Sorting out a box of memorabilia produced a dusty bottle full of crumbled brown pills:
The English part of the label:
Indication: Adequate and optimal treatment for gastrointestinal disorders, malnutrition, neurasthenia, tuberculosis, bere-beri, etc. It improves the appetite and promotes health
Dose: 4-8 tablets[,] 3 times a dayWAKAMOTO-HOMPO
EIYOTO-IKUJINO-KAI, CO., LTD.
My father spent several years on an all-expenses-paid trip to the South Pacific between 1943 and 1945. I have no idea what relation that bottle might have to his adventures, but the English text suggests it’s not a souvenir of those times.
Somewhat surprisingly, Wakamoto is still in business:
I’m sure it’s good for what ails you …