, about 3" in radius